Strengths and Weaknesses: P.3 (4.18.18)

2 Timothy 2:19-21
[19] Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity. [20] But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honour, and some to dishonour. [21] If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master’s use, and prepared unto every good work.

There is a difference between justification and sanctification. Justification, or to be justified, is to be declared legally right before a holy God. When we accept Jesus as our Savior, and place our faith in His finished work, we are justified before God- because God sees us through the righteousness of His Son. To be “sanctified” means to  be set apart. Sanctification is the process that begins the moment we are saved. At that moment the Holy Spirit begins changing us into His likeness. We begin to grow in holiness; less like our old nature and more like God. We become set apart from this world, and ambassadors for the Kingdom of Heaven. We live to advance the Kingdom by keeping the degree of the Kingdom- the Word of God.

John 17:17
Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.

2 Timothy 2:22
[22] Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart.

You need the right people in your life to help you flee lust and walk in righteousness.

What you don’t overcome will eventually overcome you.

Whatever you are content with cannot change. Thats why its important to be in the Word.

Proverbs 23:7
For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he: Eat and drink, saith he to thee; but his heart is not with thee.

Job 32:7-9
[7] I said, Days should speak, and multitude of years should teach wisdom. [8] But there is a spirit in man: and the inspiration of the Almighty giveth them understanding. [9] Great men are not always wise: neither do the aged understand judgment.

Don’t become so focused on your weaknesses or your lack of strength that you disqualify yourself from what God has called you to do.

You don’t have strength outside of what God has given you. But if God calls you do to something, He will always equip you to carry it out.

2 Peter 1:3-4
[3] According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: [4] Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.

God will equip you to do things that are beyond your natural ability.

2 Corinthians 4:7-9
[7] But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us. [8] We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; [9] Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed;

God will even anoint you to use thing things you have been through to help others who are going through the same things.

Isaiah 10:27… The anointing will remove burdens and destroy yokes.

1 John 2:20
But ye have an unction from the Holy One, and ye know all things.

2 Corinthians 12:7-10
[7] And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure. [8] For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me. [9] And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. [10] Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.

Philippians 3:4-8
[4] Though I might also have confidence in the flesh. If any other man thinketh that he hath whereof he might trust in the flesh, I more: [5] Circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, an Hebrew of the Hebrews; as touching the law, a Pharisee; [6] Concerning zeal, persecuting the church; touching the righteousness which is in the law, blameless. [7] But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ. [8] Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ,

Don’t have anything in your life that makes you think you don’t need to call on Christ.

Matthew 5:3
 Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

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