Braille Blog: volume 1 – Weakness

First off I want to thank Sphere of Hip-Hop for this opportunity.  I’ve attempted to run a few blogs/journals during my life but I feel like right now is the start of something significant.  My love and compassion for the hip-hop community has been burning up inside of me (burning up in a good way) and I’ve been waiting for the proper outlet.  My goal with this blog is to dig deeper then just my own personal opinions, thoughts, emotions and experiences – but actually take time to look in God’s word and allow the Holy Spirit to set a higher agenda then my own.  It’s exciting to sit here and write this because God already KNOWS who will read this before I even finish typing it.  I pray for His will over mine, I give Him the glory and I thank all of you for tuning in.

This first blog is all about “weakness”.  It’s a word that takes on many shapes and forms in our lives.  For the men reading this, many of us grew up with a chip on our shoulder.  We were told that showing our weakness or exposing our weakness is a bad thing.  I’ve went through seasons in my life where I tried to hide my weaknesses or cover them up.  I’ve also went through seasons where I made myself very vulnerable and left my weaknesses out in the open.  If I was to compare those two contrasting seasons, I can honestly say that I’ve felt closer to God during those times when I was vulnerable.  When I confessed my weakness, when I realized I couldn’t survive on my own, when I became desperate for God in my life – that’s when my relationship with God was growing the most.  I also want to clarify that knowing that we are weak is not an excuse for sin.  Knowing that we are weak on our own should actually motivate us to rely on God more.  That is the intention of this message.

The truth of matter is, we should ALWAYS be desperate for God.  We should always long for more of him.  But sometimes we slowly distance ourselves.  We drift, we get caught up in our routines and agendas – and we don’t even notice how far we’ve drifted.  Then one day we wake up and say “God, where are you?” – but he didn’t leave us, we were drifting and he was waiting for us to notice and become desperate again.  Being aware of our weaknesses can help us stay desperate.  On the other hand, self righteousness and self reliance can cause us to drift.  When we feel like we got it all figured out and we feel like we got everything that we need – then we don’t have any motivation to seek after God.  Our self righteousness and self reliance isn’t based on truth  – because we could not  provide LIFE for ourselves.  Our existence, our eternity, our grace, our favor – all these things are gifts that were given to us.

I’m going to close out this blog by referencing a few passages of scripture that demonstrate what I’m taking about.  Paul mentions the “thorn in his flesh” in 2nd Corinthians.  Many people have thoughts on what that “thorn” might have been but I think it’s ok if that “thorn” remains unidentified as well.  We all have “thorns” and if I gave one specific example it would be easy for people to think this didn’t apply to them simply because their “thorn” is different.  The emphasis isn’t on what the “thorn” is – the emphasis is on how Paul’s awareness of his “thorn” kept him humble before Christ.  Look at the passage below.

2nd Corinthians 12:9-10
9But 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. 10That 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.”

Paul says that he delights in his weakness, and then lists many other things we all face such as hardship and difficulty.  He delights in these things because when he comes to the end of himself, he’s able to meet with God and see God’s mighty hand move in his life.  He’s able to surpass what he’s capable of alone and be a vessel…

The passage below should make us all feel comfortable bringing our weaknesses to God.

Hebrews 4:15-16 (New International Version)

“For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are-yet was without sin.  Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”

The high priest who can sympathize with us is Jesus!!!  Let us be honest about our weaknesses and lay them out before God.  Let our confidence and strength not come from a place of self righteousness or self reliance – but from a place of humility and faith.  That we would believe that God is capable to finish the good work he has started in us.  Don’t try to hide who you are from God, offer your life to him and allow him to make the necessary changes in your heart.  I am not a scholar or even a qualified teacher so please excuse any errors that might be found in my writings.  I am weak, but I am willing and therefor my hope is that God would be GLORIFIED through my efforts.  Feel free to leave comments and discuss this topic.

Peace and GOD Bless

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11 Responses to Braille Blog: volume 1 – Weakness

  1. Meatbeef says:

    good word!!

    very encouraging to remember when we feel like theres no way we can do it on our own that we don’t HAVE to do it on our own!

  2. Zack says:

    Thanks Braille, your words inspire and encourage. Let those who are afraid of their weaknesses be strong and not scared to show that these weaknesses are empowering when you are close with the Lord. Keep doin’ your thing Braille, can’t wait ’til you’re back in Yuma!

  3. Carlos says:

    I happened to be reading these passages this past week. I think it’s awesome that you’re taking time to write this and show people that it’s not all about the music. If it’s not for Him, then it would all be worthless. Props for what you do. The music, the message, and the love for God. In these days it seems that more and more people try to use God for their benefit, but in the end, God knows where peoples hearts are. You’re truly one to admire.

    God Bless

  4. PastorJGray says:

    This was really good Braille. I pray that you keep letting this flow from your heart and there is no need to apologize. It was totally Biblical and the heart of the Father. Kudos kid!

  5. Danny Scarn says:

    Illy man. Those words are more true than some whack pastor. Real talk from the trenches of real life. Love your music too.

  6. Lovin says:

    Excellent!

  7. Andrea says:

    Thank you so much for the word, it was right on time.Very moving and much love to you. Please keep up the good work for the Lord.

  8. Angel:) says:

    Braille,
    What words of encouragement! No apologies necessary when the Holy Spirit inspires us with the words in our hearts! I totally connect with your belief on weakness. In fact, that scripture in 2 Cor. is my special word from my ABBA Father that brought me to the beginning of my walk with Him! I, too, had a hard time of letting go about always doing, saying, feeling, knowing what was right – believing I could do it all on my own, with my own power, strength & intellect. But, boy, was I wrong! It just led me down a road of despair, fear & weariness, extreme weariness! But I thank my Lord every day that He met me there, at that place where I finally submitted to Him, realizing I COULD NOT DO IT ALL BY MYSELF! He does a MUCH better job of handling it than I ever could! I just get to stand back & be amazed with what He does!
    God bless you & yours this special Easter holiday, and every day!

  9. Orlando says:

    Hey I think it’s awesome that you’re sharing these thoughts that you are passionate about. I really enjoyed this blog, it is inspiring and thoughtful.

  10. Tami says:

    Braille, that was a beautiful, encouraging piece, and truly a blessing to my life. Keep doing what you are doing bro and I will make sure to check back to read more of your blogs.

    peace and GOD bless

  11. JD Eyebrows says:

    Your right! Acknowledging our weakness is the first step to becoming strong. Pride comes before a fall and we have to be completely broken before God can even work on us.

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