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Ministering Out of Weakness

“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. (2 Corinthians 12:9 )

I think we often forget that Christ can use our weaknesses to minister to others in the body of Christ and to others around us. We may think that our weaknesses disqualify us from ministry. I think of my own life and the place that I come from. Looking back over the past I see an abusive marriage of 30+ years, the loss of supportive and meaningful family relationships, depression and anxiety, loneliness and isolation. I see learned helplessness and a defeatist response to uncontrollable circumstances. Yet I find that I can still minister to others from these places of grayness and dinginess in my life. God still uses me.

Why is that? I think that 2 Corinthians 12:9 is a good answer. God doesn’t need us to be on top of the world to make a difference. We can look at some Biblical examples of Paul, Jeremiah, Elijah, and see that these men often ministered out of difficult situations and circumstances. Jeremiah lamented his whole existence before God. Elijah was triumphant one moment and then in abject depression the next. Paul declares in Second Corinthians that he is at his best when he is at his weakest because then it is God’s power at work.

God’s ways are not the ways of the world and we need to encourage ourselves in this fact and reality. God has not excluded us from ministry. In fact it is often our up and down experiences in life that birth places of ministry and encouragement to others inside and outside the body of Christ.

Lying Tongues

Psalm 101:7 ‘No one who practices deceit shall dwell in my house; no one who utters lies shall continue before my eyes.’

Colossians 3:9-10 ‘Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator.’

Many elite and ordinary people believe that lying is OK. A testimony given recently by a young person about his own friends and acquaintances was, “everyone lies all the time, I don’t know why, they just do”

Jesus teaches in John 8:44 “You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.” In this verse Jesus tells us where intentional lies are coming from. The devil.

Many people today are facing rapid moral decline. This is not where they intended to be in their life. However, they have made choices that have directed their steps, and one of these choices has been to ‘tell a lie’.

The Bible is clear that no liars will enter the kingdom of God. Revelation 21:8 says, “But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the detestable, as for murderers, the sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, their portion will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death.”

Lying is not OK according to God. This practice is not OK because it is a part of our culture or because ‘everyone is doing it’. I had an experience a few days ago where two automobile shop employees lied to me about my car’s need for a $240.00 anti-freeze flush. When I went for a second opinion I found out that my car’s antifreeze capacity was more than adequate.

These two automobile shop employees not only lied to me, but they also emphasized how dangerous it was to the operation of my car to not have this service done immediately. Their whole presentation was a lie and a scam.