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IF WE ARE MORE THAN CONQUERORS AND ARE OVERCOMERS THROUGH THE BLOOD OF THE LAMB; THEN WHY SO MUCH SPIRITUAL WEAKNESS?

    WHAT THE BIBLE TEACHES ABOUT SPIRITUAL WEAKNESS

Intro.

1. Anemia lit. means “no blood.” To be anemic is “lacking force, vitality, or spirit…lacking interest…lacking in substance or quantity” (Merriam-Webster Online).
 
2. Spiritual anemia (weakness) is real & challenges Christians. We must face it in ourselves & help others who are weak, 1 Cor. 16:13; Eph. 6:10.
 
a. Jesus spoke of the weakness of the flesh, Matt. 26:41.
 
b. We are commanded to support the weak, 1 Ths. 5:14.
 
3. What do we mean by “spiritual weakness?” (Having little strength)
 
a. It is being weak in faith, cf. Rom. 4:19.
 
b. To be spiritually minded is to be ruled by the Spirit, Rom. 8:1-8.
 
c. So, to be worldly (fleshly) minded is to be ruled by the flesh.
 
4. Reasons, symptoms (remedies) & responses to spiritual weakness.
 
 
 
I. REASONS FOR SPIRITUAL WEAKNESS.
 
A. Immaturity (Spiritually Undeveloped), 1 Cor. 3:1-2.
 
1. New convert is unskilled in the word & must grow, Heb. 5:12-13.
 
2. Must grow to strength thru the word of God, 1 Pet. 2:2; cf. 1 Jno. 2:14.
 
B. Being Distracted of the World, Matt. 26:41.
 
1. Temptations to sin attack us where we are vulnerable, cf. Jno. 18:18.
 
-So, we must put on the armor of God to be strong, Eph. 6:11-13.
 
2. Trials challenge our diligence, Jas. 1:2-3.
 
-So, we must remain diligent in faith, Heb. 6:9-11.
 
3. Error hinders strength; producing weakness & death, Gal. 5:1, 7.
 
-So, we must stand fast in the faith to be strong in Christ, 1 Cor. 16:13.
 
C. Being Overcome by Sin, Gal. 6:1.
 
1. Sin turns spiritual weakness into spiritual death (Jas. 5:19-20).
 
2. Spiritual weakness can become an excuse for sin!
 
3. Spiritual weakness, when not addressed, becomes sin…and leads to even more sin!
 
D. Not Using God’s Word to Judge what is Right, 1 Cor. 2:12-16.
 
1. The spiritual person judges things by the “mind of Christ” (truth) & avoids condemnation.
 
2. Failure to do this caused many in Corinth to be weak, 1 Cor. 11:30.
 
E. Left Alone, Spiritual Weakness Becomes Carnality, 1 Cor. 3:1-3.
 
1. We must choose to be ruled by the Spirit by obeying truth, Rom. 8:5, 7.
 
2. Otherwise we are choosing the flesh & spiritual death.
 
 
 
II. SYMPTOMS OF SPIRITUAL WEAKNESS.
 
A. Weak in Resistance:
 
1. To temptation, Eph. 6:10, 13, 16. (cf. to complain, murmur, etc.)
 
a. The spiritually weak says “everyone is weak” as his excuse.
 
b. The apostle said we can be strong! 1 Jno. 2:14 identifies strong.
 
2. To error, Eph. 4:14.
 
-Spiritual weak produces shame of truth & fear to defend (Ro.1:16; 1Pe. 3:15)
 
B. Weak in Appetite, Matt. 5:6; Jno. 6:27.
 
1. Craving / eagerness for righteousness / for Christ (bread of life).
 
2. Most anemic Christians have a good appetite for many other things (recreation, entertainment, movies, ballgames…)–lit. “eat them up.”
 
3. Yet, he/she has little/no desire for:
 
a. The solid food (strong meat) of the word, 1 Cor. 3:2 (Heb. 5:14).
 
b. Need a priority check, Matt. 6:33.
 
c. Need to learn and live God’s word (2 Tim. 2:15).
 
C. Weak in Estimating His Ability & Responsibility, Matt. 25:18.
 
1. When asked to help in the work of the Lord he replies: “I can’t.”
 
2. The strong says, “I’ll try” – cf. Phil. 4:13.
 
 
 
III. WHY IS SPIRITUAL WEAKNESS SO BAD?
 
A. Left Unattended it Becomes Willful Sin, Heb. 10:26.
 
-God has made provisions for our spir. growth & strength (word of God).
 
B. It is Contagious.
 
1. Physical anemia is not, but spiritual anemia is! (Gal. 5:9)
 
2. Spiritual weakness influences & discourages others (Num. 32:6-7).
 
3. “No one goes to heaven or hell by himself.”
 
 
 
IV. RESPONSES TO THE SPIRITUALLY WEAK, Lk. 13:6-9.
 
A. Support the Weak, 1 Ths. 5:14. (We are our brother’s keeper!)
 
1. Don’t ignore, excuse or rationalize their weakness; Exhort, encourage, rebuke.
 
2. Support (uphold): “to keep one’s self directly opposite to any one, hold to him firmly, cleave to, paying heed to him.”
 
3. Help them grow thru Bible study, 6-9.
 
4. Set good examples for them to see (1 Tim. 4:12).
 
B. Try to Restore the Weak who have Fallen, Gal. 6:1-2.
 
-Teach, correct, warn & rebuke, 2 Tim. 2:24-26.
 
C. Pray for the Weak, 1 Jno. 5:15-16.
 
 
 

Conclusion

 

Jude 20:25:

 
1. Responsibility of the weak: Grow in personal faith (20-21).
 
2. Responsibility toward the weak: In mercy & compassion, try to help strengthen & save (22-23).
 
3. Rely on God who is able (dunamai, power) to keep (guard) us from stumbling (stand firm) & present us without blemish in His presence (24
 
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Posted by on August 8, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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“WE ARE MORE THAN CONQUERORS THROUGH HIM WHO LOVED US” ROM 8:37

“JESUS OUR SAVIOR HAS OVERCOME THE WORLD”

Intro.

1.     Conquering heroes are honored with praise, power, privilege.  We benefit from heroic efforts of the past & present.

2.     There is no greater struggle for men’s freedom nor a more glorious Conqueror than Jesus’ victory over sin & death & His exaltation on high – Rev. 12:7-10.

    a.     “There are no victories at discount prices.”  (Gen. D. Eisenhower)

    b.     Christ’s victory won at great cost – Jno. 12:27-33 (Heb. 2:14-15).

3.     At great cost Jesus has “overcome the world” so you and I may live free!  Jno. 16:33

 

I.  JESUS HAS OVERCOME THE WORLDJno. 16:33.

    A.    He Has Overcome Satan 1 Jno. 3:8; cf. Rev. 12:8-9.

        1.     Satan’s power to hold men in fear & tempt us to yield to the flesh is not insurmountable – Christ has defeated Him!

        2.     By His crucifixion He “cast out” Satan (destroyed his power base) – Jno. 12:27-31; cf. Heb. 2:14-15.

    B.     He Has Overcome Sin.

        1.     In His death He bore the penalty of our sin (death) – 2 Cor. 5:18-21; 2 Pet. 2:23-24 (Isa. 53:4-6).

        2.     He “condemned sin in the flesh”Rom. 8:3 (1-4). 

            a.     By His sinless life, Jesus showed that the failure of the law to give life was not with God’s law, but with man weakness of flesh (Rom. 8:3; Heb. 4:15).

            b.     By His death, He condemned sin that dwells in man’s flesh (8:3).

        3.     Jesus overcame sin in His life & by His death!

    C.    He Has Overcome Death Jno. 11:25-26.

        1.     Physical death, in His resurrection – 11:25; 1 Cor. 15:20.

        2.     Spiritual death, because he saves from sin – 11:26; Rom. 6:21-23.

        3.     In Christ we are “free from the law of sin and death” Rom. 8:1-2.

    D.    He Has Overcome the Darkness of Ignorance & ErrorJno. 1:4-5.

        1.     Lk. 2:29-32 – A light bringing salvation to the nations (Matt. 4:16).

        2.     Jno. 8:12 – Light of the world to escape darkness (9:5).

        3.     Jno. 14:6 – The Way & Truth who is the path to God!

    E.     He Continues to Overcome Every False Doctrine 1 Jno. 4:1-4.

        1.     False teachers with their false doctrines (those who teach error are against Christ, 4:3) fall before Christ.

        2.     He is mightier than they! – 4:4-6 (Gal. 1:8-9)

 

II.    OUR FAITH IN JESUS OVERCOMES THE WORLD1 Jno. 5:4.

    A.    By Our Faith in Christ, We Share in Christ’s Victories! – Rev. 12:10

    B.     When We Live by Faith, We Overcome (Rev. 12:11):

        1.     By the blood of the Lamb Eph. 1:7.

            –Overcome sin & deathRom. 6:1-3; Acts 22:16 – Believe & be baptized – Saved by His blood!

        2.     By the word of their testimony – cf. Rev. 12:17; 14:12.

            a.     Word of the gospel – Acts 2:40; 20:20-21, 24, 32.

            b.     Overcome Satan by the word of God! – 1 Jno. 2:13-14.

            c.     Overcome darkness & error when we believe & walk in His light of truth! – Jno. 12:35-36

            d.    Overcome every false teaching 2 Cor. 10:3-5 (Eph. 6:17).

        3.     By self-denial Matt. 16:25; cf. Rom. 8:35-39.

            a.     Rev. 12:17 – The battle rages & we must deny & endure – 2 Tim. 2:3-4.        

            b.     Eph. 6:13 – Clothed in His armor, we stand!

        4.     Rev. 12:12 – Rejoice in the victory of Christ!  (Rev. 17:14)

 

Conclusion

1.     Victory over Satan, sin & death is through Christ – 1 Cor. 15:50-57.

2.     Rev. 3:20-21; 21:7 – Hear & obey Him!  He who overcomes shall inherit all things!

3.     To the victor goes the spoils!  Will you share in victory or defeat?

 
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Posted by on February 22, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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“THE BELIEVER’S BURDENS ARE LIFTED AT CALVARY”

“A BIBLICAL LOOK AT THE CHRISTIAN’S BURDENS”

Intro.

1.  It is true that each one bears his own burden (Gal. 6:5, responsibilities) & that we are to bear one another’s burdens (Gal. 6:2, problems, trials).

2.  Yet, there are burdens we are to “lay aside” Heb. 12:1:

  a.  Weight:  whatever is prominent, protrusion, mass, bulk.

  b.  Lay aside: “lay off or aside, to wear or carry no longer”, separation.

3.  Burdens are lifted at Calvary (#603) – Isa. 53:4 (Matt. 10:28).

 

I.  THE BURDEN OF SIN, Jas. 1:21-22 (Eph. 4:22; Col. 3:8-9).

  A.  The Effects of Sin.

    1.  Guilt, shame & grief (Gen. 2:25; 3:7, 10) Psa. 38:1-10.

    2.  Penalty of spiritual death, Rom. 6:23 (Gen. 2:17).

  B.  Trying to Hide Sin Only Increases its Burden, Psa. 32:3-4; Prov. 28:13 (1 Jno. 1:8).

  C.  The Solution for Sin, 1 Pet. 1:24 (Isa. 53:4-6); Jas. 1:21-22.

    1.  Become a Christian & be saved from your past sins (Mk. 16:16).

    2.  When a Christian sins:

      a.  Confess my sin, Psa. 32:5; 38:18; Prov. 28:13.

        1)  To God in prayer, 1 Jno. 1:9 (acknowledge).

        2)  To brethren, Jas. 5:16.

      b.  Repent of my sin, Psa. 51:10-12; Ezek. 18:31-32.

        1)  Cease my sin, Rom. 6:1-2 (Heb. 10:26-27).

        2)  Obey the Lord, Acts 26:20 (bear worthy fruit).

 

II.  THE BURDEN OF ANXIETY, Matt. 6:25; Phil. 4:6.

  A.  Cast All Your Care Upon the Lord, 1 Pet. 5:7.

    1.  With humility, 1 Pet. 5:5-6.

    2.  With the priorities of faith, Matt. 6:24-25, 30, 33.

  B.  Solutions for Anxiety, Phil. 4:4-9 (be content, 4:11-13)…

    1.  Praise, Phil. 4:4 (Psa. 9:1-12).

    2.  Patience, Phil. 4:5 (Jas. 5:13, 17-18).

    3.  Prayer, Phil. 4:6; Jas. 5:13 (Psa. 6).

    4.  Ponder, Phil. 4:8 (Matt. 12:35; 15:18-20; Eph. 4:23; Rom. 12:2).  (Meditate:  “This word refers to facts not suppositions.” OBGL)

    5.  Practice, Phil. 4:9 (5a); 2:12-13.

Peace of God (4:7)…the God of peace will be with you (4:9), Col. 3:15.

 

III.  THE BURDEN OF DOUBT, Jno. 14:1-3.

  A.  Uncertainties are Relieved When we Remember the Lord Controls All Things, Col. 1:16-17; Rom. 8:28.

  B.  Solutions to Doubt Include… 

    1.  Strengthen your faith, Matt. 6:25-34.

      a.  Read the Bible, Rom. 10:17; cf. Psalms, like Psa. 37:39-40.

      b.  Obey the Bible, Jas. 1:22 (busy hands are God’s workshop!).

      c.  Keep faith (endurance), Heb. 10:36.

    2.  Live in hope, Psa. 42:5-6, 11; Psa. 16 (1 Pet. 1:3).

      a.  Rejoice in hope, Rom. 5:2.

      b.  Hope will not disappoint, Rom. 5:4.

      c.  Hope abides, 1 Cor. 13:13.

      d.  Hope is reserved in heaven, Col. 1:5.

      e.  Hope is fully assured, sure & steadfast, Heb. 6:11, 18-19.

 

IV.  JESUS:  THE SOLUTION TO EVERY BURDEN, Heb. 12:2.

  A.  Author (Captain) & Finisher (Perfecter) of Our Faith (First & Last).

    1.  archegos:  “one that takes the lead in any thing and thus affords an example, a predecessor in a matter, pioneer”, one who makes a beginning.

        -As such, “he stands at the head as the most eminent example that can be referred to on the subject of faith” (Barnes).

    2.  teleiotes:  “a perfector, one who has in his own person raised faith to its perfection and so set before us the highest example of faith” (OBGL).

    3.  Look to Jesus… lay aside sin & life’s burdens… run with endurance to the reward, Heb. 12:1.

 

Conclusion

   Aren’t you tired of the burdens you are carrying?  (Sin, anxiety & doubt)  Come to Jesus for relief, & He will give you rest!  Matt. 11:28-30 (Psa. 34:17-22)

 
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Posted by on February 9, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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