Sunday Sermon Quotes: The Power of Weakness

"The duties God requires of us are not in proportion to the strength we possess in ourselves. Rather, they are proportional to the resources available to us in Christ. We do not have the ability in ourselves to accomplish the least of God's tasks. This is a law of grace. When we recognize it is impossible for us to perform a duty in our own strength, we will discover the secret of its accomplishment. But alas, this is a secret we often fail to discover." John Owen

“This grace of Christ was adequate for Paul, weak as he was, precisely because divine power finds its full scope and strength only in human weakness – the greater the Christian’s acknowledged weakness, the more evident Christ’s enabling strength.” Murray Harris

"When really weak in ourselves, and conscious of that weakness, we are in the state suited to the manifestation of the power of God. When emptied of ourselves we are filled with God. Those who think they can change their own hearts, atone for their own sins, subdue the power of evil in their own souls or in the souls of others, who feel able to sustain themselves under affliction, God leaves to their own resources. But when they feel and acknowledge their weakness He communicates to them divine strength." Charles Hodge

“Our duty is to apply ourselves unto his commands and his work is to enable us to perform them.” John Owen

“The abject weakness of the human instrument serves to magnify and throw into relief the perfection of the divine power in a way that any suggestion of human adequacy could never do. The greater the servant’s weakness, the more conspicuous is the power of his Master’s all-sufficient grace." Phillip Hughes

“Without the Spirit of God we can do nothing. We are as ships without wind. We are useless.” Charles Spurgeon