know when to run

Posted: September 17th, 2009 | Filed under: God, life | Tags: | 5 Comments »

All you need to remember is that God will never let you down; he’ll never let you be pushed past your limit; he’ll always be there to help you come through it. -1 Corinthians 10:13

I wonder if this scripture is being taught with the intent it was written. I ask that because I’ve been pushed past my limit. Those are the times I grew. When I work out, I push myself past my limit to increase my limit.

Maybe ‘limit’ has nothing to do with your comfort level.

God said, “All right. Go ahead—you can do what you like with him. But mind you, don’t kill him.” -Job 2:6

Those were God’s instructions to Satan when Job was being tested. Maybe ‘limit’ has more to do with physical death. He’ll never test us to death?

One of the biggest tests of faith I’ve ever had to experience was believing that I could be forgiven. My sins had weight to me. Some sins, to me, were worse than others. I believed in God’s grace for simple mistakes. I had a hellish time believing God’s grace forgave the ungodly mistakes.

You figure out what you believe when you’re pushed to your limit.

No test or temptation that comes your way is beyond the course of what others have had to face. -1 Corinthians 10:13

There’s quite a span of experience to create a relevance curve. I know misery loves company, but there is some company I would rather not keep. I’ve been through some hell in my life, but there are others who have had it worse and I’m not interested in joining them.

When I think of a test, I think of Job. Job taught us that God can do anything he wants with us. Job was pushed all the way to wishing for the final blow.

If our faith in Jesus finished work is what saves us, then I believe our faith in that truth is what is tested by God through attacks by Satan. When Jesus was tested, it was a test to prepare him for his purpose. He came to suffer for humanity and die in our place. He had to do this with full knowledge that he could say the word and God would rescue him. It’s one thing to not have a choice. A laboring mother doesn’t have a choice. Jesus had a choice and his test in the desert helped him gain strength to go through with it.

Everything we do wrong is sin, but not all sin is fatal. -1 John 5:17

Not all sin is fatal. The fatal sin has to do with our faith and not with our behavior. We are going to sin. If we believe that we won’t, then our faith is at risk when we do.

Don’t be so naive and self-confident. You’re not exempt. You could fall flat on your face as easily as anyone else. Forget about self-confidence; it’s useless. Cultivate God-confidence. -1 Corinthians 10:12

We’re not better than anybody else. We’re not exempt from falling flat on our faces. We’re taught otherwise and the unbalanced teaching cultivates top heavy morality. Big headed self-righteousness. An upside down weeble-wobble. The kind that falls down.

Our limit is our faith, not our pain threshold. We are limited by what we believe, not our shortcomings. God goes so much deeper than we’re taught. When we get a glimpse of God, everything else looks so small. When God shows up, we fall in worship. We don’t start witnessing to show off, we don’t start bragging about all the mouths we’ve fed or the people we’ve led to Jesus. When we’re in the presence of God, we’re dependent on His mercy and terrified of His sovereignty.

God is not a character in our religious puppet show. He’s not a manipulation tool to control the unruly. He’s not an electric fence and he’s not the boogie man. God is beyond your understanding and out of your control. People will use your mistakes like duct tape, scripture like ropes and tell you that God condemns you to Hell. Anyone who ties you up, keeps you from screaming and tries to kill you is not from God. Run.

So, my very dear friends, when you see people reducing God to something they can use or control, get out of their company as fast as you can. -1 Corinthians 10:14


5 Comments on “know when to run”

  1. 1 Sisterlisa said at 5:17 am on September 17th, 2009:

    Sometimes running seems impossible. I know a gentleman who works in a ministry where the leader is quite abusive to his staff and the others in the ministry. Not a church, but yet a ministry. It's discouraging to say the least and the oppression is very thick. When you're in the presence of this leader you can feel the talons grip into your flesh and hold you captive. Your mouth goes numb and you can't seem to speak up for yourself. Then he walks away and you want to kick yourself in the rear for not saying anything. Doubt and depression sets in. You feel unworthy, lower than dirt.

    We need to live in the reality of Christ's authority in our lives. If we must be in that situation we better learn to live victoriously. Otherwise, gain your strength from Christ and flee. He will provide for us. He's our Jehovah-Jireh.

  2. 2 Tia said at 6:55 am on September 17th, 2009:

    Several years ago I hear someone on the radio say something which I remember so clearly. "God will not give you more than you can bear, unless….. UNLESS He's trying to break you."

  3. 3 Kelly Langner Sauer said at 7:36 am on September 17th, 2009:

    I have heard that "God will never give you more than you can bear," and I laugh quietly at the self-indulgent concept now, for He has SO often given me more than I can bear. I think really, He gives us what He means to bear Himself, if we will only cast it up to Him…

  4. 4 Serena Woods said at 7:59 am on September 17th, 2009:

    Lisa: If a fellow believer hurts you, go and tell him—work it out between the two of you. If he listens, you've made a friend. If he won't listen, take one or two others along so that the presence of witnesses will keep things honest, and try again. If he still won't listen, tell the church. If he won't listen to the church, you'll have to start over from scratch, confront him with the need for repentance, and offer again God's forgiving love. -Matthew 18:15-17 (do that 70 x 7 times)

    Easier said than done?

    Tia: I love that!

    Kelly: I've learned so under the weight of what I could not bear, what I learned made me let it go.

  5. 5 Sisterlisa said at 8:47 am on September 17th, 2009:

    Yes easier said than done. Tried that with former pastor, He'd never let it get to the church. This person I speak of has been confronted. Many times. No change. Only the Board can do anything now. It's not in a church. 😛 And if a board can't do anything or won't. then flee right?

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