“And then he told me, My grace is enough; it’s all you need. My strength comes into its own in your weakness. Once I heard that, I was glad to let it happen. I quit focusing on the handicap and began appreciating the gift. It was a case of Christ’s strength moving in on my weakness.
1 Corinthians 12:9 Message
A weakness is a character flaw in the flesh that, if left unmanaged, can have a catastrophic effect in your life. Everybody has at least one dominant weakness. Moses’ weakness was anger, David’s was lust, and Sampson’s was self-hatred. A dominant weakness is like living with another person on the inside of you that tries to control your life. Understanding weaknesses and how they operate in you is the first key to managing them.
Weaknesses have different purposes. Spiritually speaking, God uses them as a point of grace. He takes our weakness and covers them with grace in order to make them a trophy of His perfected strength. Satan uses them as a point of entry. He takes our weaknesses and exposes them in order to make our life a monument of disgrace.
Some weaknesses you will always have. They may be so deeply ingrained in our personality type that they are a part of who we are. Although you may always have them, they don’t have to remain weak.
Michael Jordan’s left hand was his weakness. Although through diligence and hard work, he made his left hand stronger than the average players right hand, yet his left was still considered his weakness.
If you are going to experience any long term success in your life you must learn to manage your weaknesses. Here are some steps how:
Identify Your Weakness. It doesn’t matter if it is procrastination, perversity, or poor time management identification is the first step. You can’t change what you don’t confront and you can’t confront what you haven’t identified. Without properly identifying your weakness you won’t know 3 things: when Satan is using it, when God is covering it, or when you no longer have it.
Create an Environment where your weakness cannot thrive. The scriptures tells us that everyone must know how to posses their own body. (1Thesalonians 4:4). There is an environment that empowers your weakness to take control. For an alcoholic it is a bar. For the easily distracted it’s unrestricted access. Whatever that environment is you must figure it out and develop and atmosphere that puts you back in control. For example, if I know procrastination is my issue then I don’t give myself that much time. I do things like shorten my deadline, heighten my focus, and ask others to hold me accountable.
Limit your association with those who feed your weakness. You can count on Satan assigning someone from hell to nourish your weakness. They may encourage you to eat more than you should, or make you feel comfortable with mediocre performance. Such relationships should be analyzed and if need be modified. If your weakness is strengthened around them then regulate the relationship by correcting their behavior that feeds your weakness or separate yourself altogether. For example, Jesus regulated Peter when Peter inferred that Jesus did not have to go to the cross.
Don’t Focus on your weakness, focus on your gift. Most of your focus should be on your gifts and strengths not on your weakness. When you focus on something three things occur: you will attract more of it, you will amplify it in your mind, and you will draw energy from it to accomplish it. You want your gift to be the thing from which you draw energy. It will feed your passion and drive. It will also answer questions designed to tempt you.
Assimilate the opposite of your weakness into your character by acting like it’s so. You must identify with the trait that is opposite of your character flaw. According to William James, the father of modern day psychology if you want to assimilate a trait into your character, then act like it’s so. Soon you will feel like you have that trait and begin to identify yourself with it instead of your weakness.
Take these tips to heart and I am sure you will be well on your way to managing your weakness.
I’m Andrew Freed and you are an Overcomer In Christ!