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How strong are you? I’m not talking about physical strength, I’m referring to spiritual strength. How spiritually strong are you?
The beginning point of developing spiritual strength is actually counterintuitive. To be strong in spirit you must first acknowledge your weakness—your spiritual vulnerabilities. When you realize how spiritually weak you are, you’re motivated to become more aware—more vigilant—against the temptations that can take you down and out.
James the apostle reminded us of this in James 1:13-16 (NIV) “When tempted, no one should say, ‘God is tempting me.’ For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; but each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed. Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin, and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death. Don’t be deceived, my brothers and sisters.”
Here we’re told that all of us can easily be lured into trouble by the attraction of sin. If we think we’re beyond the pull of temptation, we’re deceiving ourselves. Spiritual strength starts with acknowledging our weakness. When you realize your spiritual weakness, you’ll be better prepared to overcome the temptations that can lead you astray.