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Biblical Insights for the Modern Believer: Finding Strength in Weakness.

Hello, cherished leaders, believers, and those on a Spiritual quest. We must address a profoundly profound question that has touched my heart deeply. The query is whether one can or should preach about healing from the pulpit while grappling with personal health challenges, such as needing oxygen assistance and a feeding tube.

In bringing light to this matter, it's vital to remember that our faith is deeply rooted in a narrative that consistently highlights strength in weakness. The Apostle Paul, in his second letter to the Corinthians, bares his soul, sharing his struggle with what he refers to as a "thorn in the flesh" (2 Corinthians 12:7-10, NIV).

He pleaded with the Lord to take it away. Yet, God's answer was: "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Paul's response? He chose to delight in his weaknesses, for when he was weak, then he was strong - a paradox that is at the pinnacle of the Christian faith.

In context, a pulpit doesn't just symbolize a piece of furniture in a church—it's a platform for truth, hope, and transformation. When one ascends to such a platform, it's not their physical might that's on display, but rather, the surpassing power of God. Believe me when I say, dear friends, your physical condition does not disqualify you from sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ; if anything, it enriches your testimony.

Reflect upon Jesus' early ministry depicted in the Gospels. Our Savior was a profound healer, touching lives amid naysayers and doubters. His healing prowess was undeniable, yet His greatest weakness—His crucifixion—became the source of our ultimate healing. In His resurrection, we find hope that transcends all understanding and in our vulnerabilities, an unexpected avenue to witness God's glory manifest in our lives.

With this Spirit, I say to the one who ministers while carrying the burden of illness: your perseverance is a sermon of its own. Your courage to stand before a congregation, even with tubes and oxygen, is a living testament to the message that 'by His wounds, we are healed' (Isaiah 53:5, NIV).

Illness in a minister's life never nullifies the promise of healing and restoration throughout the Scriptures. Ultimately, our faith and trust in His word trigger wonders, not the absence of affliction. Preaching healing from the pulpit is not a declaration of one's physical state but an affirmation of one's faith in Christ's redemptive work at Calvary.

Now, dear friends, I encourage you to look past limitations and lean into the richness of God's love. Our conditions do not define our convictions nor the efficacy of our ministry. Encourage and affirm one another, and may you always find God's strength shining brightly through whatever weakness you perceive.

Continue to carry forth His message of healing and hope, for it is as relevant today as ever. In your impartation, lives are inspired, faith is kindled, and God's power is put on grand display.

May we know that we serve an omnipotent God who specializes in doing the impossible – including using our vulnerabilities as a canvas for His glory. I pray that as we continue to grow and extend the Kingdom, we remain vessels of His perfect power, His endless love, and His unwavering faithfulness.

God bless you richly as you stand firm in His word!

"Above all, keep loving one another earnestly," and never forget that your strength lies not in the flesh but in His spirit dwelling within you (1 Peter 4:8, ESV).

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