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01/24/2017

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A Wonderful Gift - Vulnerability


"Therefore confess your sins to each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective" (Jas.5:16).

Achilles had his heel, and for Superman there is that dreaded Kryptonite. Even the superheroes of lore and comics each have some sort of weakness that gives them a certain vulnerability. Even as we search the scriptures, we find that those we considered to be great were vulnerable. It is against this backdrop that I present to you today another of God's "gifts.." You might think that this one is kind of a questionable gift, but please bear with me... I believe that we actually hate the idea of being vulnerable. It is this fear, that if not realized, can become an issue that stunts our Christian growth and our relationships with others. Here is a stark truth that we must confront! If we never learn to be vulnerable, we will never allow ourselves to reach our full potential. It is unimaginable for us to read the Bible without being exposed to vulnerable people... Even those we consider to be people of faith had their vulnerabilities, including Moses, David, Solomon, Jonah, Paul and others. I could go on and on. It might be interesting to note here that the Bible does not try to hide their vulnerability, because if it did, we could not learn from their mistakes. Vulnerable folks are authentic! Is admitting to vulnerability an easy thing? Of course not! It requires that we put aside every iota of pride that we have. Folks that won't fess up to their vulnerability are hiding behind a mask. There are things that tempt me that may not tempt you, and conversely, things that tempt you that don't affect me... Resisting the temptation of a certain sin starts with admitting we have a problem with it. Unfortunately, we may feel that others will think less of us if they know our struggles. We might be afraid that they will see the real us! Make no mistake... Vulnerable people are okay with accepting their mistakes and admitting when they are wrong. Bottom line? Jesus died because people are vulnerable, and we are forgiven because of His love, grace and mercy. Realizing that we have weaknesses, allows us to go straight to the Lord for help...

Have a great day... Do good and give God the credit.... Love mark Phil.4:11

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