Saturday, November 08, 2008

In an hour dark, and a moment sad.

The Apostle Paul said "when I am weak I am strong." It's a tougher message when you read it in context.
2 Cor 12:7-10
And lest I should be exalted above measure by the abundance of the revelations, a thorn in the flesh was given to me, a messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I be exalted above measure. 8 Concerning this thing I pleaded with the Lord three times that it might depart from me. 9 And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
Well I am feeling very weak. I'm tired of being embattled. Tired of weakness in my walk. Tired of asking to be restored yet again. Tired of needing escape from the traps and nets set by the enemy's minions and my own failings. Tired of not being on the front lines needing nothing more than revelation and provision for the war. I'm tired of having to remind myself that I need to forgive people even if they don't deserve it. I'm tired of having so much I want to do but being distracted by flaming arrows bombarding my family. I guess with all this tiredness one might say I'm weary.

Jesus said.
Mat 11:28-30
Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”
Would you pray with me that I would enter into that rest. I know I need to stop being my own protection. I need to lay down the sword of my own might. I know these things. Yet it is a vicious circle I'm walking in these days. Exhausted from the fight, which makes me so vulnerable that my defenses are going up instead of letting my faith be a shield.


Kevl said...

It's amazing how a confession of weakness brings about strength. The Lord hasn't changed a thing (that I'm aware of) about the attack on my family but I have been motivated to start actually writing my review of John MacArthur's 20th Anniversary Edition of "The Gospel According To Jesus"

Wow I can't believe it. I'm sitting here with all my research, that I haven't touched since it was actually hot outside, and part 1 and part 2 of my upcoming series on the book are written. Finally!!

I guess I'll be posting them shortly. I want to review what I have written over the next couple of days anyway.


Stanley Wong said...

Hi Kev,

When I am feeling helpless and vulnerable, I cry out to the Lord using Psalm 91 and am comforted by His faithfulness:

Psalm 91(NLT)

1 Those who live in the shelter of the Most High
will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
2 This I declare about the Lord:
He alone is my refuge, my place of safety;
he is my God, and I trust him.
3 For he will rescue you from every trap
and protect you from deadly disease.
4 He will cover you with his feathers.
He will shelter you with his wings.
His faithful promises are your armor and protection.
5 Do not be afraid of the terrors of the night,
nor the arrow that flies in the day.
6 Do not dread the disease that stalks in darkness,
nor the disaster that strikes at midday.
7 Though a thousand fall at your side,
though ten thousand are dying around you,
these evils will not touch you.
8 Just open your eyes,
and see how the wicked are punished.

9 If you make the Lord your refuge,
if you make the Most High your shelter,
10 no evil will conquer you;
no plague will come near your home.
11 For he will order his angels
to protect you wherever you go.
12 They will hold you up with their hands
so you won’t even hurt your foot on a stone.
13 You will trample upon lions and cobras;
you will crush fierce lions and serpents under your feet!

14 The Lord says, “I will rescue those who love me.
I will protect those who trust in my name.
15 When they call on me, I will answer;
I will be with them in trouble.
I will rescue and honor them.
16 I will reward them with a long life
and give them my salvation.”

Kevl said...

wow that's beautiful Stanley. Thank you!

I've never read the Psalms in the NLT before.

What blessed assurance there is in this one!!

Thank you for sharing your prayers from Scripture with me! Bless you Brother, Bless you!

What wonderful timing too! I was just here to make a post. :)