Resolution In Weakness

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So what are your goals for 2012?

Exercise, eat right, and love your loved ones more?  Or maybe love your enemies more?

All of the above for me, and then some… One of my annual traditions in December is to evaluate the year, analyzing my former goals and commitments, then work my way through a long list of questions including:

• Are there items I need to roll over to the New Year?

• Are there forgivenesses I need to clear with others?

• Are there situations and circumstances I need to fade from?

• Have I kept my focus on the main things here on planet earth?

• Did I meet my goals or excel in them?

The end result of this self-test is to see where I stand overall. 

Did I do what I set out to do?  And if not, what steps can I take to improve?

Then after this process, I begin to build a new list for the coming year.

My List for 2012

So in addition to exercise, eat right and love my enemies even more, my list is calling me to write more, read more and definitely have more outdoor adventures in God’s glorious nature.  Yep, more hiking, backpacking, white river rafting.

The white river rafting trip is already planned for the spring, so I am already getting a head start. But these are just the basics of my list.  However I do not stop here.

I am greedy. I want more

More is the word that sums up what I want to accomplish this coming year.

• I want more patience

• I want more times of prayer

• I want more strength to persevere in trials

• I want to give more to those struggling in life-threatening circumstances.

• But most importantly, above all, I want more weakness.

Apostle Paul shares his heart with the believers at the Corinthian church. In all his desires, wants and resolutions, he preferred to have weakness, “And He [God] 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. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.”  II Corinthians. 12:9-10

Wanting more weakness seems like a strange request until one acknowledges in full the understanding of the rich tradeoff.  This tradeoff is found in the mystery of the power of Christ.  When I am weak, the power of Christ rests upon me because when I am weak, I am strong. 

Sounds like a strange request doesn’t it?

I want more weakness because I know that through my weakness the Lord can work perfectly to accomplish all His goals that He has called me to do. So, while others are striving to be stronger in the things of this earth, I prefer to seek things that will last into eternity.

Would you do the same?  Seek to know Christ through your weakness and His power.  It is available to all who believe.  Apostle Paul also says, “For He [Christ] was crucified in weakness, but lives by the power of God.

“For we also are weak in him, but in dealing with you we will live with him by the power of God.  Examine yourselves, to see whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves.” II Corinthians 13:4

Even apostle Paul encourages examining and evaluating people see where they stand in the faith of Christ.  May you also examine yourself this New Year and seek after a deeper weakness to attain a greater strength like never before, in Christ

Questions

1) Would you resolve to seek things eternal with Christ?

2) Would you resolve to trade your own strength and become weak so that you may attain Christ?

3) Would you resolve to put aside the world view and cling full heartedly with a Christ view?

©Copyright 2011 Simone Lake. All Rights Reserved

Spring Agenda

• Arizona State Capitol - March 2012

• Prayer & Spiritual Discipline courses - The Center for Women with Vision, Phoenix Seminary

• Deep Roots in Christ Ministries: monthly Bible lessons on Facebook

• Rim Review: Firm Foundation, first Wednesday of the month

• Trades and Sales online: Rim Reporter: Sacred Matters bi-monthly articles

Publications

• Deep Roots in Christ Ministries: monthly Bible lessons on Facebook

• Rim Review: Firm Foundation, first Wednesdays of the month

• Trades and Sales online: Rim Reporter: Sacred Matters bi-monthly articles www. tradesnsales.com 

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About the author

Simone Lake is a pastor’s wife and full-time minister, serving in various areas. Her primary areas include Bible teacher and conference speaker (both in the U.S. and internationally). In addition, she writes devotional articles in several publications, is a short-term missionary, author, prayer leader, Bible mentor and chaplain.

She holds a master’s degree in theological studies (MTS) and attends Church on Randall Place where she serves in various capacities.

Simone and her husband Pastor John Lake, enjoy outdoor activities such as kayaking, hiking and mountain bike riding.

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