“Father, make of me a crisis man. Bring those I contact to decision. Let me not be a milepost on a single road;
make me a fork
, that men must turn one way or another on facing Christ in me.” - Jim Elliot

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Be The Branch.

 ...he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear...
Ethiopia 2010 - photography by Anthony 

"I know God said He wouldn't give me more than I could bear... I just wish He didn't trust me so much."

And here's the thing... He doesn't.  He doesn't trust you so much.  He trusts Himself. 

No test or temptation that comes your way 
is beyond the course of what others have had to face. 
All you need to remember is that God will never let you down; 
he'll never let you be pushed past your limit; 
he'll always be there to help you come through it. 
1 Corinthians 10:13 The Message

Often we pray that we want to know God better.  Or that we want to be more Christ-like.  And then we are surprised when life suddenly becomes hard... or harder.

Through scripture, we see that God chooses to allow those who love Him and believe in Him to be tested and tempted.  He is not counting on you to bear it by yourself.  To do it on your own.  He is all about bringing you to a place where you think you cannot bear it on your own... so that you will see Him help you come through it.

I don't think God wanted us to concentrate on the phrase, "he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear.I think He wanted us to focus on the words, "God will never let you down... he'll always be there."

 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me...

"God wants to chain me down... put a yoke on me."

Nope.  He is saying... as opposed to doing it on your own.  If you take on His yoke... He is going to carry the weight.  He is doing the hard work.  You get to walk along and work with Him and watch how He does it.

 "Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? 
Come to me. Get away with me and you'll recover your life. 
I'll show you how to take a real rest. 
Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. 
Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. 
I won't lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. 
Keep company with me and 
you'll learn to live freely and lightly." 
Matthew 11:28-30 The Message

How do we do this?  How do we walk with Him?  Work with Him?  Watch how He does it?

Read the Bible.  Pray.  Do a Bible Study.  Go to church.  Find a godly mentor.  Spend time in God's beauty.  Journal your thoughts.  Read a book by a Christian author.  Listen to praise music... remain in Him.

“I am the vine; you are the branches. 
If a man remains in me and I in him, 
he will bear much fruit; 
apart from me you can do nothing."
John 15:5

YOU = the branch.  Not the vine.  That's His job.  If you are trying to be a branch without the vine... well, that is just not going to work out, is it?  The branch is nourished and strengthened and able to live ONLY dependent on the vine.  And that is how He knows that you will be able to bear it... because you are dependent upon the vine.  Dependent upon Him.

So today when you are facing a temptation or a trial that you think is beyond what you can bear... remember that you are not alone.  You do not need to carry the load on your own.  Stop trying to be the vine.

Be the branch.


Sandy said...

Thank you so much for this. I just read it aloud to my daughter who needed it, and she said thank you!

Deborah said...

What a great post. I've heard Beth M. speak on this verse before. She said that it is often mis-quoted, to mean that God won't give us anything we can't handle....but He will. Because it's when we realize we can't handle something, we are to go to Him.

My husband wrote a song based on something his cousin said as she was dieing of cancer. She kept getting weaker and weaker, and the nurse told her God won't give her anything she couldn't handle and the cousin looked up and said, yea, but has He seen how much I weigh (meaning He was giving her too heavy a burden). I'm not sure if she ever realized that He was carrying the burden.

Tammy said...

Beutiful post and just what I needed to hear.

Lacie Lacy said...

Thank you for your sweet words on my blog! I am also so blessed that you commented because it led me to your blog. How inspiring. I love when God speaks through others! Thank you for this post! Blessings to you Sister Sheri!

elaine @ peace for the journey said...

Great pictures... great thoughts this morning, and I feel weighed down with a great many earthly burdens. While reading this, I thought about the front cover of my book and how everything about it was intentional... even down to my son carrying the suitcase instead of my daughter. Kind of speaks to the load our Jesus carries for us while holding our hands as we go along through life on the journey of grace. Our responsibility? Holding his hand, and of course, the flowers... always the flowers.

A good word for me this morning... you're mining some good nuggets, sister. Thank you for tending to your soul's growth. I am the better because of it.


elaine @ peace for the journey said...

Thanks for the prompt this morning... I linked back to this post at the end of my current blog post.


KB said...

I love that you wrote about this because I talked on Facebook yesterday about how often this scripture is mis-quoted and people say things like, "God won't give us more than we can handle" Because He DOES. The Bible is full of examples of that. But He doesn't leave us alone and gives us what we need to make it through...we're not meant to handle any of it. Thank you and what perfect timing. :)

Sheryl said...

That is so true. So many times I do hear people say that God will not give us more than we can bear. But, we are to be living in the SPIRIT so His Spirit bears it for us.

You are so right. I believe God always brings us to the point where we know we are not enough, we cannot hold up...but He can. He continually challenges me to live in the SPIRIT rather than walking after the flesh.

I thank Him for this.


Runner Mom said...

Just hopped over from Elaine's blog and so glad that I did! Beautiful pictures and Words from our Lord! Thank you, friend!

Sonja said...

I also hopped over from Elaine's page. What a great blog to read today! Thank you so much for sharing such good truth, I'll be mulling on this one!


bp said...

Wow, great post! I need to remember this. Thank you!