I was reading Paul here in chapter two several months ago when the idea that what he was describing was in a sense a beast mode made possible only by the Holy Spirit. Paul’s description of himself as he came to Corinth for the first time was not one of strength but quite the opposite. He was Bruce Banner but it was the Holy Spirit that turned him into the Hulk. His description is very much in the understanding of God providing him a beast mode with which he could accomplish great things. The Holy Spirit working in him was that beast mode.
That said it seem that the Holy Spirit often acts far more in our lives when we are at the bottom or simply when we are suffering and have nothing left to give. The Holy Spirit take the weak and makes them strong. He often does the opposite as well. God’s Beast Mode has a tendency to do this for one real reason. To make sure God gets the credit and the glory. It is only in God getting glory for things that the human ego is kept in check. God being God cares little for accolades but he offers us an outlet to give him the glory, which he deserves, so we don’t ever get a big head about ourselves.
It also get very difficult for critics to say something other than “God did it” when the person or situation which turns around is completely hopeless. God steps in because it is a revelation of himself in such situation where it cannot be stated that there was any other possible source of rescue. When a woman has leukemia and the doctors tell her it is in the hands of God now because there is nothing left for them to do and yet that woman goes from that moment to a state where she has at death’s door to up and about and has blood counts better than what they were before she got sick, how do you explain that? The doctor in this case, which is a true story from my own church, said to her: “It is in the hands of God now, there is nothing I or anyone else can do.” Apparently God chose to take him up on that.
This of course the nature of our walk with God. God does want us to grow, he wants us to be strong but it is all in the context of the fact that our humanity needs the Beast Mode of the Holy Spirit. Churches can plan and propagandize, but it is the display of God’s power that truly makes the difference and that is only possible when we either are truly weak or choose to truly acknowledge our weakness by being humble. That is when God pushes the Beast Mode button.