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You know those days where you just can’t seem to shake the feeling of extreme weakness? Yeah, I seem to be having those a lot lately.
 
I want so badly to be strong, bursting with faith, and confident, yet all I am feeling is weak, tired, and worn out.
 
But this is life, right? 
 
We have times when we feel strong, and times we feel weak. There are times we say to ourselves, “Yeah, I think I may have this ‘life thing’ figured out.” Then other times we feel like we can hardly take another breath, or glance a friend in the eye without bursting into tears. 
 
We are heavy-laden with burdens of this life: responsibilities, our own flesh, and personal struggles, in addition to helping loved ones through theirs.
 
Soon enough we will come to a place of emptiness, weakness, and then where can we go for strength?
 
In 2 Corinthians 12:9, the Apostle Paul states:
But He (Jesus) 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.”
 
When we are weak, Christ’s power is made perfect? How?
 
In our moments of weakness, we are led to a place of absolute surrender. 
And surrender is not an act of weakness, it is a display of faith. 
 
Your surrender is a proclamation of who Christ is. 
You are surrendering to the Great Rescuer, the Redeemer of Hearts, the Creator of the World.
 
By letting go of our white-knuckle grip on our lives, we become free to fly away from striving, self-effort, and control. And the Spirit of God rushes in. Really, He has been right there all along, knocking on the doors of our hearts, whispering of His presence, His strength, asking us to let go.
 
Then He sweeps through our souls like a refreshing tidal wave, offering sustenance and refuge for our weary souls.
 
The Apostle Paul goes so far as to say he will “boast all the more gladly” about His weaknesses. Why? So that we can continually expound upon the reason of our faith! 
 
NEWSFLASH: I am weak and imperfect! 
 
The power I boast of is the power of the blood of Jesus, the propitiation for my own sins. Yes, when I admit my weakness, I experience afresh and anew the supernatural strength of Christ’s power.
 
The power of Christ is a power to redeem me, to rescue, to heal, to set free, and to breathe life into dead bones. Yes, I will proclaim my weakness so that I can experience and proclaim the gospel of Christ power to save. 

Yes and amen, over and over.
 
Already, I feel my weakness being transformed, having nothing to do with my efforts, but with my proclamation of who Christ is.
 
We have never been given the promise of, “Hey Christians! Look-- no more weakness over here!” or “Become a Christian, and you will have no more troubles!” In fact, the Word speaks opposite of this.
 
Jesus says in John 16:33,
“In this world you will have trouble, but take heart! I have overcome the world.”
 
In the Amplified version, it reads like this:
“In the world you have tribulation and distress and suffering, but be courageous [be confident, be undaunted, be filled with joy]; I have overcome the world.” [My conquest is accomplished, My victory abiding.]”
 
No, we are not given the promise of ease, but we are given the promise of Victory.
 
We are not given the promise of “no troubles,” but we are given the promise of His presence through every trial.
 
“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or discouraged. The Lord Your God will go ahead of you. He will neither fail you nor forsake you.” 
Deuteronomy 31:6
 
“Some nations boast of their armies and weapons, but we boast in the Lord our God. Those nations will fall down and collapse, but we will rise up and stand firm.” 
Psalm 20:7-8
 
These words of life will transform your current situation. 
 
Despite our personal weaknesses, and the trials we face in life, we have the promise of His presence and His provision. 
 
Friends, let’s begin looking at our weakness as a reminder of our need for our beautiful Savior, Jesus. Our surrender gives way to freedom, and we can rejoice exuberantly in VICTORY for who Christ is, and what He has done.

The power of Christ is a power to redeem me, to rescue, to heal, to set free, and to breathe life into dead bones. Yes, I will proclaim my weakness so that I can experience and proclaim the gospel of Christ power to save. 
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About Marianne Sloan

Marianne Sloan is passionate about Jesus, her family, and living simply, intentionally, and with great joy. She has found that there is no greater life fulfillment than following hard after the God who has created her, knows her by name, and who loves her. The wife to Luke, and mama to four, Marianne and her family live in beautiful Tennessee. She is a homeschool-mom, web-designer, and nature-lover. Spending her days raising and teaching her four littles keeps her hands full, but when she's not mothering, working or teaching, she loves to read, write, garden, and run. You can connect with Marianne on her BLOG { mariannemsloan.com  } and INSTAGRAM { @marianne_sloan }.

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