by Dan Goddard
Embracing weakness: (Hebrews 4:14-16)
Many, many Christians struggle with feelings of frustration, fear, or shame; related to their areas of weakness.
Satan fully exploits these weaknesses through constant temptation and condemnation (lies).
He propagates these lies in two areas:
1- He convinces us that temptation is sin.
2- He convinces us that weakness is a character flaw, which needs to be fixed.
Through these lies, he successfully keeps us living in condemnation, and in endless efforts to become strong.
If he succeeds; we begin to live independently of the Grace and Mercy of God: proud of our strength; or in despair because of our weakness.
Personal testimony: For many years, I lived in this vicious circle of despair and pride of strength. It grew to a point that I cried out to God to set me free from all weakness and temptation.
God’s answer totally surprised me: “I will never set you free from all your weaknesses; nor will I protect you from all temptation. I want you to live dependent upon my Mercy and Grace. I don’t want you to be strong and independent: for then you will become proud, and take my Glory for yourself”!
** Temptation is not sin! Jesus did not sin!
** God is not ashamed of our weakness!
(1st Corinthians 10:13)
Jesus shared in the weakness of humanity, so that He could fully identify with us, and thus become an acceptable sacrifice for our sin. God accepted Jesus’ death on our behalf; because as a man, Jesus fully embraced weakness; and faced every temptation known to man; all without sinning.
When we choose to resist temptation, and the suffering that is involved: and instead of sinning or complaining; we cry out for Mercy; Gods Glory is revealed in us!
** We access the strength of God, when we choose to obey despite the suffering and temptation; because we love; and want to Honor; our heavenly Father!
(1st Corinthians 2:1-5)
The message of the cross is strength out of weakness; and wisdom out of foolishness!
(2nd Corinthians 11:27-30), (12:7-10)
The Glory of God; and the Power of God; are revealed in our lives to the extent that we embrace our weaknesses, and choose to live dependent on His Mercy and Grace!