JULY 19 - 2 Corinthians 12:9 and Exodus 4:10-12

DAY 19 - PROFILES AND PROMISES

By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

"And He said unto me, 'My grace is sufficient for thee: for My strength is made perfect in weakness.' Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me."
2 Corinthians 12:9

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"And Moses said unto the Lord, 'O my Lord, I am not eloquent, neither heretofore, nor since Thou hast spoken unto Thy servant: but I am slow of speech, and of a slow tongue.'
And the Lord said unto him, 'Who hath made man's mouth? Or who maketh the dumb, or deaf, or the seeing, or the blind? Have not I the Lord? Now therefore go, and I will be with thy mouth, and teach thee what thou shalt say."
Exodus 4:10-12

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Memory Catcher: The testimony of Moses and God in an acrostic nutshell:
Moses Ordinary; Savior Extraordinary; Settled.
Moses mirrors the common man's plight of ordinariness, insecurity, and unsurety. God mirrors the common man's solution: His extraordinariness, His strength, and His absolute sufficiency.
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Today we begin with an exercise and you are forbidden to read on ... until you have completed the task:
 Jot down five of your inadequacies or weaknesses.
Stop.
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God is looking over your shoulder at your "inadequate" list and He now formally excuses you from service. He had no idea what He was working with.
Now that you've been honest with Him and revealed your truest self to Him,
He renders you unfit.
You have been declared incapable, unusable, and insufficient on all accounts.
Go back to whatever you're doing, employ your areas of perceived strengths, and labor on.
Hmmm ...
Do we seriously think that our summary of weaknesses is a negative in God's eyes?
On the contrary, think what it must be like to be God Almighty, who is chiefly concerned with receiving glory from our lives.
Would He want to to display Himself through our strengths or through our weaknesses?
It's a weighty consideration.
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Record five of your strengths.
Stop.
Consider the word "your" closely.
Do "your" strengths matter to God?
Do they contribute a manifestation to God's glory or yours?
Hmmm ...
Think. Think. Think.
Perceived strengths most often glorify self;
Understood weaknesses lend themselves to speaking about God's strength.
This spiritual reality should breathe life and vitality into our areas of weakness.
It is not likely that God is going to labor through you to show Himself strong through your strengths.
It is a truth that He is going to show Himself strong through your weaknesses.
Look at your "inadequate list" one more time and now, beside each weakness of yours, record a strength of God's.
Hmmm...
Maybe we're on to something.
"But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise, and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; and base things of the world, and things which are despised hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not to bring to nought things that are. That no flesh should glory in His presence. But of Him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption. That, according, as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord."
1 Corinthians 1:27-31
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Great and Sufficient Father, 
I have assigned myself glories which do not belong to me in strengths that I have perceived in me.
Forgive me, Father,
I am wrong.
 I have shorted You of a glory that belongs only to You by attempting to cover and hide arenas of perceived weakness.
Forgive me,
I think You should like to operate and declare Yourself wondrously there.
Utilize the arenas of weakness ... and manifest Your glory through me and to me as You see fit.
Thank you for being all that I can never be:
My wisdom, righteousness, sanctification, and redemption.
You are great and You are good.
Amen.