When It’s More Than You Can Handle: Replacing 5 Lies with Truth (#1)

This week I’ll address five common lies (one for each weekday) that have potential to derail us in a season of suffering.  When troubles pile up and life is more than you can handle, recognize and replace these common lies with the Voice of Truth! *

LIE #1: “This trial is going to destroy me and I may lose my faith.”

TRUTH:  Your faith may seem to be fading out of sight…but not out of God’s sight.  Your faith is not dependent on your holding onto God, but rather on God holding onto you, and He is not about to let go!  The Christian is safe in Christ, even when she has lost sight of her own faith.  Furthermore, Jesus declares that no one can snatch you out of His hand (John 10:28).

Take heart in the following verses:

“God, who has called you into fellowship with His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, is faithful”   (1 Corinthians 1:9).

“What if some were unfaithful?  Does their faithlessness nullify the faithfulness of God?  By no means!  Let God be true though every one were a liar”  (Romans 3:3-4).

“He who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ” (Philippians 1:6).

Join me tomorrow for Lie #2 and the Truth with which to replace it.

*This post is an excerpt from an online article I wrote for womensministry.net in January, 2012. 

More Than You Can Handle

Have you ever heard someone say, “God will never put more on you than you can handle”?

We hear it all the time in Christian circles.  Yet, it’s simply not biblical.  Unfortunately, this myth contributes to many Christians thinking that something is wrong with them when troubles begin piling up and they can’t handle their problems.

Often, when the first trickle of trouble begins, we think we can handle it.

Confident in our own abilities and resources, we work in our own strength, telling the Lord, “I’ve got this.  I’m OK.”

But before long, we’re singing the same tune as the beleaguered psalmist who said, troubles without number surround me and and I cannot see!

And this:  Save me, O God, for the waters have come up to my neck!.

Yes, there is the verse that tells us we will not be “tempted beyond what you can bear” (1 Corinthians 10:13), but this is referring to temptation.  The Bible makes it clear that God did indeed give some of His servants more than they could endure.

Listen to Paul’s report:

We do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about the hardships we suffered in the province of Asia.  We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired even of life.  Indeed, in our hearts we felt the sentence of death.  But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead (2 Corinthians 1:8-9).

Sometimes when troubles are too much to handle, some folks wonder if God is getting them back for some past sin.  Listen, friend, it’s a fallen world and sometimes the world falls in on us.

In suffering, He’s not getting back at you; rather He’s getting you back to Himself.

Suffering is meant to teach us our need for God again.  During these times we have nowhere else to turn, except towards Him.

Go back to Paul’s verse.  He says, “but this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead.”  (2 Corinthians 1:9).

If you think you can’t handle your problems, congratulations!  You’re right!

If you could handle your problems, who would get the glory?  You!

He leads us into the desert so that He alone can be our sufficiency.  Then the glory is all His.

Focus and rely on the power of God and let Him have His way during your storm. 

The storm is not to destroy you.

The storm is to bring you to Him, to build your trust and confidence in the One who can calm the storm.

Jesus said, “Apart from me you can do nothing.” I don’t know what you’re facing today, but I do know this: The Lord is calling you to cast yourself, in humble reliance, on Jesus and ask Him to do what only He can do.

He longs to show you his glory.

In the candy factory today?  Stop trying to handle it yourself.  Remember the old song you learned in preschool:

Jesus loves me, this I know…for the Bible tells me so….little ones to Him belong…they are weak, but He is strong.