23, March 2011

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Your Weakness

‘…He knows how weak we are…’ Psalm 103:14 NLT

Any weakness you refuse to deal with will draw you towards the wrong things and set you up for defeat. To live victoriously you must recognise that, first, your weakness can emerge at any time. What you allow to take root will grow within you. What you fail to master now will master you later. The Psalmist prayed, ‘Do not cast me away when I am old; do not forsake me when my strength is gone.’ (Psalm 71:9 NIV) Secondly, God’s Spirit will repeatedly warn you. Jesus told Peter: ‘…Satan has asked for you… But I have prayed for you, that your faith should not fail: and when you have returned to Me, strengthen your brethren.’ (Luke 22:31-32 NKJV) Imagine the Lord praying for you. He does! ‘…if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.’ (1 John 2:1 NAS) He intercedes for you, clothes you in His righteousness, and draws you back to Himself. Thirdly, God will continue to use you even while your weakness is growing within you. He provides opportunity after opportunity to reach for His help. Jesus warned Jerusalem, ‘…How often I have longed to gather your children together…but you were not willing…your house is left to you desolate.’ (Matthew 23:37-38 NIV) When you neglect God’s grace, what’s left? Your consequences! You ask, ‘What can I do?’ Turn to God. He’s neither shocked by your weakness nor unwilling to help you. Acknowledge your weakness. Become an enemy to it. Let God’s Spirit empower you. Not only can He deliver you, He can turn your greatest weakness into your greatest weapon.

SoulFood: Job 32-34, Luke 19:11-19, Ps 55:12-23, Pr 8:19-21

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