ims teachings month of June 2013
In this month’s ims teachings, I want to reflect on the life history of six characters in the bible, who because of a flaw in their character, proves to be a sign of weakness at the peak of their ministry.
These are mighty men of valour in the sight of the Lord – but they choose to succumb to temptation because of flesh weakness. Here is a list of these characters’, their flaws and the references in the scripture.
David’s weakness is Lust. The foundation scripture is 2nd Samuel 11 and 12
Elijah’s was overzealous in his attitude towards God even in the face of an adversary like Jazebel. This story is found in 1st Kings 19 vr 13-18; Deuteronomy 31 vr 12 and Deuteronomy 31 vr 6-8.
Eli’s mistake was he was complacent in the face of all the atrocities that his sons are committing. When he acted it was too late. The background scripture for this is 1st Samuel 2 vr 12-17; 22-25; 27-36.
Gideon’s flaw was doubt. God called him to lead the battle against the Midianites, but he kept on questioning God and requesting for signs as proof that God is really sending him. The scripture accompanying this story is in Judges 6 note vrs 11, 15, 36 and 39.
I now turn the spotlight on Moses. Moses’s weakness was anger. At the peak of his ministry his anger made him reach the end of his tether when God asked him to speak to the rock to bring forth water instead he struck the rock. That act caused his downfall because he did not enter the promise land. The scripture to back this up is found in the book of Numbers 20 vr 7-12.
Saul of Tarsus has a rebellious spirit as his character flaw. His battle with the Amaliakites ended in disaster because he disobeyed God instructions and did things his own way, dethroned him. The scripture is 1st Samuel 15 verses 7-30.
The title we bear as Christians don’t make us immune from any of these flaws characterised in the lives of these great men of God. In case you are a victim of any of these flaws beloved, believe that it was God who has commission your ministry and He alone has the power to deliver you from the power of darkness and translate you into His marvellous light through Jesus Christ.
When Christ was crucified, he suffered both in the flesh and paid with His blood. Through His blood, we have redemption and forgiveness of sin. Through his broken flesh we practice holiness and maintain our righteousness in the sight of God.
The bible tells us that Jesus Christ is the way, the truth and the life and no one comes to the father except through him. Your walk in Christendom is not going to be an easy one, but with God all things work together for good to those who love God and are called according to his purpose.
Stay bless in the month of June 2013.