When You're Weak - I Am Strong - Part 1

当你軟弱时 -- 我就剛強 --之一

Jan 30, 2016 John Dickeson




Why sometimes God's "No" is better than our "Yes."





1. Sometimes, in our affliction, God says "no" FOR NOW.




To keep me from becoming conceited because of these surpassingly great revleations, there was given me a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness."

2 Corinthians 12:7-9a


7又恐怕我因所得的啟示甚大、就過於自高、所以有一根剌加我肉體上、就是撒但的差役、要攻擊我、免得我過於自高。 8為這事、我三次求過主、叫這剌離開我。 9他對我說、我的恩典彀你用的.因為我的能力、是在人的軟弱上顯得完全.

哥林多後書 12:7-9a



2. When God doesn't give immediate healing, He promises SUSTAINING grace and supernatural Power through my suffering.




But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness."

2 Corinthians 12:9a



哥林多後書 12:9a



3. I experience God's power when I Trust His promise more than I trust my pain.


当我相信祂的應許比我相信我的痛苦更多时, 我就經歷神的能力,


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.

2 Corinthians 12:9-10


他對我說、我的恩典彀你用的.因為我的能力、是在人的軟弱上顯得完全.所以我更喜歡誇自己的軟弱、好叫基督的能力覆庇我. 10我為基督的緣故、就以軟弱、凌辱、急難、逼迫、困苦、為可喜樂的.因我甚麼時候軟弱、甚麼時候就剛強了。

哥林多後書 12:7-9a


God's Strength + My Weakness My Strength + No Weakness


神的力量  +  我的軟弱 我的力量  +   没有軟弱




Application/Discussion Questions



  1. In 2 Corinthians 12:7-10, Paul the Apostle describes his "thorn in the flesh" as a physical condition with daily torment. What pain, weakness, or discouragement is a "thorn in the flesh" in your life presently?
  2. 在哥林多後書12:7-10,使徒保羅描述了他的“肉中刺”,如日常折磨的身體狀況。什麼痛苦,軟弱,或沮喪是在你現在生活中是“肉中刺”?


  1. In your suffering, have you ever wondered if God is mad at you, punishing you, or has abandoned you? Were any of these the case for Paul in his suffering?
  2. 在你的痛苦中,你有沒有想過上帝是氣你,懲罰你,或者拋棄了你?在保羅的痛苦中,是不是其中任一种情况?


  1. Did Paul not get healed because he lacked faith?
  2. 保羅沒有得到醫治,因為他缺乏信心?


  1. Read 2 Corinthians 12:9 to discover God's answer to Paul's request for healing. Based on verse 10, did Paul submit and agree with God's promise, or not? What would this look like in your life?




  1. Ultimately, Paul experienced so much of Heaven's strength through his suffering that he began to delight in and take joy in his weaknesses, insults, persecutions and difficulties. Would you invite God to show His strength in your weaknesses in this way?




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