Daily Devotional

That Christ's Power May Rest on Me

by Simon Whitton

9 But 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.
10 That is why, for Christ's sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties.  For when I am weak, then I am strong.

2 Corinthians 12:9-10 (NIV)

Christ's power is not only about miracles and amazing answers to prayer, it's also about His nature and His temperament.  The power of His love, peace, insight, forgiveness, and grace; these are life changing qualities when they rest on us and they cause us to walk in the way of the Lord.

Blessed are those whose strength is in you, who have set their hearts on pilgrimage.
Psalm 84:5(NIV)

If we want Christ's power to rest on us, we must learn to rely on Him and His strength, not our own.  This means we have to be willing to lose our independence, our confidence in our own abilities, strengths and resources. Instead, our heart has to turn towards the Lord and lean on Him.

This is what the LORD says: "Cursed is the one who trusts in man, who depends on flesh for his strength and whose heart turns away from the LORD.
"But blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, whose confidence is in him.

Jeremiah 17:5,7 (NIV)

For us to learn reliance on the Lord and His strength requires a work of the Holy Spirit in our hearts.  Perhaps we shouldn't be surprised that this work can't be done by us.  We are dependent on the Lord to accomplish this, which He does by using failure, weakness, poverty, pain, difficulty and suffering.  The Holy Spirit brings us to the end of our own strength, so we can find the beginning of God's.

Paul recognized this work of the Holy Spirit in his life, which is why he delighted in weaknesses and hardships.  Like Paul, we should embrace this work of God in our lives, knowing that as He brings us to the end of our own strength and resources, He forces us to rely on His.

8 We do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about the hardships we suffered in the province of Asia.  We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired even of life
9 Indeed, in our hearts we felt the sentence of death.  But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead.

2 Corinthians 1:8-9 (NIV)

Spend some time in prayer and ask that the Holy Spirit will lead you to a place where you no longer rely on yourself but on God.  Pray that you would be able to embrace weakness and suffering in your life as a work of God that will result in blessing.  Pray that as Christ's power rests on you, that He would use you to minister to others.

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