Receiving strenght for your weaknesses

RECEIVING STRENGTH FOR YOUR WEAKNESSESBy pastor M.I Israel

Romans 8:26-27 (KJV) “Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.”

Romans 8:26-27 (NIV) “In this same way, the spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express.

And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the spirit intercedes for the saints in accordance with God’s will.”

We all have weaknesses of which we cannot deny or explain away. These weaknesses seems to hunt us and pose a as a constraint or limitation to our progress in life, especially our spiritual walk with God. They seem to limit our usefulness or effectiveness in our walk and work with God.

These experience often times keeps many of us discouraged. Our heart and spirit is willing, yet these weaknesses keeps us from advancing forth. Do not throw in the towel yet. I have some good news for you. I hope we know the gospel of our Lord Jesus is full of good news? That is what I am here to share with you. But before we proceed, it is good we define clearly some terms to solicit better understanding of this very important subject.

WHAT IS A WEAKNESS? According to Cambridge advanced learner’s dictionary, weakness is “a particular part or quality of someone or something that is not good or effective.”

For example: His main weakness as a manager is his inability to delegate (emphasis mine).

From the above definition, we can clearly establish that a weakness is a particular or defined area, part or quality of a person or something that is not good or effective. In other words a weakness is that part of us that is not effective or competent to meet up with a particular demand or expected task.

If we take a closer look at the example mentioned earlier, we will discover that the weakness of the manager in question is his inability to delegate. Assuming he sleeps or commits adultery with his secretary whom he is not married to, his weakness was still his inability to delegate authority.

Maybe whenever he sees his secretary he loses control of himself. Maybe he had a strong chemistry with his secretary. Maybe she seem to understand him most. Maybe he confides in her, thus forming an emotional bond with her that leads frequently or occasionally to an immoral act with her. May be he is not able to help himself on this matter. Maybe it is not his fault. Maybe the reason is because he has flesh and blood and the secretary is beautiful and puts up seductive appearance and dress style which he finds difficult to resist.

May I submit to you for further evidence, His immorality is not a weakness but a CAPITAL SIN. His weakness is his inability to delegate. This leads us to another important point: There is a difference between a weakness and a sin. We shall shed more light on this as we proceed further on this study.

Romans 8:26-27 (NIV) “In this same way, the spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express.

And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the spirit intercedes for the saints in accordance with God’s will.”

There is nowhere in the Bible where sin is referred to as a weakness or vice-versa. Weakness is referred to as infirmity in King James Version of the Bible. Sin is not a weakness and a weakness is not a sin.

Note what the scriptures says: “…the spirit helps us in our weakness…” Why would the Holy Spirit want to help us out? What kind of weakness is he trying to give us help from? Let us have a look at the following scripture.

John 14:16-17 “And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you forever; Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.”

The Holy Spirit is the promise of the father whom Jesus said would comfort us in his stead or rather continue where he stopped with believers on earth. If the Holy Spirit is another comforter that implies that there was a comforter, before another comforter took place of the former. We can draw from this premise that Jesus was a comforter to us when he was on earth. When he was leaving for heaven, God sent the Holy Spirit to comfort believers.

The Holy Spirit came to abide with us. He is the Spirit of truth to lead and guide us in all truth concerning God. The world (talking about unbelievers and the unregenerated souls, even if they are in the church) cannot receive him. The first step they can take is to repent and receive Jesus Christ in their lives and get washed and cleansed by his blood. In that process receive eternal life imparted into their spirit. This is the part of the birth and regeneration process that implies they have been born again. This is the only requirement coupled with faith in the promise of the father (the Holy Spirit) to receive the Holy Spirit.

Little wonder the bible declares: Romans 8:14: “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.”

Until you receive and be led by the Holy Spirit, there is no hope of eternal life for you. You are simply zealous or a fanatic.

We just explained the few works and function of the Holy Spirit. Back to our question. Why would he help us in our infirmity according to KJV or in our weakness according to NIV?

The reason is because we are still maturing in faith. Also due to the limitation of our senses or flesh, most times we are not able to discern the perfect will of God for our lives and our Christian journey or walk with God. We sometimes do not know how we ought to pray and what to pray for or about. All these according to the bible constitutes a weakness on our part. This is what the Holy Spirit gladly offers help by interceding for us. He knows the mind of God concerning us. “…We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express.”

The Holy Spirit channels our prayer to God in the manner that will ensure a favorable response. He prays for us according to the will of God. This ensures that we receive an express answer to all our prayers.

“And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the spirit intercedes for the saints in accordance with God’s will.” Weakness could also mean deprivation, abuse, painful past, vulnerability, exploitation, oppression, false accusation, rejection and awful experiences you had in the past.

The devil, people and circumstance oftentimes, tries to use our weakness against us. The devil uses it especially to intimidate and keep us from reaching our full potential in Christ.

Because of the limitation of our human understanding, we are oftentimes misinformed, under informed or incapable of processing and disseminating the right information. This natural human deficiency, which we can treat as weakness, interferes with our relationship with our self, God, people, issues and circumstances.

This is the major cause of misjudging, misrepresentation, misunderstanding, we usually have with our self, God, people, issues and circumstances. It is a serious weakness we can overcome if we are willing to change and improve ourselves.

From what we have studied so far, we can clearly see the meaning of weakness in that regard and the function of the Holy Spirit in helping us out in these weaknesses.

WEAKNESS IS NOT A SIN-SIN IS NOT A WEAKNESS

Weakness has to do with whatever thing, natural or acquired that puts a limitation on our effectiveness or functionality in life. It can be a limitation in service to God or humanity. It could be a personal limitation keeping us from God’s best for our lives. God is saying that you can overcome such limitations or weaknesses.

Like we established earlier, a weakness is not a sin and a sin is not a weakness. Many Christians get it wrong here using weakness as an excuse for their ungodly life styles.

When I was working in a particular church in Lagos as a minister, the senior pastor delegated me to pray for a woman who was into real estate business. She was finding it difficult to sell off some of the old stock-property in her custody. Several People usually come to get the asking price and to inspect the property. After that they do not usually come back to close the deal. She reasoned there could be a spiritual undertone to this anomaly. So we set out to pray. We held a vigil on her behalf. With series of scriptural confirmation, the Lord through his word and prophecy gave her an answer and breakthrough.

I left the church few months after. However, she failed to contact me to share the testimony. In a clear revelation, God revealed that she had sold the property. In that revelation, she saw me and avoided me. I later got her number and called her. She invited me to her house and shared her the testimony, though reluctantly. She was avoiding feeling indebted to me. I acted accordingly, because in ministry we keep meeting people like that. People who are humble when they have problems, but when you make sacrifices of prayer and intercession on their behalf, God answers; you find them wearing a proud look as though they do not need God’s grace.

The morale of my story is that she told me she has a new property she would like to sell and would like me to connect her to a another man of God that will be able to help her out in prayers. Sin is not a weakness and weakness is not a sin. I mentioned the name of a popular man of God then in Lagos. I deliberately mentioned that pastor’s name because, you may not know what you have, and I mean the quality of people God sends your way until you lose them. So I wanted her to try out people with BIG names. She responded by saying that the man is trying but he is into women; implying that his ‘weakness’ is women. I want to correct that erroneous impression in the body of Christ. That pastor needs to repent of immorality as a sin not as a weakness. Sin is not a weakness and weakness is not a sin.

We hear all kinds of awful things that people say and use as an excuse to desecrate the word of God, thus bastardizing the sanctity and value of the Christian faith. You hear people say “alcohol, immoral sexual activity with women or and men, fetishism, bribery, lusts, gluttony, hatred, homosexuality, anger, jealousy, gossip is my weakness.” That’s not true. Take a brief look at this scripture: 1 John 5:17: “All unrighteousness is sin…”

Note, it did not say “all unrighteousness is a weakness” but “All unrighteousness is sin…” Moses’ stammering was a weakness, but his anger was a sin. His sin kept him from entering the Promised Land. It was not his weakness that kept him from inheriting the promise land; his sin did. A few lists of what constitutes sin is listed in the following scripture passage:

Galatians 5:18 “Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.”

Having established this important points, we shall proceed further.

WHAT IS YOUR WEAKNESS? There is no one person that will successfully claim that he is perfect. We are all imperfect. Most importantly, we should note that imperfection does not imply sinfulness. It is only indicative of weakness.

Because of the limitation of our human understanding, we are oftentimes misinformed, under informed or incapable of processing and disseminating the right information. This natural human deficiency, which we can treat as weakness, interferes with our relationship with our self, God, people, issues and circumstances.

This is the major cause of misjudgment, misrepresentation, misunderstanding, we usually have with our self, God, people, issues and circumstances. When the bible talks of perfection, it refers to growing into maturity in Christ. It implies recognizing your ‘strengths,’ ‘weaknesses,’ ‘opportunities’ and things that constitutes ‘threat’ to your spiritual life and walk with God. You might like to call it ‘SWOT’ analysis.

This is the function that a-God-truly ordained fivefold ministry came to fulfill or achieve in the life of every believer and the entire church and body of Christ Jesus .The bible points out that some people are easily convinced and drawn away by wind of doctrine out of a sincere heart that they unknowingly abandon the real word and godly doctrine for heresies and false hood. That is a weakness. (Ephesians 4:11-15).

The first step to overcome your weakness is to first of all identify your weakness. In an attempt to guide us briefly, I explain further as said before what your weakness is.

Your weakness is anything that hinders you from accomplishing a task or anything that disqualifies you from obtaining valuable dream you earnestly want to attain. For Moses it was stammering. Talking about Gideon, he was fearful and timid. For Timothy, he seemed too young for ministry. For Jephta, he was born out of wed-lock. For Peter, he was fearful and not enlightened. Paul was small in stature. David was a relegated shepherd boy and very young boy to have tried to engage Goliath in a fight. Waoh! That was suicidal! Nathaniel came from Nazareth where it is thought that good things can never be seen. It is an ethnic weakness. Jeremiah was a very young man and also fearful.

Maybe for you, you do not know who your father is. Maybe you do not have a degree yet. It could be that you are not very eloquent in speech. It could also be that you do not have a job yet or maybe you come from a very poor background. These are weaknesses. Maybe you do not know how and what to pray about. Are you a school drop out? Do you have low self-esteem? Do you wallow in pity party? Are you poor? Are you unmarried? Are you childless for now? Are you always afraid or doubtful? Were you rejected by your family? Are you very short? Do you feel you are ugly? Do you always feel inadequate? These are all weaknesses and not sin. I do not mean to remind you of pains you might have internalized. I believe the best way to seek cure is to expose those pains or weakness that is keeping you from God’s best for your life.

Weakness could also mean deprivation, abuse, painful past, vulnerability, exploitation, oppression, false accusation, rejection and awful experiences you had in the past.

Cheer up there is hope for you.

Often times, the devil, people and circumstance try to use our weakness against us. The devil uses it especially to intimidate and keep us from reaching our full potential in Christ.

Maybe, you have been asking: “Can I really overcome these weaknesses.” Of course you can. It is possible. Having being patient with this study up to this point implies you are ready for a change. I believe in you as much as you do.

PRACTICAL STEPS TO OVERCOMING YOUR WEAKNESSES I’m obligated to tell you the truth of God’s word that will transform your life forever. The little covenant I would like you to have with me, Pastor M.I Israel and God, is your willingness to accept the undiluted word of God. Reason being that the word is not directed to glorify man. It is my desire to handle the word of truth in all righteousness and with trembling and fear. Remember we are dealing with God here. It is a serious business.

If you are really serious, of course I know you are, with overcoming your weakness, take the following steps: You must be born again

It is vital to receive Christ Jesus as your personal lord and savior. Repent of all forms of wickedness and sinful living. Nicodemus approached Christ with a hope to have a glimpse of glory through eternal life. Jesus responded by telling him to get born again. You cannot fight against flesh with flesh. You need a higher power of the spirit to overcome the failings of the flesh. You need to be in the kingdom to overcome earthly weakness.

John 3:1-3: “There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews:

The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him.

Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”

You need to receive citizenship of heaven and be properly authorized and empowered by God to be able to receive the enablement to overcome every limitation.

John 1:12-13: “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.”

Get filled with the Holy Spirit

Romans 8:26-27 (NIV) “In this same way, the spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express.

And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the spirit intercedes for the saints in accordance with God’s will.”

The Holy Spirit cannot help us in our weaknesses if we have not received the baptism of the Holy Spirit yet. When we receive baptism of the Holy Spirit we are endued with enabling power to overcome all our human weaknesses and limitations. In the mist of fear, timidity and confusion that came upon the disciples by reason of their weaknesses as mere humans, they received an outpouring (baptism) of the Holy spirit that enabled them to proclaim the message of Christ with boldness and audacity with power, conviction and joy. Remember it was the same city that their master was killed by the same people. Receiving the spirit with an evidence of speaking in tongues enabled by the spirit is an invaluable asset in the Christian journey.

Acts 1:8: “But ye shall receive ‘power,’ after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.” Until you receive and apply the power, you cannot overcome!

The man of God Zerubbabel, was told by God that His completion of the house project is not going to be by might or by human power, only by the spirit shall he accomplish great things.

Zechariah 4:6: “Then he answered and spake unto me, saying, this is the word of the LORD unto Zerubbabel, saying, not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts.”

Zechariah 4:8-9: “Moreover the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,

The hands of Zerubbabel have laid the foundation of this house; his hands shall also finish it…”

Study and get loaded with the word

2 Timothy 2:15: “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed…”

We need to study the word of God to have knowledge of God, his expectations of us and also his great promises. The bible contains an endless list of men who achieved great feats in life by simply studying and applying it into their precarious situations.

Colossian 3:16: “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom…”

It is not enough to study the word alone, we must allow it to be ingrained or dwell in us. It should dwell richly in us. The adverb ‘richly’ is indicative of its quality. It implies having an excess dose of God’s word.

When the word dwells in us richly, that means we have a measure of God in us because God is in his word. His word brings forth grace that is capable of building us up in the stead of our weakness that is trying to pull us down. The word also delivers to us an heritance among them that are sanctified. Go for the word!

Acts 20:32: “And now, brethren, I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified.”

Believe in the word and promises of God towards your area of weakness

I really love the way James the apostle rightly puts it in James 1:22-24: “But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was.”

We have to believe the word of God. We have to believe in every promise he has made to us. Do whatever the word of God tells you to do. It is not enough to just hear the word and walk away. Committing the word to practice ensures a lasting result. God has good thought towards you, irrespective of your weakness and limitations. Just believe it and walk in the light of that. Find out what God says in his word concerning your weakness.

Jeremiah 29:11: “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.” God uses our weakness which appear foolish to manifest his power through us. Trust God and put to mind that his foolishness is greater than the strength of all men combined!

1Corinthians 1:25: “… the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men.”

The strength of the Lord is made perfect in our weakness, not in our sins. Our sin problem has been taken care of by the death of Christ on Calvary. All we need do is to believe and walk in the light of the finished work of redemption. You are given power to overcome and say no to sin, wickedness and every form of ungodliness (John 3:16, James 1:21, Titus 2:11).

2Corinthians:12:9: “… my grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness.”

The good news is that God is interested in our weakness and limitations. If we allow him, he can transform us to accomplish great task.

Learn to grow and walk by faith

Walking by faith means living our lives based on God’s word and not by what our senses tells us. The book of Hebrews 11:1 declares: “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”

For more study on faith, request for the sermon “Faith, key for glorious manifestation” part 1&2 by Pastor MI ISRAEL. Faith means believing with your whole heart and walking in the light of what God says to fully manifest. Without faith, we can never receive anything good from God. We have to believe and judge him faithful and rewarder of them that seek him diligently.

Hebrew 11:6: “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.”

We can only overcome our weaknesses when we walk by faith. We need to believe God and his word.

Look up to Jesus the perfecter of our faith

Hebrew 12:2 “Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith…”

Looking up to Jesus helps us to overcome our weaknesses. We have to look up to him for strength and grace. Let us look up to him and not to our weakness or to people’s opinion about us. Jesus is the author and finisher of our faith. This implies that we are expected to walk in faith and also give him time to finish or perfect our faith. If that happens, our weakness cannot pose as a hindrance to our making impact in life.

2 Corinthians 12:9: “And he said unto me, my grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness.”

Faith in Jesus releases the enabling grace sufficient to overcome the limitations of our weakness. Christ’s strength is made perfect in our weakness when we trust whole heartedly in him. He is able to use our weakness to bring him glory. He is able to transform our weakness to strength.

We need not ask how this is going to be possible. Let’s look at the following scripture: 1Corinthians 1:25: “…the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men.”

If we allow God use our weakness for his glory, we shall discover how effective and powerful, if not intimidating it will appear compared to those who feel they are strong. In contrast, those who think they are strong usually fail on the way. For great impact in life and result oriented exploits, God usually choose to use weak men and their weaknesses to shame the devil. He chose David, a shepherd boy (His adultery with Beersheba was a sin and not a weakness), Gideon, the fearful and lowest in his family, Moses, the stammerer, Jeremiah, a young man and so on. God can use your disadvantage, misfortune to bring him tremendous glory.

God is not and cannot be foolish. But the use of this irony as an assumption, means that, even if God is ‘foolish,’ his ‘foolishness’ is greater than the best of human’s intricate wisdom. In sharp contrast, what people consider a weakness can be a very powerful surge of energy and strength to bring about transformation .Hence, bringing trans-generational blessing and impact.

Do not beat yourself up over the seeming disadvantage and limitation confronting you. You can do better than that. You can be better than what you are today. You can be a better you today. Cheer up!

Looking up to Jesus implies learning from his sufferings, his background, his challenges and his determination to in overcoming every limitation he encountered.

Do not put into consideration the mockery, rejection and insults. They are bound to come your way once you are determined in overcoming your challenge. Men will mock you. The good news is this: until you are mocked you cannot be made. Despise that shame. Ignore it or better still use them as a tool to building and shaping the future you really relish.

Looking up to Jesus implies being focused and dismissing every form of distraction that is not in alliance with your dream and God’s promises towards you.

Get your mind renewed

Romans 12:2: “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”

We have to renew our mind continuously with the word of God to keep it healthy. All thought processes, reasoning, decisions, processing of information received for a corresponding action, all of these takes place in the mind. A mind not sanctified and renewed can be a big liability on the long run. In the context of our lesson, the mind can also be referred to as the ‘heart’ too. We are not talking about the physical internal organ below our chest cavity. No we are talking about your thought processing center or your psyche.

Worry, anxiety, unbelief, fear, low self-esteem or inferiority complex, superiority complex, pride, negative thinking, doubt, bitterness, unforgiveness, malice, hatred, envying, jealousy, anger, wrath and evil thoughts corrupts the mind and alters its right functionality. These vices and their like drains the mind from attaining peace, stability and reaching its full potential. Let go off them! Try as much as you can to put off these vices from your mind. Train yourself with the word of God to think and dwell on godly and right things that will build you up. Purify your thoughts.

Philippians 4:8: “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” You are what you think mostly about. Do you think about failure, your negative past experience? Are you overwhelmed by your weakness and limitations? You are what you think about!

Proverb 23:7: “For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he…”

Our minds should be positive always. We should be focused and determined to overcome whatever limitation and weakness starring at us in the face. It all depends on us. Thought is to our life what a rudder is to a ship and what a steering is to a car. Our life usually moves in the direction of our thoughts. Thoughts are so powerful that it steers our life.

Evil people have wicked and evil thoughts. Good people usually have good thoughts. Immoral people usually have immoral thoughts and so on. We eventually become whatever we think about. God told the Israelites that the land they were about to enter is a land flowing with milk and honey. He did this on purpose; his intention was to stimulate their mindset towards possibility. He wanted them to be dominated with the thought of a good future already provided by God. God knew that until his word or promise dominate our thought life, we cannot receive the passion, hope and the faith to actualize the miracle.

Believe in your self

Every one of us has an inner dialogue going on inside of us. These dialogue occurs in our mind without us giving careful attention to it sometimes. The mind is a powerful tool where battles of life is fought. Victory or defeat in life starts from the mind and depends on how we manage the thought processes. It depends on how we regulate the inner dialogue that takes place in our mind. In this context, like we said earlier, the mind is same as heart. Issues of life flows from our hearts or minds. It is pertinent we guard our hearts with all diligence according to the following scripture:

Proverb 4:23: “Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.”

These inner dialogue like we mentioned earlier comes in two ways: Positive thoughts and Negative thoughts

The negative thoughts reminds us of our past failures, abuse, rejection, insults, accusations, and so on. It reminds us of words spoken against us like: “You are no good,” “You are not smart and intelligent,” “You will not make it,” “You are too slow,” etc. If we allow these recurring thoughts to dominate our life without replacing them with the right thoughts from the word of God, we will eventually become what these thoughts tells us.

The positive thoughts are the thoughts that remind us of our past success and possible future success. These thoughts motivate us to push forward. It encourages us not to give up. It builds us up and reminds us of the goodness of the lord. This can only be possible if we are loaded with the word, believe it and back it up with faith.

Believing in our self as much as God does builds a very strong confidence in us. This confidence steers us away from insecurity, doubt, to the power to overcome our weaknesses and greater accomplishments. According to psychologists, once confidence is built or established by knowing that the most important person in one’s life believes in one. God should be the most important person in our lives. He believes in us. He has good thoughts for us. This alone should build enough confidence in us.

Jeremiah 29:11: “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.”

Believe in what God says about you. Pride is thinking more highly of yourself than you ought to. Inferiority complex or demonic humility is thinking lowly of yourself. To make a balance we are to think good of our selves. That is confidence. There is nowhere in the bible you are told to think lowly of yourself. Think on what God says about you. This implies that you should think well and good of yourself.

God loves you that is what matters. He accepts you and also believes in you. All these should build up your confidence. You might say, “Hey Israel, you don’t know what I’ve been through.” You are correct, I may be ignorant of your pain. But one thing I know is that your pain is an instrument in God’s hand to give you a glorious future. Your pain and circumstance does not control your future. Do not allow your life to be defined by people’s opinion of you.

Those who caused the pain in your life may have been in charge of your yesterday, but now it is over! They do not control the outcome of your life. Shake that pain off and keep moving forward. God has a better plan for you. Your tomorrow is going to be better than your yesterday.

Remove that defeated outlook of yours. Think like a king. There is something great about you. You are important to God. He said you are unique and was created for a purpose. Cheer up. You are an over-comer. You are not a failure or a mistake. Even if you have failed severally, God is able to turn your pain into miracle. God wants you to know that he is not against you. He is here for you. He has you on his mind long before you were born!

Just as the cell is the functional unit of every living organism, in the same way, the thought is the functional unit of the overall outcome of our lives. How we manage our thoughts determines what our lives turns out to be. Think Godly thoughts. Think on God’s promises. Think like a king. God says you are unique; think that way. If God thinks well about you why do you choose to think less of yourself?

Through your thoughts and confession you can recreate your world in spite of what life looks like for you on the outside. It’s a function of time. Life will have no choice than to realign itself to the expectant thought coming from your inside. This is no gimmick. It is an eternal truth. I have experienced them first hand myself. It works. The change you badly desire is not going to come by accident. You must create it. You must be involved in the whole process. In that way you grow for better things and become capable of handling you anticipated strength and also greater things. Put the word of God in motion by starting by processing them in your thought process.

Be diligent and take action

Proverb 22:29: “Seest thou a man diligent in his business? He shall stand before kings; he shall not stand before mean men.”

Diligence is the vehicle for attaining greatness. Nothing meaningful is achieved in this life without diligence. We should apply the virtue of diligence in every area of our lives if we really want to make a head-way. Diligence in praying, change of attitude and habits, studying the word of God and diligence in doing what the spirit of God tells us to do.

When you are diligent, you shall stand before kings and not before mean men. Kings are people who recognize you potentials. Kings are people who are excited about you. Kings are people who expect you at you best. They are people who give you opportunity to express your gifting. They are people that celebrate your success. Kings are people God uses to compensate you for your talents and gifting.

In contrast, mean men are people who do not recognize your potentials. They are people who contend with you. They are people who are intimidated by your success. Mean men do not feel safe in having you around. They are people of low estate and low vision. Mean men are vision and dream killers.

Mean men are ignorant, undisciplined, local champions, low thinkers, mediocre, unorganized, envious, mean, wicked, jealous, backbiters, gossips, procrastinators, haters, visionless, dreamless, lazy, full of strife , confusion and contradiction. If you will become diligent today, you will not to stand before mean men, but before kings.

There is nothing that kills determination and vision as procrastination. Procrastination is putting off what we have the opportunity today for a more favorable day which rarely comes. You’ve got to do what you know you’ve got to do. Overcoming your weakness implies taking a step at once. Do not be discourage if your progress is slow. What is important is your heart. Are you determined to partner with God to take giant strides into greatness? Even if you fail in the process, do not be afraid or discouraged. You can start over and follow the steps outlined.

Note that the weakness you do not take care of today, will in the long run weigh down. People and Satan are going to use your weakness against you. They are going to do it when you need protection or need to be understood most.

You are going to be mocked and embarrassed by the devil for your lack of knowledge of God. He is going to molest you for not belonging to Christ. People will mock and embarrass you for having not improve yourself academically, for not acquiring more knowledge, for not improving your carriage and attitude, improving your communication skills, for remaining poor, for your inferiority or superiority complex. People will resent you for your domineering attitude, lack of wisdom, laziness, managerial deficiencies, leadership ineptitude etc. You cannot afford to fail at this point. Be diligent and take all the necessary action to overcome your weakness.

A particular pastor committed himself fully to the growth and success of a particular branch of a church in particular country. The then resident pastor was transferred to oversee another branch. Vacancy thus existed for the assistant pastor to fill up. The mantle of leadership fell on this particular pastor. He was knowledgeable, steadfast and experienced to take up the mantle of leadership. He was preparing to take up the position, if not for anything, all his years of labour seems to have begun yielding its reward. It is about time he got elevated to the next level in life.

To his amazement, the elders in the church said “Although, you are qualified to take up the position, but you are an illiterate and we do not want to be led by an illiterate.” He was not an illiterate per se. What they meant was that he does not possess a college or university degree. They knew he was qualified, but they do not want him to lead them; they had to use academic degree as an excuse to deny him his position. Well, he could not contain it. He left and started up his own church. But before then, he went back to college in his late forties and badge a degree in accountancy.

According to him, he placed the certificate under his bed, because he was not planning to use it for anything.

If you don’t overcome your weakness, men will definitely use it against you. Lack of degree was the weakness of this pastor and this deprived him of his blessing.

People that will betray you or run you down are those you think they understand and accept you the way you are. That’s not true. Live your life beyond the understanding, praise and criticism of men.

For that pastor, it was not external interviewers or people outside that spotted his weakness. In fact they may not be able to detect his certificate deficiency through his expression and presentation. It was the elders he dines and wines with every day that gave him the shocking blow. Put to mind that weakness is not a sin and sin is not a weakness.

If you need to go back to school, do it now! If you are not born again, do it now! If you lack wisdom, ask God for one now! If you lack knowledge, study the word of God now! If you do not have a job, go find something doing now! Learn a skill now! Improve your attitude now! Stop rehearsing your pain now! Stop living in the past now! Reject poverty and sickness now! Learn communication skills now! Take action to overcome your weakness now. I mean now, now!

Weakness tolerated can lead to sin

Like we established earlier, weakness is not a sin and sin is not a weakness. However, weakness when not strengthened can be a trap that Satan uses to lead us to sin. When we live in sin we eventually severe our relationship with God. Thus, exposing us to Satan and the danger of Hell. There are things or issues in our life that constitutes weakness, when we refuse to take care of them, they eventually lead us to sin and generational curses.

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MI Israel is a dynamic preacher, Senior Pastor and founder of Bethel Spring Covenant ministries Int’l. He’s also a teacher and a motivational speaker and an entrepreneur.

He is called by God to bring positive change into the lives of God’s people via preaching of the gospel in simple and clear terms, undiluted in righteousness.

He is graced with divine strategies for catching the young for Christ and raising godly-reformed future leaders.

He is blessed with God’s divine wisdom and counsel. The rich combination of his simplicity in heart, audacity and firmness in his carriage, vision and ambition gives him an edge in good servant-leadership.

The impact of his ministry is felt by those who are connected to his ministry. As a growing ministry he oversees, He is determined to take the world for Christ through community service, and the work of the ministry.

He is happily married to Pastor (Mrs.) Grace Israel. A woman of substance, grace and virtue. They are currently blessed with a lovely son, David, within two years of marriage.