[2Co 12:6] For though I might desire to boast, I will not be a fool; for I will speak the truth. But I refrain, lest anyone should think of me above what he sees me to beor hears from me.
[2Co 12:7] And lest I should be exalted above measure by the abundance of the revelations, a thorn in the flesh was given to me, a messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I be exalted above measure.
[2Co 12:8] Concerning this thing I pleaded with the Lord three times that it might depart from me.
[2Co 12:9] And He said to me,“My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.”Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
[2Co 12:10] Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
After reading the account of Paul the apostle, one can conclude that every human being has a weakness
Every human being has a weakness
[Rom 6:19] I speak in human terms because of theweakness of your flesh. For just as you presented your members as slaves of uncleanness, and of lawlessnessleading to more lawlessness, so now present your membersas slaves of righteousness for holiness.
Having a weakness does not make you less of a human, in fact it makes one more of a human
Having a weakness does not mean one is weak
Having a weakness is not a sin, however, the weakness will usually lead one into sin
However, it depends in whose hands one commits the weakness
Weaknesses committed into the hands of God will be given sufficient grace
Jesus said to Paul, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.”
Weaknesses not committed into the hands of God will be exploited by the enemy
Maybe it is like Paul, the weakness was there to keep one in check from becoming proud
Purpose of Weaknesses
The purpose of a weakness is to cause one to sin against God
God did not give you a weakness
God may have allowed the weakness
Difficulty obeying authority – disobedience:
Adam and Eve
[Pro 16:18] Pride goes before destruction, And a haughty spirit before a fall.
Dr. Stuart Scott, who is a pastor and a professor, listed the followings, among others, as the manifestations of pride:
Lack of gratitude;
seeing oneself as better than others;
having an inflated view of ones importance, gifts and abilities;
being devastated or angered by criticism;
being unteachable, sarcastic, hurtful, or degrading;
lacking admitting wrongs, or responsibility but shifting blames;
being disrespectful to others;
minimizing own sins and shortcoming while maximizing those of others;
using others; and
being deceitful by covering up own sins, faults, and mistakes.
Women or Men
Love of Money
The Rich Fool
[1Ti 6:10] For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.
Lot – committed incest with his daughters – became the father of the Moabites and Ammonites
Peter, James, John – could not pray for one hour
We are not to be weak spiritually
[Eph 6:10] Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.
[Eph 6:11] Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
[Eph 6:12] For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenlyplaces.
1. Admission of Weakness
The first step in being victorious in the area of one’s weakness is admission
Admitting there is a weakness helps one seek the solution to overcome the weakness
Admitting the weakness helps one see when the weakness is manifesting
Admitting the weakness helps one to understand the purpose of the weakness
It may be like Paul, to keep other weaknesses in check
Admitting the weakness helps one put checks and balances in place to avoid falling for the weakness
Denying there is a weakness may hide the weakness temporarily
Denying there is a weakness is actually another weakness (pride)
Hidden weaknesses have a way of causing massive destructions at the worst possible times
2. Commit the weakness into God’s hands
Go to God in prayer and talk to Him about the weakness
[1Co 1:25] Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.
Tell the Lord you need His help to overcome the weakness
The Lord will show you how to deal with the weakness
[Hab 3:19] The LORD God is my strength; He will make my feet like deer’s feet, And He will make me walk on my high hills.
[Psa 28:7]The LORDis my strength and my shield; My heart trusted in Him, andI am helped; Therefore my heart greatly rejoices, And with my song I will praise Him.
[Psa 18:2] The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; My God,my strength, in whom I will trust; My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
The weakness that is not committed into the hands of the Lord will be exploited by devil
Don’t allow the enemy to exploit your weakness
3. Be Watchful
It is only a matter of time, the enemy will tempt you in the area of that weakness
Watch-out for when the enemy would want to tempt you
Never let down your guard
Those that committed the weakness into God’s hands will overcome temptation
Those that did not, may God have mercy
Areas of weaknesses can become areas of strength
Peter was weak and Satan would have ate him for lunch, but Jesus interceded for him
[Luk 22:31] And the Lord said, “Simon, Simon! Indeed, Satan has asked for you, that he may sift you as wheat.
[Luk 22:32] But I have prayed for you, that your faith should not fail; and when you have returned to Me,strengthen your brethren.”
Joshua was fearful, but he received strength from the Lord
[Jos 1:6] Be strong and of good courage, for to this people you shall divide as an inheritance the land which I swore to their fathers to give them.
[Jos 1:7]Only be strong and very courageous, that you may observe to do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you; do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may prosper wherever you go.
Whether we admit it or not, we all have a weakness or two
The purpose behind the weakness is to cause us to sin against God
You must admit your weakness before you can deal with the weakness
We must turn to God to help us in the area of our weakness
Not turning to God will make the enemy exploit the weakness
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