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Monday | 23 April 2018
Content with weakness

In his letter to the Romans, Paul said that circumcision was not outward, in the flesh. Rather, circumcision is inward, and of the heart. It is a work that is accomplished in our heart by the Holy Spirit. Selfish and sinful attitudes are cut from our motivations and are replaced with the love of God. The love of God becomes the new motivation of our life. Our righteousness does not come from ourselves, and our approval does not come from men. They both come from God the Father.

The apostle Paul said that he accepted the fact that the Lord was ordering the circumstances of his life. He said, in his letter to the Philippians, ‘Not that I speak from want, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am. I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need. I can do all things through Him who strengthens me. Nevertheless, you have done well to share with me in my affliction.’ Have we learned this secret; and has it become our confession of faith?

We understand the mystery of the cross as we appropriate its secret at a personal level. The word of the Lord to us is the same as it was for the apostle Paul – ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness’. In our weakness, we are strong, because the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set us free from the law of sin and death. For this reason, Paul testified, saying, ‘I am well content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ’s sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong.’ Are we also content with weaknesses, insults, distresses, persecutions and difficulties?


Further Study:
2 Corinthians 12
Daily Proverb:
Proverbs 23

References:

Php 4:11-13
Not that I speak from want, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am. I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need. I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.

2Co 12:9-10
And He has said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness." Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me. (10) Therefore I am well content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ's sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong.

Rom 8:2
For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death.

Rom 2:28-29
For he is not a Jew who is one outwardly, nor is circumcision that which is outward in the flesh. But he is a Jew who is one inwardly; and circumcision is that which is of the heart, by the Spirit, not by the letter; and his praise is not from men, but from God.

Isa 40:29-31
He gives strength to the weary, And to him who lacks might He increases power. Though youths grow weary and tired, And vigorous young men stumble badly, Yet those who wait for the LORD Will gain new strength; They will mount up with wings like eagles, They will run and not get tired, They will walk and not become weary.

Eph 3:14-16
For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man.
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