WHEN I AM WEAK, THEN AM I STRONG

by Tony Alamo

Whether you believe it or not, there are only two spirits that influence the way everyone thinks and the things they do. One is the SPIRIT of GOD, and the other is the spirit of Satan. The SPIRIT of GOD is also HIS WORD (John 6:63, Ephesians 6:17). HIS SPIRIT, HIS WORD, is TRUTH and right.1 The spirit of Satan, or the devil, is evil and is absolutely wrong.2 When people depart from the WORD of GOD, or never study or keep it, they are deceived, and they are on a downward spiral to Hell.3

The WORD of GOD tells us that the WORD of GOD is the second part or person of the ONE GOD.4 On earth, HE became flesh and a man, JESUS the CHRIST, who was born in Bethlehem (Luke 2:1-7). HE is the TRUTH, the WAY, and the ONLY WAY to eternal life in Heaven (John 14:6).

Revelation 12:9 says the whole world is deceived by Satan and is on their way to Hell.5 Because the whole world loves to be deceived, JESUS, GOD the WORD, helps them out. HE sends them STRONG delusions so that they really believe the lies Satan tells them. Their souls shall be damned because the LOVE of the TRUTH was not in them. The SPIRIT of GOD gives them even more delusion than they are already operating under by the spirit of the devil, Satan.

“I also will choose their delusions, and will bring their fears upon them; because when I called, none did answer; when I spake, they did not hear: but they did evil before MINE eyes, and chose that in which I delighted not” (Isaiah 66:4). “…They received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause GOD shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth [CHRIST (John 1:17 )], but had pleasure in unrighteousness” (2 Thessalonians 2:10-12).

I do not understand why the Jews (I am Jewish) feel they are so important that they exalt themselves when the WORD of GOD says, “The LORD did not set HIS love upon you, nor choose you, because ye were more in number than any people; for ye were the fewest of all people. But because the LORD loved you, and because HE would keep the oath which HE had sworn unto your fathers, hath the LORD brought you out with a mighty hand, and redeemed you out of the house of bondmen, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt. Know therefore that the LORD thy GOD, HE is GOD, the faithful GOD, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love HIM and keep HIS commandments to a thousand generations; And repayeth them that hate HIM to their face, to destroy them: HE will not be slack to him that hateth Him, HE will repay him to HIS face. Thou shalt therefore keep the commandments, and the statutes, and the judgments, which I command thee this day, to do them” (Deuteronomy 7:7-11).

“And lest I [Paul] should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure. For this thing I besought the LORD thrice, that it might depart from me. And HE said unto me, MY grace [power] is sufficient for thee: for MY strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of CHRIST may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for CHRIST’S sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong” (2 Corinthians 12:7-10).

The WORD became flesh and dwelt among the deceived people of the world (John 1:14). The WORD, which is also the Body of CHRIST, is still dwelling in the world in we Christians among humans, and we, the fulness of GOD, HIS Body (Ephesians 1:22-23), are continuing the work of CHRIST whose name in Heaven is the WORD of GOD and JESUS (Rev. 19:13).6 We are going about doing good, receiving the same leadership and the same persecutions as JESUS, our SAVIOR, our LORD, and our HEAD, hated in this world before us. JESUS said, “Remember the WORD that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his LORD. If they have persecuted ME, they will also persecute you; if they have kept MY saying, they will keep yours also” (John 15:20).

How wrong could they get? “Crucify HIM, crucify HIM, crucify HIM,” cried the ungodly mob to their own destruction (Luke 23:21). The people of the deceived world are still crying the same blasphemy because the LOVE of the TRUTH is not in them. It is because they hate the truth that GOD the WORD has cursed them forevermore. Even the heathen, the deceived people of the world, sense that we are in the very last days, hours, of time. “After these things JESUS walked in Galilee: for HE would not walk in Jewry, because the Jews sought to KILL [murder] HIM” (John 7:1).

JESUS was now past thirty years of age, which gave Mary, HIS mother, plenty of time to have other children by Joseph.7 They were only half-brothers and sisters of JESUS. They had the same mother, but different fathers. The FATHER of JESUS was the HOLY SPIRIT, GOD the FATHER (Matthew 1:18-21).8 “GOD IS SPIRIT” (John 4:24). Mary was not a perpetual virgin as the Catholics say, but only for the miraculous birth of the WORD, JESUS.

“HIS brethren [half-brethren who were not saved at the time] therefore said unto HIM, Depart hence, and go into Judaea, that THY disciples [HIS real brethren] also may see the works that THOU doest. For there is no man that doeth any thing in secret, and he himself seeketh to be known openly. If THOU do these things, show THYSELF to the world [the deceived world?]. For neither did HIS [half] brethren believe in HIM” (John 7:3-5).

It is the same today. The people of GOD, in GOD’S mercy, are distributing my literature, which is directly from the Bible, and the wicked people threaten to beat the brothers and sisters who are the remnant of the Body of CHRIST. They spit on them, gnash on them, and threaten to kill them, as the people two thousand years ago did to JESUS and HIS disciples.

JESUS told HIS unsaved half-brothers, “The world cannot hate you; but ME it hateth, because I testify of it, that the works thereof are evil” (John 7:7). “Then the Jews sought HIM at the feast, and said, Where is HE? And there was much murmuring among the people concerning HIM: for some [of the Jews] said, HE is a good man [these were the good Jews]: others said, Nay; but HE deceiveth the people” (John 7:11-12).

Really, the WORD says that it is Satan that deceiveth the whole world,9 as he did in the wilderness when GOD killed eight hundred thousand fighting men of Israel because they refused to believe GOD after they had seen the mighty works in Egypt and in the wilderness.10 There will be many more killed than these because of unbelief in these last days.

How wrong could they get? Trust GOD. Get your soul saved by saying this prayer:

Prayer

My LORD and my GOD, have mercy upon my soul, a sinner. 1 I believe that JESUS CHRIST is the SON of the living GOD. 2 I believe that HE died on the cross and shed HIS precious blood for the forgiveness of all my former sins. 3 I believe that GOD raised JESUS from the dead by the power of the HOLY SPIRIT 4 and that HE sits on the right hand of GOD at this moment, hearing my confession of sin and this prayer. 5 I open up the door of my heart, and I invite YOU into my heart, LORD JESUS. 6 Wash all of my filthy sins away in the precious blood that YOU shed in my place on the cross at Calvary. 7 YOU will not turn me away, LORD JESUS; YOU will forgive my sins and save my soul. I know because YOUR WORD, the Bible, says so. 8 YOUR WORD says that YOU will turn no one away, and that includes me. 9 Therefore, I know that YOU have heard me, and I know that YOU have answered me, and I know that I am saved. 10 And I thank YOU, LORD JESUS, for saving my soul, and I will show my thankfulness by doing as YOU command and sin no more.11


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When I Am Weak, Then Am I Strong footnotes:

1. Psa. 33:4, 138:2, John 1:14, 6:63, 8:31-32, 15:3, 17:17, Eph. 6:17, 1 Thes. 1:5, 2:13, 2 Tim. 3:14-17, Heb. 4:12, 1 Pet. 1:23-25, 2 Pet. 1:19, 1 John 5:7 return

2. Isa. 14:9-17, Ezek. 28:12-19, John 8:44, 2 Cor. 11:13-15, 1 Pet. 5:8, Rev. 12:3-4, 9-10, 12, 20:1-3, 7-8, 10 return

3. Isa. 66:3-4, Matt. 24:24, Luke 8:11-15, Acts 20:32, 2 Cor. 4:3-4, 2 Thes. 2:8-12, 2 Tim. 2:15, 3:13-17, Jude 3-13, Rev. 12:9 return

4. John 1:1-2, 14, 5:19-27, 1 John 1:1-3, 5:7, Rev. 19:11-16 return

5. Rev. 13:1-4, 11-15, 17:8, chap. 18 return

6. John 12:23-26, 15:2-10, 2 Cor. 5:17-21, 2 Tim. 4:1-5 return

7. Matt. 12:46-50, 13:53-56, Mark 6:3, John 2:12, 7:1-6, Acts 1:13-14 return

8. John 1:14-18, 3:16-18 return

9. 2 Cor. 11:13-15, Rev. 12:9, 13:1-8, 11-18, 20:1-3, 7-8 return

10. Deut. 1:21-36, Josh. 5:6return


Prayer footnotes:

1. Psa. 51:5, Rom. 3:10-12, 23 return

2. Matt. 26:63-64, 27:54, Luke 1:30-33, John 9:35-37, Rom. 1:3-4 return

3. Acts 4:12, 20:28, Rom. 3:25, I John 1:7, Rev. 5:9 return

4. Psa. 16:9-10, Matt. 28:5-7, Mark 16:9, 12, 14, John 2:19, 21, 10:17-18, 11:25, Acts 2:24, 3:15, Rom. 8:11, I Cor. 15:3-7 return

5. Luke 22:69, Acts 2:25-36, Heb. 10:12-13 return

6. I Cor. 3:16, Rev. 3:20 return

7. Eph. 2:13-22, Heb. 9:22, 13:12, 20-21, I John 1:7, Rev. 1:5, 7:14 return

8. Matt. 26:28, Acts 2:21, 4:12, Eph. 1:7, Col. 1:14 return

9. Matt. 21:22, John 6:35, 37-40, Rom. 10:13 return

10. Heb. 11:6 return

11. John 5:14, 8:11, Rom. 6:4, I Cor. 15:10, Rev. 7:14, 22:14 return