This phrase is used in all kinds of situations!

– like last week’s ‘everything happens for a reason’, it’s pulled out when there’s suffering

– it comes when you’re feeling burdened

– people say it when you’ve got a big project/assignment/workload/job ahead

– you’ll hear it when people are having a go at you

– when relationships break down, and you don’t see light at the end of the tunnel

– and whenever life just seems too much



Where does this incorrect thinking come from?


– primarily from 1 Cor 10


7 Do not be idolaters as some of them were; as it is written, “The people sat down to eat and drink and rose up to play.”

8 We must not indulge in sexual immorality as some of them did, and twenty-three thousand fell in a single day.

9 We must not put Christ to the test, as some of them did and were destroyed by serpents,

10 nor grumble, as some of them did and were destroyed by the Destroyer.

11 Now these things happened to them as an example, but they were written down for our instruction, on whom the end of the ages has come.

12 Therefore let anyone who thinks that he stands take heed lest he fall.

13 No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.

14 Therefore, my beloved, flee from idolatry. – 1 Corinthians 10:6-14


This passage has nothing to do with God giving you more than you can handle, and EVERYTHING to do with God enabling you in every situation to flee from things that would place something ‘created’ above that of the ‘Creator’ in your life.


Paul Tripp: “What is an idol? It’s something in creation that claims the place in my heart that only God should have. Romans 1:25 says that we ‘exchange the truth about God for a lie and worship and served the created things rather than the Creator.'”


[so, now we have these two things; God giving you more than you can handle, and Him giving you a way out to escape when tempted – and we’re going to cover both]


Why is it inadequate?


It’s not just not the truth, it’s the opposite of the truth!



Here are just a few examples from the Bible:


– Gideon takes 300 men to a battle against 100,000 median warriors

– His original army of 32,000 was too large 🙂


– The young shepherd lad David goes up against the warrior giant Goliath

– about another occasion He writes:

Psalm 38:4-10

4 For my iniquities have gone over my head; like a heavy burden, they are too heavy for me.

5 My wounds stink and fester because of my foolishness,

6 I am utterly bowed down and prostrate; all the day I go about mourning.

7 For my sides are filled with burning, and there is no soundness in my flesh.

8 I am feeble and crushed; I groan because of the tumult of my heart.

9 O Lord, all my longing is before you; my sighing is not hidden from you.

10 My heart throbs; my strength fails me, and the light of my eyes-it also has gone from me.


– 1 Kings 19:7

– And the angel of the LORD came again a second time and touched him and said, “Arise and eat, for the  journey is too great for you.”


– 2 million Israelites wandering in the desert with no food or water


– (if you have time – Elisha and the blind servant – 2 Kings 6:11ff)


– Jesus praying in the garden before going to the cross


– the early Christians who also were stoned, beheaded, crucified, boiled alive, fed to lions, etc, yet still carried on with the work God had placed before them.


Each time we see a particular task, or way God intended to show His glory, to grow His people, and enable them to partner with what He is doing in the world – and every time God has His sovereign way. He does it!



‘God won’t give you more than you can handle’ places all the emphasis on YOU, the pressure to perform on YOU, the search for strength turns INWARD; and now the fact that it all rests on your shoulders to handle, becomes more than you can handle!! It’s crushing!

– whatever you were dealing with is now compounded with the addition of having to carry it all by yourself; lest you be unfaithful, unworthy, not strong enough, or ‘not have enough faith’.


– operating out of a ‘God won’t give you more than you can handle’ mindset will PREVENT you from seeking help – from God, and from others.

– prevents you from fulfilling the law of Christ (Gal 6:2)

– prevents you from living out John 13:34-35

– prevents you from acknowledging your place in the body of Christ

– prevents you from living in the peace and freedom of knowing that what God puts before you, (and He’s put things before ALL of you! for His glory, and your joy) He also travels with you, and He will accomplish it.


– Everyday is ‘bring your kid to work day’ with our Heavenly Father – He wants to accomplish it through you, so that you glorify, and joy in Him.

– imagine bringing your kid to work – you might give them some fun jobs, like shredding paper, or making copies.. if you ever let them do some more meaningful things, you’d be directing their every step! Essentially you’d be doing the job for them, even though they are physically doing the work.

– in a basic way, this is what happens with our Heavenly Father, every day!

– He’s prepared good works in advance that you should walk in them.



Why is the truth so much better?


– God WANTS to give you more than you can handle!


  1. So that you turn to Him

– stop trying to do it on your own, in your own strength.

– You were made for relationship with God, and not to go it alone

– 2 Corinthians 1:8-11

8 For we do not want you to be unaware, brothers, of the affliction we experienced in Asia. For we were so utterly burdened beyond our strength that we despaired of life itself.

9 Indeed, we felt that we had received the sentence of death. But that was to make us rely not on ourselves but on God who raises the dead.

10 He delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us. On him we have set our hope that he will deliver us again.

11 You also must help us by prayer, so that many will give thanks on our behalf for the blessing granted us through the prayers of many.


are you facing something you can’t do in your own strength?

– crippling debt

– relational issues

– pressures of raising kids

– difficulty or big pressure at work

– health problems

– can’t find work

– pursuing a goal that seems so far out of reach

– living a holy life

– adulting

– a friend’s suicide

– fear for the future

– you don’t see a future for you

– you might hear the words echo around your mind “I just can’t do this! I can’t handle it anymore!”


God may have given you (or allowed you) something more than you can handle.


– stop relying on your own strength! and rely on the one for whom DEATH isn’t even a hard thing to overcome. Your Father has brought you to work with Him, and really.. He’s going to do the work!

– plus, to demonstrate that we no longer strive for favour, for God’s love, or for fulfilment in our work, your big brother Jesus has promised you rest even in your hard work:

– Matt 11:28 “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”


– The power isn’t from within, it’s from Him!

Isaiah 40:29 “He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength.”


– The burden isn’t on you any longer. Take hold of the freedom found in Jesus’ finished work.


  1. So that you would turn to each other

– You were made for community, to do it together. (looked at that in week 1)


  1. So that HE gets the glory!

– God doesn’t share His glory, and wants you to do things you can’t do in your own strength – so that ‘people would see your good works and give glory to your Father in Heaven’!



Now, about Temptation


– Since you have received salvation in Jesus, God has given you a new heart with new desires, and makes a way for holy living in every situation!

– ‘God will provide a way out of your temptation’ means you aren’t enslaved to sin any longer

– when you’re tempted, it means you can call on the Lord for a way out, and He’s given you the strength to take it.


What seems impossible for man is easy for God (Matt 19:26)

– Because God doesn’t want you to fall into slavery to your sinful desires again, He WILL provide a way out in every situation:

– what power does porn have against God?

– what power does your stomach have against God?

– what hold can greed have on the one who gives out of His glorious riches?

– no laziness, no selfishness, no bitterness can stand up to the author of life!


– if you’re not living in this freedom, this week we’re going to confess our sin to each other, we’re going to bear one another’s burdens and keep each other accountable

– when we’re tempted, we’re going to call on God to fulfil what He has promised!

– and we’re going to rely on the God who raises the dead, to do it.


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