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When a Weakness Is Not a Weakness

When a Weakness Is Not a Weakness

I hope you are on this purpose-finding journey with us. We are learning that we have one purpose in this life, and the purpose is realized in God’s plan for our lives. This past Sunday, we saw how God has been developing our individual SHAPE (Spiritual Gifts, Heart, Abilities, Personality, Experience) to equip us to live our purpose-serving life.
I shared how God does not waste a hurt, but I know how you think—because I feel the same way—I want to think about my strengths and not my limitations. I know…that seems logical when we view our purpose through the eyes of the world. Strength Finder 2.0preached that same mentality: keep your eyes on strengths and not weaknesses for optimum performance. God does not work that way.
Let us turn our attention to the example of Jacob and how he got a new name. Jacob is known as a trickster to many theologians. He tricked his brother, and he tricked his father-in-law. He mastered the art of trick-and-run. In fact, he was jumping from the frying pan into the fire when he had an encounter with the living God.
Jacob had left his father-in-law and was heading back home to deal with an angry brother. Jacob got into a fight, not with his brother Esau but with a stranger, and it would turn out to be an epic one. His opponent was God. Jacob used his strengths well in his wrestling match with God and refused to release his grip until he was blessed by God.
Pastor Rick shares God’s response: God touched Jacob’s thigh muscle—the strongest muscle in our bodies—and Jacob was forever changed. God named him Israel—wrestles with God. He walked with a limp the rest of his life. What had been a strength was now a weakness, and he was no longer able to run away as he had before. He became a great nation.
We should not run from our weaknesses. The Devil loves the darkness and secrets and hiding things. Trying to hide the truth just fuels his fire and makes him stronger. Instead of living in denial or running from our limitations, we can turn the tables. We can choose to figure out how God is going to create through them.
We are servants of God, and God has big plans for us. Our strengths and weaknesses are not wasted in God’s great tapestry, and nothing disqualifies us from finding our purpose. God redeems us, claims us, and sends us out to reach others for Him. Join us this Sunday as we learn about our purpose as messengers.
Blessings to you,
Joe
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