Summary: God gives us more than we can handle so that we will trust Him in the situation.
The Butchered Bible 1
January 26, 2014 Morning Service
Immanuel Baptist Church, Wagoner, OK
Message Point: God gives us more than we can handle so that we will trust Him in the situation.
Focus Passage: 1 Corinthians 10:13
Supplemental Passage: Trust in the LORD with all your heart And do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will make your paths straight. (Proverbs 3:5-6 NASB)
Introduction: Talk about using a tool for the wrong purpose, such as a wood chisel as a screwdriver, or a claw hammer as a hoe. Or talk about Antiques Roadshow where someone finds out that the umbrella stand they’ve been using is a rare piece of ceramic worth $25,000…
I. The Verse in Context with Intent
a. God won’t allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able to resist.
b. Let no one say when he is tempted, "I am being tempted by God"; for God cannot be tempted by evil, and He Himself does not tempt anyone. But each one is tempted when he is carried away and enticed by his own lust. Then when lust has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and when sin is accomplished, it brings forth death. (James 1:13-15 NASB)
II. The Butchered Bible Version
a. God will not give me more than I can handle.
b. This implies that we have super-human abilities to withstand whatever God can throw at us
III. Implications and Application
a. God is not trying to see how much we can handle
b. Thinking we can handle every problem without Him is akin to idolatry
c. God desires to break us and remake us:
i. The word which came to Jeremiah from the LORD saying, "Arise and go down to the potter's house, and there I will announce My words to you." Then I went down to the potter's house, and there he was, making something on the wheel. But the vessel that he was making of clay was spoiled in the hand of the potter; so he remade it into another vessel, as it pleased the potter to make. (Jeremiah 18:1-4 NASB)
d. God has given us each other: Bear one another's burdens, and thereby fulfill the law of Christ. (Galatians 6:2 NASB)
e. Through Jesus, we have someone who can bear all our burdens:
i. But the LORD was pleased To crush Him, putting Him to grief; If He would render Himself as a guilt offering, He will see His offspring, He will prolong His days, And the good pleasure of the LORD will prosper in His hand. (Isaiah 53:10 NASB)
ii. casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you. (1 Peter 5:7 NASB)
f. It would be more accurate to say that God will never place more on us than Jesus can handle.
Invitation: We are looking for the easy way out. But God calls Christians to suffering. We don’t like to hear that, but it’s true. Yet, within that call, He gives us Jesus who IS able to bear every burden. If you have never trusted Jesus, then you don’t have Him to cast your burdens upon!