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My dear sisters and brothers,
I want address one of the most commons phrases in our Christian culture today. I bet every one of you have heard it or said it. You hear it from your pastor, your family, your friends or you. I have said it because I didn’t know any better.
We say it because that is what we think we should say, or we have been told we need to say it. Especially, when we are going through tough times or through trials or tribulations. God never said He will take away our trials or tribulations. I wish He did, but He doesn’t.
Please remember, God very rarely took His own Son out of trials or tribulations. What did the Father do? He brought His Son through them.
Our Father promises He will do the same for us. But we need to understand what this means.
Now to the statement we all say, “God will never give you more than you can handle”.
This phrase is nowhere in God’s Holy word.
You may ask, “Then where does it come from?”
It is a spinoff from 1 Corinthians 10:13, “No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.”
This verse is about temptation, not about what life may hammer at you. God will give you more than you can handle. You may ask, “Why would God do this?”
It’s simple. He wants you to depend on Him and only Him. It strengthens our faith. It helps us grow as Christians.
If God never gives you more than you can handle, then why would you need Him or His son, Jesus? Christ’s death on the Cross would be pointless. We need Him, we need a Savior.
This statement, “God will never give you more than you can handle” is a false belief. Don’t fall for it ever again.
Run to the Cross. Get on your hands and knees with tears streaming down your face. Tell your risen King, I can’t face this trial or tribulation on my own. Help me Lord.
Lord, I am broken. I am wounded. I am unworthy to the bone, to my soul.
Let me connect the dependence on Christ to one of the Beatitudes (the greatest sermon ever), Matthew 5:3, “Blessed are the poor in Spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven”.
I know every one of you have read this verse multiply times. Let me (or the Holy Spirit) take you to the deep waters in God’s Holy word.
First, we see, “Poor in spirit”. This is the beginning for the right attitude toward sin, which leads to mourning, in verse 4, “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted”.
Jesus starts with “Poor in spirit”. Another way to say it is, “Poverty of spirit”.
Before we can be filled with the spirit, we must be emptied of ourselves.
Until we see the poverty of our spirit, we cannot understand His riches or His kingdom. You cannot come to God unless you realize that you’re spiritually bankrupt, and that’s the way you got to live your Christian life. You have nothing in your flesh, nothing.
What does Jesus mean by “Poor in spirit”? The word in Greek is a verb, “ptchos”. The Greek meaning is “a shrinking from something or someone to cower and cringe like a beggar.” It means begging poor.
In Luke 16, he mentions “Lazarus the beggar”. It is not just poor; it is begging poor. We are reduced to a cringing and cowering beggar.
We come to the kingdom, crawling and begging the same way we crawl to the Cross.
We don’t come to God like the Pharisee in Luke:9-14 with pride and arrogance. We come to Him like the tax collector beating his chest and saying, “God, have mercy on me, a sinner”.
We come to the same conclusion David did in Psalm 38, verse 15, “Lord, I wait for you; you will answer, Lord my God”. Verse 17, “For I am about to fall, and my pain is ever with me”. Verse 21-22, “Lord, do not forsake me; do not be far from me, my God. Come quickly to help me, my Lord and my Savior”.
Again, I ask, “Will our Father give us more than we can handle?” Yes, He will. Scripture is very clear about this.
Next time life beats you down. When it makes you sick and tired? When you lose a love one. When you feel like God has abandoned you. Look to the Cross, get on your hands and knees and crawl to the Kingdom.
When you do, you will find our Lord, our Savior, Jesus Christ waiting with arms wide open. Then, He will say, “You are now home, my daughter, my son”.
“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven”.
May God’s grace come at you like a raging river.
God bless you all.
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