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1 Cor 10:13 says God won't allow us to be tempted to _sin beyond what we can bear. He doesn't promise not to _burden us more than we can handle. Even Paul wrote in 2 Cor 1:8 '...we were burdened excessively, beyond our strength, so that we despaired even of life.' But then he writes in 2 Cor 1:9 that they had the sentence of death within themselves so that they would not trust in themselves but in God who raises the dead. God sometimes burdens us _more than we can bear to teach us to have total trust in Him and realize we can't handle life on our own. Many people get into spiritual trouble or despair because someone taught them God won't overburden them and when He allows it they think think don't have ''enough' faith (as if you can somehow have more or less faith rather than all you'll ever need) or 'secret' sin that disqualifies them and ultimately causes them to despair even more. That is legalism and has no place in Jesus' new covenant of grace. God will carry us through everything life hands us, even unto death, because He is in control and loves us more than we can ever imagine. And, we are promised resurrection and eternal life afterwards. This time of ours' on Earth is merely the blink of an eye compared to the eternal love and riches which await us in Heaven.
God is in control. Whatever situation you are in, He controls. I invite you to find the book "The Serpent of Paradise". Even Satan is in gods control. So if you are in a situation that you never think you'll get through, well, I know from experience that you will. My wife thought she would never be able to deal with her cancer. And she died. But see Isaiah 57:1-2. Even in death God provides. I know this is more of a personal than Biblical answer, but it's what I've experienced. "In this world you WILL have tribulation" is what is promised. We just need to overcome, with His help.
Rom 8:28 And we know that ALL things work together for GOOD to Them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose. So even if something bad happens to us He will work it for good.
It may seem you will never get through it but God will help you get through it. Thats what that means.
There is a difference between the trials we face in life and the temptations to sin. Romans 13:8-14 gives Christians specific instructions and concludes with "Instead, clothe yourselves with the presence of the Lord Jesus Christ. And don't let yourself think about ways to indulge your evil desires. James chapter 1 addresses both trials and temptations. Verses 2-4 tell us that trials are an opportunity for great joy because if we meet trials with faith, endurance and maturity will be the result in our lives. Romans 5:3-5 has the same thought and Ro 8:28 has been mentioned by someone previously, assuring us that God causes all things to work together for our good. James 1:12-18 tells us where our temptation to sin comes from- "our own desires, which entice us and drag us away." Another bible translation renders verse 15 vividly "When lust has conceived it gives birth to sin...". Tying this verse with Ro 13:14 addresses the question and teaches me a sobering axiom. If we "make provision for our fleshly lusts, those lusts "conceive" which then must "give birth to sin". We simply cannot flirt with sin and expect God to bail us out at the last minute, then blame Him for "allowing us to be tempted beyond our ability...". Thank God for His promise in 1 Jo 2:1-2 that when we do sin, we have "an advocate who pleads our case before the Father.... and He is the propitiation (the full payment and remedy) for our sins - and not for only our sins but the sins of all the world."
If I can handle every temptation that comes my way why do I need God? Why do I need a savior if by my own will power I can resist all temptation and never fall into sin?
While this topic is good understanding we should also know about these principles. Yes God tempts no one. Yes there is iniquity and there is also sin. Yes all have sinned and fallen short. Yes one can stumble through vain iniquity induced by another, but God is faithful and just, and does not want any to fall short. Yet life is a struggle, but with God all things are possible. We all make choices or decisions and can be led away, but Jesus Christ is the good shepherd. And yes with grace and faith in him and our trust, we are more than conquerors.
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