A little while back we were at church and during the sermon something came on the screen that got my attention. I have to admit, I have extreme ADD and I don’t always remember what’s being taught in church, but this particular Sunday there was something that stuck in my brain and I’ve been chewing on it ever since. A lot of the stuff that was said up on that screen I actually say or think, A LOT, and I really felt convicted after reading them. It said “God Never Said…” and there was a list of thoughts and sayings that are not in the bible but are often said and taught in church. I wanted to share these with you because they might stick in your head, and your heart, like they did mine and I found them really interesting:
- I will not give you more than you can handle
- I help those who help themselves
- I will build the church upon Peter (I’ve never heard this but apparently a lot people have?)
- I want to make you happy
- Money is the root of all evil
- This too shall pass (Oops!)
- Cleanliness is next to Godliness
I have often used the term “God won’t give me more than I can handle” because it seems to really comfort me in times of stress, but the truth is, God won’t give us more than HE can handle. And I’ve learned He can handle A LOT! During the times when my kids are screaming in the back seat, there’s arguing and food fights going on, pushing shoving and tattle tailing, Hudson is screaming and crying RIGHT BEHIND ME and the list goes on and on, I really think there’s not much more that I can handle at that moment, but I always make it through, and we always make it home (not off the cliff!). Even when I was a single mom trying to figure my life out with 2 kids who needed me more than I could understand, when we moved 10 times in 7 years, when I would cry myself to sleep after tucking my precious kids into bed, even in those times when I thought there’s not much more that I can handle, God handled it. All I needed to do was to surrender to Him and He handled it all. Sure there are bumps in the road, I screwed up A LOT and made a ton of mistakes, and I still do, but God is always there handling the mess because He can handle WAY more than I can. When my pride get’s in the way and I try to fix everything and handle it all, I fail because I don’t have the strength to do it on my own. But as soon as I surrender and let God take control and I put my faith in Him, He handles it!
God will help anyone who asks, not just those who help themselves. I truly believe this. Remember, our salvation is not based on works! We don’t have to be a perfect performer to earn Gods blessings and grace, Jesus did all of the work for us! Also, just because we ask it doesn’t mean He will help us in the way we want Him to or the ways we think He should. Once we surrender to Him we will be able to see, experience, and understand His path for us and often times it’s WAY different then we thought it would be, it’s way better!
Ok, honestly, I don’t have much input on ‘I will build the church upon Peter’ because I’ve never heard someone use this term. Matthew 16:18 is where Jesus talks to Simon Peter about building His church. I highly recommend breaking this down to the original language (try using a concordance) to really understand the meaning of this scripture if it’s something you have heard or believe.
“I want to make you happy”…. Well wouldn’t that be nice?! I believe God wants us to be happy, but it’s our choice. Unfortunately, our society paints the picture that it’s someone elses job to make us happy when it’s really our own. True happiness can be found when we decide to look at moments or situations as blessings instead of curses. I could look back at all of the situations I’ve gotten myself into and put the blame on someone else, it’s so easy too do that. But I refuse to look at myself as a victim because I think we’re ALL victims at times! There have been times where I’ve been hurt beyond measure and I really was a ‘victim’, but I’ve also learned from those experiences and believe me, my life is a different story and I’m a better person because of those moments. We’ve all been hurt, betrayed in one way or another, and we’ve also been the one who’s hurt others. Happiness doesn’t always come wrapped in a shiny gift with a pretty bow, sometimes it’s really ugly, smelly and wretched. It’s important to grieve and healing takes time, sometimes a lot of time, but it’s ok to move past those tough times and look at the brighter side of life. Everyday when I wake up, I thank God for this day and no matter how hard it can be from day to day, I try to look at all of the wonderful things around me (like the flowers and our beautiful surroundings, my children’s laughter or the smile on the homeless persons face I just gave $20 to), and I find myself in a much happier place.
Money is NOT the root of all evil. ‘The LOVE of money is the root of all sorts of evil’ 1Timothy 6:10 NASB. God doesn’t say that we shouldn’t be successful and have nice things or drive nice cars, but when wanting more money or more ‘things’ over takes us, and having money becomes our focus instead of our relationship with Him, that’s when there can be trouble. I personally struggle with this because I love fashion and beauty products, hair stuff, handbags and EVERYTHING girly, so I often find myself wanting MORE. When I lose focus on the important things, I find myself in a deep rut of guilt and not feeling fulfilled. I often pray for contentment and peace of mind, and I’m more fulfilled when my focus and attention is on the Lord and not on the ‘things’ of this world.
I would like to think ‘this too shall pass’. I’ve said that thousands of times over and over, and again, it’s a comfort quote for me. But the fact is, it might not ever pass until I die! The feeling of pain and grief connected with a tragedy or loss and the stress of everyday life might not ever go away, and that’s ok. God never said life was going to be easy, but life with Him can make it easier to deal with. Now instead of telling myself ‘this too shall pass’, I just pray for the strength to make it through another day.
Well if cleanliness was next to Godliness I would be so far away from Him He wouldn’t even know my name! Which is impossible so this can’t be true. My house is a mess, my life is a mess, my hair is a mess, and I’m a sinner. I’m a filthy wreck at times and God still loves me and that’s all that matters!
I know this is a long post, but since I missed last Sunday I figured I would make up for it today. These sayings have been heard and said for centuries, but now I know they aren’t biblical like I thought they were. I hope this may have helped some of you like it helped me 🙂