Dealing with your weakness – Part 1

Rev Emmanuel O.S. Okereke

Text: Romans 7:14-20
I believe this is the right time to preach this message. For the past three years, I have sat down to think about what the sons and daughters of man have been going through. Why is it that we fall prey to anger, even though we don’t like getting angry? Why is it that we find ourselves smoking cigarettes? And though we hate smoking, but we can’t help it each time we find ourselves smoking. Why is it that you have fallen prey to fornication? We do not like it when we fall into them, yet we cannot help ourselves coming out of it.

Three years back, I was asking myself these questions. I wouldn’t want to look at a woman to admire her or to be drawn through lust, but I could not help myself, as each time I walk into a street, I found myself looking at a woman. I could not help myself, though I did not like it. I could not explain why even though I did not like telling lies, but I found myself telling lies. Why do we hate stealing, yet we find ourselves doing so? And whenever we are caught, we will feel so remorseful and say, “we will not do it again,” but in less than two days, we find ourselves doing it again, why? There is a reason I hate fighting, but each time I find myself fighting, why? I gossip a lot and I know it, but I do not like gossiping.

I am a born again child of God, speaks in tongue, but I still find myself committing adultery; whenever I set my eyes on other people’s wives, I will not remove my eyes until I have taken them to bed, why? I hate this work called harlotry, yet I find myself taking money to sin against the Temple of the Holy Spirit? For me, it is, ‘Money for hand, back for ground.’ I have promised myself several times not to hate any human being created by God, but I cannot help it, I find myself hating people instead of loving them. I would love to dip my hand into my pocket to help my brother, by giving him money. But each time I want to give, I discover that there is a power restraining me from doing so. I really want to give, but I cannot see myself doing so. Why do I celebrate, when my brothers fall into sin, instead of mourning with them or having compassion for them on their weaknesses?

God has so created man that there is a high level of weakness, as well as high level of strength. We all have our areas of strength and weakness, but there is no way you can grow in your spiritual life, if you have not identified your area of weakness and that of strength. What are those things that desecrate me? What are those things that I eat that can cause me to fall?

Why is it that I cannot stand as a Christian and say no to these habits, to this sin, to this lust, why? As much as God has given us strength, He has also as given us area of weaknesses.
Rev. Emmanuel O. S. Okereke is the Founder/Presiding Bishop of Divine Power Pentecostal Chapel Inc. Mechanic Village, Off Osolo Way, Behind Aswani Market, Isolo, Lagos.,, 08033844117

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