Cautiousness lsn 2 Realizing my greatest ability is also the point of

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We spend enormous time trying to strengthen our weaknesses, not realizing that were we are strong and confident lies our greatest danger. One man said, failure has killed its thousands, but success has killed its ten thousands. Please access the full transcript, including study notes, at https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B4NLfW2l4B7KX3FGREdIM2hHOXM/view?usp=sharing If you care to learn more about Biblical character qualities, please go to http://covenantbible.wix.com/covenant-bible#!look2creation-classcharacter-resources/c11mw

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Realizing my greatest ability is also the point of my greatest vulnerability:

Realizing my greatest ability is also the point of my greatest vulnerability Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall . 1 Cor. 10:12   Character Sketches, Vol. 3 IBLP, 1978, pages 42-53 various Character Councils, & other websites Lesson 2

Who Am I?:

Who Am I? In Nature… Live almost entirely on water Like to fly, hate to land… Am considered the voice of the northern wilderness in the US From Scripture… A strong ruler Won a city without a battle Prophesied by Isaiah

The Northern Loon:

The Northern Loon Gavia (L - aquatic bird) immer (L -immersing ) Diet: Carnivore Average life span in the wild: 30 years Size: 2 to 3 ft (66 to 91 cm ) Weight: 6.5 to 12 Did you know ? Loons can dive more than 200 ft below the surface of the water in search of food . What about ‘loon ’? Scandinavian ‘ lom ’ meaning ‘lame’, perhaps describing its floppy helplessness on land; akin to Old Norse  ’ lōmr ’; first known use : 1634

Life as a loon…:

Life as a loon… * You are one of 5 species…a ll of which migrate & overwinter in southern waters , mostly because you must have enough water (up to 400 yards) to get airborne. *You mate for life, but don’t always travel together *You have heavy bones, webbed feet, & “water legs” for excellent diving (not great on land…) *You’d starve if you did not eat rocks…

Cautiousness in Scripture :

Cautiousness in Scripture Once leaving flight, landing can be rough; Christians who stop “soaring in faith ” (Is 40:30-31 ) , who may lose their fervor to be above the world, find that “mounting up on wings” more difficult and needs hard work to get back to where they were…. Hebrew 12:15 Like the loon, continually encourage others… Hebrews 3:13

Predicted by Isaiah…:

Predicted by Isaiah… *He was a cautious & wise ruler & founder of the Persian empire … Is 39, 44:28, &46:9-11 *His treatment of subject peoples may have influenced later conquerors… successors like Darius, & the Greeks & Romans often allowed vassal states to retain some autonomy… Ezra

Vulnerability self-test…:

Vulnerability self-test… *What is my strength, that skill or habit I take for granted, that could be used against me if I am not aware & cautious? *Do I “count the cost” of behaviors, & choices, i.e., do I view the long range potential of what I choose today?

Proper caution can make the difference…:

Proper caution can make the difference…

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