The system always tells us to be strong. I need to say....before I can go on to talk about any of the other things that are burning in my heart.....I need to say that it's time to break with that.... it's time for God's people to admit our weaknesses. Look at what the Lord said to Paul the apostle and Paul's response.
2Co 12:9* And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, that the power of Christ may dwell in me.
Grace comes for those who have been humbled, broken....broken by my failures, by my weaknesses, by my pride, my perfect way to do anything and everything.....my wonderful gifts and abilities, my strengths, education, training....shall I go on. In His mercy He lets me stumble and fall and fail.....in order to bring me to the end of myself (through my weaknesses) to allow the strength of His very life to breakthrough in me. Until I get to that point, all you will ever see is me..... not Him.
So I want to boast about my weaknesses, give testimony of my failures.....so you will know that whatever good thing comes out of my life, any revelation I receive, anything I have ever learned....that it comes from Him.
The Lord has shown me some incredible things....things I want to say to you in the next few days.....but I want you to know, that I will not speak about things from a place of having arrived but rather from a place of having failed...the failure brought the revelation.....not from a place of being better than those I speak about, but from a place of having done those same things, being convicted of my sin, repenting, turning from my weakness and my sin......and having removed the log from my eye...perhaps I can help someone with a speck in their eye to avoid some of the pain and anguish of the failure, the falling, the wounds, the waste.......
So as I move into these realms over the next days, please remember that I wrote this from a place of brokenness....a place of failure..... a place of weakness.....and a place of thankfulness for His incredible mercy, forgiveness and restoration.
Any strength that you might see is His...not mine.....and He has given it to me to help others out of the horror of religious darkness into His marvelous light.
He loves us.