Audit Your Weaknesses

You need to know your weaknesses. 

You can be assured that the enemy knows them, and that's where he will attack you first and most often! If you know your weaknesses, however, you can guard and protect those areas of your life even as you operate out of your strengths.

Mentally and spiritually, I am pretty tough. As a result, I can be like a spiritual locomotive heading down the track - focused, determined, and operating full-steam-ahead.

Physically, I am not as strong. The signals to me that I'm becoming weary or pressured tend to occur first in my physical body. My physical strength, therefore, is the area of my life that I must guard and protect.

In 1995, I traveled the world preaching the gospel. I went around the globe three times in just a few months and laid hands on more than a million people that year. The result? I found myself in an emergency room several times, so physically exhausted and dehydrated that I needed to be hooked up to intravenous fluids to restore my body. On one occasion, as he was hooking me up to an IV, an emergency room physician said to me, "You'll feel better after you've had a bag or two of this." It took seven bags of fluid before my body said, "I've had enough." I was that dehydrated.

Why did this happen to me?
I thought that God had called me to save the world. The Lord had shown me that I was to "shake nations" - but I was attempting to shake them all at once!

The Lord rebuked me and said, "Do you want to be preaching My gospel and praying for my people twenty or thirty years from now?" My answer was, "Yes!" I truly want to be in ministry for the Lord, reaching more and more people ten, twenty, thirty years down the line! I want to do as much as possible for the spreading of the gospel in my life. In saying "yes" to that question, I realized that God had not called me to try to save the entire world in a day. I was to do what I could do to the best of my strength and ability...but I was not to go beyond the best of my strength and ability.
There is a huge difference between doing the work of the Lord to the best of your strength and ability and in striving to go beyond the strength and ability He imparts to you. 
Ephesians 4:7 states, "But to each one of us grace was given according to the measure of Christ's gift." God decides the degree or measure of gifting and allots grace to perform that calling accordingly. People ask, "How do you do it?" You "do it" because God gives you the grace for what He has called you to do. God works in you and through you, but you are always going to be a physical being - an earthen vessel - with limitations and frailties.
We must trust God to fill us, use us, and pour us out. But we err if we think we can go beyond the boundaries of our physical, human vessels to do things God never calls us or requires us to do.
Something will signal you that you are going beyond the boundaries of what you should do, and are in need of restoration. Be wise enough to heed the signals God gives you!

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