“My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.”                              2Co 12:9 NLT

Self-help gurus assure us that we can overcome any weakness, so it must be true, right? Look around you! The evidence doesn’t show it. What we have seen, however, are people who, with God’s help, have changed their lives by building on time-tested scriptural principles. Trying to “cure” your weaknesses just wastes valuable time and energy that could be redirected toward healthier pursuits. For example, when an addict stays clean, does that mean they are no longer vulnerable in that area? No, it just means they have filled the vacuum with something better. Paul writes: “The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure” (1Co 10:13 NLT). But what about all those socially acceptable weaknesses that masquerade as strengths, like perfectionism, materialism, judgmentalism and status-seeking? Many who would be ashamed to admit they are an alcoholic are proud to be a workaholic. Driven by fear and obsessed with time, they are totally focused on doing instead of being. That is, until their obsession with not having enough, and being enough, lands them in cardiac rehab, bargaining with God for another chance. Constantly dwelling on a weakness just reinforces it, whereas applying the scriptural solution brings results. And the good news is, you don’t have to do it alone. God is available to help you. He told Paul, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.”