Strength and Weakness (3 of 4) by Kerry Shook

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Strength and Weakness (3 of 4)
Series: Tightrope - Living in the Tension
Pastor Kerry Shook

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• 2 Cor. 12:7b-10 (NIV)

GIFT

"At first I didn't think of it as a gift, and begged God to remove it … and then He told me, 'My grace is enough; it's all you need. My strength comes into its own in your weakness.' Once I heard that, I … began appreciating the gift." Vs. 8-9 (The Msg)

• Builds my character

• Rom. 5:3-4a (NLT)

• Removes my complacency

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We are in a series that I am calling tightrope, living in the tension and sometimes I feel like I am a tightrope in life. I am pulled in all directions, wound tight by the stresses of life. Sometimes I feel like I am the tightrope. It feels like I'm getting pulled in two opposite directions but yet it's in the tension of life where we experience God the most. A violin needs a certain amount of tension and stress on the strings in order to play beautiful music. If the strings are stressed and tightened enough then the violin will be completely out of tune and we are the same way. God uses the stress and the tensions of life to teach us and to tune us into a instrument that he can use. The people I have known whose lives have played the most beautiful music were those who have gone through great trials and tension and today we are talking about living with tension between strength and weakness because usually we want to show our strengths but hide our weaknesses. We don't like to admit our weaknesses. We try to cover them up and some believers think well God can really use my strengths but he is ashamed of my weaknesses and it's just the opposite. It's my weaknesses that God can use the most. Paul discovered this great paradox of life that without human weakness there is no supernatural strength and he wrote about it. Open your bibles to Second Corinthians and if you will look at chapter 12 beginning with verse 7 and if you will stand in honor of God's word. Just follow along with me. You don't have to read it out loud. "There was given me a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan to torment me. Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me 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 power may rest on me. That is why for Christ sake I delight in weaknesses and insults and hardships and persecutions and difficulties for when I am weak then I am strong." Dear God, I know that most of us here feel weak today in some area of our lives and we need your strength and we need your power.
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