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Your weakness may be your stronghold
This will help us live free from defeat, despondency and discouraged.
YOUR WEAKNESS MAY BE YOUR STRONGHOLD
It’s not what happens to you that matters, it’s what happens in you that matters.
by Pastor George Lehman
2 Corinthians 10:3- 6 (Amp) – 3For though we walk in the flesh [as mortal men], we are not carrying on our [spiritual] warfare according to the flesh and using the weapons of man. 4The weapons of our warfare are not physical [weapons of flesh and blood]. Our weapons are divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses. 5We are destroying sophisticated arguments and every exalted and proud thing that sets itself up against the [true] knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought and purpose captive to the obedience of Christ, 6being ready to punish every act of disobedience, when your own obedience [as a church] is complete.
John 6:63 (NIV) – The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you- they are full of the Spirit and life.
In truth, many times we don’t have weaknesses.
What we really have is a stronghold.
What is a stronghold (vesting)? The word used in the Greek is Ochuromǎ.
Meaning: - To strengthen through the idea of holding safely: A Castle
We all know that castles don’t just appear.
They are built, they are developed – Brick by Brick / One layer at a time / One bad choice at a time.
For as long as you go through life knowing something is a stronghold in your life and you call it your weakness.
(You will never do anything about it.) You will even quote that scripture:
2 Corinthians 12:9 (NIV) – But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.
The problem is as we grow up – Throughout our lives – in our Spiritual life we are taught that: -
We are only human (I’m only flesh and blood)
ii) We all have some weaknesses.
iii) We all have short comings.
iv) We all have these areas in our lives, which is a weakness.
When in truth many times it’s not a weakness, it’s a stronghold.
As long as you think and nurse it as your weakness – You will never do anything about, and you won’t break free from it. It will hold you in bondage.
There’s a big difference between an inability (onvermoë) and weakness (swakheid)
Inability: - is, even if you prayed and fasted about it, you will not be able to do anything about it.
i) I will never be able to sing like Elvis – even if I wanted to.
ii) I will never win the gold medal at Comrades Marathon.
I will never win the GP Motorcycles race – Why? Not because it’s a weakness, no it’s an inability.
Weakness: -on the other hand is areas in our lives where we have personality traits, or habits or certain believe systems, hang-ups, attitudes.
The truth is many times it’s not a weakness but a stronghold – which we can overcome.
It’s not an inability (onvermoë) that’s causing us trouble on our journey to the promised land, that’s preventing you from fulfilling your destiny; plan and purpose that God has for your life.
It’s a stronghold – something you need to break free from
Strongholds can mess up your health; future; money; relationships – It can be
the very source of rebellion in your life.
2 Corinthians 10:5 (KJV) – Casting down imaginations (reasoning’s) and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.
Paul shows us here how-to pull-down strongholds.
Strongholds are built by 3 components: -
Satan brings a suggestion a thought (Remember the bible calls him a liar, deceiver, destroyer, tempter)
It then becomes a contradiction if not dealt with at
A Life of Complete Satisfaction
A LIFE OF COMPLETE SATISFACTION
Believe it or not; there truly is a place like this for every human being on the face of the earth –
(God created the world out of nothing and so long as
we are nothing, He can make something out of us.)
Jesus didn’t say we will live in a vacuum until He fetches us.
by Pastor George Lehman
Psalm 27:13-14 (NIV) – 13I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. 14Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.
Psalm 145:16-21 (NIV) – 16You open your hand and satisfy the desires of every living thing. 17The Lord is righteous in all his ways and faithful in all he does. 18The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth. 19He fulfils the desires of those who fear him; he hears their cry and saves them. 20The Lord watches over all who love him, but all the wicked he will destroy. 21My mouth will speak in praise of the Lord. Let every creature praise his holy name for ever and ever.
A place of complete satisfaction.
Satisfaction / satisfy – Hebrew word used is Sâbêa (saw-bay-ah) Have enough – fill to the full, to have plenty – to satiate (another term for safe)
There aren’t winners or losers there are only choosers.
The key to a satisfied, happy, content, fulfilled life.
Is found in your choice.
The key to that choice is found in
Matthew 5:6 (NIV) – Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. – Be-attitude
The story of the man who was on his final death bed: - Given only hours to live. He thought he smelled his favourite chocolate chip cookies baking; He dragged himself with almost the last bit of strength in him down to the kitchen. His wife turned around and saw him reaching out for a cookie – she slapped his hand with the spatula and said, “don’t touch they are for your funeral.”
I would like to share; of a Hunger and a Thirst for something you and I can be filled and satisfied with.
Have you ever wondered why some Christians, grow, bear fruit are effective? While others seem to remain the same?
All spiritual progress depends on a man’s hunger and thirst.
One thing that is important to understand is that: -
Real satisfaction does not come from a good sermon or; ] They
A good preacher or ] play
A dynamic church or ] a part
It is all determined by the amount of hunger and thirst that: -
We have for a real relationship with a “more than enough”
(El Shadai) God!
Like telling your son to brush his teeth, comb his hair; until one day he meets a girl.
Then he grooms himself uses your after shave, why because he’s in love!!
Our emptiness will determine how much we will be filled.
Luke 1:53 – He has filled and satisfied the hungry with good things, and the rich He has sent away empty.
People who aren’t really hungry and thirsty: -
Are those who think the church is a bless me club. (Jesus didn’t intend for us to sit around and grow fat on the word. He intended for us to stay hungry by exercising our faith.) Become doers of the word
Church is a place where you come to just receive something that may or may not touch your life – (If it doesn’t it’s also okay) (it doesn’t really concern you.)
Church is a place where you can just get a few good feelings, that make you feel good – the odd goose bump or 2.
A person that’s not hungry or thirsty won’t be serious about wanting to undergo Transformation in their lifestyle and attitude. (You’ll come and go and stay exactly as you were.)
If you come to God empty and leave empty you must know you are too full and too rich of yourself.
The emptier you are of self of the flesh, the more God will fill you up with good things (that’s what Luke 1:53 say’s.)
We see Gods attitude when we are hungry an
The result of Transformation #2
The result of Transformation #2
(God can use you mightily. But you must be willing to follow His leading.
It’s called OBEDIENCE)
By Pastor George Lehman
1 Samuel 15:22-23 (Amp) - Samuel said, Has the Lord as great a delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams. For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as idolatry and teraphim (household good luck images). Because you have rejected the word of the Lord, He also has rejected you from being king.
1 Samuel 15:20-21 (Amp) – 20Saul said to Samuel, “I have obeyed the voice of the Lord, and have gone on the mission on which the Lord sent me, and have brought back Agag the king of Amalek, and have completely destroyed the Amalekites. 21But the people took some of the spoil, sheep and oxen, the best of the things [that were] to be totally destroyed to sacrifice to the Lord your God at Gilgal.”
Obedience is not Optional. Obedience was the 1st key step you took when you became a born-again child of God.
It’s not an either/or situation.
Philippians 2:12 (LB) - Dearest friends, when I was there with you, you were always so careful to follow my instructions. And now that I am away you must be even more careful to do the good things that result from being saved, obeying God with deep reverence, shrinking back from all that might displease him. (Disobedience displeases God)
Because we grow up in a world full of options, everything is optional, It’s all about my likes and dislikes, my comfort and conveniences.
The dictionary says OPTION is:
The act of choosing; the freedom to choose; open to choice.
If you’ve studied and qualified, your career options may be more numerous than they would otherwise be; when you go and buy a bike, you have a wide range of options to choose from; you have various options to buy the clothes you want to buy and wear; options what house to live in; options what you will eat. Life is full of choices (options) everyday.
We tend to treat God this way too!! If we are obedient or if not, it doesn’t really matter, I mean it’s my (OPTION) choice.
Our obedience to God can never be optional (open to free choice); an either/or situation. All or Nothing!
Partial obedience is disobedience.
Someone asked Dr. Cho (pastors the largest church in the world – over 1 million), “what is the key to your great success?” His reply was very simple,
“I pray and obey”.
Story of Alexander the Great:
A few centuries before Christ, a man named Alexander conquered almost all of the known world using military strength, cleverness and a bit of diplomacy.
The story is told that Alexander and a small company of soldiers approached a strongly fortified walled city. Alexander, standing outside the walls, raised his voice and demanded to see the king. When the king arrived, Alexander insisted that the king surrender the city and its inhabitants to Alexander and his little band of fighting men.
The king laughed, “Why should I surrender to you? You can’t do us any harm!” But Alexander offered to give the king a demonstration. He ordered his men to line up single file and start marching. He marched them straight toward a sheer cliff. The townspeople gathered on the wall and watched in shocked silence as, one by one, Alexander’s soldiers marched without hesitation right off the cliff to their deaths! After ten soldiers died, Alexander ordered the rest of the men to return to his side. The townspeople and the king immediately surrendered to Alexander the Great.
They realized that if a few men were actually willing to commit suicide at the command of this dynamic leader, then nothing could stop his eventual victory.
The real question here is:
Are you really willi
Hope, Faith and Luck
Sermon Notes: Faith, Hope & Luck
Starting point: What is the basis and foundation of your faith? If the foundation is not firm, your faith can change quite easily. Two examples of things that can influence your faith if its foundation is not firm:
Lifestyle decisions. You live a lifestyle that is at odds with what you profess to believe, e.g. you are living in known sin. You will feel guilty and will either change your lifestyle to match your beliefs or you will start to justify your lifestyle (it is not really wrong; everyone is doing it etc) and in this way your beliefs will adapt to your lifestyle. People also compartmentalise their lives, e.g. dishonesty is wrong, but this does not apply in sport, when doing your taxes, etc.
Unexplainable circumstances, e.g. bad things happening to true believers. If your faith is dependent on your ability to understand and explain your circumstances it is very fragile and really no different from the faith of the world / other religions.
How is Biblical faith different?
Heb 4:14 : “Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess.”
Biblical faith is in a Person
Hebrews 12:1 – 3: “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.”
What Biblical Faith is not
Faith is not
A power or force
Is not something separate from God
Something that you can do or use to force God to do things
A question of gritting your teeth and hanging on
What faith is
Hebrews 11:1 TNIV: “Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see”
Faith = hope + certainty
The certainty is based on the promises of God
The promises of God is the bridge from hope to faith
Faith is not believing what God has not promised – that is presumption. For example, if your are acting irresponsibly, but expect God to protect you nonetheless, that is quite presumptuous of you.
What faith is
A gift – God supplies the faith you need [Eph 2:8]; faith is listed as one of the gifts of the Holy Spirit
It seems that God does not expect us to always have perfect faith. Example: The father of a demon possessed child asks Jesus for help
Mark 9: 23-24 Jesus said to him, "If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes." Immediately the father of the child cried out and said with tears, "Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!"
And Jesus helped him.
We said that the promises of God is the bridge from hope to faith. So, what has God promised?
Let’s start with what God has NOT promised.
Healing for everyone. Example: At Bethesda [John 5:1-17], Jesus healed one of many sick. Jesus heals but did not promise that he will do it every time.
To reverse the consequences of your bad decisions. He often protects you from the consequences of bad decisions, but has not promised to do it every time. In fact getting away with it is often bad for you – people pray fervently but when the crisis is past they do it again. They do not honour God or even associate the break with prayer. So nothing changed.
Blessed Abraham, Solomon, Job and others with wealth but no promise that you can name it and claim it (apostles were quite poor).
To keep bad things from happening to you. Many New Testament Christians were martyred (also Heb 11)
What has God promised?
John 6: 37 “… the one who comes to me I will cer
Are you a good listener?
ARE YOU A GOOD LISTENER?
Real Relationships are formed while LISTENING.
The fact that God created us in a certain way – must tell us something about what He intended for us.
He gave us two ears and one mouth. Which means: - We should be listening twice as much as what we speak.
Even our ears, unlike our eyes and mouth do not have lids, they are to remain open. (Wow, how easily they close) I think many of us close them intentionally!
When our mouths open somehow our ears seem to shut. We can’t receive anything when we are giving our opinion.
One day a couple was watching TV, the wife was going out for shopping, before leaving she gave the husband the flyswatter to kill the flies.
When she came back she asked him how many flies did you kill? His reply: 5, 3 males and 2 females. Curiously she wanted to know how does he know which are males and which are females and he replied: “The 3 males were sitting on the remote control and the 2 females were on the telephone.”
James 1:19 (Amp)–Understand this, my beloved brothers and sisters. Let everyone be quick to hear [be a careful, thoughtful listener], slow to speak [a speaker of carefully chosen words and], slow to anger [patient, reflective, forgiving].
James is saying if we get the first 2 parts right the 3rd comes naturally.
Part 1 and 2 = Listen – Slow speak = 3rd part (slow anger)
God’s Kingdom principle on building relationship is to listen more than we speak.
How true is this: -
Talk and you say what you already know. Listen to this quote by Mark Twain: It's better to keep your mouth shut and appear stupid than to open it and remove all doubt.
Listen and you learn something new, when we listen with intent, we add value to our and others lives.
God is very serious about us controlling the balance between our mouths and our ears. More than once Jesus used this statement:
Let he who has ears to hear use them. (LISTEN)
- 8 times in the Gospels
- 8 times in the book of Revelation
It doesn’t just help having ears and not using them. When my ears used to be shut, my Mum would grab them and say (“hierdie is nie twee blom potte nie”)
I tell you, one of the least developed skills among us humans is that of listening.
There are really two different kinds of listening: -
There is natural listening, that is my interaction with other people.
There is Spiritual listening to HEAR the voice of the LORD. If we want to hear the Word and Will of GOD, we need to (Read the Word of GOD.) and be still( LISTENING)
The fact is, most people who get ahead in the Natural world and grow spiritually are good listeners, Intentional listeners.
We need to learn to listen and observe aggressively!
If we are going to have any success, we need to try harder to truly listen and not just hear.
Hebrews 2:1 For this reason [that is, because of God’s final revelation in His Son Jesus and because of Jesus’ superiority to the angels] we must pay much closer attention than ever to the things that we have heard, so that we do not [in any way] drift away from truth
Listening builds a good relationship with God firstly, then with friends and family.
Luke 8:11-15 -:11 “This is the meaning of the parable: The seed is the word of God. 12 Those along the path are the ones who hear, and then the devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts, so that they may not believe and be saved. 13 Those on the rocky ground are the ones who receive the word with joy when they hear it, but they have no root. They believe for a while, but in the time of testing they fall away. 14 The seed that fell among thorns stands for those who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked by life’s worries, riches and pleasures, and they do not mature. 15 But the seed on good soil stands for those with a noble and good heart, who hear
The Result of Transformation
The result of Transformation*
*Transform = make considerable change in appearance or character.
(God placed certain things in us that must come out.)
By Pastor George Lehman
When you become a child of God – TRANSORMATION has begun.
John 1:12 (Amp) - But to as many (None are excluded who call on His name) as did receive and welcome Him, He gave the authority (power, privilege, right) to become the children of God, that is, to those who believe in (adhere to, trust in, and rely on) His name.
(Believe- Receive - Become)
We must never lose our conviction that God change lives.
If you really believe it:
you’ll tell others, } It's called the result of
you’ll live differently, } Transformation
you’ll speak and act differently }
God enables us to make the radical “changes” necessary for fulfilling our purposes and responsibilities.
NB! It’s our obedience and commitment that sets the process in motion.
1 Peter 1:22 (NIV) – Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth, so that you have sincere love for your brothers, love one another deeply from the heart.
Some men see things as they are and say “why”. I dream of things that never were and say “why not”. “George Bernard Shaw”
We say, “Why can’t I get victory in this or that situation.
Why do I always feel like a failure?
Why do others seem to be so much happier, fulfilled and going places with God?”
However: Looking through God’s eyes, WHY NOT!!! There’s more, there is no limit to what God wants to bring forth out of your life.
As Paul says, “forgetting the past and pressing on…”
In his book, “How to begin the Christian life”, George Sweeting tells this story, “In an Italian city stands a statue of a Grecian maiden with a beautiful face, a graceful figure, and a noble expression.
One day a poor little peasant girl came face to face with the statue. She stood and stared, and then went home to wash her face and comb her hair.
The next day she came again to stand before the statue, and then to return home once more. This time she mended her tattered clothing.
Day by day she changed, her form grew more graceful, and her face more refined, till she greatly reflected the famous statue. She was transformed in appearance!”
Sweeting commented – “Just so, the spiritual man in us must each day seek to be transformed to the perfect image of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.”
Romans 8:29 (NIV) – For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters.
Romans 13:11 (Amp) - Besides this you know what [a critical] hour this is, how it is high time now for you to wake up out of your sleep (rouse to reality). For salvation (final deliverance) is nearer to us now than when we first believed (adhered to, trusted in, and relied on Christ, the Messiah).
We need to be in a strong process of transformation.
Other books are given for our INFORMATION. The Bible is given for our TRANSFORMATION
The call to the child of God is to transformation.
Transform = to make considerable change in character.
If your gifting, talents, and abilities take you where your character can’t keep you – it will destroy you.
Allowing God to bring forth your God-given:
If you deliberately plan to be less than you are capable of being, you will bring unhappiness and ineffectiveness to the rest of your life.
Michelangelo saw a block of marble which the owner said was of no value.
“It’s valuable to me”, said Michelangelo. There is an angel imprisoned in it and I must set it free. (Transformation is a process)