When you want to give up

Hey there, it's me again, sharing some thoughts about life's struggles and the strength we find in our faith.

You know, there's this common saying that "God will not give you more than you can handle," but let's get one thing straight – that phrase isn't exactly what the Bible tells us.
God won't let us be tempted beyond what we can bear, but that's not the same as saying He won't give us more than we can handle.

God will never give you more than HE can handle... so you have to trust in Him.

1) Running from Temptation, Not Fighting It
When life gets tough, it can feel like a never-ending battle.
But remember, God's promise in 1 Corinthians 10:13 is about temptation, not life's challenges.

He won't let you be tempted beyond what you can bear, and when temptation comes your way, He'll always provide a way out.

So, when you're facing challenges that seem beyond your ability to endure, don't think you're alone.

Even the Apostle Paul, in 2 Corinthians 1:8-9, felt the weight of burdens beyond his capacity to bear. But what those trials taught him was that God wouldn't give him more than He could handle. His trust and reliance on God would see him through, just as it will see you through.

2) Renewed Strength, Not Removed Struggle
When it feels like your struggles are piling up, don't give up - God's giving you new strength.

Isaiah 40:29-30 doesn't promise that God will take away your problems, but He will give strength to the weary and empower the weak. Every success requires stress, every blessing carries a burden, and every struggle is an opportunity to grow stronger.

So, instead of praying for your struggles to disappear, pray for God to increase your strength.

Tough times may last a long time, but remember, tough people last longer.

It's not about using your strength; it's about discovering His strength within you (Philippians 4:13).

3) Finding God's Strategy in His Strength
Stressful times can make it hard to see a way out, but don't make hasty decisions. When David was distressed in 1 Samuel 30:6, he didn't ask God for direction; he sought strength in God. In your most challenging moments, turn to God for strength, not just answers.

Three incredible things happen when you make God your strength:
  • You'll find endurance like an athlete to run the extra mile.
  • You'll remain steadfast through trials, like a committed soldier.
  • If the storm doesn't stop, God will give you the ability to rise above it.

So, run to God, not just to get answers or be delivered, but because you love Him.
Strengthen your connection with Him, and you'll find the peace and strength to overcome even the toughest of times.

In your moments of stress and struggle, take a moment to place your hand on your heart and seek strength from the Lord. Make your requests known to God, and His peace will overwhelm you. Remember, He won't necessarily make your problems disappear, but He'll give you the strength to face them with unwavering faith.
Let His strength be your guide.

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