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more than i can handle

5 Jun

I’ve said it.

I’m pretty sure you’ve said it too.

“God won’t give you more than you can handle.”  

Really?

Really?

Pretty much every minute of the day, I have more than I can handle.

Not in an I’m-so-overwhelmed-that-I-can’t-function kind of way {well, sometimes!}

but in an I-need-the-power-of-Jesus-to-live-the-Christian-life kind of way.

The longer I’m a Christian, the more I see my complete and total need for him in every area of my life. There is not one moment of my day that I don’t need His strength and grace to get through.

Love my husband and kids? Need Him.

Be content? Need Him.

Homeschool effectively? Need Him.

Manage my time well? Need Him.

The list goes on and on…but you get the picture.

God does give me more than I can handle so that I am propelled to be totally dependant on Him.

Totally.

Because even in pulling off a “successful” day week without His help, my self-satisfaction rises up and I pat myself on the back for a job well done…apart from Him.

“For apart from me you can do nothing.”

Nothing.

So why do we think that self-sufficiency is so great?

Why is an independent attitude applauded?

No where in the Bible does it say, “My power is made perfect in independence” or “the Spirit helps us in our self-sufficiency.” As Christians, it is through our dependence on God that we are strengthened and equipped to live a life that pleases Him. And yet, I still want to do everything on my own.

Why?

Because of PRIDE.

Pride stops me from admitting my need for help.

Pride hinders me from being vulnerable.

Pride recoils at the thought of submitting to Someone Else’s authority.

Because what it all comes down to is this:

To be dependant on God requires admitting that I am weak and imperfect. That apart from Him, I have no goodness of my own. And, that to be a follower of Christ, I must daily die to myself and fully rely on the Holy Spirit to live through me.

And the pride in me hates that.

The solution?

Humble myself before God.

Admit that I am weak and needy.

Receive the strength I need to tackle everything that comes my way.

It’s the only way to truly handle it all.

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