Friday, April 16, 2010

Common Christian Lie - Part 1 - "God Will Not Put More on You Than You Can Bear"

There are may lies and misconceptions taught in church's all across the world everyday. In my last post, I taught about another commonly taught lie, and that was, "Grace Can Lead to a Careless Attitude Toward Sin." The truth is, there are possibly countless amounts of lies and deceptions that Satan has hoodwinked the Church at-large into believing. The one that I want to address today is, "God won't put more on you than what you can bare." This statement sounds so religious, so noble, so unquestionable. It seems to be the "be-all end-all" to so many discussions. I mean, a person could lose their entire immediate family in an accident, and people will discuss it immensely, but, at some point someone will offer the "sacred cow" of "Well, I'm really sorry that this has happened, but, you know, God won't put more on you than you can bare." But, regardless of how good that is sounds, it is emphatically not true!
In John 8:32, Jesus said, "And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." You see, the way that you think has everything to do with the level of freedom, success, and overall victory that you experience in your life. What you think and therefore believe effects every area of your life. EVERY! Think about it: Your life is a sum total of all that you believe. It is the sum total of the overall way that you think. You live up to, and limit yourself according to, the limitless possibilities or potential-killing limitations that are in your mind.
As a Believer, it is utterly important that you get to know your Heavenly Father for yourself. You can't depend on your pastor to be your only source of knowledge about God. You need to get to know God for yourself. A lot of people say a lot of untrue things about the Lord. It's sad to say, but, many Christians would not even know the Lord if they saw Him walking down the street. The reason is because Jesus the Person would not line-up with the Jesus of their doctrine. One well-known preacher said it this way: "Most Christians don't let the Bible get in the way of what they believe." Again, that is very sad, but it is also very true. The bottom line is that is is up to us as the children of God to get to know our Lord. We have to get to know our loving Lord according to His Word, and NOT according to the doctrines and traditions that we have always naively believed. Thank God for what all of us have been taught in our lives by men and women of God, but their comes a time when we grow up and grow in our own personal, one-on-one relationship with Jesus. And once you do, you will realize that the God that you are getting to know, isn't as bad as as many Christians have accused Him of being.
Many have accused God, as the title says, to "not put more on you than you can bear." The truth is, He does not put anything on you to bear. If He did, then the cross was a failed attempt. Jesus said in Matthew 11:28-30, "Come unto me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light." Jesus says so plainly here that He did not come to put burdens, troubles, hard-times, sickness, diseases, ect. upon us, but that He came to bare our burdens so that we wouldn't have to. He says that we can come to Him when we need to find rest for our souls! So, don't buy the lie anymore that says that God is the One who is giving you hard times. But get to know Him for yourself, so that you'll know the true nature and ways of your Father. Learn of Him so that you'll recognize and discard false doctrines and false accusations that are made against our loving Saviour. Remember, the way that you think about your Father will determine whether you run to Him to help you in your time of need, or whether you will not turn to Him b/c you will falsely think that He is the One giving you your problems. Learning of Him ONLY results in finding sweet, peaceful rest in your soul!