Everyone has weaknesses. Remember God never chose people who were perfect. There aren’t any. Elijah the great prophet hid in a cave with depression, David committed adultery and Noah got drunk shortly before the rain. We could go on and on with stuttering Moses and Samson’s weakness for Philistine women, but instead let’s focus on strengths and weaknesses. Your weakness will bond you to the wrong people. Despite his parents and what the law said, Samson stayed with Delilah until the enemy used her to destroy him completely! Your weakness will separate you from the right people. Adam withdrew from God in the garden after he sinned. Your weakness will make you uncomfortable around those who don’t justify and feed it. Paul also tells of the struggle he had with his weakness in Romans 7; but we also learn that he had complete victory in Gal. 2:20, “I am crucified with Christ never the less I live, yet not I, Christ lives within me.” Ask God to strengthen you in the area of your weakness and disconnect from those who feed and strengthen it. This is pastor Roy; Connect with people who build you up, strengthen you and help you get stronger. Remember you can do all things through Christ who strengthens you; you are more than a conqueror!
David’s older brother Eliab didn’t believe in him. During war against the Philistines David took lunch to his soldier brothers. When he discovered a Philistine giant giving Israel’s army a hard time. David inquired what would be the prize for defeating him. Eliab quickly criticized David in 1 Samuel 17:28, “What are you doing here? With whom have you left those few sheep you take care of?” Eliab was saying, you are not qualified and your job of watching those few sheep isn’t as important as what I’m doing. Is there someone in your life who doesn’t believe in you? Do they downplay your importance and reject you as lower than them? It wasn’t Eliab that God had chosen for the giant tasks, it was David. God has a great calling and task for you to fulfill too. Don’t let the opinions of others derail you! David’s faithfulness to his supposed insignificant job of watching his father’s sheep is what God used to prepare him for what he was truly anointed for; to be king over all of Israel. This is pastor Roy Don’t let anyone think less of you because of your age, status, or job. God knows you have a great destiny and where you are is part of your journey to get to where God wants you to be. You are more than a conqueror!
Because you have the ability to think, you also are able to worry. Even faithful Christians can be plagued sometimes by occasional periods of discouragement and doubt. You trust in God’s promise of salvation and believe in God’s love and protection, yet the many details of everyday living can upset you with concern. Jesus understood your concerns when he gave these re-affirming words in Matthew Ch. 6:25-27 and 34. “Do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value they? Which of you by worrying can add on cubit to his stature? Therefore don’t worry about out tomorrow, tomorrow will worry about its own things.” Where is the best place to take your worries? Take them to God, scripture says we can cast all of our care upon Him; he cares for us. This is Pastor Roy maybe you have worries about your future, relationships or finances; or simply a worrier by nature; if so make these verses a daily routine and remember you are more than a conqueror!
If a small branch falls off of a tree, it’s easy to break. Two branches are more difficult to break, and finally many branches together don’t break easily. Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 says that “Two are better than one because they have better pay for their labor. If one falls, the other picks him up; but woe to the one who is alone; if he falls there is no one to pick him up.” It’s true that a person alone can be tempted and fall easily because it’s hard to be strong without help. Seek out friends and family in Christ for accountability and to strengthen each other. There really is strength in unity, that’s why Jesus never sent his disciples out alone to do his work. He sent them two by two in Mark ch. 6, then twelve, then 70 to do the His work. He also says that anything is possible when two agree. This is pastor Roy, it’s important to be part of a church, or a group of Christians to give strength to one another in the midst of battles and attacks of the enemy. Don’t fight alone you are part of God’s army. You won’t fall when someone is helping you; you are more than a conqueror!
Don’t try to be like others. God has made you unique and your life has value as an individual. John the Baptist was a unique individual in his day and still amazing to look at today. Isaiah prophesied his birth, an angel announced when he was born, his father prayed for a son; God told him exactly what to name him; his mother Elizabeth and Mary the mother of Jesus were cousins; when they were both pregnant Elizabeth visited Mary and John leaped inside her and she was filled with the Holy Spirit; plus Jesus said of him that there was none other born to men as great as he. No one else dressed in camel hair and ate locusts and honey. Wow for being somebody who dressed, ate and lived differently than anyone in his time, God really had his hand on him. People would travel to the desert to see and hear this strange unique person. His mission: to prepare the way by pointing to Jesus. He embraced his calling. Do you feel a little out of sinc with everyone else? God created you and your unique qualities. This is pastor Roy, embrace your calling and lead people to Jesus with your unique style, that’s what John did and you can too; you are more than a conqueror.
Do you know someone that talks too much and is very vocal and opinionated? So much so that when they come at you, you just want to run the other way? There are some people who have no filters or restraints; they don’t know when to stop talking. They pride themselves in feeling so important that they believe their ideas and opinions are more important than anybody else’s. In relationships and friendships it’s important to listen and give others the opportunity to speak too. The Bible says in James 1:19, “Let each of you be fast to listen, slow to speak, and slow to become angry.” We should actually listen more than we speak: that’s why God gave us 2 ears and one mouth. Jesus kept silent on many occasions when we would have spoken up; defended ourselves and vocalized what we know. Ecclesiastes says that there is a time to speak and a time to be silent. This is pastor Roy, don’t miss the opportunities to keep silent and let others shine. This reveals your honesty, strength and character. Jesus did it, and so can you because you are more than a conqueror!
In Luke ch. 5 we read of a dilemma that Peter and his fishermen employees had: they had caught no fish. After working all night their nets were still empty. Peter lent his boat to Jesus to preach from it to the multitude on shore, then he told Peter to drop the nets again and when he did, the nets were so full, they were breaking with the great number of fish. In fact verse 7 says the called for other ships to come and the boats were so full they were sinking! The disciples wanted to fill their nets, but the Lord did something greater: He filled their boats! Ephesians 3:20 says, that he is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us. Lord, fill my nets! No my child, I’m going to fill your boats! The blessing poured out to other boats too. Maybe in the empty nets of whatever your need is, God’s preparing you for something greater than what you’re thinking or asking for. This is pastor Roy, yes the Lord can meet your needs by filling your nets, but take the limits off and let him do something greater than what you ask or think. He has greater plans than we can imagine. You are more than a conqueror!