Monday, March 20, 2017

Go Ahead, Break. I Dare You.

"Listen, don't worry about all of that, God will never give you more than you can handle." 

Did you ever just want to physically put your hands on someone?  I mean like, choke them out? Or spin them around and "ever-so-gently" lunge them forward on their merry little chipper way into oblivion?  

Yeah, me too.

I found myself in this very place once when I was under so much pressure I thought I might implode.  I'd spoken to a friend about everything that was weighing me down and she replied with the little cookie-cutter phrase above that made me feel even worse than before.  She meant well and I love her for it. I'm always grateful when a woman walks beside me in dark seasons and encourages me.  But those words wouldn't leave me and they didn't give me any peace while they lingered.

Don't worry, God will never give you more than you can handle.

Ugh.  Just ugh.

First of all, there was no way I would not worry because these were real life problems and I didn't have the answers I needed.  Secondly, if God wouldn't put more on me than I can handle, why did I know for certain that I was on the brink of a total break?  The load was too heavy and the burden too great and I couldn't carry it. I found myself angry with God for placing such great expectations on me. This phrase told me that if God, the one who knows me better than even I, wouldn't put more on me than I could handle, then there must be something wrong with me because right then I wasn't handling it. At. All. 

Can anyone relate?  Has anyone ever heard that phrase and thought to yourself why on Earth would God think you were capable of handling such a thing?  If so, I need to tell you that there's absolutely nothing wrong with you and you had every right to feel the way you did.  Or maybe do, right now, in this very moment. 

Let me lean into your space sweet friend and cradle your face and whisper to you that the devil is a liar and this is one phrase that he has stamped his signature on and sent out into the world to be false encouragement.  

False encouragement always leads to false success.  You can't sustain the things you acquire while believing false truths.  It simply doesn't work.

And I know this one to be false because this phrase is nowhere to be found in the Bible. In fact, God actually operates in the opposite way.

God absolutely will allow you to have more on you than you can handle and here is why. 

If you can handle the load all by yourself, what is the point of having a load-bearing savior?  

God never intended for you to carry anything alone.  He sent His son to carry your cross and die for you to show you that He will carry your burdens when they are too heavy. He will slaughter your shame.  He will multiply your offering. He will part the waters for you. 

God wants to serve you and He wants you to lean into Him and He wants you to need Him. His ways are better than ours and His thoughts are not our thoughts.  He doesn't want you to worry, but He knows that you will, and he made an allowance for that when he created the makeup of your mind.  However, He wants you to limit that worry because you trust in and serve an almighty God who loves you dearly and will supply all your needs according to His riches.

He will allow more on you than you can handle. But you can walk lighter and confidently in those seasons because, as Paul said and he said it best, you can do ALL things through Christ who gives you strength

So the next time you feel like you may break and you can't carry the load anymore, go ahead. Break. Just break. Because as long as you try to carry it all and believe that you can go it alone, your success will be temporary.  

The most beautiful thing about breaking under the submission of Christ is that His power is made perfect in our weakness.  So in the end, His perfect power will sustain your success. You win! You really, really win.

So, break, my beloved.  Have a beautiful break. And always remember this: 

You can't have a break-through if at first you don't break.

Philippians 4:13 For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.

2 Corinthians 12:9 But 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.

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