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The Spiritual Power of Chocolate      2 Cor 12:1-10

 Our greatest spiritual weaknesses come from our physical weaknesses.

Temptation:  something that tempts, entices, or allures

 7 Deadly Sins – Separates from God

 

Pride is excessive belief in one’s own abilities, that interferes with the individual’s recognition of the grace of God. It has been called the sin from which all others arise. Pride is also known as Vanity.

Envy is the desire for others’ traits, status, abilities, or situation.

Gluttony is an inordinate desire to consume more than that which one requires.

Lust is an inordinate craving for the pleasures of the body.

Anger is manifested in the individual who spurns love and opts instead for fury. It is also known as Wrath.

Greed is the desire for material wealth or gain, ignoring the realm of the spiritual. It is also called Avarice or Covetousness.

Sloth is the avoidance of physical or spiritual work.

 I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger from Satan to torment me and keep me from becoming proud.  Vs 7

Draw Spiritual Strength from Weakness

 

1)     Don’t be prideful in strengths.

 1 This boasting will do no good, but I must go on. I will reluctantly tell about visions and revelations from the Lord…

5 That experience is worth boasting about, but I’m not going to do it. I will boast only about my weaknesses.

 2)     Be thankful for my weaknesses.  They keep mu humble.

  8 Three different times I begged the Lord to take it away

 3)     God’s power shows through my weakness.

 9 Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.”

 4)  Relying on God provides contentment.

 10 That’s why I take pleasure in my weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

 6 If I wanted to boast, I would be no fool in doing so, because I would be telling the truth. But I won’t do it, because I don’t want anyone to give me credit beyond what they can see in my life or hear in my message

 5)     My strength from my weakness gives me more ministry opportunity.

He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us.  2 Cor 1:4

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