2 Cor. 12:10 π Phlp. 4:13
4. Passivity caused by a wrong thought about weakness. The believer consents to a perpetual condition of weakness, under a misconception of its being a necessary state for the manifestation of Divine life and strength. This is generally based upon Paul's words "When I am weak, then am I strong" ( 2 Cor. 12:10 ), the believer not apprehending that this was a statement made by the Apostle of a simple fact that when he was weak, he found God's strength sufficient for all His will; and that it is not an exhortation to God's children deliberately to will to be weak, and hence unfit for service in many ways, instead of saying "I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me." ( Phlp. 4:13; top ) That the "will" to be weak, so as to have a claim on Christ's strength, is a wrong thought, can be seen practically in many lives, where "weakness" is passively accepted, with a burden and care to others, which is no evidence of such an attitude being in accordance with God's plan and provision. The "will" to be weak actually hinders God's strengthening, and by this subtle deception of the enemy in the minds of many, God is robbed of much active service for Him.
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