Why this is so important: A lie (that you believe) is as powerful as the truth.
There is a way that appears to be right, but in the end it leads to death. Proverbs 14:12 (NIV)
Here is the good news: Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free. John 8:32 (NIV)
Lies imprison us, hold us down, and keep us away from the life God has for us. All you have to do to get out from under the power of a lie is know the truth and change the way you think.
Myth: God Won’t Give You More Than You Can Handle.
Where the misunderstanding comes from: No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it. 1 Corinthians 10:13 (NIV)
Lies that are close to the truth are the most effective lies!
When you are tempted, he provides a way out…that is all it says…nothing about more than you can handle.
God will often give you more than you can handle.
“So now, go. I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt.” Exodus 3:10 (NIV)
But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?” Exodus 3:11 (NIV)
Today the Lord will conquer you, and I will kill you and cut off your head. And then I will give the dead bodies of your men to the birds and wild animals, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel! And everyone assembled here will know that the Lord rescues his people, 1 Samuel 17:46, 47a (NIV)
The illusion of independence.
The freedom of dependence
God, I cannot do this on my own. I need your help.
I’m not trying to lead a nation out of slavery. I’m not facing a giant in battle. I don’t need to walk on water. I’m just…
If you can accomplish it all on your own, how significant can it be?
Then Peter called to him, “Lord, if it’s really you, tell me to come to you, walking on the water.” Matthew 14:28 (NLT)
If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. James 1:5
Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. 1 Peter 5:7 (NIV)
Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. Hebrews 4:16 (NIV)
God gives us more than we can handle so that we can learn how to depend on him.
When we depend on God, he uses ordinary circumstances to accomplish the extraordinary.
Have you ever felt let down by something you thought was true?
What is some advice someone gave you that sounded spiritual but was not godly or true?
Talk About It:
Read Exodus 3:10-11. What to you think Moses felt when he heard God’s plan?
Read 1 Samuel 17:46-47a. In what or whom was David depending upon to conquer Goliath?
Read Hebrews 4:16. In your own words, describe what we are supposed to do in our time of need.
In your own words, describe what it means to be independent.
When you act independent from God, what are you tempted to put your trust in?
When are you most tempted to be independent from God and do your own thing?
In your own words, describe what it means to be dependent upon something or someone.
What helps you or encourages you to be dependent upon God?
How have you experienced the presence of God when going through a situation that was more than you could handle?
In what current area of your life might God be inviting you to trust and depend upon him more? Where do you need to say “God I cannot do this, I need your help!”?
What are some practical ways that you could express your dependence upon God this week?
How can we pray for you?