Does God Promise That He Will Not Give Us More Than We Can Handle?

by Robert Driskell on September 10, 2013 · Print Print · Email Email

Often, when someone is experiencing difficulty in their lives, someone else will say to them, “Don’t worry, God won’t give you any more than you can handle.”  The verse most often quoted to support this is first Corinthians 10:13, “No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it” (I Corinthians 10:13 ESV).

Unintended Consequences

Many times this verse is interpreted to mean that God will not allow anyone to experience any more heartache or difficulties than they can withstand. It is understood to mean that, since He knows how much a person can bear, He will only allow difficulties right up to the point where the person will break, but stops just before he or she is overwhelmed. The person is tested just to the point where one more thing would be more than one could withstand on his or her own.

While the motivation behind this interpretation is usually honest and loving, many times this simply encourages the person undergoing the difficulty to look inward and think that he or she is strong enough to handle whatever comes up because God has promised a limit to their struggles. It is believed that we have all we need already inside us.  It is often said that this is a promise to believers that God will not give us more than we can cope with.

However; this can, and often does, have the effect of turning the focus upon oneself instead of on God, where it should be. The person begins to rely on himself instead of looking to God for strength. This can lead to a self-dependence instead of God dependence. We can unwittingly stop relying on God for our strength because we have begun to rely on our self for it instead.

Not For Unbelievers

We also must remember that this promise does not apply to the unbeliever.  This verse is found in a letter from the apostle Paul to the church at Corinth.  The churchgoers are assumed to be believers in Jesus Christ.  As with many biblical promises, those who choose to reject God’s offer of salvation through faith in Jesus Christ also place themselves outside of His promises for we who have surrendered to His Lordship and love.

As a matter of fact, God often uses overwhelming tragedy or heartaches to force people to realize that they cannot make it on their own.  If an unrepentant sinner simply lived a life of ease and luxury, that person just might never see his or her need for a Savior at all.  Many times, it takes some sort of tragedy to make a person understand his or her limitations.  Only then do they realize their need for divine rescue.

Rather, our strength comes directly from Him through our intimate connection and dependence on Him…minute by minute.

Rather, our strength comes directly from Him through our intimate connection and dependence on Him…minute by minute.

A Closer Look

First Corinthians 10:13 does not mean that we are capable, in and of ourselves, to weather any storm we might encounter.  God does not want to sit back and watch us take care of ourselves. He wants to supply our every need (Matthew 6:33). He wants us to depend on Him for everything.  The apostle Paul said that he could do all things through Christ who strengthened him (Philippians 4:13).  Paul looked to God to enable him to do everything, and he encourages us to do the same.

This verse is one more instance of the Bible reminding us that our strength comes directly from God. We are not strengthened by Him and then sent on our merry way to face the trials and difficulties life throws at us. God is not a motivational speaker. He does not merely encourage us to buck up, get in there, and make it happen. Rather, our strength comes directly from Him through our intimate connection and dependence on Him…minute by minute. Jesus made this very clear when He said, “I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing” (John 15:5 ESV).

Conclusion

If we see this verse, or any other verse in the Bible, as telling us that we have everything we need already inside us to handle every problem that comes along, we are misinterpreting the Word. However, if we see this verse as telling us that no matter what trials or temptations assault us in this life, if we turn to God in dependence upon Him, He will supply the strength, wisdom, and way to endure them, then we have a correct understanding of the promise of God in this section of His Word. A promise on which we can rely.

“Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen” (Ephesians 3:20-21 ESV).

 Take a look at this good list of Bible verses on the topic of Struggle

22 Bible Verses on Struggle

Resources – The Holy Bible, English Standard Version “Scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version® (ESV®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.”



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Jack Wellman September 10, 2013 at 10:26 am

Amen Robert. We have all we need in His Word to be sufficient and to endure. He is the Comforter also. You also made a good point that its not for unbelievers. That’s another good reason to put our trust in Christ. Nicely done sir.

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Jack H September 10, 2013 at 1:42 pm

Hello, Robert! :D I agree with Pastor Jack too, that was SPLENDID! You, my friend, have spoken the truth in just 1 of those sentences! Oh, and also, this is a chat I had with a person on Omegle, here’s the link.
http://logs.omegle.com/a6578228
I’m sure you two will have plenty of fun looking at this. Until then God bless you two! ;)

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Mr Anthony Cotton September 12, 2013 at 12:04 pm

Yes I depend on God to help me through the bad times when I am tempted.
I was reading the Sermon on the Mount,and the very first thing Jesus said was Blessed are the Poor in Spirit for there`s is the kingdom of heaven.
It`s a simple statement but I don`t know what it means.
I prayer to God every day to help me,but do I come under the Poor in Spirit that`s how I feel very low.
The word coincidence crops up quite a lot,and I think some ware in the bible it says it`s God. Man calls it a coincidence.
It happens a lot to me,and I know it`s God.
Blessed are they that Mourn for they shall be Comforted,again a simple statement but I don`t know what it means. Every day I ask God to do the things that He wants not me,and I have said I don`t want choices, is I doing any thing wrong by asking God for this?

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kris October 13, 2013 at 8:35 pm

Dear Mr. Anthony Cotton

I read your posts and my heart breaks for you.

Making choices is exactly where many people are tripped up because they don’t know what GOD says in His Word. God has told us that ‘My people are DESTROYED for LACK OF KNOWLEDGE” …..it is true we are given freedom to choose and if we have not been instructed in HOW to do that and How to make choices that are pleasing to GOD and are wise we can be in a mess.

God has given us His word so that we may have ‘doctrine, or HOW to live rightly …make choices that are right…and become more and more in line with the way HE has designed us to live.

2Ti 3:16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:

Since we have the Word to read we then must ask HIM for wisdom…or HOW to apply the things He has said once we have read them…

Jam 1:5 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.

Many may want to please God but they do not know His word.

Some may know what the Bible says but have not understood it properly …not as GOD intended it to be understood. They will fall prey to those who use the Bible to say what THEY want it to say or take advantage of others.

This seems to be the state of the world more and more as Jesus told us to beware of deception.

The Bible teaches us how to identify these things which deceive.

Our own flesh and unchanged heart will deceive….thus we are told to “Put on the whole word .’ to read it …and then challenge our selves ….comparing ourselves. to what we read …and then asking the Lord to help us obey , to give us understanding as we ‘continue’ in HIS word ..thus we become disciplined by Him. His ‘disciples indeed’!

If we were not trained up by parents who themselves obeyed the command of GOD to train up their children according to the Word …our young lives were ill equipped to do what GOD tells us to do to avoid becoming deceived by our own flesh and hearts uneducated by the Lord …and deceived by those who are willing to take authority over God’s people but who are not authorized by GOD to do so.

It is NONE OTHER than JESUS CHRIST who ultimately is to be our authority …and we are given the WORD so that we may not be deceived.

Many religions are now abounding that are set up not by GOD but by the god of this world to take over that place that belongs only to Jesus Christ.

To say we are ‘poor in spirit’ means that we recognize our NEED for His spirit , that we are born dead in trespasses and sin when we come into the world and are in NEED of a SAVIOUR. Thus we are seeking to learn all we can from HIM …and HE has ordained HIS WORD for us to read and learn as we go along …HE will teach and guide us as we take in ALL scripture …over our lifetime walking after what HE has taught us

To say ‘blessed are those who mourn for they shall be comforted’ is in the sense that we MOURN our state when we realize we need a Savour and it motivates that person to SEEK out the truth ..WHEN we learn the truth we are more and more comforted by the truth which is JESUS CHRIST of the BIble….

ALL others are false…we need others who love Him but our full and complete comfort is in HIM who we need to rely upon.

Jesus Christ never fails in what he has said he will do .

Many pray for things they have been told God would do but are not fully pursuaded since they have have been taught by men but not confirmed what they were told in their own seeking in the Word and in their own relationship with Jesus Christ .

Our relationship with HIM is FROM HIM …as we confess Him as Lord and believe that He was raised from the Dead we are thus assured that ‘thou shalt be saved’

TO be saved is to be made WHOLE …and through the Lord and knowledge of Him and living our lives by His word we are thus whole ..and that wholeness is eternal life since HE is life and HE is eternal.

Taking the step to learn from Him through the Word of GOD which you may read is good…it will build you up in that faith which comes from His Word as you hear it , read it and apply it to making decisions and choices.

He will never leave you nor forsake you …it is man that leaves off walking after the Lord …either by trusting what is NOT according to the things GOD has said in His word …or by being led away from heeding the Lord …many times by those who ‘lie in wait to deceive’

You may be instructed by the Lord and have confidence in HIM ..,He has commanded and desired to be our FIRST and ONLY God….sometimes men will take upon themselves the position in our lives….such things are to be avoided ..as it violates the first commandment which was given to protect us .

It is protective to heed GOD ….knowing His word is protective…so you may continue to seek in the Bible all that He has given you for your own life and His glory….

May you be encouraged to continue to ‘study ‘ the scriptures and to apply them to your choices. leaving our lives in the hands of ‘chance’ or other people is to not do what GOD tells us to do …to LIVE YOUR OWN LIFE ACCORDING TO HIS WORDS. YOU can do this …and GOD is wanting to help you as you seek to please and obey HIM and HIM alone.

Jam 3:17 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.

Jam 3:13 ¶ Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him shew out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom.

Jam 3:14 But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth.

Jam 3:15 This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish.

Many people make their decisions by how they FEEL …SENSUALITY …being moved by appetites, and feelings….this is an unstable way to live and is easily deceived by others…their decisions are not based upon the way God tells us to live but by trends and what others say. This gives a ”place’ for the devil to work his evil ways and lures.

Jam 3:16 For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.

But …here is God’s way…

Jam 3:17 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.

Jam 3:18 And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.

Some will read this and assert the idea that we need to ‘compromise’ with the world …but we first want to have peace with GOD …this comes not by compromise with opinions around us or even our own feelings…but to agree with GOD about whatever HE says ..we first want to have PEACE WITH GOD …even if the world does not agree .

Focus upon your feelings which torment you does not bring peace within or with GOD …the carnal mind or the natural mind is at enmity with GOD according to the Word ..so we strive to obey the Lord in putting on HIS WORD in our minds and then making all our thoughts according to HIS word.

This we do by what GOD calls the ‘renewed mind’ …putting HIS throughts in place of whatever is going through our minds..we do not relax and just let our minds run ‘free’ picking up any old attitude or idea what flows from without ..or from how we may feel,

We are told to DO this ..

2Cr 10:5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;

Do you see that ‘knowledge of GOD’ …since we also read that our natural or carnal mind is against this ‘knowledge of GOD ‘ we must take the command personally to DO what GOD has told us to OVERCOME by His WORD.

Rom 8:7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.

We must have a ‘new mind’ which is OF our ‘new man’ who is Christ …so we are told to put ON the mind of Christ which is the WHOLE word of GOD ..applying it to all our choices…all our thoughts…’bringing EVERY thought captive to the obedience of Christ’

1Pe 1:13 Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ;

No other can do this for you . We may learn as we listen to others share what they have studied and applied and learned as the Lord worked in them as they did what the Word of GOD directs….but often times the devil knows many are seeking a ‘spiritual experience’ in order for them to believe or do what they THINK is then the thing to do.

God does not want us to follow many masters as James chapter one speaks of …we are to have ONE LORD …Jesus Christ and He has left us the record of what HE wills us to live like..The Bible…

So then …take heart ..your Bible and your Lord will work IN you as you put on His words which He has ordained to ‘speak’ to you of all things that pertain to life and godliness in this lifespan. YOU can and HE will enable you as YOU obey His command to do so .

Eph 4:23 And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;

2Ti 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

This command is to each and every one of us ..it is our personal way to please GOD …read and seek Him …to continue in His words….to follow after the Word and HE , is the Word …the living word that you and I are to take in by reading and heeding.

We are saved by the life , death and resurrected Christ …the Word works that life into our lives as we obey this command…Saved by HIS work …living by His word which does the work IN us as we follow Him….We endeavor to obey and stay faithful by His powerful word /spirit that we are told to KEEP in us ….abide in

Jhn 15:7 If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.

Hbr 12:2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

He is not only the AUTHOR but also THE FINISHER of our faith as we continue to follow Him …He finished our salvation but our faith is grown and finished by way of our continuing and relationship with Him.

Jhn 8:31 Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;

Pro 3:5 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.

Pro 3:6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

We may be encouraged by what others share but our Lord demands that we encounter HIM daily in HIS word as we come to read and commune with Him , asking Him when we have a question or need …this is to obey the first and great commandment and it honors GOD …no other ‘gods’ before Him …not even a priest or pastor….but Jesus Christ as our personal ‘trainer’ in all things ..

Isa 26:3 Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.

Mat 22:37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.

This does not mean as some like to say that the MIND is some kind of ‘power’ in an of itself …but what we think does move and motivate what we choose to do …so then GOD has designed man to take in the Words which are HIS and to live by what HE tells us is truth.

We must live by them …not just what someone else may say about them .

So then we are told to ‘eat our daily bread’ and spiritual bread which Jesus said ‘I am that bread which came down from heaven’ …just as each of us nourish our own physical body by taking in physical food we each MUST take time to ‘eat’ that Word which GOD has provided in His WORD for each of us to grow in knowledge, understanding and wisdom and thus live our lives by His Word …daily …

May you be ‘healed’ in your thinking as you read the Word and ask the Lord to order your thinking and steps …He loves you the MOST and so you can trust the Lord to teach you all things that you need for this life and the eternity with Him going forward…BUT the choice is up to YOU and your DOING what GOD tells us each one to do ..

Strength for today …hope for tomorrow in Jesus Christ the faithful ….

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David September 13, 2013 at 12:52 am

To Anthony Cotton. this a,m. my q.t. was centred around this very issue. I have been going round this too. It reminds me of the Children of Israel going round and round the same old mountain, it is like me the same old sins.
If we are to be overcomers, then we can only cry out “not my will but Thine be done“ and trust Him in our time of need. It is an act of faith “for without faith it is impossible to please God“ Amen to that. Blessings, David from Central Europe
P.S. ask God for wisdom and see how Scriptures apply to your situation. Read the Epistle of James too

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Mr Anthony Cotton September 22, 2013 at 2:39 pm

I apologize for not answering your post to me.
I used to be a RC but a couple of year`s ago something very profound happened to me. I found out I became a born again Christian. To be honest I don`t read the bible you might think I am nuts but the Holy Spirit guided me here to this site,and it`s been over a couple of years now. I have explained below how God answer`s me over this very question. I live by myself,no friends,and no social life,and in December I will be 65yrs old. If you can believe it the Holy Spirit helped me write out the post below,and I did not need to look at the spell checker. I live in the NE of England,not just here Christianity,and all over the world is declining. I have already asked God for wisdom,and he gave it a couple of years ago,and the Holy Spirit. I talk to them each day why this and why that and they answer back. Not straight away?
I have read the Sermon On the Mount,and thought what Jesus really meant. Example – Happy are the pure in heart for they shall see God.
Happy are the peace keeper`s for they shall be called Son`s of God.
What get`s me is does the Pure in Heart only get to see God.
Blessed are the Meek for they shall inherit the Earth.
When God comes again he is supposed to destroy the world by Fire.
When He does it will be like when he destroyed the world by Water, the flames will die out, and the Earth will be part of Heaven but will the Meek see God?

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Davjd September 24, 2013 at 1:44 am

Good morning, sorry for not answering, I am house and cat sitting.
I too am from N E Eng, but living elsewhere now. 59 y.o. born again. And I agree Christianity is declining, not only there but all over. However there is great revival in Africa, Asia, Latin America. Remote places, so is Christianity only declining in so-called “1st world countries“? It is up to us to finish the race, win the prize.
To answer your q`s. Please let me encourage you to get a bible, if you cant afford one, then go to the library and borrow one, or ask a church if they can spare one. Failing that, there is a great website http://www.biblegateway.com. if you have access to a computer. Find a place to fellowship, join a bible study group, don’t be afraid. Look up Sunday worship in the local newspaper, it doesn’t matter if you don’t have “posh clothes“ or cannot afford to put in more than 10 p in the collection, GOD sees your heart, HE understands you, He knows your needs, for friends, for whatever.
In answer to your other q, we shall all see God, “for God so loved the world that He sent His only Son, that WHOSOEVER believes in Him SHALL NOT PERISH, but WILL HAVE everlasting life“ “In My Fathers house are many mansions, if it were not so I would have old you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you unto Myself, and where I am, there you may be also“
May I encourage you to get a bible, and some good basic teaching, remember the parable of the man who built his house on sand? No strong foundation so it crashed.
If I were you, I would get right back to basics, many biblical scholars are disputing and arguing ant trying to interpret prophesies in Daniel, Ezekial Revelation etc etc etc, I tend to stay away from these debates, countless volumes are written about the Sermon on the Mount, get basics first.
This I promise you, I will pray for you.
Blessings in Him Who died for our sins and rose again.
David

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David September 24, 2013 at 2:29 am

Sorry for late reply, am cat and house sitting.
I too was born in N E England, but now live abroad, born again, but still a sinner.
I would encourage you to get a bible, if you cant afford one, then ask a local church if they can spare one, borrow one from the local library, if you have access to internet, go to a great website biblegateway.com. Its free.
Also find a church to fellowship, and bible study group, it doesn’t matter if you don’t have “posh clothes“ or cant afford to put in more than 10 p in the collection, God sees your heart.
Get the basics, remember the man who tried to build his house on sand? It crashed. Get good basic foundations to your faith.
Not only the meek shall inherit the earth, our hearts are made pure by the indwelling of the Holy Spirit we will be with Him in heaven, those who have given their lives to Jesus that is. Perfect example the thief on the cross. Did he have time to do good works, get meek, spread the good news, preach to the poor aso? No, but Jesus promised that he would be with Him in Paradise.
Blessings in Jesus Who died for our sins and rose again.
David Central Europe
So, please get a bible, and get good teaching and fellowship.

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Mr Anthony Cotton September 25, 2013 at 3:16 pm

I read the epistle of James twice,and I am going to read it again. I can understand it very well.
Yes I am a sinner to. I always think of the two, the blind man in the temple,and the thief on the cross.
The man on the cross saved himself by asking Jesus to remember him,and Jesus looked into his heart,and knew that he was repenting. You know the rest.
The blind in the temple. I thought about him a lot all his life he was at the gate begging so he could get himself something to eat. Winter has well.
He never went to a synagogue or prayed,and he din`t know who Jesus was,but Jesus showed mercy on him.He knew he suffered a lot,and made him see. Then Jesus asked him to pray,and the the blind man said who is he so I can prayer, Jesus said you are looking at Him and he said I believe. He was born again.
I was brought up a RC I have two bibles religion was stuffed down our throats,and we got punished if we did not know the answer to certain question`s. I don`t think Jesus would approve of the catholic church then or now knowing what I know. I have built my house on the Holy Spirit it was the Holy Spirit that opened my eyes,and eventually to this sight. I was just like the blind man,and I could see. If I want to know a certain thing in the bible I seek it out like Jesus said “Seek and you shall find”. I am mentally house bound if you read the post at the bottom. God bless you David.

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David September 26, 2013 at 4:09 am

Good morning brother Anthony, yes I read your post yesterday, and many others you have posted.
Are you living alone, or in care ? If in care perhaps you could ask a pastor from a local church to visit you, or form a small bible study group there. If alone, do you feel you could cope with home visits?
Do you have access to the internet? If so go to youtube and listen to Derek Prince and Don Basham, good stuff on spiritual warfare.
Also I have met, and know many who have left the catholic church, there are still some v v v good people who still go. I tried it once, but found it spiritually empty, but it is the members, not the institution, the Body of Christ, His Bride, is made up of all kinds whether catholic or Protestant, or whatever, it is His people who make up the Body.
Of course you can e mail me, my address is [email protected] I am not a qualified counsellor, but have done lots of it over the years, in all kinds of situations, and with all age groups.
Will keep you on my prayer list.
Blessings, your brother in Christ. David, central Europe

Robert September 26, 2013 at 10:32 am

Hi Anthony,
Thanks for reading and commenting. It is clear that you have a heart for God and a yearning for understanding His Word. The best I can explain the “seeking” and “knocking” passage is that God is telling us that we should be constantly seeking His Will and we should be constantly about ‘doing’ His Will. We are to seek for His wisdom and knowledge and, then, we are to put that wisdom and knowledge into action. Whether that means knocking on doors, writing web articles, praying for others, or whatever. A true faith in Jesus will reveal itself in actions. I’m sure you know this from your reading of the book of James. Anyway, that’s all I’ve got for now. God bless you, Anthony. God loves you.
Yours in Christ,
Robert

Anne September 16, 2013 at 2:22 am

Hi Robert, can you explain what is the difference between Karma and consequences. Im in so much pain right now.. I am begging God to to help me move on and take the pain. I feel that what im experiencing right now is my karma for the bad things i did. Im trying my best to do the right thing, but the pain is too much.

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Robert September 16, 2013 at 10:45 am

Hi Anne,

I sense your pain and your seeking heart, so I will attempt to answer your question as best I can.

The definition of ‘karma’ is “the force created by a person’s actions that is believed in Hinduism and Buddhism to determine what that person’s next life will be like” or “the force created by a person’s actions that some people believe causes good or bad things to happen to that person”. In other words, some people believe that we live multiple lives and what we did a previous life affects the life we are living today. There is no such thing as Karma in the Bible. The Bible says that we live one time on this earth and then we move into eternity, either in Heaven or in Hell, depending on our relationship with God.

So, even though there is no such thing as Karma, we do suffer the consequences of our actions in this life. God created the universe, and us, to function in certain ways. When we reject His standards, we suffer the consequences. Adam and Eve rejected God’s rule way back in the Garden of Eden and this put all humanity outside the will of God. Now, we all suffer because we are born into a sin filled world with a tendency to sin.

Nevertheless, God provided a way to be made right with Him; Jesus Christ paid for your sins and mine when He died on a cross some 2000 years ago. When we unite ourselves with Him, through faith, ours sins are forgiven and we receive joy, peace, strength, and everything that comes with a life that is in tune with the Creator of the universe. This relationship will not make all our problems disappear, but God will supply the strength to endure whatever we face in our lives.

Anne, I urge you to turn your life over to God and trust Him for all you need. He is bigger than anything you will ever face in life. You won’t have to ‘take the pain’; rather, you can lay your pain on Him. The Bible says that there is, “…no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death” (Romans 8:1-2 ESV). Jesus said, “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls” (Matthew 11:28-29 ESV).

Anne, the only way to be free, truly free, is to live a life dedicated to Jesus Christ. Then, we can say with the apostle Paul, “I can do all things through him who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13 ESV).

God bless you, Anne.

Yours in Christ,
Robert

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Anne September 16, 2013 at 11:31 pm

Hi Robert,
Thank you for the message. It lightens my heavy feeling. Please pray for me.

Anne

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Robert September 17, 2013 at 9:41 am

You are definitely being prayed for, Anne. Trust God.
Yours in Christ,
Robert

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Shay September 21, 2013 at 6:49 am

Feeling blessed to have read this article this morning. It’s so true how our abilities as Christians can be misunderstood. We are not perfect rock solid beings who can not be knocked down by life circumstances and situations, only our Creator is perfect and it’s Him in us that gives us the ability to endure, triumph, and get back up again. If we feel weak at times it’s ok; but it’s in those weak times that we have to do whatever it takes to get even closer to the One who is strong.

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david September 21, 2013 at 8:09 am

Hello Robert,Our Lord jesus saved me wonderfully when I was 27,I am now 62yrs old.There have been many things He has brought me through and beyond a shadow of a doubt,if He had not saved me in such a miraculous way I would not be typing this to you now.Having said this,in His wisdom He has not seen fit to take away that which He aloud to pervade my life.I am finding that the affliction I am, and have suffered for most of my life has taken me apart,insomuch that I have pleaded with Our Lord to take me out.I understand that He has promised to grant us the grace to bear all our afflictions, the problem is with me in my weakness,plus the legnth of time and severity of it all.I cant cry out for help any longer,niether do I want to attempt to face another day of such misery and despair.I have looked into the suffering of our Lord that He endured in Gethsemany and finally nailed upon that cruel cross for me,for us and the indescribable agony of being forsaken because of my sins,our sins.It makes me feel so awful that I should complain,yet on we must go in hope of the endurance till His appointed time of our departure.Please plead for me Robert,our life is not our own ,the price was too high.

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Robert September 23, 2013 at 12:04 pm

David,
God’s Word promises us that He will be with us no matter what we face. He will give us the strength to persevere. It may not always be easy, or pleasant, but He will do what He promises. I’ll be praying for you, brother.
Yours in Christ,
Robert

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David September 26, 2013 at 4:14 am

Try reading article Paul`s thorn in the flesh [on this website], am sure it will help you.
David Central Europe

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MariAnne C September 21, 2013 at 11:09 am

Hi Anne: I also wanted to recommend a read that may help. It’s called “Battlefield of the Mind” by Joyce Meyer. I believe you could find a lot of comfort in that book. It is based entirely in the Word and scripture. I am praying for you too!

Numbers 6:24-26….MariAnne

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Anne September 22, 2013 at 12:03 am

Thank you Marianne.. i will check that book. By the way, my full name is also Marianne. Thank you for including me to your prayers. God Bless You!

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David September 24, 2013 at 1:51 am

One of the best practical books I have read. Joyce M is great

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Mr Anthony Cotton October 10, 2013 at 2:59 pm

I am going through the Dark Night of the Soul. I went through it when I was in my twenties,and a Catholic Priest laid his hands on me and said something in latin. He was there for me all the time. I am going through it again now,and David told me to read the “Battlefield of the Mind”
It`s the knocking on the door this involves an action.
I have to love God with my whole Heart,Soul,Strength,and Mind. God delights in the prayer of Faith.
It may seem that I am stupid but how do I love God with Strength,and I think the other two Heart,and Mind go together,but I am also stumped on the Soul.
I am by myself now,and I wished that priest was here to help me again. I haven`t been to this site for quite a bit when this started,but I think the Holy Spirit has dragged me hear to get help. I am getting a bit desperate now,because I don`t know what to do plus living by yourself,and bad with my nerves. It`s getting too much to bear. I live in the NE of England,and I went to the local parish priest,but he didn`t seem to care. When I saw the priest in my twenties he was there all the time.
The priest evan came to the hospital to help me,because the doctors didn`t understand anything about this. Can somebody enlighten me on this please. May God bless you all to help you with your troubles.

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Robert October 10, 2013 at 3:17 pm

Hi Mr. Cotton,
The message of this article, and the verse on which it is based, is that God will be with us through whatever we may face. He will give us strength (at least enough to get through what we face), wisdom, and peace (even in the midst of the storm) if we will simply continue to trust Him. He is more powerful than anything that could possibly assault us in this universe, but we must abide in His love, we must trust in His promises and power.
The verse you asked about (heart, soul, mind, body, strength, etc.) simply means that we love God with our entire being. There is not a part of us that trusts in anything more than we trust in Him. We love nothing else more than we love Him.
Mr. Cotton, I have seen your posts here for a long time, I know you struggle, but I also know that you seek to know and do God’s will. Because of your commitment to the Lord, you will have friction with the world. As you seek to live for Jesus, the world (and Satan) will try to pull you away from Him. Stay true to the Lord, Anthony…and He will get you through it all. God bless you, brother…I am praying for you. Don’t isolate yourself, talk to us here, let us pray for your needs and love you as Jesus instucts us to.
Yours in Christ,
Robert

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Kris October 10, 2013 at 4:40 pm

The walk is one that is done by the WORD as we take it in and then live…the Word is spirit and it is life as Jesus said.

The Word comes up to your mind and directs you to do what GOD has said . You recognize this ‘voice’ of the Lord as it is SCRIPTURE. We sometimes ‘miss’ hearing or heeding because we do not know what Scripture says and believe the thoughts we have are ‘right’ …ONLY the WORD of GOD is what is truth and right.

As you grow in the knowledge of the Word and trust in the Lord to guide you ..praying that His will be done in you and through your various challenges that you face…doing all you can to follow the word of GOD then you will begin to realize the difference between what is God’s way and what may be either from your ‘old man’ way of thinking or from the various other influences around you in this world….from people AND from the spiritual influences which the Bible identifies as evil spirits or demons …

All lies are from the Father of lies…the devil as Jesus told his followers.

Continue to put on the Word daily …trust in the Lord who is with you and in you through His Son Jesus Christ .

Your concerns about loving GOD with all your heart , soul, mind and strength are indications that you do desire to do so …God told us what HIS love is like through the Word.

2Jo 1:6 And this is love, that we walk after his commandments. This is the commandment, That, as ye have heard from the beginning, ye should walk in it.

You ‘walk’ in his commandments just like you walk in any other information …you seek it …find it …read it …keep it….allow it to be the dominant influence in your decisions …and you act upon it .

When we desire to please GOD and keep in his word and keep his word in mind and have discussions with Him asking Him for wisdom and guidance ..expecting to have His word arise from where we have sown it ..God will work in you …has been as you go along He will actually take you back in memory to observe where he has been with you and directing you toward wanting Him and learning about Him all throughout your life.

You may also realize the various ‘hindrances’ through your flesh or others….it is all to show you how powerfully GOD loves you and has been watching over you through this whole ‘ordeal’ of life in the world

When we are IN Christ we are not OF the world and as Robert said we will endure much opposition …not because of our personality or appearance but because of the spirit of Christ which the world does not know nor can know.

Your desire to love the Lord is FROM HIM …do not despair but keep on going to HIM within the WORD and ask Him to give you strength and wisdom …and fellowship with true followers of Him

May your walk increasingly show you the truths that are so necessary to endure and walk after the Lord continuing in His word as HE has commanded that you may be His disciple indeed!

The encouragements [various ways we are challenged in this lifespan] we experience from the Holy Spirit are to draw us into the Word …the devil likes to try to use those encouragements to lie to us that we are not ‘His’ or pleasing to the Lord …this is for you to know that the Lord has called you and will complete that which He has begun in you ….Do not mistake the encouragement when it comes…go to the Lord and to His word and submit to Him …which also IS to ‘resist the Devil’

When we seek out the things of GOD by way of study of the Word …the Devil hates this ..and is “foiled’ again !

Keep on living in the Lord for His victories are OURS as we walk in them and live by them!

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Mr Anthony Cotton October 11, 2013 at 1:11 pm

First of all thanks very much for your words of wisdom Robert. I read you have to Seek,Knock,and Ask. I could understand the Seek,and Ask,but the knocking I found out was an action of Faith,because God delights in the prayer of Faith,and it said it`s no use Seeking,and Asking without knocking,because all is for nought if you do not Knock.
It`s about Faith in God when you Knock.
I just could not cope with it, the way I am,but the Holy Spirit gave me a kick up the backside,and I came hear and wrote the post up above.
My Faith took a knock,and I wandered off the path a bit,and you are quite right Robert about what you said.
It could have only been the Holy Spirit when I was having a conversation with Him. I sat quiet and He put the answer`s in my head to the questions I wanted to know. Now for some reason I am at peace,this has happened about twice before when I was asking Jack something. Jesus was quite right when He said it would not be easy it`s a constant battle every day.
I don`t know if you have heard about Pardre Peo,who had the stigmata,and a certain order of priests which one came to investigate him. This certain priest asked him quite a lot of questions. One was are scared of the Devil which he replied I am very scared of the Devil.
This priest kept asking questions,then Pardre Peo asked him a few questions. One was very disturbing he knew that this priest had a problem. Then Pardre Peo said did you lock the door,and leave him outside to be killed.
Only this priest new what he meant and broke down. What happened was people were trying to get in the church to get away from the Germans,but one young man got to the door,and this priest closed the door on him,and left him to the Germans. When he died Padre Peo was canonized a Saint. He was tortured by the Devil for most of his life,has well has having the stigmata.
My point being the Devil was practically sitting on his shoulder all of the time,and I don`t know how he got through it. (Yes I do God) No I am not giving up I have came too far down the road on this site,and I have never felt like this when I was a RC. Both You and Jack have helped me too far down this road of enlightenment.
Again thanks very much Robert. May God Bless You,and keep You.

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Jack Wellman October 10, 2013 at 9:49 pm

Hello my friend…I agree with Robert. Please keep in touch. Maybe regularly commenting will help and maybe you won’t feel so isolated. It is so sad that the priests there won’t come to visit you or be of more help. Is there a community center near by where you live? I am not saying that you are a senior citizen but sometimes those in nursing homes are desparate to talk to someone else…but as Robert said, we are always here, for the most part, my brother.

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Mr Anthony Cotton October 13, 2013 at 6:01 pm

Thanks Jack for understanding,and when I come hear I know both Robert and You are helping,and you are both good men. I am a very sensitive person,and I can feel that coming from you both.
I am still trying to find that help. My social worker is coming next week maybe she can find someone.
Have you done that article on How to Forgive your Self,because that`s the real problem. Has I said to you before God can do anything,but it has come back,and turned my mind in turmoil. It started in my twenties,but I had a good priest who gave me help 24/7
He laid his hands on me and said something in latin. I pestered the life out of him,but he stuck by me all the time until he was moved away.
Maybe I have got to be like the man on the cross,and wait right till the end,but it`s worth it if I go to heaven (I Hope) God might have given this cross for me to carry all my life. Living by your self when this happens I am constantly talking to God all day and night till I go to bed. Is this wrong would God get sick of me talking to Him all day. I had a feeling that there was an answer (Holy Spirit) that`s why I have just come on the site,and you were waiting for me. Well I know one thing for sure the Holy Spirit is the One that`s keeping my head above water. The two of you are like tablet`s because when I come off the site I feel much better,but the tablet`s only last so long. God bless you both for the work that you do,and I know you are human beings has well. Thank you Both.

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Mr Anthony Cotton September 21, 2013 at 12:15 pm

This makes me confused when it says God will not give us more than we can bare.. I have been in that situation a few times,because when I was 18 yrs old I had a nervous breakdown 29 yrs and 55 yrs I just could not cope.
To me Mental illness is stigmatized but it`s ok if you have a physical illness. I have also heard that it can be a sin,but I am not sure about that.
A boy was possessed by the devil but Jesus said come out he did because Jesus knows this. The boy was possessed quite a bit before Jesus cured him. Think back to that time what would you think about that boy. It seems in the bible everybody was scared and kept a wide birth,and they didn`t know what it was.
Where if someone fell and broke their leg it was logical,because they could figure it out easy.
I have been in a mental hospital 3 times(has above)and what I saw in there was terrifying,and they had weird names for the illnesses. I would not wish this upon anyone. I have also thought of this, we are all going to die everybody knows that.
God must have made us with a built in mechanism for this,because all of us at many times say I will see you next week,but we do not think we could die the next day. We just take it for granted that we will see this person next week.
This is mentioned in the article where we take God for granted,and we never think until it happens to you. I have learnt this from God never to take things for granted. Jesus himself said do not worry about tomorrow the day has enough troubles for you. Jesus is telling us that, evan when he said you will not know the time when the thief comes be ready stay awake. Jesus is saying live for now keep yourself alert against evil. This is how powerful Jesus was “Let him who has not sinned cast the first stone” I am amazed how this small sentence stopped a mob from stoning that prostitute to death. Amazing!

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Robert September 23, 2013 at 12:02 pm

Anthony,
It is clear that God is teaching you from His Word. I pray that you will continue to study it (and come to this website to interact with us) and grow ever closer to Him. God bless you, Anthony. Trust God even when you don’t know the answer to what’s troubling you.
Yours in Christ,
Robert

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Mr Anthony Cotton September 25, 2013 at 3:44 pm

You do not this Robert you have started to answer what I was seeking. Jesus said “Seek and you shall find” Knock and the door will open”
I understood the first one quite easy,but the second Knock and the door will be opened. I was looking for the answer to this,and it said when you knock on the door there is somebody behind it(God) this involves an action or petition to God it`s a sin that I am having trouble with. You said the words “Grow evan closer to Him”. Then it says it makes Satan flee. Can you fully explain what this knocking on the door means in layman`s terms. It is now well over two years since I came to this sight. The last one was about 6 months. I don`t know what I would do if it where to close.
I am not troubled it`s the frustration of not knowing like you said Robert. Has Jack put it you are hungry. Thanks a lot Robert. God is with you.

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Kris September 21, 2013 at 1:28 pm

Just this very day I was sharing with my husband how the painful things that have happened due to his adultery are difficult for both of us to deal with but are not beyond the Lord’s ability. I find that all throughout my walk that the failure of our own ability and things that come across our path that challenge our faith are indeed useful for us to realize our own limitations and need for the unfailing hope in our Lord’s abilities. We trust in Him and wait upon Him …which stretches our patience…The word builds up our hope and faith …since faith comes from HIS Word…as we hear it and trust Him and the testimony of the things recorded in what He has done,…for others found in the Word ..and in the way He has delivered us in the past when we have gone through …yet we still live and breathe…even when we do not want to!

How ungrateful I have been as I hoped in the end of my earthly life …how awesome the wisdom of GOD that I must trust in …that I am given each day to submit more and follow Him and build that treasure in heaven …not for my consumption as we do here on earth …but for HIS GLORY.

I know these truths but often fail to rely upon them and trust in them.

The reconcilation of our relationship with a infidelity to overcome is sorrowful and has pressed my husband down with guilt as he lived in this lie for most of our 33 years of marriage …I request prayer for his soul as he is desparately depressed and now refuses the grace an mercy of GOD …endeavoring to ‘deal’ with his sin by his own means…which he knows are unable to …yet he is not willing . PLease pray he will realize the grace of GOD and the way GOD has kept him alive in order for him to seek deliverance and repentance . For him to see the hope of reconcilation with GOD and his priviledge in marriage to enjoy the jurisdiction of husband and father as he has rejected in the past.

Also to help him learn how GOD would have him order his priorities …work …the children he had with the OW …and our family …which are last upon that list in his dealings..He remains in our home…not connected with the OW but has seemed to replace his relationship with me and our children with his ‘need’ to ‘father’ the children of adultery but is not able to so do well ..His guilt is damaging him further and further…

I am concerned about him since he left our home because of our 33 rd anniversary and told me that ‘he did not think it ‘right’ to be home for it …since he has desired a ‘separate’ life…”

Neither of us have ever wanted a divorce…and have been steadfast in this vow…yet he refuses to live with me as a husband ..will not look me in the eye or speak to me …or sleep with me ….

This is very difficult and our two grown daughters raised in the word and home schooled are presently living with us having never even dated but await the provision of the Lord.
The contrast of his public image and the reality of his sinful deliberate and willful choice to create a ‘family’ with the OW but never ever intending to leave us and marry her is a HUGE weight for him to deal with …and he has rejected the Lord even though he began with a walk before our marriage and afterward until he changed….a new baby, the death of his mother and the prospect of many other enticements in his new career converged to cause him to depart from the faith and the integrity that once was a very strong aspect of his character!

Please pray for him …me and our family ….it is difficult sometimes to learn how ‘small ‘ my faith is …after such a lengthy lifetime of effort to keep growing in it…

We have been struggling for 6 years to overcome this adultery discovered back then…..I know the Lord’s ability but it is hard to know how to deal with this daily as my husband seems to drift further and further into the pit of despair…finances are dwindling …I see this as perhaps one of the ‘tools’ which will be ‘useful’ as he becomes more and more in need and aware of his own inability…but it is difficult so say the least to wait upon what is next.

THank you for this article …today is hard…I don’t know where my husband has gone …where he spent the night …or what condition he is in ….or when he will return …it is stressful …even as we all are endeavoring to ‘cast our care upon the Lord ‘ and receive the peace with HIM even though the world has no peace to offer those who are HIS ….

Thank you all for your encouraging threads…many people express their trust as well as their need …and this is good to see in a time where many are being given the media coverage of their wicked lives…..the Bible is our living ‘media’ of truth and strength….through all things we encounter …AMEN!

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Kris September 21, 2013 at 1:47 pm

BTW, When I asked my husband when he intended to return ..He said it would only be overnight….but said he ‘did not know where he would be going or staying’ …this is concerning …no word from him overnight…and in his state of mind this is difficult since he is self willed and apparently acts upon impulses from ‘influences’ we know in the word that encourage sinful and rebellious thoughts and actions….

I anticipate his return today or tonight…but since I have heard nothing from him since he left for his ‘hiatus’ ….it does indeed put a strain upon all of us ….

I think he thinks that since our children are older …in their twenties that this does not effect them …he has said he does not want any of us to be concerned about him ….! This is impossible …anyone who loves another is going to be deeply effected by that person’s actions …and a father is one of the most prominent persons with impact upon one’s life…as God has told us …HE is our FATHER ….and those who are fathers are going to carry forth a great deal of influence upon children as men are given the privilege and responsibility as a ‘representative’ of the Heavenly Father …most importantly in how they influence their own children in their experiencing fathers.

This kind of ‘disconnect’ and ‘disregard’ for this privilege is a work of the satanic influences abounding in today’s world ..and the evidence of the truth of how sin darkens the understanding and hardens the heart.

He grieves saying he has “NEVER EVER wanted to hurt anyone” and then turns around and does exactly what he has been informed does hurt all those he has said he does not want to hurt!

A double minded man is INDEED unstable in ALL his ways!

Jam 1:8 A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.

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Kris September 21, 2013 at 6:15 pm

Praise God my husband came home safe and …well still disturbed over many things but he is home and unharmed ….He said he spent the night in a cheap motel on the coast….I know he has a lot to deliberate …I just pray that God will be in his thoughts ….this is hard but I am thankful for the prayers of those who may have seen my plight and request for prayer…I think it is necessary to continue on with prayer for him and for all of what GOD will make use of this trial in all our lives to bring forth for His glory and perhaps the necessity of others who might gain encouragement when this shows forth God’s glory and victory~!

1Ch 16:8 Give thanks unto the LORD, call upon his name, make known his deeds among the people.

My heart is still aching as I make my own effort to continue and trust in the Lord for all reconciliation to Him first and foremost …because to me , unless my husband is reconciled to the Lord there is no real reconciliation of our relationship …after all the initial offense to him was the Lord and all that HE asked of him…..Accountability is something my husband does not want in his life ..not to anyone …up to now not God for sure.

The funny thing is that all of us have accountability …certainly to GOD whether we may be aware of it or not….but even unbelievers are accountable to the laws of man…the boss at work…the company he works for ….but when it is asserted that we are accountable to GOD people who do not know Him …become angry and agitated. It is recorded as such in the Word.

Without living with this in mind we are deceived and fall into traps that are much more confining than our loving Savior’s directions for our good and His glory!

1Cr 2:14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.

Rom 6:16 Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?

My dear husband is in the midst of a wrestling match and I pray God becomes his everything…..Thank you for your prayer support those who have taken up this petition!!!

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Robert September 23, 2013 at 12:13 pm

Kris,
I, as well as many others I’m sure, are praying for your situation. It is indeed heartbreaking. The family, especially the bond of marriage, is so important in our society. I think Satan is concentrating his efforts to disrupt and destroy the sanctity and strength of any marriage he can affect. I pray that your husband will set aside any misplaced allegiance or feelings he might have and simply obey God. Stay strong in the Lord, Kris, He will not fail you.
Yours in Christ,
Robert

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Kris September 23, 2013 at 1:29 pm

Thank you so much Robert!

One thing I have been learning in all of this is that we must never underestimate the need for prayers for one another in the body. There is no time in our walk wherein we do not need the prayer support of the community of believers no matter how many years we have been endeavoring to follow after our Savior ….I find that I need the encouragement and comfort from fellow believers through the trials….

I have been decieved from time to time …which turned to become a ‘lesson’ as I looked to the Lord to teach me where I was led to trust those who are untrustworthy.

Rather than ‘give up’ I have felt that with the desciples when asked by Jesus ‘will you go away too’ ….they answered ‘ Where shall we go Lord YOU have the words of LIFE”

Eventually God will work through with us to help us understand. We are deeply hurt from time to time no doubt….those who risk loving will also risk the pain of betrayal and now I can at least regard this time as bringing into my life a bit of how Jesus suffered the pain of betrayal….so deeply hurtful …yet indeed HE overcame ….as HE has told us we must by His testimony …His blood …and all that He gives us in supply.

We WILL have trials and pain …despite every effort to avoid it …but as we go through it is SO VERY comforting to have had a reply which does help me to know that I am not dealing with this alone …that someone hears…someone also understands…..especially with infidelity which is difficult to know who it is safe to share this most personal difficulty with .

Thank you for your response to me …even after all these years I am in need of this kind of fellowship …as you and other assure me that I am not alone in this …that SOMEONE knows…I know Jesus does …it is interesting that somehow when another believer takes the time to let me know they hear ..they understand that I am more confident that my Lord works IN others in that they are willing to give of their time to take the trouble to extend encouragement to me.

I have always wanted to be the encourager and share Christ’s love with those who weep and are in a deep well of a trial …I have been the ‘giver’ but often in effort to receive I have found few who cared for what I have been dealing with ….don’t know if it just me and my not realizing where the ministry of others was going on that perhaps I may have missed …but indeed…I believe that Christ has always protected me in the midst of trials …but something awesome when at times others have come along side in faithful response NOT TO ME but to that spirit of Christ IN them …

Your comment…others who have from time to time let me know they were thinking and praying for me and our family …so PRECIOUS .

Just this last Sunday I was busy giving some of what I had learned to some others…when I returned to my seat a woman had left a two page exhortation on my Bible…scriptures to encourage me. They were scriptures I KNEW but that she took the time and effort to offer me something concrete as some evidence that she cared enough to do that was so amazing in impact …I cried …it was somewhat a relief…since being ‘strong ‘ is something I was always taught was important for a believer but in the midst of a trial it is also something that is good for others to be given a chance to give and be a support.

Once a pastor made a comment that often it is a lot easier to be the ‘giver’ …there is a feeling of ‘power’ ,.,,but it is humbling to be a receiver ….so it is that we can examine the way we walk …I am humbled and yet built up by this circumstance which has caused me even more intense study of the Word to learn why this happened but more what I am to learn in how to lean upon the learn …and to receive from HIm so that I ‘have to give to those who have need’ as I am taught of Him and provide a place for others to know the experience of giving comfort ….hope,…strength as they respond obediently to HIM as he would have them give also .

I am thankful for this site which offers so many opportunities for given and receiving the wisdom of the Word …and encouragement …and appe-“teasers” for us all to be pointed back to the scriptures to ‘see if it is so’ whatsoever is being offered.

Robert …you and so many here are a real blessing as you give what you have been gaining as you have sowed the Word into your own life and give freely what you have …

Many hugs..for your generosity of heart and obedient response to the Lord …may His blessings abound in you and around all with whom you have to do!

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David September 24, 2013 at 3:13 am

Kriss, my prayers are with you too. It took a lot of courage to go to so much length with so many details mostly personal. I`m sure your honesty and testimony will be a great blessing to others.
Yours in Christ. David, Central Europe

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Kris September 24, 2013 at 1:07 pm

David

Thank you for your caring so much to serve the Lord and to weep with those who weep. Having read some of what you have gone through I see that when we have endured we have so much more understanding of how suffering impacts those who are going through something …NOT that we would ask to deal with troubles …but Jesus did tell us that ‘in the world you will have tribulation BUT be of good cheer I have overcome the world’….not the message some hear in some churches these days is it!

When we read the lives of some of our fellow saints….like Corrie ten Boom, Brother Andrew , George Mueller and others ….we can learn about how the Lord helped them as they leaned upon Him and brought them through.

One time I was dealing with a pain that I have been going through pretty much on a daily basis for many years ….and I told the Lord …”I am ready to come to you.’ To which the ‘thought’ came to mind ” Not so fast….I have a few things to bring you through’! I thought that was funny at the time ….so like our Father …we just don’t realize how much a trial can be a ‘blessing ‘ while we are IN the midst of it .

Pain is tough….physical pain which is from an unknown source is really nagging . I spent a lot of time to go to various specialists to learn what it was so that IF it had a cause or could be relieved then great….but after some time ‘wasting’ away in search …time and money …mostly finding no answers and many physicians applying only what they could ‘try’ by their speculations of their areas of specialty I stopped. I had young children and did not want to spend all my time in waiting rooms.

So it is that it kept being a pain and ODDLY on DDAY it suddenly STOPPED ! I had no more pain for many of the past six years…only from time to time. Anyway …it has returned a bit …so the mystery goes on.

But the Devil wants to try to ‘distract’ us from the truth that we ARE ‘seated in the heavenlies’ …He wants to get us to focus upon here , this world, our flesh. If he cannot do so without he will see if working within can be accessed. So we are to ‘cast all your care upon ME for I care for you’ as Jesus comforts us in the midst.

I am rereading a book I had in 1972 which was written by David Breeze….”His Infernal Majesty” Satan’s Ten Most Believable Lies”..so far I can track them throughout my own life having either fallen for them! OR having witnessed them ….scripture is truth even if we have somehow ‘missed’ the point here and there along the way ..GOD is STILL giving us what we need to avoid the pitfalls in this world !…Glorious!

Also I found a great site where they are teaching THROUGH the Bible …book by book. I have traveled a lot over the years and been in many churches and fellowships …it has been interesting to see the ‘temperature’ of the faith in various places and fellowships.

I am glad to find this site because having listened to many topical teachings I am enjoying this progress through the scriptures which leaves nothing out …does not pick and choose …and gives balance to our study as we go back to ‘examine ‘ and ‘see if it is so ‘ like the Berean’s Paul spoke of .

THe site in case anyone is interested in checking out the teachings is….http://atheycreek.com/teachings/ If you go there perphaps you may like to comment on how you observed it too.

Thank you David for your posting an encouragement to me …it is personally edifying but it is also a testimony to all the world who may see your faithful compassion …as the word does tell us that the world will know us by our love for one another brethren.

May your own life endure but more overcome all in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ for HIS glory and your good!

HUGS!

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Mr Anthony Cotton September 26, 2013 at 4:15 pm

I would just like to thank you David for inviting me to contacting you by email.
You seem to be on the same sort of wave length has me,but your road is just next to mine with different problems for each of us.
Expect an email soon. God be with you David.

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