Happy Sunday: For when we are tested more than we can bear

This is a good article by Dana Bailey at “Living Stones Ministry” for when we believe that we are being tested more than we can bear.
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Yes, we have heard the advice that “we will not be tested more than we can bear”. But this phrase has seemed to evolved from something in the bible.  This wisdom has been the rock of my life and faith and now, when I am tested just about more than I can bear, I am living by it.
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There is more.  The apostle Peter had intended to say more, so here is more of 1 Peter.
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3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,
4 and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you,
5 who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time.
6 In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials.
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7 These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. 
8 Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, 
9 for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls.
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 10 Concerning this salvation, the prophets, who spoke of the grace that was to come to you, searched intently and with the greatest care,

11 trying to find out the time and circumstances to which the Spirit of Christ in them was pointing when he predicted the sufferings of the Messiah and the glories that would follow.

12 It was revealed to them that they were not serving themselves but you, when they spoke of the things that have now been told you by those who have preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven. Even angels long to look into these things.

Do I feel better? Not really. But the whole message is that life is rough and life will never not be rough. So many are and have been suffering from horrors that are unimaginable in a prosperous country, even though many of those horrors are happening in our own prosperous country.

Getting over it and never giving up the fight is one way that I will do my part. This gives me joy and hope.

Not giving in to the temptation to do something illegal, crooked or wrong is another way that I will do my part. This prevents a slide into even worse conditions that inevitably come from giving into the bad temptations, adopting the worst mindsets, and using excuses that are only lies.

Keeping the faith is a tough test, but that is the last life function that I will voluntarily quit. My brain would have to break first. My belief in and love for Jesus is the bedrock of my life, and I have reaped great enough rewards to carry me through the worst of times.

My trust in God’s love for me is the foundation of my life.

I will not burn my own house down when tested by what I feel is more than I can bear.

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I could use your prayers today, and I hope that I have encouraged others who are suffering by writing this post.

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