Weaknesses

* Where temptation strikes weaknesses

No matter how much we love God, certain temptations are especially difficult to resist.  These are the vulnerable spots in our spiritual armor.  As we struggle with these weaknesses, we can be encouraged to know that God is watching out for us just as he did for Abraham.

Abraham had used this same trick before to protect himself.  Although Abraham is one of our heroes of faith, he did not learn his lesson well enough the first time.  In fact, by giving in to the temptation again, he risked turning a sinful act into a sinful pattern of lying whenever he suspected his life was in danger.   (NLT)

Genesis 20:2 – Abraham told people there that his wife, Sarah, was his sister.  So King Abimelech sent for her and had her brought to him at his palace.

* – For all his wisdom, Solomon had some weak spots.  He could not say no to compromise or to lustful desires.  whether he married to strengthen political alliances or to gain personal pleasure, these foreign wives led him into idolatry.  You may have strong faith, but you also have weak spots–and that is where temptation usually strikes.  Strengthen and protect your weaker areas because a chain is only as strong as its weakest link.  If Solomon, the wisest man, could fall, so can you. (NLT)

1 Kings 11:3 – He had seven hundred wives and three hundred concubines.  And sure enough, they led his heart away from the Lord.

* Expressing emotions not always a sign of weaknesses

“They mourned and wept and fasted all day.”  David and his men were visibly shaken over Saul’s death.  Their actions showed their genuine sorrow over the loss of their king, their friend Jonathan, and the other soldiers of Israel who died that day.  They were not ashamed to grieve.  Today, some people consider expressing emotions to be signs of weaknesses.  Those who wish to appear strong try to hide their feelings.  But expressing our grief can help us deal with our intense sorrow when a loved one dies. (NLT)

2 Samuel 1:11-12 – David and his men tore their clothes in sorrow when they heard the news.  They mourned and wept and fasted all day for Saul and his son Jonathan, and for the Lord’s army and the nation of Israel, because so many had died that day.

* Don’t dwell on others’ weaknesses

The actions of the valiant warriors who brought back and buried the bodies of King Saul and his sons should encourage us to respect our God-given leaders.  David showed respect for Saul’s position, even when Saul was chasing him to kill him.  How easy ti is to be critical of those in authority over us, focusing only on their weaknesses.  we cannot excuse sin, but we should respect the positions of those in authority, whether at work, at church, or in government. (NLT)

1 Chronicles 10:11-12 – But when the people of Jabesh-gilead heard what the Philistines had done to Saul, their warriors went out and brought the bodies of Saul and his three sons back to Jabesh.  then they buried their remains beneath the oak tree at Jabesh, and they fasted for seven days.

* – No one is ever going to be perfect here on earth, so we must accept and love other Christians in spite of their faults.  When we see faults in fellow believers, we should be patient and gentle.  Is there someone whose actions or personality really annoys you?  Rather than dwelling on that person’s weaknesses or looking for faults, pray for him or her.  Then do even more–spend time together and see if you can learn to like him or her. (NLT)

Ephesians 4:2 – Be humble and gentle.  Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love.

* Dealing with weaknesses enhances your strengths

Your gifts and strengths won’t be of much benefit if you fail to deal with your weaknesses.  Although Solomon was a great king, his marriage to foreign women brought tragedy to the whole kingdom.  A tendency to sin must be recognized and dealt with swiftly; otherwise, it may overpower you and bring you down.  One of the strongest reasons for reading the Bible is to learn from the mistakes of God’s people.

Nehemiah 13:26 – “Wasn’t this exactly what led King Solomon of Israel into sin?”  I demanded.  “There was no king from any nation who could compare to him, and God loved him and made him king over all Israel. But even he was led into sin by his foreign wives.

* What is weak faith?

What is weak faith?  Paul is speaking about immature faith that has not yet developed the muscle it needs to stand against external pressures.  For example, if a person who once worshiped idols became a Christian, he might understand perfectly well that Christ saved him through faith and that idols have no real power.  Still, because of his past associations, he might be badly shaken if he unkowning ate meat that had been used in idol worship.  If a person who once worshiped God on the required Jewish holy days became a Christian, he might well know that Christ saved him through faith, not through his keeping of the law.  Still, when the festival days came, he might feel empty and unfaithful if he didn’tg dedicate those days to God.

Paul responds to both weak brothers in love.  Both are acting according to their consciences, but their honest convictions do not need to be made into rules fro the church.  Certainly some issues are central to the faith and worth fighting for, but many are based on individual differences and should not be legislated.  Our principle should be: In essentials, unity; in non-essentials, liberty; in everything, love (NLT)

* Determining weak areas in your spiritual growth

Who is weak in faith and who is strong?  We are all weak in some areas and strong in others.  Our faith is strong in an area if we can survive contact with worldly people without falling into their patterns.  It is weak in an area if we must avoid certain activities, people, or places in order to protect our spiritual life.  It is important to take self-inventory in order to find out our strengths and weaknesses.  Whenever in doubt, we should ask, Can I do that without sinning?  Can I influence others for god, rather than being influenced by them?

In areas of strength, we should not fear being defiled by the world; rather we should go and serve God.  In areas of weakness, we need to be cautious.  If we have a strong faith but shelter it, we are not donig Christ’s work in the world.  If we have a weak faith but expose it, we are being extremely foolish. (NLT)

Romans 14:1 – Accept Christians who are weak in faith, and don’t argue with them about what they think is right or wrong.

* God demonstrates his power through weaknesses

Although God did not remove Paul’s affliction, he promised to demonstrate his power in Paul.  The fact that God’s power is displayed in our weaknesses should give us courage and hope.  As we recognize our limitations, we will depend more on God for our effectiveness rather than on our own energy, effort, or talent.  Our limitations not only help develop Christian character but also deepen our worship, because in admitting them, we affirm God’s strength.  (NLT)

2 Corinthians 12:9 – Each time he [Jesus] said, “My gracious favor is all you need.  My power works best in your weakness.”  So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may work through me.

* Why we must deal with our weaknesses

We all have areas where temptation is strong and habits are hard to conquer.  These weaknesses give the Devil a foothold, so we must deal with our areas of vulnerability.  If we are struggling with a particular sin, however, these verses are not directed at us, even if for the time we seem to keep on sinning.  John is not talking about people whose victories are still incomplete; he is talking about people who make a practice of sinning and look for ways to justify it.

Three steps are necessary to find victory over prevailing sin.  (1) Seek the power of the Holy Spirit and God’s Word; (2) stay away from tempting situations; and (3) seek the help of the body of Christ–be open to their willingness to hold you accountable and to pray for you. (NLT)

1 John 3:8-9 – But when people keep on sinning, it shows they belong to the Devil, who has been sinning since the beginning.  But the Son of God came to destroy these works of the Devil.  Those who have been born into God’s family do not sin, because God’s life is in them.  So they can’t keep on sinning, because they have been born of God.

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