TOPIC: Kill that Weakness I.
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MEMORISE: Ephesians 4:27
Neither give place to the devil.
READ: Hebrews 12:1-8
Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,
2 looking unto Jesus, the author and [b]finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
3 For consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself, lest you become weary and discouraged in your souls.
4 You have not yet resisted to bloodshed, striving against sin.
5 And you have forgotten the exhortation which speaks to you as to sons: “My son, do not despise the [c]chastening of the Lord, Nor be discouraged when you are rebuked by Him;
6 For whom the Lord loves He chastens, And scourges every son whom He receives.”
7 If you endure chastening, God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom a father does not chasten?
8 But if you are without chastening, of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate and not sons.
OPEN HEAVENS DEVOTIONAL FOR TODAY
When you want to fight a champion in a boxing match, the first thing you want to know is if he has been wounded before. If he has, you can hit him on that spot to get the upper hand in the match. When the devil wants to bring down a champion, he looks for the greatest weakness in the fellow and keeps aiming at it until the champion falls.
This is why you must not allow any weakness in your life, because the devil will capitalize on it. You must destroy the weakness before it destroys you. A hunter went hunting and killed a big leopard. He also saw a baby leopard and decided to take it back to the village because it looked harmless.
The little leopard began to grow, playing with children in the village, and the hunter’s son was its best friend. Years later, the leopard had the hunter’s son riding on its back towards the village stream. The boy fell and bruised his leg on the ground. The leopard, wanting to help his friend, licked the blood on the boy’s leg.
The taste of the blood drove the leopard to eat the boy up. Beloved, if you don’t kill that little leopard in your life, it will kill you. That little contamination – that little anger or lust would later kill you, if you don’t kill it now.
Take us the foxes, the little foxes, that spoil the vines: for our vines have tender grapes. Song of Solomon 2:15 Kill that weakness now. It doesn’t matter how many good virtues you have or how strong you are in the Spirit; if there is just one weakness, it can destroy you completely. A little contamination destroys purity. Hebrews 12:1 says that you should lay aside that sin which easily besets you so that you can run the Christian race successfully. This race is a marathon.
In marathons, carrying the smallest weight can cause you to fail. Once the devil sees you carrying that weakness around, he knows he now has a joker card to use in bringing you down later. Don’t give him that joker card, kill the weakness immediately.
Hymn 23 Take My Life And Let It Be
Bible in one year: Acts 24-26