But he (the Lord) said to me, “My Grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” …For when I am weak, then I am strong. 2 Cor. 12:9-10 (NIV).

We are all weak. Weaknesses can be: physical, emotional, intellectual or spiritual. A weakness or ‘thorn’ as Paul called it is not a sin or a vice or a character that you can change. It may be a physical limitation, like a handicap, a chronic illness, naturally low energy, or a disability. It may be an emotional limitation, such as a trauma scar, hurtful memory, a personality peculiarity or a hereditary disposition. In addition, there may be innumerable uncontrolled circumstances that weakness us such as financial and relational limitations.

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Then Jacob called for his sons and said: “Gather around so I can tell you what will happen to you in days to come, “Assemble and listen, sons of Jacob; listen to your father Israel’ (Gen. 49:1-2 NIV).

Jacob‘s last words concerning the character and continuing development of God’s promises to Israel through his twelve sons are full of prophetic significance. When Jacob blesses his 12 sons in Gen 49 he also outlined their descendants. Each prophecy was based on clear understanding of the character and traits of each son, e.g. Rueben’s instability, Joseph’s faithfulness, etc.

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Friendships are often tested by separation and silence. This is true in your relation with God too. There may be times in life when we feel forgotten and alone. It is easy to worship God when things are going great in your life – food, friends, family, health and happy situations. But circumstances are not always pleasant. How do you worship God then? What do you do when God seems a million miles away?

In periods of seeming separation, you may feel God is angry with you or he is disciplining you for some sin. In fact sin does disconnect us from intimate fellowship with God. We grieve God’s spirit by disobedience. But often this feeling of abandonment from God has nothing to do with sin. It is a test of faith – one we all must face

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