You were called to this kind of endurance, because Christ suffered on your behalf. He left you an example so that you might follow in his footsteps. He committed no sin, nor did he ever speak in ways meant to deceive. When he was insulted, he did not reply with insults. When he suffered, he did not threaten revenge. Instead, he entrusted himself to the one who judges justly. He carried in his own body on the cross the sins we committed. He did this so that we might live in righteousness, having nothing to do with sin. By his wounds you were healed. Though you were like straying sheep, you have now returned to the shepherd and guardian of your lives.
1 Peter 2:21-25 CEB
Father please forgive me. Forgive me for giving into fear, for focusing on my weaknesses and not my strengths, for allowing the enemy to have moments to sway my attention and my steps. Forgive me for my sins, insults, deception, lies, and those times that I forgot I am not the judge. I humbly pray to You as a servant who wants to do right by You. In Jesus’ name I ask for Your forgiveness. Amen.
Consider this fact, Jesus never was deceptive, never lied, never allowed the enemy to gain a foot hold in his life, never considered his weaknesses, never attacked others or sought revenge. God was his strength, his voice, his guide always. Think about that.
So instead of us beating ourselves up over our weakness to give in to the very things Jesus didn’t tolerate or succumb to, let’s focus on our areas of strength and ask God to heal our weaknesses, so that we can prevail as His ambassadors.
I think that we get so overly twisted in ‘knots’ about being sinners that instead of refraining from sin we continue down that tunnel, because we are consumed by our spiritual weaknesses. We should instead look at our strengths, what we are confident in, and continue protecting those areas from ‘attack’, while asking God to help rebuild and restore what we have destroyed through our sin.
As we repent and atone, God molds us to become stronger in those weak areas—-and as a result we rebuke the sin—we stop telling lies, being deceptive, judging others, coveting, committing adultery, etc.
Questions of the Day
1. Can you honestly identify the areas where you are spiritually weak compared to the areas where you are strong?
2. Are you ready to focus on your spiritual strengths and turn your weaknesses over to God?
3. How will you turn your weaknesses over to God so that He can strengthen you?
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