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When people say that  "God only allows as much as you can handle"  in a "trial," what verse(s) in the Bible do they frame this statement around?

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1Corinthians  10:13  No temptation has taken you but what is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted above what you are able, but with the temptation also will make a way to escape, so that you may be able to bear it.

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When people say that  "God only allows as much as you can handle"  in a "trial," what verse(s) in the Bible do they frame this statement around?

yes, as Hippie said I Cor. 10:13 is the verse they go to.  But it isn't saying that God only allows as much as you can handle.  If that were the case, God would not need to provide a way of escape.  God always allows us to undergo more than we can handle so that we will turn to Him.   If he only allows as much as I can handle, then I handle it and He doesn't.   In short it is a misinterpretation of that verse.

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The idea of a hedge around a believer is in Job 1:

9 Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, Doth Job fear God for nought?

10 Hast not thou made an hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he hath on every side? thou hast blessed the work of his hands, and his substance is increased in the land.

11 But put forth thine hand now, and touch all that he hath, and he will curse thee to thy face.

12 And the LORD said unto Satan, Behold, all that he hath [is] in thy power; only upon himself put not forth thine hand. So Satan went forth from the presence of the LORD.

By this, I take it to mean that our trials are "father-filtered".

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When people say that  "God only allows as much as you can handle"  in a "trial," what verse(s) in the Bible do they frame this statement around?

 

yes, as Hippie said I Cor. 10:13 is the verse they go to.  But it isn't saying that God only allows as much as you can handle.  If that were the case, God would not need to provide a way of escape.  God always allows us to undergo more than we can handle so that we will turn to Him.   If he only allows as much as I can handle, then I handle it and He doesn't.   In short it is a misinterpretation of that verse.

 

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Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations: That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ: 1 Peter 1:6-7

 

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When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee. Isaiah 43:2

 

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As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God. Psalms 42:1

 

Escape

 

I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you. John 14:18

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Teyla, If don't know if you have heard of the Apostle Paul before. He wrote most of the New Testament, and he suffered many things as a Christian, probably more than any except for Jesus.

Here is a couple scriptures that give us some insight into his troubles he experienced.

 

2Co 1:8  We do not want you to be uninformed, brothers and sisters, about the troubles we experienced in the province of Asia. We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired of life itself.
2Co 1:9  Indeed, we felt we had received the sentence of death. But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead.  (NIV)
 

Here we see a Christian who was going through so much pressure and troubles in his life, he thought for sure it was his last day on earth. But, then he says, All these things happened so he would not trust in himself, but in the living God.

Sometimes we will find ourselves in similar circumstances that we see no way out. Our only option is to trust in God for his strength, and believe he will make a way to escape. Sometimes he will just give us the ability to endure, when all our human strength is gone.

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The idea of a hedge around a believer is in Job 1:

9 Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, Doth Job fear God for nought?

10 Hast not thou made an hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he hath on every side? thou hast blessed the work of his hands, and his substance is increased in the land.

11 But put forth thine hand now, and touch all that he hath, and he will curse thee to thy face.

12 And the LORD said unto Satan, Behold, all that he hath [is] in thy power; only upon himself put not forth thine hand. So Satan went forth from the presence of the LORD.

By this, I take it to mean that our trials are "father-filtered".

Job had yielded himself to the devil and tore a hole in his own hedge of protection by fear:

 

Job 3:25-26 KJV
(25)  For the thing which I greatly feared is come upon me, and that which I was afraid of is come unto me.
(26)  I was not in safety, neither had I rest, neither was I quiet; yet trouble came.
 
Job had put faith in the devil's ability to steal, kill and destroy in his life; God through mercy limited what the devil could actually do in spite of Job's yielding his life to the devil through fear
 
Jas 1:16-17 KJV
(16)  Do not err, my beloved brethren.
(17)  Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.
 
only good things come from God; and He does not vary from this
 
Jas 1:13-15 KJV
(13)  Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man:
(14)  But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.
(15)  Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.
 

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      When faced with illness, infirmity, pain, or a situation that is beyond our control... how are we to respond?  Certainly, we are expected to pray and trust God in the midst of it, fully knowing He hears, and He will answer. 
      Take a look here at what Paul said....
      2 Corinthians 12:1-10 1 It is not expedient for me doubtless to glory. I will come to visions and revelations of the Lord. 2 I knew a man in Christ above fourteen years ago, (whether in the body, I cannot tell; or whether out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;) such an one caught up to the third heaven. 3 And I knew such a man, (whether in the body, or out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;) 4 How that he was caught up into paradise, and heard unspeakable words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter. 5 Of such an one will I glory: yet of myself I will not glory, but in mine infirmities. 6 For though I would desire to glory, I shall not be a fool; for I will say the truth: but [now] I forbear, lest any man should think of me above that which he seeth me [to be], or [that] he heareth of me. 7 And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure. 8 For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me. 9 And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.   In verse 9, the word “infirmities” in the Greek is astheneia.  It means "disease, infirmity, weakness."  It is from the Greek word asthenes which means "feebleness (of mind or body); by implication, malady; morally frailty -- disease, infirmity, sickness, weakness."   In circumstances such as these, humility brings us to the feet of Jesus.  We pray for relief, until/unless either we are healed, or God says, "My grace is sufficient."  Either way, God gets the glory!  The person who gets healed or delivered from a circumstance is not better, more loved, or more special than the person who hasn't been and still chooses to praise God... or who is still expectantly awaiting their healing or deliverance. In fact, many times, God is more glorified when we praise Him and declare His goodness despite our circumstances or pain. Do we measure God's goodness because He answers our prayers the way we want Him to? 
      OH! TASTE and SEE ... OUR GOD is GOOD!!!!!!! 
      We know He is good, because we have tasted of His goodness that goes far beyond our temporal circumstances!
      Psalms 34:8
      “O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.”
      Whether blessing, illness, or adversity - it is our faith in God that sustains us, knowing He is working all things for our good and for His own divine purpose! 
      Romans 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.”
      We will have victory over trials and adversities through the presence of God that is with us and strengthens us as we walk through them. 
      Psalms 23:4
      “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.”
      Philippians 4:13
      “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”
      Romans 8:36-39 36 As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. 37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. 38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, 39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.   ______________________________________________________________ James 1:2-4 2 My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; 3 Knowing [this], that the trying of your faith worketh patience. 4 But let patience have [her] perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing. 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. 6 But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. 7 For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord. 8 A double minded man [is] unstable in all his ways. 9 Let the brother of low degree rejoice in that he is exalted: 10 But the rich, in that he is made low: because as the flower of the grass he shall pass away. 11 For the sun is no sooner risen with a burning heat, but it withereth the grass, and the flower thereof falleth, and the grace of the fashion of it perisheth: so also shall the rich man fade away in his ways. 12 Blessed [is] the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.   The book of James speaks much about how the believer is to endure trials. James 1:2-12 discusses the reason and the appropriate responses to trials, and also the result of trials in the life of a believer.  If your faith is genuine, it will prove itself in times of trouble.  If my faith in God is good only when I'm doing well, then it's of little value. True faith will sustain the believer even when life takes a downward turn. James 1:2
      "Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials."
      The "various" in the Greek is poikilos which means "many colored" or "variegated."  This speaks of the diversity of troubles that believers face. The word "trials" in the Greek is peirasmos which is a verb meaning "to proof” or “to put someone to the test." 
      Therefore, every trial that comes into the life of a believer is a test of faith which we either pass or fail. When we respond incorrectly, the test them becomes a temptation.  If it ends up leading to sin, it has proven to be successful in tempting us.  If it ends up in victory, it has proven to be successful in strengthening us.
      James 1:3
      “Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.”
      Trials are tests that reveal the genuineness, integrity, and strength of one's faith.  When you consistently persevere through trials and do not abandon your trust in God, then you prove to have genuine faith. When one is put through a test, it will inevitably reveal what is in one's heart. When a true believer goes through a test, they will be driven to prayer, and even to worship, leaning on the strength of God rather than their own weakness.
      James 1:4, 12
      4 But let patience have [her] perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.
      12 Blessed [is] the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.
      Trials are like a fire that burn out impurities and strengthen true faith. They may cause us pain when we are confronted by our own weaknesses, but the good news is that they have the positive result of causing us to turn from ourselves to the infinite strength of God. Amen!
       
      1 Peter 1:1-9 1 Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to the strangers scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, 2 Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace unto you, and peace, be multiplied. 3 Blessed [be] the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you, 5 Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. 6 Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations: 7 That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ: 8 Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see [him] not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory: 9 Receiving the end of your faith, [even] the salvation of [your] souls.
    • By JimmyAk
      One Sunday morning, as I was on my way to Church I encountered a big and vicious looking stray dog. It started to run towards me, while barking and forcing. I was so terrified that I did not know what next to do. As the dog got about 4 feet close to me, instantly I shouted, "Jesus help me"! Immediately, the dog stopped, turned around and ran away in fear. His name is above all names, and at the mention of His name every knee must bow.
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