Life Connection Church in Euless, TX
One of the things I love about my job is the opportunity to share in so many peoples lives. Weddings, new babies, life successes are just a few of the awesome things in which I get to participate as a pastor. I also get to share in the pain of many people. Pain is going to happen. I am often humbled by the pain people can go through and still be strong and even stronger as individuals and in their faith.
Unfortunately, we live in an imperfect and sinful world in which we will all have to endure pain. You know what I am talking about, the storms of life. If you are not in the middle of a storm you have just had one or are on an unexpected crash course toward one. The Apostle James wrote, “when troubles come your way” .. (Not if) He says you know your faith is going to be tested.
Just recently I know people who have: lost jobs, lost spouses, had children go off track, attempted suicide, been deeply depressed, given up on God, been deeply betrayed by a loved one, had a miscarriage. We are surrounded by pain. And most of the pain of the people around us we do not know, but it seems to them to be unbearable.
Life is tough. We know we have been promised that we can not only go through the trial successfully, but we can build endurance that will create hope in our lives. James 1:2-3
I love teaching the Bible. It is life changing. It is a standard of right and wrong we can live for. It is full of promises for which we can look forward. And it is a Letter of Love and Truth from the One who knows most and loves best. 2 Tim 3:15-17
Many Christians know the Bible just enough to get it wrong. Others don’t really know the Bible at all and they quote what they have heard others who don’t know the Bible very well. And often times, when these misquotes are used most is when they are meant for good and quoted to friends in pain. We don’t want our friends to hurt. We reach for a quote that we think might be helpful.
So what do you say to a person who is struggling with something that seems to them to be “More than he can stand”.
Have you ever heard someone say, “God will never give you more than you can handle.”? I know. If you have been around Christians very long, someone has probably used that quote in an attempt comfort you.
I heard it this week. That’s why this Sunday I will be teaching, Problem With “God Won’t Give Me More Than I Can Handle” (Hint: Its not in the Bible)
You know a lot of people who need to hear this message. Bring um to church.
Hope to see you Sunday and bring a friend.
God Bless from your brotha from anotha motha