No doubt you, like me, hate it when you stuff up; when you fail God, when you fall short in your thoughts, words and deeds in responding to His amazing love; and the guilt of our weaknesses … well, it weighs you down.

You may have noticed here in these Fresh devotional messages that I’m not backward in coming forward in sharing my own weaknesses and failures with you. And there’s a reason for that. You know that old saying … no man is a total loss; he can always be used as a bad example.

Even if, with every fibre of our being, we want to honour God all the time, some days I’m going to fall short and other days you’re going to fall short. And here’s what can happen. Because of our natural weaknesses, our sense of failure and inadequacy can stunt our growth in Christ. They hold us back from being all that God made us to be. Contrast that with the Apostle Paul’s attitude:

2 Corinthians 12:9 But the Lord said, “My grace is all you need. Only when you are weak can everything be done completely by my power.” So I will gladly boast about my weaknesses. Then Christ’s power can stay in me.

He isn’t afraid to boast in his weaknesses either, because He knows that the very reason that God’s power is at work in Him is because … no, he isn’t perfect. Neither are you and I.

I love how J Sidlow Baxter puts it … We have free, full, final, forever forgiveness in the atoning work of Christ.

We can have complete confidence in Christ because of what He’s done. So don’t be afraid of your weaknesses. Don’t let your sense of inadequacy stunt your growth.

So I will gladly boast about my weaknesses. Then Christ’s power can stay in me.

That’s God’s Word. Fresh … for you … today.

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