Week 4: More Than I Can Handle
I was in the weight room one time, and saw a guy trying to bench press just a little more than he should have been… without a spotter! Sometimes our egos convince us that we can handle more than we can actually handle. You probably know the end of this story already… He couldn’t push the bar back up to the rack and it got stuck on his chest. For those few seconds before he got help, it was fascinating to see his “inner conversation” take place. “Do I ask for help or not? This is embarrassing.” Obviously, it was more than he could handle, but is it true that God will never give you more than you can handle? That seems like a great promise, if only we could find a verse in the Bible to back it up! Let’s dive in to the last week of “Twisted”.
Have you ever felt like you had “more than you could handle?” If you can, tell the group about a time when life was just too much to handle.
Read 1 Corinthians 10:13 No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, He will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.
Can you see how “God will never give you more than you can handle” could be seen in this verse? What do you think God actually means? Why might it be dangerous to infer that God won’t give us more than we can handle?
The speaker talked about three myths Sunday that this causes us to believe. Which “myth” do you tend to believe the most? (Leader’s Hint: #1 Life won’t be hard as a Christian, #2 I don’t need God because I can handle it, #3 Others don’t need me because they can handle it)
Do you ever feel like God doesn’t care about you or isn’t able to help you when you’re in the middle of temptation… or maybe after you’ve failed and given in to the temptation?
The speaker mentioned three truths from this verse that are very helpful. Which truth do you most need to focus on this week? (Leader’s Hint: #1 You’re not alone, #2 God Understands, #3 God is always with you)
The speaker said, “It’s about endurance, not control.” Read 1 Corinthians 9:24-25. Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. How does this help us understand 1 Cor 10:13? What part of your life do you need to go into “strict training” this week? How can your Lifegroup walk with you, coach you and support you?
Make a plan. What is one bad habit you will remove from your life this week, and what is one good habit you will replace it with? How will this life-change help you “run the race to win the prize?” How can your lifegroup encourage you in that?
CHANGING YOUR MIND
For God has said, “I will never fail you. I will never abandon you”… Hebrews 13:5b