“God will not put more on you than you can bear”

      There are may lies and misconceptions taught in church’s all across the world everyday.  In my last post, I taught about another commonly taught lie, and that was, “Grace Can Lead to a Careless Attitude Toward Sin.”  The truth is, there are possibly countless amounts of lies and deceptions that Satan has hoodwinked the Church at-large into believing.  The one that I want to address today is, “God won’t put more on you than what you can bare.”  This statement sounds so religious, so noble, so unquestionable.  It seems to be the “be-all end-all” to so many discussions.  I mean, a person could lose their entire immediate family in an accident, and people will discuss it immensely, but, at some point someone will offer the “sacred cow” of “Well, I’m really sorry that this has happened, but, you know, God won’t put more on you than you can bare.”  But, regardless of how good that is sounds, it is emphatically not true!

The Truth Will Make You Free
      In John 8:32, Jesus said, “And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”  You see, the way that you think has everything to do with the level of freedom, success, and overall victory that you experience in your life.  What you think and therefore believe effects every area of your life.  EVERY!  Think about it:  Your life is a sum total of all that you believe.  It is the sum total of the overall way that you think.  You live up to, and limit yourself according to, the limitless possibilities or potential-killing limitations that are in your mind. 
      As a Believer, it is utterly important that you get to know your Heavenly Father for yourself.  You can’t depend on your pastor to be your only source of knowledge about God.  You need to get to know God for yourself.  A lot of people say a lot of untrue things about the Lord.  It’s sad to say, but, many Christians would not even know the Lord if they saw Him walking down the street.  The reason is because Jesus the Person would not line-up with the Jesus of their doctrine.  One well-known preacher said it this way: “Most Christians don’t let the Bible get in the way of what they believe.”  Again, that is very sad, but it is also very true.  The bottom line is that is is up to us as the children of God to get to know our Lord.  We have to get to know our loving Lord according to His Word, and NOT according to the doctrines and traditions that we have always naively believed.  Thank God for what all of us have been taught in our lives by men and women of God, but their comes a time when we grow up and grow in our own personal, one-on-one relationship with Jesus.  And once you do, you will realize that the God that you are getting to know, isn’t as bad as as many Christians have accused Him of being.  Many have accused God, as the title says, to “not put more on you than you can bear.”  The truth is, He does not put anything on you to bear.  If He did, then the cross was a failed attempt.  Jesus said in Matthew 11:28-30, “Come unto me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”  Jesus says so plainly here that He did not come to put burdens, troubles, hard-times, sickness, diseases, ect. upon us, but that He came to bare our burdens so that we wouldn’t have to.  He says that we can come to Him when we need to find rest for our souls!  So, don’t buy the lie anymore that says that God is the One who is giving you hard times.  But get to know Him for yourself, so that you’ll know the true nature and ways of your Father.  Learn of Him so that you’ll recognize and discard false doctrines and false accusations that are made against our loving Saviour.  Remember, the way that you think about your Father will determine whether you run to Him to help you in your time of need, or whether you will not turn to Him b/c you will falsely think that He is the One giving you your problems.  Learning of Him ONLY results in finding sweet, peaceful rest in your soul!


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  1. Oh, I wasn't doubting that you know the Lord, but you just have some misunderstandings. And perhaps I misunderstood you too. And, you seem to have misunderstood me. I'm not saying that we never go through trials. I've never said that, that would be unscriptural. Of course we go through trials. Jesus said in John 16:, that, "In this world you will have tribulation, but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world." Also 1 John, says that, "This is our victory that overcometh the world, ever our faith." So, again, I've never denied that we go through things, BUT, we do have the right to walk victorious over all that comes against us. And you should read my post about 2 Cor. 12:9. You seem to falsely think that God let Paul go through his buffeting. That portion of scripture never says that. God never withdraws His hand of protection from us. "He never leaves us nor forsakes us." But, it's our responsibility to walk in God's blessings and protection by our own faith. And if it takes trials and tribulations to cause someone to fuel up and pray, then they've got issues. I personally pray to God because I love Him and I like to talk to Him and hang out with Him. My relationship with Him isn't "need-based." I don't only pray when I have needs. And, again, He doesn't put needs in my life. He's not my Need-Giver, but He's my Provider. He meets my needs. He doesn't give me needs. "But my God shall supply all my need according to His riches and glory by Christ Jesus." So, He supplies all of my need. He doesn't give me needs. My relationship with Him is love-based, not need-based. And, speaking of Jesus' sufferings, He didn't suffer for Himself. He suffered for us, so we could have, as the scripture that you quoted says, "consolation." Which means comfort. Also, 2 Cor. 2:14 says, "Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ……." So, if we're operating in the authority and victory that belongs to us, then Christ will always cause us to triumph. And I'm not sure what you're point about Christians needing prayer is. Of course Christians need prayer at times. The AIDS thing, ya you're totally right. But, AIDS isn't God's judgement. If it is, then give me a NT scripture that says so. God doesn't have any AIDS to give to anyone. Again, James says that every GOOD and PERFECT gift comes down from above, from the Father of Lights who never changes. James also says that God neither tempts man with evil, nor can He be tempted with evil. So, no, God doesn't give us trials. I mean, where did Jesus ever give someone a horrendous, painful trial in the NT? He didn't. And if He didn't then, then He doesn't now, for He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. And tests: When you we're in school, did a test produce something in you? Nope, it sure didn't. It only REVEALED what was already in you. Tests don't produce growth. They reveal. (and for the record, I didn't take John 8 out of it's context, like you did concerning John 9. But, if you would, please tell me the context of John 8) (Oh, but ya, I accidentally put Romans 4 instead of 10. Thanks for the clear up.)

  2. Also, just so we're clear. You and I are merely discussing opposing views and beliefs. If you're upset or mad b/c I disagree with you, then we both had might as well not waste our time. As a full-time minister, I have found that most Believers, unfortunately, cannot discuss opposing views from their own w/out taking it personal and getting all mad, upset and offended. So, I hope that you're not upset in any way, but that rather we're having a friendly debate. Also, please don't assume that b/c you've been born-again and baptized in the Holy Ghost for 30 years, that that is the determining factor that decides how well you know God. It's not. Think of the older brother of the prodigal. He had been with his Father for a long time, but obviously didn't know Him very well. I'm not saying that you don't know the Lord and that you don't have a good relationship with Him, and that you're not a dedicated, strong Believer at all. I'm just saying, don't foolishly let that be the measuring stick of your relationship with Him. OH, and I almost forgot, PLEASE read all of 2 Cor. 1. You really took that out of context. I mean, just read the verse before it and after it, and you should plainly see that it contradicts the way in which you used it. God bless.

  3. I'm not at all offended, I do agree with SOME of what you said, but not all of it. And that's fine because we both have come from different walks of life and different views. I don't get offended easily. You did clear up some things, yes. However, I do disagree that God doesn't allow trials in our lives. If you read Job 1:6-12 and Job 2:1-10 you will see that God withdrew His hand of protection (except for Job's life) from Job and allowed Satan to test Job. BUT, Satan had to ask for permission to test Job first. Granted Job wasn't under grace, but the point is that God allowed him to be tested. It is true (and I do agree) that God doesn't GIVE us trials, but He does allow us to go thru them. So I will respectfully disagree with you on that.If you read the first post, you will see John 8 in it's context. In order for us to KNOW the truth, we have to first abide in God's word, THEN the truth will set us free. We can't KNOW the truth until we abide in God's word first. Many people say…"Oh…we'll just know the truth…and I'll be set free". Not so, we'll only know the truth once we abide in God's word. So what I meant by misquoting, is that you didn't quote the action part of the scripture, you just quoted the consequence part. You can't have one without the other.No, God wouldn't GIVE someone AIDS, you're right. What I was saying was that Galatians 6:7-8 makes it very clear that God will not be mocked. You live in sin, you will reap sin. The wages of Sin is death. So I do disagree with you that AIDS is not a form of judgement. Even after we repent of our sins, that still does not take away the consequences of our actions (or lack of). We still have to deal with them, but being saved makes it more beariable.My point about John 9 was that sometimes God allows things to happen to us to bring Glory to Himself (vs3). So no, I didn't take this out of context.While it doesn't say in 2 Cor 12 that God allowed Paul to suffer, it doesn't say that He didn't allow him to suffer either. We could debate this till the cows come home. I'll let it rest. However, the purpose of the thorn was to produce humility (vs 7). So I guess a trial did produce something.I do not think that I took 2 Cor.1 out of context. I will stand by what I stated. However, I will pray about it. If God reveals to me that I'm wrong, I will come to you and ask for your forgivness. The reason I stated about how many years I have been a christian is because you stated and ASSUMED that I have alot to learn about God. That's so very true. I can't even comprehend God because He's so infinite and Holy. However, the manner you said it was also very prideful on your part. Like you were…so far above me. That is how it came across. And no, I don't know use that as a measuring stick. I know who I am in Christ and I know my Father's voice. I speak to Him every day, many times a day. I love to pray and can very easily spend 4-5 hours a day in prayer (not trying to be prideful, but I just love to pray and intercede) But also a part of prayer that you don't hear about very often is LISTENING. I do alot of listening for that still small voice. I've read some of your other blogs, and I will agree with some of them. Others I do not. But I don't want to stir up strife so I'll let it rest. The point is that we're both on the same team and headed in the same direction. We may not agree on certain things, and again, I'm ok with that. But everything I say, though it might be blunt, I say with respect. I know that we'll have to agree to disagree. But hey, if someone comes to know Christ because of something that is said, whether I agree with it or not, Who am I to judge that? I can't and won't.

  4. Cool. Glad you're not upset. Sometimes it's hard to tell. And unfortunately I've tried to have civilized discussions with fellow Believers before and it didn't work out that way. On John 8, I would submit that the context was about being born-again. I believe that the truth and the freedom that Jesus was referring to in those scriptures (and the ones before and after) was what we would receive when we we're born again, that being, the new nature. Of course, I would agree that what you we're saying is definitely very true. Concerning 2 Cor. 12: It says in James 4 that God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble. Well, in 2 Cor. 12, Jesus' answer for Paul's distress was, "My grace is sufficient for thee." So, it wouldn't make sense to me that God gave grace to Paul to help him in His struggle, if he was prideful, sense God only gives grace to the humble. If Paul, we're prideful, then the Jesus would have been contradicting James 4 by giving him grace.Also, I wasn't trying to come across as prideful or insulting. Wasn't trying to sound so far above you. So, I shouldn't have said that. Sorry. It's been really good "sharpening swords" with ya. I appreciate your respectful way of discussing things. Feel free to comment anytime. I've enjoyed chatting with ya. God bless.

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