Showing posts with label weakness. Show all posts
Showing posts with label weakness. Show all posts

Jan 30, 2014

Lessons from a Hummingbird

When a hummingbird builds a nest, the bird does not think ahead of time, "I will build a beautiful nest." She instinctively gathers tiny sticks, feathers, and soft things that please her, mindfully and enjoyably doing what is natural, just one pleasing piece at a time. And then, as if by magic, a beautiful, safe nest is created by God.

"Do you think lightly of the riches of [God's] kindness and tolerance and patience, not knowing that the kindness  [safeness, love, goodness and beauty] of God leads you to repentance?" (Romans 2:4 - words in brackets mine)
When we see that God is tender, and become still with that safeness, and do just one thing mindfully in freedom and faith, we effortlessly build something beautiful from God. 

Jun 9, 2012

Say what?! Jesus was feeble?!

I was drawn to a familiar verse this morning and did some digging that took me beyond the dullness which familiarity can bring into a freshness and light, like coming out of a coal mine into a fragrant forest with a store of diamonds. Let me take you on my adventure.

This comforting verse is Hebrews 4:14-16:
Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has gone through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are — yet was without sin. Let us then approach the throne of grace boldly, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.

The first diamond is the word “sympathize.” The King James translates this “touched with the feeling of, “ the Amplified, “shared feeling.”

Did you catch that?? God has feelings. The same feelings that we do!!

The Catholic Public Domain Version, uses the word “compassion.” Last, my favorite, “commiserate mutually” (Strong’s number 4834-5).

So, Jesus mutually commiserates with us.
He feels the same way we feel,
soul to soul, brother to brother, friend to friend.
Jesus is not just my Lord, he is my brother and closest friend.
Wow, wow, wow!

Second is the word “weaknesses.” Strong’s number 772 translates this as “feebleness of mind, body, or morality (soul). The lack of ability to do things great and glorious, to restrain corrupt desires, or to bear trials and troubles.”

Do you grasp the significance of this word, feeble?
In my wildest imaginings I never thought of Christ this way.
Not only does He feel the same way I do, 
but He has felt “corrupt desires.” 

At times, Jesus was weak, 
feeble in mind and body -- and even in soul. 

There were moments when Christ felt like he wasn't going to be able to do anything great and glorious
Jesus doubted Himself.

This makes me think of Him in the Garden of Gethsemane, weeping tears of blood. I’ve always known he felt anguish. But I never thought Jesus felt weak or doubted his ability to do the right thing! 

But He came to earth in weakness as a helpless infant.
And, even though He rose in power and glory
Jesus is still the Lamb of God. 

Few things are weaker than the newborn babies
whether of men or sheep.

This blows my mind! Jesus (that is God Incarnate) has felt this weak -- even feeble. He gets us. He was human. But he was the only human to feel this way, to BE this way and not screw up. That is the only reason He could take our sin upon his own shoulders. And that is the reason we can come “boldly” before God, the third diamond.

By now, I hope you are starting to see that God is safe. Not only does He not condemn us, but he feels like we feel. So when I am tempted. When I want to do the wrong thing. Or when I HAVE done the wrong thing, there is no barrier between me and God. ... None.

"Boldly,”(Strong’s 3954) means, “bluntly, frankly, openly — speaking freely, clearly, and fearlessly.” 

If you are feeling like a failure,
or if you have failed, 
go to God and spill your guts. 

Don’t mince words. Tell it like it is. Talk to God like you are talking to the only Person you have ever been able to trust. Do you hate someone? Or maybe you just hate God. Are you angry or consumed with the desire to do something unspeakable? Maybe you have done something unthinkable. Go! Go bluntly, frankly, openly — speaking freely, clearly, and fearlessly to God.

And you know what you will find? You will find the fourth diamond, “mercy.” Strong’s 1656 tells us that mercy means “tender kindness joined with the desire to help.” So much for the idea of a hard-hearted high-and-mighty God holding a scepter on His judgment seat. That is not the God of the Bible. He did have to judge sin, but because He is the kindest, most loving, most compassionate Being in the universe, he judged Himself instead of judging us. No other god did that.

To us, He extends the last diamond, “grace,” my favorite. When we have done the unthinkable and we go to God, believing in the Gift given to us by the death and resurrection of His Son, we find:

Grace gives 
and loveliness.


If that is the way God treats me, how much more must I extend the same thing to my fellow man, no matter how offended I am by what he or she has done. As Jesus said at the end of His story about the Good Samaritan who loved and cared for his enemy who, under different circumstances, would have hated him, “You — Go and do likewise” (Luke 10:25-37).

The real Gospel is scandalous.
Dare to believe it
and then live it!

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Apr 16, 2009

Blog Carnival

God Nuggets Blog is honored to be featured on this month's Christians with Chronic Illness Blog Carnival. The article selected was "Fantastically Fragile." There are some great blog entries featured, so check them out. Click the picture to read more!

Dec 15, 2008

Fantastically Fragile

To most people, strength is beauty and weakness repulsive...
But God is attracted to weakness.

"God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong" (1 Corinthians 1:27).

God gives and commands special treatment for the weak, the brokenhearted, the contrite, the dependent. So why is it that when we come across someone like this we are disgusted or at least uncomfortable?

I have a friend named Donna. Donna is attracted to weakness. In a pet store full of beautiful birds, she fell in love with the one-legged bird that preferred to hide under his newspaper all day. When she chose from a litter of kittens, she looked at the runt, the one that might die, and said, "I want that one." What a beautiful picture of God.

When you are down, when you are at your worst, when you feel like a bug that has hit the windshield of a car. That is when God says, "I want that one," and points at you.


You can stop reading here. But, if you'd like to dig a little deeper, I selected some encouraging Scriptures. Most are paraphrased for simplicity. Each is linked to take you directly to the original Scripture if you want to see it:
  • Psalm 12:5 - God arises and protects the weak.
  • Psalm 72:13 - He pities the needy and saves them from death.
  • Ezekiel 34:16 - God searches for, binds up, and strengthens the injured.
  • Romans 15:1 - God commands us to "bear with the failings of the weak."
  • Hebrews 5:2 - Jesus subjected himself to weakness when He came in the flesh.
  • 2 Corinthians 12:9 - He said to me, "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.
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Dec 2, 2008

The God Who Heals

Jehovah Rophe.
"The God Who Heals."
That is the name of our God.
Healing isn't just something God does.
It's something He IS.

I believe God can't touch a life without bringing healing into it. But it is not for us to say when or what that healing will look like. Sometimes it takes the form of emotional healing. Other times, God heals a character defect, or a relationship. At other times God heals a sin problem. Jesus still heals physically just as he did when he walked the earth, And He still performs the ultimate miracle of redeeming a soul from eternal death.

"Then why am I still in pain?" you may ask. I have no adequate answer other than to tell you that suffering is an extremely valuable commodity in the economy of God's Kingdom. Therefore, your reward will be great (2 Corinthians 4:16-18). God stores up every tear in a bottle in heaven (Psalm 56:8). E
ven though God knows, that if we could see what He sees, we would actually choose the same suffering for ourselves, He weeps with us anyway (John 11:35).

"[God] said, 'My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.' So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me" (2 Corinthians 12:9).

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Nov 5, 2008

The Clever Disguise

If we revel in our own glory, we're giving ourselves too much credit.


If we wallow in our sinfulness, we're giving ourselves too much credit.
"...the ruthless, sleepless, unsmiling concentration upon self ...
is the mark of Hell."
~ C.S. Lewis

Though one is cleverly disguised, they are each forms of pride.
The cross has taken care of both.


Soli Deo Gloria!

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With inspiration from my DH Mike this time.
Thanks Mikey!

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Sep 21, 2008

Walking Blind

Journal entry from Oct. 10, 1987
Dear Jesus,

I am so confused. Why, Jesus? Are my motives not pure? Is this a test of faith? A demonic attack? Will you not protect me from the evil one? Have I not surrendered this to you? I am spiritually blind; please open my eyes!

I feel ungrounded, like I'm walking in shifting sand. Am I not abiding in you? I cannot see what I have done, if anything! I do not know what is happening or why, or what Your purpose is.
Your strength is made perfect in weakness. I am truly weak now.

Jesus, I will go through anything for You, even things I don't understand. But please have mercy on me and show me your purpose, what I have done wrong, or what you want me to know?

This is an interesting entry to look back on after so many years. Thankfully, I don't feel this way so often any more. But can you read the mixed message between the lines? It goes something like this: Jesus I submit to you, but show me how I can fix it. It's amazing how many "I"s are in the entry.

God says in Isaiah that He will lead the blind by ways they have not known. But he doesn't say he will necessarily give them sight. Do I have the faith to follow blind?


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