Summary: What does it mean to be weak in Jesus? We need to be honest with ourselves, understanding that we are sinful and we are weak. We need THE savior daily in our life.
What It Means to Be Weak in Jesus
People like winners
• Every day on earth there are contests to see who is best at something.
• Olympics, contests, leagues – everybody cheers for the winners.
• People respect strong people – healthy, disciplined, practiced, pretty.
• What does it mean to be strong?
• What does it mean to be weak?
1 John 3:1-10 (KJV)
1 Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.
Praise God! We that are saved by the Blood of Jesus are His Children!
2 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.
3 And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.
Philippians 2:12 (KJV)
12 Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.
“fear and trembling:” Luke 12:5 (KJV)
5 But I will forewarn you whom ye shall fear: Fear him, which after he hath killed hath power to cast into hell; yea, I say unto you, Fear him.
“work out your own salvation”
Salvation is not by works but continuing your salvation in a right relationship with God is works.
4 Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.
God will not be mocked. You can’t be playing around with Sin
5 And ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin.
Jesus is the only one who is able to take away our sins because he was sinless.
You can’t Save yourself because of your sin.
That’s why we need and depend on our savior, Christ Jesus!
We rely on Jesus every day,
picking up our cross,
crucifying our flesh (desires, fleshly appetites that hinder our spirit working with God’s spirit that is in us)
In other words, I’m not going to crowd out the Spirit of God in me with all my fleshly moaning’s and groaning’s of want’s and needs.
That’s why we fast.
That’s why we pray
6 Whosoever abideth in him sinneth not: whosoever sinneth hath not seen him, neither known him.
John does not teach that believers do not sin,
John is speaking of a character, a habit.
(Otherwise he would not say 1 John 1:8-2:1 (KJV)
8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.
2:1 My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:
So, it is the character, a habit of practicing sin that should not be in us
7 Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous.
Remember, you have a strong enemy in the devil.
He is a deceiver.
You may not think much about that.
You may feel like you’re too smart to be deceived.
But I want to warn you that deception is prevalent among many believers today. And you may be one of them!
People who are deceived don’t realize they are deceived.
I know that sounds very basic but,
if you confront someone who is deceived and tell them that they are deceived they can’t see it.
So how do you know you’re not deceived?
First, you must realize that you are very vulnerable without Jesus.
When you are practicing and continually practicing sin,
you’re losing more and more of your relationship with Jesus.
There is no way God will indwell in a sinful body.
You are not going to bring the Holy Spirit into the bar.
Into drug addiction.
Into illicit affairs.
Into fornication or adultery.
God will not abide in someone that practices sin
Is why we need to be delivered of our sin.
And not just when we are born again but we need to continually pick up our cross. Every day examine ourselves and see and search our hearts if there is any sin in us. We must admit that we are sinners.
We must admit that we have sinned