Brag about your weaknesses

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But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”
Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.
2 Corinthians 12:9 (NIV)

“Do I have to tell her again?”

Do you imagine God thinking that about you on a daily basis?

Or maybe it’s just me.

When I struggle between my faith and my temptations, I know God asks “do I have to tell her again?”

It’s like the church in Corinth. Paul’s second letter to the church was much more personal than his first.  His first letter was practical, focusing on the character of the church.

But some questioned Paul’s authority wondering “who are you to tell us what to do”.  So he wrote to them again, sharing who he was, and about God’s strength in his weakest moments.

And just like them, I need God to tell me again and again he is strong where I am weak.

A few words in verse 12:9 stood out to me so I looked them up:

  • sufficient = enough to meet the needs of a situation
  • power = God’s ability to control people or things
  • perfect = satisfying all requirements
  • weakness = something that you like so much that you are often unable to resist it
  • boast = brag; speak with pride

Food is my weakness, something I like so much I am often unable to resist it. Honestly, it’s out of control.

But really, it’s my weakness that is out of my control.

So what’s a girl to do?

“Do I have to tell her again?”  (yes, please).

Paul teaches us to turn our weakness over to God as He’s able to satisfy all our needs.

Then Paul encourages us to brag about those weaknesses. Show others how God’s power makes us strong enough to live with those weaknesses.  In fact, if the number of times Paul uses “boast” in this letter is any indication, he wants us to brag A LOT.

So let’s turn to God and brag in prayer:

God, I’m struggling here. I am weak and looking for my “quick fix” of comfort in the pantry again. I’m relying on you to give me the strength to make a better choice. Let me feel your perfect power in my weakness.

Now it’s your turn:  what weakness will you brag about today?

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46 thoughts on “Brag about your weaknesses

  1. So many weaknesses… Today, though, I will brag in my weakness of poor time management, and I will trust God to bring something beautiful out of this day, despite my apparent attempts to mess everything up! Thank you so much for sharing!!

    –Tammy

    • Thanks for visiting Tammy and I will pray that God’s power is made perfect in your weakness of time management especially because I need that prayer myself!

  2. “When I struggle between my faith and my temptations, I know God asks “do I have to tell her again?” Oh yes, only every day! Thank you so much for this encouragement!! Blessings!!

  3. I’m so glad that I’m not alone in this! I often wonder the same; whether God has to tell me every. single. day. Thank you for this encouragement and for your honesty! Blessings! #livefree

  4. On days like today listing my weaknesses would send me crawling under the covers to never come out again. But to brag on them…hmmm. That sounds like a better thing to do!! I’m in a season of waiting. I don’t want to mess up again or waste any more time. So yes, I have to be told time and again…!!

    Thank you for sharing
    Patti

    • I know the feeling Patti, my list is long. I’ll pray for Him to show you His plan in your waiting! Thanks for stopping by today.

  5. Kim,

    Yes. Weaknesses. We all have them! Isn’t that the one thing we can sit around with a group of women and know for sure? We’re all struggling.

    I was diagnosed with Bipolar 1 Disorder a lifetime ago, and still take meds every day and go to doctors to help me stay balanced. It is an every day fight, one that involves a lot of other weaknesses, food included! It’s hard to stand up in a Christian environment and admit to all of this, but God is calling me to do just that.

    And, I’m trusting he’s working it all together for good.

    I love this!
    Thank you for being brave, sister!

    Love,
    Taylor

    • Taylor, yes this is so true: “It’s hard to stand up in a Christian environment and admit to all of this, but God is calling me to do just that.” – I look forward to reading more of your words to encourage me! Thanks for stopping by!

  6. I’m so glad you wrote about this today because much of my blogging is about the many ways I fall short (and how God redeems the situation). Admitting our weaknesses is counter to our culture. But that’s really where we all feel the most alike! Thank you so much for encouraging me today!

  7. Gina, what sweet encouragement – love that you are writing about falling short & how God redeems it – we need to hear more stories like that!

  8. Weaknesses. Ugh. Just when we think we have it together, something else taps us on the shoulder and asks, “Remember me?” Thank goodness God steps in and tells us, “I’ve got this one.” Thanks, God. And thank you for your post.

  9. I also love that verse and I enjoyed and appreciated how you ‘dug deeply’ into it. We all struggle with weakness and need reminders. I come up with one word reminders/mantras to prompt me to follow when I know I’m backsliding. Watch for a post on that soon!
    Nicely done!
    Jill

    • Jill I love that idea of one word reminder/mantra – can’t wait to see that post. Thanks for stopping by!

  10. Yes, Kim! This verse revolutionizes our approach to our weaknesses! I have plenty: lack of faith over what God already told me, especially when I meet with obstacles; tendency to control; tendency to speak in irritation; and yes, tendency to snacking!

    I love your look at this verse! Let’s boast about our weaknesses, turn them to God, and #livefree!

  11. Kim I am akin to your words, “my weakness is out of my control.” And Romans 12:9 is a must-have scripture in our arsenal of truth as we live this sometimes difficult Christian life. Thanks for modeling bragging on your weakness in post. Be blessed! – Kia

    • Kia, thanks I will tuck Romans 12:9 into my arsenal. I appreciate your encouragement and your God-given words too!

  12. Hi Kim-I love your encouragement here…to remember that God satisfies all our needs and to turn our weaknesses over to Him. I often feel weak in stressful situations and turn toward my own strength which doesn’t always look gentle and Christ-like. To think of Him providing what I need in those situations gives me great comfort and soothes my soul!

    • Thanks Amy, I’m so glad you stopped by – I can relate to that turning to my own strength!

  13. This is such a good reminder that we can brag all day long in our weakness because that is where He is made strong. Sharing this message is completely where my heart is right now! Thank you for your words!

  14. Hi, Kim, visiting from Compel. Love your writing style, great post. You do a great job engaging your readers! Look forward to seeing more…

  15. Thank you for this! It is hard to admit weakness, but we are all weak.
    “But really, it’s my weakness that is out of my control. So what’s a girl to do? Do I have to tell her again?” (yes, please). Paul teaches us to turn our weakness over to God as He’s able to satisfy all our needs.” Trying to turn it over to God! Thanks! :)

  16. Kim, today I will brag about my weakness to do it all myself … to look to my own sufficiency rather than fully depend on Christ. Looking to Him today and every day to fill in my gaps.

    Thank you, Kim, for your transparency that allows Christ to shine through you. : )

  17. Yes, food is my weakness too. I love the things that aren’t good for me. Thanks for sharing this powerful message. Lord, be strong over our weaknesses.
    Blessings,
    Patti

  18. What a great message. My weakness is food, specifically anything with sugar in it. I struggle with this every single day. I am so glad God does not get tired of reminding us again. Love the picture.

  19. I will brag about my feelings of insecurity sometimes. It matters that my witness of God is what it should be, but I shouldn’t worry about what others think of me other than based on that. God knows “who” I really am. He is my strength at all times. I just need to remember that. Thank you for sharing and giving us a chance to share here, too.

    • Oh Cindy, yes, I should be bragging more about my own insecurities. Thanks for stopping by!

  20. Love this, Kim! For me, when I can give myself permission to be imperfect and yet still beloved of God, that when my insecurities and struggles lose their power and their hold over me. Yes, we can brag about our weaknesses, because that truly is our strength. Thanks for sharing such wisdom!

    Blessings,
    Lisa Murray

    • Lisa, I didn’t see this comment last week, thank you so much you are such an encouragement to me!

  21. Kim, you inspire my heart. There is so much to turn over to him. I keep on thinking how it is a continual process of renewal. I praise God that he can perfectly work through all of my shortcomings. Thank you for reminding me of this!

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