Attitudes Toward Spiriutal Weakness by vxK8P6u7

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									             John 17:17
• “Sanctify them through thy truth: thy
  word is truth”




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         Purpose



Define   Instruct   Encourage




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             “Attitude” Defined

Attitude:
 1.   Manner, disposition, feeling, position, etc.,
      with regard to a person or thing; tendency or
      orientation, esp. of the mind: a negative
      attitude; group attitudes.

 2. Position or posture of the body appropriate to
    or expressive of an action, emotion, etc.: a
    threatening attitude; a relaxed attitude.



  Source: Dictionary.com
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What should our attitude be
toward Spiritual Weakness?


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                  Introduction
•   Spiritual weakness is real!
•   It is a challenge!
•   We all have faced it!
•   We must help others face it!
    – Eph. 6:10
    – 2 Cor. 10:3-6
    – 1 Cor. 16:13
       • Matt. 26:41; 1 Thess. 5:14

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       What We Will Discuss!

•   The meaning of Spiritual Weakness
•   Reasons for Spiritual Weakness
•   Symptoms of Spiritual Weakness
•   Why it is so bad!
•   Proper response to the weak!

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Understanding the Meaning




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What Is “Spiritual Weakness”?
• Paul warned the Corinthians - 1 Cor. 15:58; Eph.
  4:11-15
• Abraham is an example of what it is NOT :
  – Left His Country - Gen. 12:1-7
  – Offered Isaac - Gen. 22:1-19; Heb. 11:17-19
  – Did not stagger - Rom. 4:19
     • Rom. 8:1-8




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Reasons for Spiritual Weakness




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Reasons For Spiritual Weakness
• Spiritual Immaturity:
    – 1 Cor. 3:1-2; Heb. 5:12-13 (1 Pet. 2:2; 1 Thess.
      5:14)
• Distractions of the World:        It Is All
    – Matt. 26:41; Eph. 6:11-13; Jas. 1:2-3; Heb. 6:9-
                                         of
      11; Gal. 5:1, 7
•   Being Overcome By Sin: These!
    – Gal. 6:1; Jas. 5:19


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Reasons For Spiritual Weakness
• Not using God’s Word as the standard:
    – 1 Cor. 2:12-16; 11:30
    – Prov. 14:12; 16:25
    – Isa. 55:8, 9              It Is All
•                                   of
    If not addressed, it evolves into carnality:
     – 1 Cor. 3:1-3
     – Rom. 8:5, 7
                                These!

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Symptoms of Spiritual Weakness




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Symptoms of Spiritual Weakness
• Weakness in Resistance:
  – To Temptation!
     • Eph. 6:10-16
  – To Error!
     • Eph. 4:14 (Rom. 1:16; 1 Pet. 3:15)
• Weakness in Spiritual Appetite:
  – Matt. 5:6; Jn. 6:27
• Weak Estimating Ability & Responsibility:
  – Matt. 25:18 (Phil. 4:13)
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Why is Spiritual Weakness Bad?




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Why is Spiritual Weakness Bad?
• If Left Unattended It Becomes Willful Sin!
  – Heb. 10:26
  – Health of Physical Body - Spiritual Body
    • Diet - Jn. 6:27
    • Exercise - 1 Tim. 4:7, 8
    • If not these, will eventually lead to spiritual death!
       – Rom. 6:23

• It is Contagious!
  – Num. 13:1-14:10
  – 1 Cor. 5:1-8
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Response to the Weak




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 Proper Response to the Weak
• Support the Weak!
  – Lk. 13:6-9
  – 1 Thess. 5:14; Rom. 15:1
• Try to Restore the Fallen!
  – Gal. 6:1-2
• Pray for the Weak!
  – 1 Jn. 5:15-16



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             Conclusion!
•   Spiritual weakness is real!
•   It is a challenge!
•   We all have and will face it!
•   We must help others face it!



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   Galatians 6:1, 2

Brethren, if a man be overtaken
in a fault, ye which are spiritual,
   restore such an one in the
spirit of meekness; considering
    thyself, lest thou also be
     tempted. 2 Bear ye one
another's burdens, and so fulfil
         the law of Christ.

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