Friday, July 15, 2005

Our weakness countered by Christ's strength

Shortly I'll be discussing the 2nd principle in Dr. Jenson's coaching guide: Achieve Personal Significance. In short, it's about knowing ourselves more fully--where we are doing pretty well and where we are struggling. Think about it: In what areas of your life are you quite successful (and I'm not just talking about financially or other externals; I mean your heart)? And where are you struggling?



Dr. Jenson uses Philippians 4:13 as a key verse in this lesson on the ministry version of the tape.
"I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me."

You can break this verse down in two ways.

I can do all things through Christ...
and
I can do all things.

The first example shows our need for Christ to succeed in life, that without him we won't get very far. Dr. Jenson says this shows we have "soft spots," or sins.

And the second example shows that with Christ we have power to accomplish what he has gifted us for. These are our strengths.

Check out this song for a good example of what I mean:

Artist: Casting crowns
Song: Who am I

Who am I?That the Lord of all the earth,
Would care to know my name,Would care to feel my hurt,
Who am I?That the Bright and Morning Star,
Would choose to light the way,For my ever wandering heart,

Not because of who I am,But because of what You've done,
Not because of what I've done,But because of who You are,

I am a flower quickly fading,Here today and gone tomorrow,
A wave tossed in the ocean (ocean),A vapor in the wind,
Still You hear me when I'm calling,
Lord, You catch me when I'm falling,
And You've told me who I am.. I am Yours.

Who am I?That the eyes that see my sin,
Would look on me with love, and watch me rise again,
Who am I? That the voice that calmed the sea,
Would call out through the rain,And calm the storm in me,

Not because of who I am, But because of what You've done,
Not because of what I've done,But because of who You are,

I am a flower quickly fading,Here today and gone tomorrow,
A wave tossed in the ocean (ocean),A vapor in the wind,
Still You hear me when I'm calling,
Lord, You catch me when I'm falling,
And You've told me who I am...
I am Yours, I am Yours.I am Yours,

Whom shall I fear?Whom shall I fear?'Cause I am Yours,I am Yours.

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