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Topic: Purposefulness (Purpose in Life) (05/25/06)
TITLE: Weakness for His Glory
By Derek Elkins
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ďBut I have raised you up for this very purpose, that I might show you my power
and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth.Ē
God gave purpose to Pharaoh, so that he might believe in the power and majesty of the true God. He gave this purpose so that Pharaoh could know that he stood against God Almighty, and against such, there was no hope of opposition. Ultimately, He gave this purpose so that Godís Name would be proclaimed throughout the earth. We, as followers of Christ, share in this purpose. He has raised us up for the purpose of spreading His name and increasing His glory. He has raised us up so that He could increase.
Pharaoh, like Judas, was raised up and allowed to continue, so that Godís will could achieve fruition. If Pharaoh were not allowed to harden his heart, the renown of the Lord of hosts would not have reached the heights that it did because of the exodus of the Jews. If Judas were not allowed to continue in his betrayal, the death, burial, and resurrection of our Lord would not have proceeded as it did. This is not to say that God could not achieve His purposes through different methods. But God receives the most glory when the light appears dimmest and when humans are in the weakest position.
The harder road does not lead to the greater glory because it strengthens us, although that is a by-product. The harder road leads to greater glory because it allows God to reveal His power and receive the greater glory. Faith is the harder road. The more we step out in faith and into areas where we have no strength of our own, the more God can step forward and reveal His power and majesty. We do not see miracles as often today because we have not allowed ourselves into a place of weakness where God can receive the greatest glory. Faith allows us to step out into weakness so that His power can uphold us.
∑ A disciple walks in weakness so that Godís strength can uphold him
Application: Have you been trying to live victoriously through your own power? Can God receive the greater glory through your weakness?
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