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Total Dependence
Theme of the Week: God's Strength In Our Weakness
Thursday, October 5, 2017

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Key Bible Verse: So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may work through me. … For when am weak, then I am strong. (2 Corinthians 12:9-10)

Dig Deeper: 2 Corinthians 12:7-10

Our complete reliance on Jesus is God's goal.

Then Paul went on to describe his famous "thorn in the flesh," a "messenger from Satan" given to him "to torment me and keep me from getting proud" (v. 7). Three different times, he begged God to take this messenger from Satan away. God was certainly able to do so. Satan is just a creature; God is the Creator. He has authority over everything, including the demonic world. Yet each time Paul asked God to take away the thorn, God said to Paul, "My gracious favor is all you need. My power works best in your weakness" (2 Cor. 12:9).

Oftentimes, our deepest need in the midst of chronic weakness not quick relief but confidence that God is working through our mess for a good purpose in our lives. God will not allow the thorn to be taken away because he knows self-sufficiency is on the surface, ready to rise again. Our total depend-ence on him is more important than the relief from the pain. Our complete reliance on Jesus is God's goal.

Yet when we have finally given up and yielded to God's power, the complete work of love is accomplished in us. In Jesus' weakness on the cross, the power of his resurrection life is released in us and into the world.

—David Chadwick in From Superficial to Significant

Adapted from From Superficial to Significant ©2017 by David Chadwick. Used by permission of Harvest House. All rights reserved by the copyright holder and/or the publisher. May not be reproduced.

Prayer for the Week
God, help me to understand that the things I consider my weaknesses are opportunities for you to show your strength.

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