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May 24, 2020

Message: God Never Said That

Speaker: Dan Martin                                                                   

Date: May 24, 2020

In this moment perhaps you have heard it or may have even said it: God won’t give me more than I can handle.

And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand.  

1 Corinthians 10:13 (NLT)

Story after story in the Bible characters had to deal with more than they could handle. 

  • Moses: “O, Lord, I’m not very good with words. I never have been, and I’m not now, even though you have spoken to me. I get tongue-tied, and my words get tangled.”

Exodus 4:10 (NLT)

  • Gideon: “But Lord,” Gideon replied, “how can I rescue Israel? My clan is the weakest in the whole tribe of Manasseh, and I am the least in my entire family!”  

Judges 6:15 (NLT)

  • Esther: “I will go to the king, even though it is against the law. And if I perish, I perish.”  

Esther 4:16 (NLT)

  • King David: “My guilt overwhelms me—it is a burden too heavy to bear. I am exhausted and completely crushed. My groans come from an anguished heart.”

Psalm 38:4, 8 (NLT)

  • Jesus was looking ahead to the cross and: He took Peter, James, and John with him, and he became deeply troubled and distressed. He told them, “My soul is crushed with grief to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.” 

Mark 14:33-34 (NLT)

The first response: There are times that God wants to teach us to depend on His presence.

To get his attention, God has Jonah thrown off the ship and into the water where a big fish swallows him up: “I cried out to the Lord in my great trouble, and he answered me. I called to you from the land of the dead and LORD, you heard me! As my life was slipping away, I remembered the LORD.”

Jonah 2:2, 7 (NLT)

  • The presence of God is stronger than any presence of difficulty. 
  • Remember how God encouraged David, which had David put this as a line in a song: “The LORD is close to all who call on him, yes, to all who call on him in truth.” (Psalm 145:18, NLT)

The second response: There are times that God wants to teach us to experience His power.

  • Remember the church planter we talked about earlier, Paul, he dealt with something that he begged God to take away…not once, not twice, but three times: “Three different times I begged the Lord to take it away. Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.”

2 Corinthians 12:8-9 (NLT)

  • Notice what Paul says next: “I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. That’s why I take pleasure in my weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”

2 Corinthians 12:9-10 (NLT)

God will give you more than you can handle because He wants you to experience His presence and power. 

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