THE WAY OF RELEASE
BY: NORMAN P. GRUBB
“When I am weak, then I am strong.“ – 2 Corinthians 12:10
“Abide in me, and I in you.“ – John 15:4 (KJV)
“Abiding” in that John 15 chapter is, in the Greek, just “remaining”; and we remain by simple faith-recognition. This is the negative to God the Positive, and necessary as a negative – for only when we are consciously weak, as Paul said, then is His strength perfectly manifested. When we are fearing, He is courage. When we dislike, He is the love. And Paul goes as far as to say that he personally takes pleasure in negative situations of weakness, hurts, needs, problems – for when he is weak, then he is strong. There is no doubt that this is the biggest tie-up in thousands of God’s people; in fact, all of us have to start “tangled” to get the knots untied. We are just so bogged down in taking ourselves for granted as normal functioning people, and are so used to preserving an image, that it is a second spiritual breakthrough for us to grasp the fact of helplessness. We had come to acknowledge that we had not kept God’s law and were guilty sinners. But it is another thing, when we are the Lord’s, to discover and admit that we are also helpless saints. We can’t do it, and not only can’t, but are not meant to. We call that “the second collapse.”
-Who Am I?
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