Understanding spiritual weakness

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By Mike Smith A lesson about getting to understand about spiritual weakness.

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Understanding spiritual weakness

  1. 1. Understanding Spiritual Weakness Jude 20-25
  2. 2. The Problem is Real! • It’s why we have such admonitions as found in Jude 20-25. • Spiritual weakness (anemia) is real and it challenges Christians. • We must face it in our life and help others. 1 Corinthians 16:13; Ephesians 6:10 • Jesus warned us about this. Mt. 26:41 • We must be of help. 1 Thes. 5:14
  3. 3. What is Spiritual Weakness? • Spiritually strong is to be ruled by the Holy Spirit (living by God’s teaching)... Romans 8:1-8 – And worldly minded is to be ruled by the flesh. • Spiritual weakness then is a mind ruled by fleshly/worldly thinking... Romans 4:19 –Little wavering faith… Matthew 6:30; Jas. 1:6 • So let us understand about this problem by seeing the reasons for it, how to recognize, and remedy it.
  4. 4. Reasons For Spiritual Weakness: • Spiritually immature (undeveloped). 1 Cor. 3:1-3 –Unskilled and must grow. Hebrews 5:12-13 –Must grow to strength through the word of God! 1 Peter 2:2; 1 John 2:14 • Distracted by the world. –Temptations to sin will attack when we’re vulnerable! 1 Peter 5:8-9; 1 Cor. 10:12-13 –Trials test us. James 1:2-3 –Error hinders your strength. Gal. 5:1, 7
  5. 5. Reasons For Spiritual Weakness: • Being overcome by sin... Galatians 6:1 – Turns into spiritual death. Jas. 5:19-20 • Not using God’s word to judge what is right. 1 Corinthians 2:12-16; 1 Tim. 1:8 – Failure to do this caused many to be weak. 1 Cor. 11:30 • If left alone spiritual weakness becomes carnality. 1 Cor. 3:1-3 – We must choose to be ruled by the Holy Spirit. Romans 8:5, 7
  6. 6. Recognizing Spiritual Weakness: • Weak in resistance: – To temptation… Eph. 6:10, 13, 16; 1 Jn. 2:14 – To error. Eph. 4:14 • Never be ashamed of truth. Rom. 1:16 • Weak in appetite: Mt. 5:6; Jn. 6:27 – Many weak Christians have a strong appetite for other things like ball games, recreation, and entertainment but need the desire for solid food! Heb. 5:14 – Need a priority check. Mt. 6:33 – Need to learn and live God’s word. 2 Tim. 2:15
  7. 7. Recognizing Spiritual Weakness: • Weak in estimating your ability & responsibility: Matthew 25:18 –When asked to help in the work of the Lord he replies: “I can’t.” –The strong says, “I can try”! Phil. 4:13
  8. 8. Spiritual Weakness Is Bad! • Because if left unattended it becomes willful sin! Hebrews 10:26-27 – God has made provisions for us to grow and get spiritual growth and strength. 2 Peter 3:18 – The church. Hebrews 10:22-25 • Because it is contagious! Gal. 5:9 – It influences and discourages others. Num. 32:6-7
  9. 9. Remedies For the Spiritually Weak • Do what you can do... Luke 13:6-9 –Support the weak. 1 Thes. 5:14 –Help them grow through Bible study. 6-9 –Set good examples for them to see. 1 Tim. 4:12 –Try to restore those that have fallen. Gal. 6:1-2 –Teach, correct, warn, & rebuke them. 2 Timothy 2:24-26 –Pray for them. James 5:16
  10. 10. What To Do About Spiritual Weakness • The Responsibility of the weak is to grow in personal faith! Jude 20-21 • Your Responsibility toward the weak: In mercy & compassion, try to help strengthen & save them! Jude 22-23 • You must also rely on God who is able to keep us from stumbling & present us without blemish in His presence! Jude 24

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