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How can I overcome my weaknesses?
Wednesday, March 7, 2018, 14:24 (IST)
Many Christians today find themselves unable to overcome their weaknesses.
They feel like they're unable to fully live the life that God wants for them, simply because they have weaknesses that hinder them.
Are you like that, dear reader? Is there a weakness in your life that you want to overcome so that you can do what God wants you to do?
I know you have. That's the reason why you opened this article.
Today we'll be talking about weaknesses and how we can overcome them. It's usually easier said than done, but if we are really serious in chasing and following after Christ, we've got to do it.
Webster's 1828 dictionary defines "weaknesses" as a "defect; failing; fault."
Our weaknesses may be a defect in our personality or character. It may be a lack of maturity. It may be a wrong desire, something that hasn't been surrendered to the Lord yet.
Whatever it is, it is something that hinders us from living a full and victorious life in Christ.
The Bible tells us that "since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us" (see Hebrews 12:1). We've got to let go of the hindrances to following Christ!
Many of us, however, feel unable to overcome our weaknesses because we forget some things. Here are a few things we need to remember and apply in our lives if we want to overcome our weaknesses.
1) We're not the only ones with such a weakness
Although it's a fact that we have various weaknesses, our weaknesses are specific to each of us, yet common among many:
We must remember that we're not the only ones who have such a "weakness," or an area that we haven't won in our lives.
Men, for example, commonly have issues with sexual lust and pride. It will help all men to be open to fellow Christian men and ask for help and support in such a matter.
2) God graciously gives us a way to escape or overcome
1 Corinthians 10:13 continues,
Truth is, when we're faced with a situation where we're tempted to give in, we must be quick to remember that the temptation can be resisted!
God will not allow us to face what we cannot face. He will always give us a way to escape and avoid sinning. We can flee from sexual lust; close our mouths when we're tempted to speak harshly or speak lies; or just go away instead of punching something that annoys us.
Best of all, we should always pray:
"Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak." (Matthew 26:41)
3) We can surely overcome through Christ
Did you know that because of Christ's finished work, we can actually overcome? Sin doesn't have to enslave us anymore.
In fact, if we're in Christ, sin has no more hold on us:
For those who find this difficult to understand, here's a beautiful verse that will help:
Did you see that? If you're in Christ, you have been delivered from slavery to sin! You are no longer obliged to commit sin whenever you're tempted -- you can simply say "NO!"
Doesn't that feel good? You can actually overcome, because Christ has set you free. Now I leave you with this passage; take it to heart, make it the cry of your heart, and live by it: