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WEAK


(NKJV and KJV Scripture)

– If I must need to glory – I will glory of the things which concern my infirmities. – 2 Corinthians 11:30

Some men and women love to glory in their earthly accomplishments and achievements, or their tenacity and toughness … their ability to “take anything that life throws at them”. They can seem to pick themselves up after every discouragement, disappointment, or disaster – brush the dirt off, and move on with life – apparently unaffected or unfazed by whatever it was. But, even though their souls may be grieving constantly – not sure how much more they can handle – they might feel they have an outward image to uphold to others … so they won’t appear “weak”.

However, God‘s grace is sufficient for all of us to face life – for His strength is made perfect in every weakness. Our Father in heaven has chosen the weak things of this world to confound the things which are mighty (1 Corinthians 1:27). Only when we glory in our infirmities – can the power of Christ truly rest upon us (2 Corinthians 12:9). Our flesh will always be weak with many flaws – and will lead us into many temptations (Mark 14:38). Our strong confidence (meaning “with faith”) to face life comes from a fear of the Lord – His children will always have a place of refuge in it (Proverbs 14:26).

We can often marvel at the “strong as steel” qualities of others. Likewise, others never appear to be worried about anything – some may even call it a “devil-may-care” attitude. They’re affable outside – but afraid inside … mellow to others – but miserable in themselves. All of life’s troubles and trials appear to bounce right off them. Nothing seems to ever bother them outwardly – but inside they may be crying out to God that they don’t know how much longer they can carry on with their current persona. Always try to remember that the weakness of God is stronger than any man (1 Corinthians 1:25).

As Christians, we are still going to have weak moments. As Billy Graham once said – those are not signs of a weak man. However, failing to ask God for help in not doing them again – is (end quote). But, if we think we are still strong in this world without needing much assistance from above as believers – we will most likely have a weak walk with the Lord. God will give more grace to the humble who recognize the need for His help in everything (John 15:5) – but He will resist the proud (James 4:6). Only when we are wise in Christ – then are we truly strong (1 Corinthians 4:10).

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(Scripture from the NKJV and KJV)

– But Peter said unto him, “Your money perishes with you, because you have thought that the gift of God may be purchased with money.” – Acts 8:20

We brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out – whether we have a million bucks – or if we are barely making it by at the end (1 Timothy 6:7). Death is the house appointed for all the living – then comes God’s judgment. It is an appointment that cannot be cancelled (Job 30:23, Romans 14:12, Hebrews 9:27).

When we leave this earth – all of our worldly ways and works are over. We leave them to those who come after us – and we will never know if they are wise or foolish with whatever it was we loved or labored for (Psalm 49:10-13, Ecclesiastes 7:18-19). Things like our money, love, hatred, and envy perish with us – and we have no more portion in anything that is ever done again under the sun (Acts 8:20, Ecclesiastes 9:6).

We shall all return to the dust we came from – only our spirit will return to the God who gave it in the beginning (Genesis 3:19, Ecclesiastes 12:7). Nothing of this world can deliver us out of His mighty hand at the end (Deuteronomy 32:39, Isaiah 43:13). We cannot purchase God’s gift with what’s in our bank accounts or with our labor (Ephesians 2:8-9).

All the money and material things we’ve accumulated cannot save us or somebody else on the day of death. The redemption of our souls is precious – but only our Father in heaven has the power to do so (Psalm 49:6-8,15). All the motions of the flesh and sin in this world only lead to death – and cannot be used in exchange for our souls (Romans 6:21, Romans 7:5). So, what does it profit any of us if we gain the whole world – and lose them eternally in the end (Matthew 16:26)?

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HOME AND AWAY


(Scripture from the NKJV and KJV)

– But I know your abode, your coming in and your going out – and your rage against Me. – 2 Kings 19:27

Many people can consider their homes their palaces – a protection from the perils of life that await them every time they step out the front door.  Homes can sometimes seem like our only shelter from the madness of modern society.  They can simply be a place where we feel like we can separate ourselves from the world for a while.  But, homes can also be a place where we can separate ourselves from the Word for a while, as well.  A person can carry a Bible everywhere they go outside – then leave it on the shelf the whole time they are inside – except at church or Bible study.  However, our Father always knows where we are – and those who are His (Deuteronomy 13:3, Job 31:4, 2 Timothy 2:19).

Anyone can appear to be a model Christian who is out and about every day. Comments are often made to that effect.  For example, “What a trusting and loving brother (sister)” … or, “I haven’t met such a faithful follower of the Lord in sometime”. All the while, that very same person may come home every night and rage against God for discouragements, disap-pointments, and defeats as a believer – perhaps even over the death of someone they weren’t ready for to die yet.  It’s all in full view of our Father at all times (Jeremiah 23:24).  All of creation is bare before His eyes continually – God cannot miss anything (Hebrews 4:13, Romans 3:5-6).

We should always be vigilantly mindful of a spirit world we cannot see – and that’s the one we continually wrestle against (Ephesians 6:12).  Physical walls, doors, and locks cannot keep out God – nor can they keep out the devil.  They both have access to the same places (Job 1:7, 2 Chronicles 16:9). Remember that Satan had a seat in the church at Pergamos (Revelation 2:13). And, the devil must love it when we are mad at our Father. There are wages for raging against God. For when we are mad at Him for any reason – we can quickly grieve the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 4:30).  In turn, this can easily evolve into blasphemy against God – the only sin that cannot be forgiven – neither here or in heaven (Matthew 12:31-32).

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