One of the many things God taught me through Jerard is that only in weakness is there strength.
A friend shared a quote on his FB page that expresses that lesson well.
"As Christians grow in grace they do not become more mature
in such a way as to gain more confidence in their spiritual
On the contrary, the mature Christian, becomes even more
conscious of his own frailty, and will turn unto the Lord for all his/her daily graces. It is only when we are weak, that we are strong (2 Co 12:10). In other words, if we are to be effective
at all, there must first be a consciousness of our weakness
and innate spiritual bankruptcy, as well as humility to acknowledge the only source of ALL spiritual blessings
- the Lord Jesus Christ"
~ JWH from Monergism.com