Brag About Infirmities

26 05 2013

“Therefore, I will all the more gladly glory in my weaknesses and infirmities, that the strength and power of Christ (the Messiah) may rest (yes, may pitch a tent over and dwell) upon me!” ( 2 Corinthians 12:9)

*Breath Prayer … “I will boast in my infirmities that the power of Christ may dwell upon me.”

Sometimes, I wonder how I can boast in my infirmities. How can I boast about pain, fatigue, fever, nausea, etc.? I normally would think about complaining or taking about them, but boasting?! You usually would boast about victories, accomplishments, material possessions, or success, but not illness and weakness.

So often, illness is looked on as a failure or punishment, not something to boast about. People avoid you when you talk about your illness. They just can’t handle it. They run, give choice pieces of advice, suggest treatments or cures, tell you it’ll all be okay or you’re strong and you can handle it, or take you on as a project to take care of. Some people will keep any weakness or illness secret for fear of people’s responses.

It’s interesting that the physical infirmity or “thorn in the flesh” that Paul asked the Lord to remove three times seems to have been a vision problem that wasn’t painful but made his appearance repulsive. For three days after Paul was struck down on the road to Damascus, he lay blind not eating or drinking.

Paul casually and briefly mentioned his weakness or infirmity with no details or much information about it. Then, he went on to boast in what the Lord was doing in his life with his infirmity. So, maybe we need to just mention our physical problems and then go on to boast in, not for, our infirmity and glorify the Lord.

*Breath Prayer- Take a scriptural promise, turn in into a seven syllable affirmation give or take a few, in present tense and second person, and say it on the perfect breath (in to a count of 3 out of a count to a count of 6) as you breathe out.




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