"Attainments are like the manna given to the Israelites in the desert -- good only for the day."

- Dallas Willard
For Those Carrying Burdens That Are Too Heavy For You

You need this message of hope today. Or at least someone you know does.

"We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired even of life. Indeed, in our hearts we felt the sentence of death. But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God who raises the dead." (2 Cor. 1:9-10).


And now a word of application from our friend, and honorary thinkling, Charles Spurgeon:

"'God who raises the dead' is our hope...When he was delivered from trusting in himself because of the sentence of death, the first thing he did was to trust in the God and Father of his risen Lord.

For first he argued thus- if I die, what matters it? God can raise me from the dead. If they stone me, if they smite me with the sword, if they fling me headlong into the sea, I shall rise again. I know that My Redeemer lives and I shall see Him when He appears.

(Paul) inferred also, that if God could raise him from the dead He could preserve him from a violent death. He that could restore him if he were dead and rotten in the tomb could certainly keep him from dying till all his life-work was accomplished. This inference is unquestionably true.

'Plagues and deaths around me fly.
Till He bids I cannot die;
Not a single shaft can hit
Till the God of love thinks fit.'

Immortal is every believer till his work is done. Paul felt this and was comforted."


Thank you, brother Spurgeon. There were some of us who needed to know that today.

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Comments on "For Those Carrying Burdens That Are Too Heavy For You":
1. Bird - 02/06/2014 12:58 pm CST

That passage in 2 Cor 1 carried me through the darkest days of my life back in 2010.

2. Shrode - 02/06/2014 1:03 pm CST

One of the best passages ever. It has really been ministering to me, and others, as I've been sharing it with others over the past two weeks.

(I just started a series on 2 Cor.)

I think that's a cool testimony about that passage, Bird.

3. Karl - 02/06/2014 1:32 pm CST

Thanks for sharing these good words.

4. Bill - 02/10/2014 6:39 pm CST

Thanks Shrode. I've been thinking about this - I cringe when I hear well-meaning people mis-quote or mis-apply 1 Corinthians 10:13 and tell their hurting friends "God promises he will never give you something you can't handle"

I think God on purpose gives us things that we can't handle, things "far beyond our ability to endure" so that we will rely completely on Him - because what other resources do we have?

5. Shrode - 02/10/2014 10:24 pm CST

Great point. And Yeah, I hear I Cor. 10:13 misquoted a lot too, though often at a time where a person isn't ready to hear me say, "Well, actually, that's not really what that means". Correcting theology in the midst of suffering can be tough... :-)

I think though that you have given me a really good way to do it. I hadn't thought of the mis-use of I Cor. 10:13 as being in opposition to 2 Cor. 1:9-10. Great insight. Thank you! :-)

See this Blog actually helps me. :-) Don't know what it does for others, but it has actually helped me in ministry. Thanks bro!

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