Did God Really Say That?: Week 1
I Won’t Give You More Than You Can Handle
“I won’t give you more than you can handle.”
“In this world you will have trouble…” – John 16:33
“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.” – 1 Corinthians 10:13
“My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death.” – Mark 14:33-34
God will give you more than you can handle…
1. To teach us to depend on His presence.
“I called out to the Lord, out of my distress, and he answered me…” – Jonah 2:2
“When my life was fainting away, I remembered the Lord, and my prayer came to you…” – Jonah 2:7
Never let the presence of a storm cause you to doubt the presence of God.
“The Lord is near to all who call on him. To those who call on him in truth.” – Psalm 145:18
2. To teach you to experience His power.
“He said to me ,“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” – 2 Corinthians 12:9-10
“Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.” – Romans 8:26
1 – Have you ever been tempted to believe that God won’t give you more than you can handle? Why does that sound right?
2 – When you start to feel overwhelmed, what is your typical response?
3 – How does it make you feel to let go of control or to admit you are actually weak? Why is this so hard for us typically?
4 – What specific ways do you need to better embrace weakness so that you can fully experience the power of God?
5 – What habits can you put in place to make God the first person you turn to when you start to feel overwhelmed?