Trade in your weakness.

May 3, 2018 by Dr. Jack Graham

I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me.

–Galatians 2:20

The Christian life is a changed life! We know this because the Scripture says, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” You and I are changed by God!

But catch this. The Christian life is also an exchanged life! Isaiah 40:41 says, they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength. Now, that word “renew” is a very interesting word. It literally means “exchange.” 

So listen to what Isaiah is really saying to you! You can exchange your weakness for his strength!

The apostle Paul practiced this very principle faithfully. Though he was mentally and spiritually strong, he had a thorn in his flesh… a problem that afflicted his life. He prayed that God would take it away, but God chose not to. And it was in that experience that Paul said, “I’ve discovered in my weakness, that I’m made strong!” 

Are there times in your life when you feel too weak to do what’s being asked of you? Maybe your heart cries out, “Help, I can’t do this on my own!” Well, it’s true. You cannot. But you are living an exchanged life!

Embrace his strength as your own. As Paul said, “It’s no longer you who lives, but Christ lives in you!”


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