God empowers us to speak according to His will and His word

Published 8:11 am Thursday, April 25, 2024

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From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Dear Rev. Graham: What does the Bible mean when it says that when we are weak, we are strong? Seems contradictory to me. – W.S.

Dear W.S.: The Apostle Paul wrote, “When I am weak, then I am strong” (2 Corinthians 12:10, NKJV). How is it possible to be both?

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Paul was stating a very important truth: When we attempt to do God’s work in our own strength instead of God’s strength, we will fail. Only when we acknowledge our weakness and look to the Holy Spirit for the wisdom and strength we need will God bless our efforts.

It is true that we can prepare ourselves to teach, to counsel, to volunteer for a mission, or to serve others; but when God empowers us to speak according to His will and His word, we accomplish His purpose. Only God can prepare the hearts of those we witness to. We can do nothing of eternal value without the Lord. When we pray fervently and study the Bible, the Lord will prepare us for service and prepare the hearts of those we serve.

There is no greater strength, no greater assurance that He is with us, than when we go forth equipped and nourished by His instruction. The Bible tells us that the Lord will be our strength when our hearts trust in Him, and He helps us (see Psalm 28:7). We must be honest before God about our weaknesses and ask Him to help us overcome them, so that we can serve Him more effectively – with purpose. Our eyes, our ears, our hands and feet, and our thoughts and hearts, when given completely to Christ, will bear much fruit.


(This column is based on the words and writings of the late Rev. Billy Graham.)