Gifted With Weakness

The following is a straight-forward and passionate piece that  a friend in Germany wrote, and shared with me.  It seems very fitting at the juncture here in the Song of Songs, and I am honored to be able to share it with you. :)
Love,
Pam

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heart drops“When God created male and female, he made them very vulnerable. Compared to the animals, they are more vulnerable than a mouse.  A mouse is perfectly adapted and outfitted for the level of creation it is made for. It has everything it needs for survival… but not so for human beings!
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God made mankind to live and function only in a paradise , and so their existence has been very threatened ever since losing paradise.
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By using their superior mind, mankind has been able to gain knowledge, survive, and even subdue creation… but this doesn’t change his underlying status of utter weakness and vulnerability.
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If there is anyone who is aware of this grim reality, it’s mankind… and he doesn’t like it at all!  He tries to cover his vulnerability to show himself strong to others. This dressing up to avoid hurting is the cause of all conflict we have experienced since the beginning of time.
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I have to be strong, I have to be tough.  “Survival of the fittest” is the slave-master torturing mankind with incomprehensible pain and suffering.
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Jesus however showed us the opposite way! True strength is shown in choosing vulnerability and lowliness. He says that those who embrace this way will rule the earth.
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There is a willful choice involved in deliberately stopping fighting any more, and in letting God fight for me. I take my eyes off other people and see myself secured in, and by Him.  If they treat me wrongly, I’ll fight against the hurt that I feel inside me, not against the ones doing me wrong.  If I hold something against someone I am not seeing myself as being inside’ of Christ, and so, I have to make a choice. Will I give room to my natural perception, or will I give room for the reality of His life in me?
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Shulamite had no problems with the guards doing her wrong – even wounding her.  Her love was stronger than the grim reality… and so His love in us can be stronger, too.  She knew about her worth and didn’t care about her past at all. She didn’t neglect or hide it, but worked through it .
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The greatest gifts God has given us are our weakness and vulnerability! This is because He wants to be our strength and security. We no longer have to secure ourselves… and so can enjoy nakedness among each other once again.
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Love sets the other free… and always will do so! Love is never satisfied with some outward array but loves to bathe in the truth of the other’s heart. Whenever one tries to behave according to an imagined standard (imposed or self-chosen) this will cause pain to true love and kill it in the end.  Shulamite rested in the knowledge that she was the ultimate the king could find.  This freed her to give herself completely… yes, it was a compulsory need to undress before him. Shulamite didn’t draw back but was completely confident in her love.
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Oh, let’s forget about the past, even forget about the life around us right now. Let’s live for love alone… and watch over each other that we may always be found in His love.  “Come let us run together,” and encourage each other to love Him more and more.”
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~By Markus Reins
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“He said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.”   2 Cor. 12:9
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“Royal bride, listen. Think about this and pay attention to it. Forget about your people and the home you came from.  The King desires your beauty; He is your Lord, worship Him.” Psalm 45:10-11

 

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  1. Markus wrote:

    “There is a willful choice involved in deliberately stopping fighting any more, and in letting God fight for me. I take my eyes off other people and see myself secured in, and by Him. If they treat me wrongly, I’ll fight against the hurt that I feel inside me, not against the ones doing me wrong. If I hold something against someone I am not seeing myself as being ‘inside’ of Christ, and so, I have to make a choice. Will I give room to my natural perception, or will I give room for the reality of His life in me?”

    Yes, letting God fight for us and taking our eyes off the offending party and keeping them on the Son, trusting Him as the one who justifies. This is a hard lesson to learn, yet Christ is our example in all ways.

    “He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he opened not his mouth.” (Isa 53:7 KJ2000)

    “Therefore I take pleasure in weaknesses, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.” (2Co 12:10 KJ2000)

    This is a hard concept for carnal man to grasp for sure, especially those of us who grew up in nations that have conquered other nations. Only IN Christ are these things overcome.

    Michael

    • Marsela Sava on 12/23/2013 at 3:04 am
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    The Lord Jesus become the Son of Man, and as such He assumed the place humans were created to live, utter dependence on God. “I can only do the things I see The Father does, I can speak only what I hear the Father speak”.He lived from the Father, Father was the source of all. How such dependence? He lived loved, He not only knew that was loved, He lived 24/7 in enjoyment of His Fathers’ love. He said, “Father loves the Son, Father shows all things to the Son”.
    Adam sought independence from God and needed to hide behind figs’ clothes, Jesus lived totally dependent in The Father’s love and even the simple people could see that ” this man speak with authority( authenticity) and not like the Pharisees (fake).

    The Shulumite is compared to a lily. The lily simply is, neither toils, nor spins, doesn’t make herself anything, she just receives. And Jesus said even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like the lily. Lily’s source of life is a hidden mystery, and lily is simple enough to receive it!

    1. “He lived loved” … that was profound, Marsela. Huge difference between knowing it and enjoying it, that’s for sure.

  2. Dear Pamela
    Oh, I am delighted to see my dearest big brother Markus whom I dearly love with the love Pappa has poured in my heart, sharing on your blog today. Pam, this was not just a post, but perfectly planned even before creation for my husband is going through something very similar with rejection from our family. Pappa has already freed me into His love and freedom as far as this is concerned, but Hubbie battles very hard at the moment. Markus’ words were just the ointment he needed to help to heal his broken heart. Pam, thank you fo sharing with us today.
    May you be abundantly blessed and filled with love and peace.
    Blessings XX
    Mia

    1. How encouraging, your report, Mia. Thank you so much for sharing it!

  3. Amen, Michael!

  4. The Lord continues, patiently and lovingly, to show me Jehoshaphat’s battle plan: Stand still and see the salvation of the Lord. This was also Moses’ command at the Red Sea. I am often reminded of the old chorus: “Victory, victory shall be mine. If I hold my peace and let the Lord fight my battle, victory shall be mine.”

    Nee told the story of a lifeguard who refused to help someone who was drowning until he gave up and went under the water. At which point he quickly swam out and rescued him. Nee was quite upset with him until he explained that to try and help the drowning victim while he was still trying to save himself would end in disaster for both. The analogous issue for us, as God would not end in disaster, would be the matter of His glory.

    1. AMEN, Chris! However it is a fight against all our natural impulses and reflexes! It costs quite some willpower to stand still when you see a ‘Tornado’ barrelling at you… and fight the impulse to run by trusting the salvation of the Lord!

  5. What a beautiful picture of grace. May i learn to embrace my vulnerabilities & weaknesses!

  6. In the day to day events of living we are confronted by our weakness, and they have the potential to do us harm. Yet our Lover yearns for us to bring these weakness to Him, and to rest in His ability to mend, or transform these weakness.To have us see Him as our all…our all, at all times.

    I agree with Shelby, “What a beautiful picture of grace. May i learn to embrace my vulnerabilities & weaknesses!”

  7. It’s how He made us, isn’t it? Naked from the beginning, clothed only in the reflected light of God, which Adam lost for the sake of knowledge. And how weak we are when naked; when He takes away all our clever ideas and experience-based knowledge; when we are left with censure and misunderstanding, and we cannot defend ourselves, because to do so would be to harm the Lord in us; He, who was crucified naked, in weakness, for us, so that we could be re-clothed in His light.

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