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Restoring Life Foundation

Restoring Lives - From Adversity to Destiny!

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The Day Off - When you are weak then you are strong

Posted by restoringlifefoundation on March 10, 2011 at 6:53 AM

I recently attended a conference on healing hosted by a church a friend of mine attends, I worked regularly for the visiting ministry but my attendance at this conference was one of moral support to the organiser. As I entered the reception I was warmly welcomed by familiar faces, when the ministry director approached me about helping out with ministry that day I swiftly declined saying “this is my day off, I am here to receive”. My reason for this approach was two-fold I was feeling a little burnt out and some personal issues were taking their toll, and so in my estimation it was probably best for me to sit back and let God use this time to restore me.

As I settled down in my seat near the front of the church, about ten minutes went by before the official registration started, and the arrival of curious attendees. Very soon after registration began, familiar faces from the visiting ministry filed in all with the same question, "are you ministering today?” to which I repeatedly said "no". As the church began to fill, a petite older gentlemen pointed to the seat next to me and asked me whether it was OK for him to sit down, I smiled and welcomed him to my row. Pretty soon the entire church was buzzing with anticipation as registration was nearing the end. Somehow, and I can’t remember quite how, I became very deeply involved in conversation with this older gentlemen. Before long we were discussing intimate details of his journey as well as the many roadblocks and dead ends he had encountered. Without noticing I began expounding on scriptures, God’s promises, purposes, and His truth for all His children. As I did I witnessed a miracle, the countenance of this man changed dramatically , his slumped back, downcast face changed, as he piped up “these are some of the answers I have been searching for over 10 years of my Christian life” I was amazed at his response and felt blessed to have been so helpful to him.

As the day drew on, many other answers were offered and grasped with two hands by this unassuming older gentleman, such that by the end of the day I had spoken to and coached others who were sitting close by and had been listening carefully to my answers and his responses. As the conference came to a close I fed back some comments to my contacts within the church, before I left pointing out areas of discipleship that might be of assistance to their members. On reflection I recognised Gods affirming hand, reminding me that my purpose is in every facet of my being, running from it would be to deny my very self, also showing me that my willingness to respond to the call no matter how I was feeling inside had left me energised and empowered.

I left the church with a warm fuzzy feeling and chuckled to myself, “I see what you’re up to” I said in a loud voice recognising the hand of God at work throughout each encounter I had that day. “Day off huh” I laughed there is no such thing in the Kingdom of God.

2 Corinthians 12:9-10

But 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. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong

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