THE STRENGTH OF WEAKNESS

“We ourselves had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not have
trust in ourselves, but in God who raises the dead” (2 Cor.1:9).

Divine power does not work along with human power. Human power has to be
set aside that divine power may be perfected in human weakness. Many a
man is ineffective in the service of God because he is too strong. If we pray
for more divine power it is most likely the Father will answer by causing us
to experience our own utter weakness and nothingness as never before.
This is humbling to us, but it is the Father’s blessed and holy way of
preparing vessels fit for the Master’s use. The power of man must be set
aside, crucified, if the resurrection life of the Lord Jesus is to be manifested
in our mortal bodies.

“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. 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.”
(2 Cor. 12:9,10). — C.A. Coates

Degrees of Deliverance

“But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom,
and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption.” 1 Cor. 1:30

“And be found in Him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of
the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which
is of God by faith.” Phil. 3:9
“But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ…” Phil.3:7

“The one [believer] who has learned the evil of his old nature before God,
will be far more devoted than the one who has only known pardon from
the sins of that nature. The latter may be more enthusiastic in his love
to the Savior, but it is because of what He has done for him. The one who
has found Him as his in the presence of the Father outside and apart from
the old man, will rejoice in what He is to him, and Christ is his gain. The
one who has found Him as his righteousness before God grows in
the excellence of the knowledge of Christ.

To my mind the sense of Christ is greater when He is known in
preserving from evil, rather than in rescuing from it. I think some
natures, as Peter’s, will not bow without an actual fall; others submit
and humble themselves when they reach only the brink; and others are
subdued when they see the precipice from which His strong arm saves
them. The Cross and all that has been effected thereon get a fuller and
clearer place in the soul; but this must ever be with the realization of
being united in glory to Him who was there.” —J.B. Stoney

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