Recognition of Your Dominant Weakness Pt. 1
Sunday February 14, 2016
By Pastor Tony Swillum
Every Human Contains Weaknesses
God had anticipated every weakness.
Psalms 78:39 NKJV
For He remembered that they were but flesh, a breath that passes away and does not come again.
One weakness can destroy you.
Your refusal to recognize it guarantees your destruction.
Recognition of your dominant weakness can save you thousands of nights of tears, failures, and devastation.
Brilliant, articulate and powerful people have permitted a tiny weakness to eat away like small cancer.
Things that begin small can become huge. Greed, lust, lying, prayerlessness, and even gossip can grow until that weakness becomes a raging inferno.
You cannot afford to ignore your dominant weakness. Your weakness is like a living person within you, a living organism.
It is a force, silent and deadly, that moves your life toward destruction. If ignored, it will wreck every dream, sabotage every relationship and ultimately make you a monument of disgrace on the Earth.
Here are 17 Important Facts You Should Remember About Your Weakness
1. Everyone has a weakness.
Romans 3:23 NKJV
For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
Many camouflage their weakness. Always remember that those around you contain a weakness, too. Failure to discern theirs can destroy you as well.
2. Your heavenly father is fully aware of your personal weakness.
Psalms 103:14 NKJV
For He knows our frame; He remembers that we are dust.
Our weakness matters to Him. He cares. He longs to give you strength to destroy it.
3. Your weakness is the entry point for demonic spirits.
John 13:27 NKJV
Now after the piece of bread, Satan entered him. Then Jesus said to him, “What you do, do quickly.”
4. God will make every effort to reveal your weakness to you before it destroys you.
Luke 22:31-32 NKJV
Jesus Predicts Peter’s Denial (Matthew 26:31-35; Mark 14:27-31; John 13:36-38) And the Lord said, “Simon, Simon! Indeed, Satan has asked for you, that he may sift you as wheat. But I have prayed for you, that your faith should not fail; and when you have returned to Me, strengthen your brethren.”
5. Somebody will be assigned by hell to feed and strengthen your weakness.
Delilah was sent by Satan to destroy Sampson. (Judges 16:4-5)
6. Your weakness will pursue, embrace and seize a friendship that permits it, feeds on it or enjoys it.
The contentious spirit in one person can infiltrate an entire church through those who allow it to exist unrebuked, unchecked or uncorrected.
7. Your weakness has an agenda, a plan to take over your life and sabotage it.
James 1:15 NKJV
Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death.
James 1:15 AMP
Then the evil desire, when it has conceived, gives birth to sin, and sin, when it is fully matured, brings forth death.
8. Your weakness will bond you with the wrong people.
Remember Sampson and Delilah! (Judges 16:4-20)
9. Your weakness will separate you from the right people.
Adam withdrew from God in the garden after he sinned (Genesis 3:8). Your weakness makes you uncomfortable in the presence of those who refuse to justify it.
10. Your weakness can emerge at any time of old age.
Forsake me not when my strength faileth.
It was Dr. Lester Summrall who once said, “What you fail to master in your early years will master you in your later years.” It is true; what you fail to conquer in your early years will destroy you in the closing years of your life.
11. Your weakness cannot be overcome with humanism, human philosophy, explanations, or self-will power.
But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you;
If your weakness could be overcome by yourself, the blood of Jesus is powerless and the Holy Spirit is unnecessary.
12. Your weakness does not necessarily require a personal confession to everybody, but recognition of it in the presence of God.
Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.
13. The easiest time to destroy weakness is at its beginning stages.
Time weaves a steel thread that becomes an unbreakable chain. Thousands today hate the very cigarettes they are smoking, but TIME has enslaved them.
14. God will permit you to enjoy many victories even while your weakness is operating within you.
Matthew 23:37 NKJV
Jesus Laments over Jerusalem (Luke 13:34,35) “O, Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the one who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing!
He is long-suffering. He is merciful. He provides opportunity after opportunity to reach for deliverance.
15. Those you love are waiting in the shadows for you to overcome and triumph over your weakness.
Your victory sends a message to them. When David killed Goliath, the entire nation of Israel changed its season. Your family may be sitting in constant fear that your weakness will destroy you and them. They may be fearful that their own weakness will be exposed. When you become victorious, their hearts rejoice and will become strengthened because of it.
16. Your weakness can only be overcome by the Word of God.
Satan reacts to the Word of God. That is why Jesus used the weapon of the Word during His temptation. (Matthew 4:1-11)
Matthew 4:1-11 NKJV
Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.
And when He had fasted forty days and forty nights, afterward He was hungry.
Now when the tempter came to Him, he said, “If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread.”
But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’”
Then the devil took Him up into the holy city, set Him on the pinnacle of the temple,
And said to Him, “It is written again, ‘You shall not tempt the Lord your God. ‘”
Again, the devil took Him up on an exceedingly high mountain, and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory.
And he said to Him, “All these things I will give You if You will fall down and worship me.”
Then Jesus said to him, “Away with you, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only you shall serve. ‘”
Then the devil left Him, and behold, angels came and ministered to Him.
17. Overcoming your weakness will bring you an incredible rewards for eternity.
What is the most dominant weakness in your life that Satan has consistently used to dilute your testimony, break your focus and create depression? You may hide it for a season, but time exposes all things.
Address your weakness.
Become an enemy to it.
Trust the Holy Spirit to empower you. Confession is evidence of trust.