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Strengthen Your Weaknesses Hebrews 12:12
Today in our devotion time, I want to speak to you about strengthening your weaknesses. Now we all have weaknesses. It’s just what we do with them. In fact, it’s very interesting in this passage in Hebrews, chapter 12, that we’ve been looking at in several of these devotions. In Hebrews, chapter 12, in verse 12, it talks about lifting up your drooping hands. Then also it talks about strengthening your weak knees.
We have weaknesses. When a runner is out running a long distance, we have to lift up those drooping hands. In fact, today as I was working out this morning, our trainer said to my partner I was working out with, “Lift up your hands. Straighten up those shoulders.” His arms were becoming weak when we became tired.
When you become tired, there are these weaknesses that begin to set in in our lives. That happens often in our Christian walk, in our Christian life. The more we run the race God has given us to run, we quit picking up our knees. We let our arms droop and our shoulders droop, and we lose that form. You see, the key to the Christian life is form…conformity. Conformity unto the image of Jesus Christ.
We have to keep our eyes fixed on Jesus. He is our great coach, and he says, “Straighten up those shoulders. Pick up those knees when you run.” As you do that, you’ll find yourself becoming more and more like Jesus. Now I know the question is, “How do you do that? How do you strengthen your weaknesses?”
Well, the Bible says in our weaknesses, God’s strength is made perfect. What we must do is we must look for the strength of God. God allows weaknesses in each of our lives. You have them; I have them. God allows these weaknesses in our lives so we will depend upon his strength. You see, where we’re strong, people will say, “Man, that guy is really strong.” Who gets the glory for that? You get the glory.
But when you’re weak and you can’t do something and you’re susceptible to falling and failing, then there’s that grace that’s applied to your life, God’s strength. Then what happens is this. The people look at you, and they say, “Wow! Look what God did in that person. Look what God did in him or her.” What happens is his grace is sufficient, and we are more like Christ. He gets all the glory. He gets all the honor, and that’s what it’s all about.
God in all of our lives knows we have weaknesses, but what he does is he strengthens our weaknesses. He is the great coach who says, “All right. Lift up your shoulders. Pick up those weak knees. Lift them up.” Then he comes, and he gives us the strength and the grace to do that so people look at us and they see the form…conformity unto the image of Jesus. They give great glory and honor to him.
Hebrews : Chapter 12
7) Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as his children. For what children are not disciplined by their father? 8) If you are not disciplined—and everyone undergoes discipline—then you are not legitimate, not true sons and daughters at all. 9) Moreover, we have all had human fathers who disciplined us and we respected them for it. How much more should we submit to the Father of spirits and live! 10) They disciplined us for a little while as they thought best; but God disciplines us for our good, in order that we may share in his holiness. 11) No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it. 12) Therefore, strengthen your feeble arms and weak knees. 13) “Make level paths for your feet,”[b] so that the lame may not be disabled, but rather healed. Warning and Encouragement
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