WEAKNESS, FEAR, AND MUCH TREMBLING


Notice that Paul said, “And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling” (1 Corinthians 2:3). Today this kind of statement would be seen as a lack of faith in many Christian circles. But in fact, this attitude of “weakness,” “fear,” and “much trembling” was the very perspective that launched Paul into a powerful faith ministry!

“Weakness,” “fear,” and “much trembling” may not sound like the characteristics of a man of faith and power, but they are nonetheless. Allow me to explain.

I know great men and women of God from all across the world. They have mountain-moving faith, and they regularly witness God perform incredible, breathtaking signs and wonders. Yet naturally speaking, they still have to deal with “weakness,” “fear,” and “much trembling” every time they stand up to minister. This fact may surprise some people because these same ministers appear to be so bold and courageous when they are operating under the anointing of the Holy Spirit. But even as they operate in miraculous realms of faith that literally amaze their audience, God-called ministers often struggle personally with feelings of uncertainty.

Let me give you a hypothetical example of what I mean. A preacher steps onto the stage to minister to thousands of sick people. He is fully aware that many of them have driven or flown hundreds or even thousands of miles to come to his healing service. They are all expecting to receive their healing that very night, and that minister is their point of contact to receive a miracle from God. This awareness creates an overwhelming sense of responsibility in the soul of that preacher — very much like the feeling of “weakness,” “fear,” and “much trembling” Paul described.

When that minister looks out into the crowd and sees the great needs and the expectations of the masses, he knows that some will die if they aren’t healed that night. He knows that only God can meet every need, heal every sick body, and mend every heart, and he is fully aware that if the Holy Spirit doesn’t move in that meeting in a powerful way, many people will return home sad, disappointed, and still sick. The knowledge that only God can do these miracles creates an utter dependence on the Holy Spirit in the heart of that minister.

When God tells you to do something, it will usually require a big leap of faith.

Rarely do you have the comfort of doing something for God that seems small in your own eyes.

Most often when He speaks a word to your heart, you will think He is asking you to take the biggest leap of faith you’ve ever taken in your life, even if it looks small to someone else.

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