Summary: A sermon examining the common statement "The Lord won't put more on me than I can handle"

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Will God Put More On Me Than I Can Handle?

II Corinthians 2:8-11

• Time and time again I encounter people who are facing a severe trial in their life and will hear them say “Well, I know that the Lord will not put more on me than I can handle”

That may sound good but it is not biblical! …It may be comforting but it is not correct You may say “but I KNOW that it is biblical because I have read it”, nope you haven’t.

The verse that is often used is used out of context. It is found in - I Corinthians 10:13. “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.”

This verse is referring specifically to times of temptation. (Those times when you are enticed to sin) The temptation that we face will never be so strong that we can’t escape it or “bear it”

There are some people here today who will testify to the fact that they have gone through some troubles and trials so intense that they could not have endured them without the Lord. It is in these times that we cannot bear the load that we must turn to the Lord.

Vance Havner told a story about an elderly lady who was greatly disturbed by her many troubles… Finally, someone in her family tactfully told her, "Grandma, we've done all we can for you. You'll just have to trust God for the rest." A look of absolute despair spread over her face as she replied, "Oh dear, has it come to that?" Havner commented, "It always comes to that, so we might as well begin with that!"

The Apostle Paul grasped this fact and his mindset concerning troublesome times is recorded in our selected text Paul writes about the trouble that he and his associates went through in Asia.

a) He states that they were “crushed and overwhelmed beyond their ability to endure”

b) He says that things got so intense and severe that they “Thought they would never live through it.” … “They expected to die”

c) Something interesting came as a result of the trouble that they faced …Paul says that because of the trouble “we stopped relying on ourselves and learned to rely only on God”

 v9 But we had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves, but in God which raiseth the dead: 10 Who delivered us from so great a death, and doth deliver: in whom we trust that he will yet deliver us;

d) Paul says that God rescued them from danger before and he’ll do it again!

How could Paul have such confidence … BECAUSE HE HAS SEEN GOD WORK IN HIS LIFE!!

Someone said - “To realize the worth of the anchor, we must experience the storm”. -

Friend, you may be in a storm today… know that you have an anchor in the storm. I want to look at Paul’s account if his storm in these verses and see some “Proof That God WILL Put More on You than YOU Can handle.

I. Troubles Will Come In This Life - v8a For we would not, brethren, have you ignorant of our trouble which came to us in Asia,

Paul states that he and his “fellowlabourers” faced intense trouble in Asia. He doesn’t describe the source of his troubles but he does relate the fact that they were real and they were severe.

Today there is a movement that would tell you that if you will simply turn to Jesus that you will never face hard times. They proclaim that if you face difficulty or don’t have a ton of money in the bank it is because of a lack of faith. I wonder what some of the men and women of the Bible would think about that doctrine?

The Bible is filled with folks who were men & women of God who faced extreme difficulty.

1) Abraham - was called to sacrifice his own son on Mt. Moriah

2) Moses - had to deal with thousands of grumbling people who couldn’t be satisfied

3) Elijah - faced an attack from Jezebel

4) David - spent many days on the run while being pursued by King Saul

5) Daniel - found himself in a lions den

6) Shadrack, Meshach & Abednego - were put into a fiery furnace

7) John the Baptist - was beheaded

8) The Apostles- The majority of the Apostles lost their life for Christ’s sake

9) Paul - was in and out of prison and eventually died for Christ

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