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Thank God for Weaknesses

What are your weaknesses?

Sweets, Sleeping in, Lusts, Love of money..
Can almighty God really sympathize with your weaknesses?
How can a perfectly Holy God identify with my faults.

14Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took
part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is,
the devil; 15And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.
16For verily he took not on [him the nature of] angels; but he took on [him] the seed of Abraham.
17Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto [his] brethren, that he might be a
merciful and faithful high priest in things [pertaining] to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of
the people. 18For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour them that
are tempted.
— Hebrews 2: 14

For we have a high priest who is able to empathize with our weaknesses.
— Hebrews 4:15
1) Your weakneses can actually be a blessing in disguise.

We have a society that does not advise admitting your weaknesses. Yet putting our faith in God allows Him to work through our weaknesses.

Paul the apostle had his own troubles too, and he was willing to share his experience:
7And 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. 8For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me. 9And 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.
10Therefore 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.
—2 Corinthians 12:7-10

Only God will never fail or forsake you.

Paul in his weakness, looked to the strength of the Father, and while sitting in a jail cell, he wrote to the Phillipians,
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

When you believe that you can handle a situation on your own, God steps back and allows you to give it your best shot.
When you look to your Father, and you cry out for his help, He acknowledges your need and pours out his strength, wisdom and blessing.
God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.

2 Cor. 12 ESV

Some thorns in you life are temporary, some are for the duration. Paul’s thorn may have been permanent for his lifetime.
The thorn keeps you dependent on God, so that you do not rely on just your own abilities. If you believe God will use you to do something great, expect a thorn.
I have had thorns of my own.
I had serious OCD hand washing, turning off electronics, and locking doors.
I hate being short.
I hate balding.
I hate having crones disease.

I loved going to Guatemala where people are shorter.
Remember, you are the ambassador of the King, the child of the King, you are a dime in a world of nickels — half as big and twice as valuable.

3) Having weaknesses will cause you to value other people.
Weaknesses remind you to rely on the help of others.
Aaron Wilson has been a help on so many things
Bill Layher discovered the scorch squirrel problem.
Bobby Mumford helped cut down a tree between the garage and another building.
Laurel Layher helps with counseling issues.
Pastor Sherry has been a blessing in administration

4) Having weaknesses is not all that bad. They open the door for you reach out to others.
They are the great tenderizers of your soul. You do not become a great lover of Christ without them.
Pastor Bob Fish recovered from prostate cancer and from a bad snow mobile accident.
Ron Hodges had a terribly disabling industrial accident.
It could be the thing that you are most ashamed of that helps you encourage others.

Admit your weakness and ask God to use it.

Hebrews 11 (Hall of Faith) tells us about many who were used by God despite their weaknesses

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Getting Along with One Another

Communion Service

Now all things are of God, the One having reconciled us to Himself through Christ, and having given to us the ministry of reconciliation:
2 Cor. 5:18

The problems of people just needing to get along with one another seem now to be

And be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, as also in Christ God forgave you.
Eph. 4:32

So many of us have different positions and opinions: Infant vs choosing baptism;
Always saved vs the free will to walk a your faith.

Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.
Matthew 5:9

To as many as who has received Him, He gave the right to be called sons of God.

Study to be silent. Be swift to listen, slow to speak and slow to get angry. Because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires.

This you know, my beloved brethren. But everyone must be quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger; for the anger of man does not achieve the righteousness of God. —James 1:19-20
For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
Eph. 2:10

Psalm 23

Try to see the other persons viewpoint.
Even a simple water bottle can appear very different to someone seeing the other side if you can only see one side.
Do you every find yourself getting angry with sinners for sinning? We should recognize that the enemy has blinded their eyes. They can not even recognize what is sin. Would you ask a blind man who many fingers you are holding up? No, of course not. Pray for God to open their eyes first.
Try to walk a mile in someone else’s situation before you condemn their actions.

We have a little diversity in our church. God created diversity, but not division or discord or denigration.
 It is obvious what kind of life develops out of trying to get your own way all the time: repetitive, loveless, cheap sex; a stinking accumulation of mental and emotional garbage; frenzied and joyless grabs for happiness; trinket gods; magic-show religion; paranoid loneliness; cutthroat competition; all-consuming-yet-never-satisfied wants; a brutal temper; an impotence to love or be loved; divided homes and divided lives; small-minded and lopsided pursuits; the vicious habit of depersonalizing everyone into a rival; uncontrolled and uncontrollable addictions; ugly parodies of community. I could go on.
This isn’t the first time I have warned you, you know. If you use your freedom this way, you will not inherit God’s kingdom. —Galations 5:19-21 Message Bible
Be careful in friend and mate selection:
Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character.” —1 Corinthians 15:33
Find a good spouse, you find a good life—and even more: the favor of God!
Proverbes 18:22

Remember who you are in all this finger pointing.

We have been given the job of reconciliation.

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Temptation Is Not Sin

Someone once said that they can resist every evil except temptation.

The life of Joseph was turned upside down when his brothers sold him into slavery.
He was like a country boy taken to the big city. Potiphar, who purchased Joseph, was the captain of the guard, but Joseph was not discouraged because the Lord was with Joseph.
Gen. 39
The Lord is with you also.
Blessed is the man who shall not walk in the counsel of the wrong, And shall not stand in the path of sinners, And shall not sit in the seat of scoffers, But his delight is in the Torah of יהוה, And he meditates in His Torah day and night. For he shall be as a tree Planted by the rivers of water, That yields its fruit in its season, And whose leaf does not wither, And whatever he does prospers.—Psalm 1
Things were going well for Joseph. Sometimes when things go well, we become more vulnerable to wonder away from our dependence on God.
Potiphars wife was attracted to Joseph, and he refused. “Who could I do such a wicked thing? It would be such a great sin against God.
And after these events it came to be that his master’s wife lifted up her eyes to Yosĕph and said, “Lie with me.” But he refused and said to his master’s wife, “Look, my master does not know what is with me in the house, and he has given into my hand all that he has. “No one is greater in this house than I, and he has not withheld whatever from me but you, because you are his wife. And how shall I do this great evil and sin against Elohim?”—Genesis 39:7-9
Joseph tore himself away and ran from the house.
Genesis 39:12
That is how we respond to sin. Run away. Put distance between you and sin.
Submit to God, resist the devil and he will flee.
Do whatever it takes to resist and flee temptation.

Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love Him.  —James 1:12

Temptation is not sin, choosing to follow it is. Temptation is a call to battle and it could be a clue that you are moving in the right direction.

Joseph know the consequences of sin would be severe. God’s standard are forever regardless of the cultural morays of our time.

All sin is ultimately against God. Jesus was tempted in every way, but without sin.
There is no temptation but that which is common to all of us. You must find a way to escape.
We serve a thrice holy God as Isaiah quoted from the heavenly beings visiting the throne of God.
He will hold us accountable even for every idle word.
Let your love for God be your greatest deterrent  against temptation.

In the book of mysteries the student was asked if he could throw a forest of trees off to a distance away. If you do it when temptation is just a seed, you could throw a forest of sins away.

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Truckloads of Grace

Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits:

Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases;

Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies;

Psalms 103: 2-4

He loads me with Grace.

March 4 next year, I expect we will have a message reminiscing for my last message

I remember back on my days working for UPS

No one wanted to unload the Master Lock truck. The truck full of cheese was a heavy load too.

Diana’s dad drove for UPS

God has a truckload of grace coming your way.

In a time of trouble

Psalm 23 is a form submission to God.

James 4. Submit to God, resist the devil,

It also helps calling your spouse for friend.

In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace 8which He lavished on us. In all wisdom and insight. —Eph. 1:7-8

Now to Him who is able to do infinitely more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, —Eph. 3:20

"Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, so that there may be food in My house, and test Me now in this," says the LORD of hosts, "if I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you a blessing until it overflows. —Malachi 3:10

At Calvary on the cross, God opened up a flood gate of grace, and it has not stopped coming

From His fullness we have all received grace upon grace. —John 1:16

For if, by the trespass of the one man, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive an abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ! —Romans 5:17

Where sin abounded, there did grace abound much more.

The Law was given so that the trespass would increase; but where sin increased, grace increased all the more, —Rom. 5:20

My God shall supply all your needs according to his riches and glory.

Cast all your cares on Him because He cares for you.

His grace delivered you from your PAST! He broke the power of sin in your life. He is willing to wash you clean. Thank Him for that every day.

His grace empowers you for the present—to do His will, in His way, according to His timing.

The apostle Paul had an affliction. He was reminded that God’s strength is made perfect in weakness. Not because we earned it, but because of his great love.

In the words of Aaron Rogers, RELAX. God’s got this.

Elijah defeated the profits of Baal in a miraculous show of God’s strength, then ran off to a cave fearing for his life.

This is not the time to give up. Elijahs’ courage and strength was renewed.

The grace of God is poured out for us too. Greater is he that is in you than he that is in the world.

Greater than the powers of the world, demons, and spiritual principalities.

There shall be showers of blessing untold. With God, all things are possible.

Surely goodness and mercy will follow us all the days of our lives.

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