Identifying Your Strengths and Weaknesses: Intro (3.28.18)

Recognizing Your Friends and Enemies

Romans 7:14-25
[14] For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin. [15] For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I. [16] If then I do that which I would not, I consent unto the law that it is good. [17] Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me. [18] For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not. [19] For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do. [20] Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me. [21] I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me. [22] For I delight in the law of God after the inward man: [23] But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. [24] O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death? [25] I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.

Romans 8:1-2
[1] There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. [2] For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.

Being saved doesn’t mean that you no longer have weaknesses or sinful nature.

When we become saved it is the nature of our spirit to desire and follow after the things of God, but our flesh will still desire the things of the world.

Whichever nature you spend the most time feeding will become the strongest. You feed the Spirit with the Word of God. If you spend time feeding your natural flesh with the things of the world, it will start to become hard to walk in the spirit.

Every single decision is one that empowering either your strength(spirit) of your weakness (flesh).

Romans 8:2-5 
[2] For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. [3] For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: [4] That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. [5] For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.

Every thing that you allow in your life either feeds your flesh or your spirit.

Every relationship you have in your life is making something easier. Good and Godly relationships make living for the Lord easier. Sinful relationships make living in the flesh easier. Build good relationships with other believers who will make a life in the Spirit easier.

Romans 8:6-9 
[6] For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. [7] Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. [8] So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God. [9] But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.

Galatians 6:7-9
[7] Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. [8] For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting. [9] And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.

Don’t give up on good seed.

Master strength is the Holy Spirit.
Master weakness is your flesh.

The closer you get to Christ, the more sensitive you will be towards sin and your weaknesses.

Sin is to fall short of the Glory of God.
Iniquity is sin without restraint.
Iniquity is purged by mercy and truth (the Word of God).
The people on your life should be a voice of truth that don’t make it easier for sin and iniquity to remain.

1 Corinthians 15:9
[9] For I am the least of the apostles, that am not meet to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God.

Ephesians 3:8
[8] Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ;

1 Timothy 1:15
[15] This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.

We all have different strengths and weaknesses. God will bring relationships into your life in order to bring strength. Those relationships will cancel your weakness.

Matthew 11:29-30
[29] Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. [30] For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

2 Corinthians 6:14-15 
[14] Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? [15] And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?

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