Self-help gurus assure us that we can overcome any weakness, so it must be true, right?

Look around you! The evidence doesn’t show it. What we see, however, are people who, with God’s help, have changed their lives by building on time-tested scriptural principles. Trying to “cure” your weaknesses just wastes valuable time and energy that could be redirected toward healthier pursuits. For example, when an addict stays clean, does that mean they are no longer vulnerable in that area?

No, it just means they have filled the vacuum with something better. Paul writes: “The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure” (1Co 10:13 NLT).

But what about all those socially acceptable weaknesses that masquerade as strengths, like perfectionism, materialism, judgmentalism, and status-seeking?

Many who would never admit to being an alcoholic proudly wear their “workaholic” status like badges. They are obsessed with time and achievements and are focused on doing instead of being. That is, until their obsession with not having enough, and being enough, lands them in The Philippine Heart Center’s cardiac rehab, bargaining with God for another chance. When we dwell on our weakness, we reinforce it. But when a scriptural solution is applied, there are positive results.

You don’t even have to do it alone! God is available to help you. He told Paul, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.”

“My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” 2Co 12:9 NLT

Bob Gass

April 18th, 2017

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