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Trials prove how strong you are

In 1 Corinthians 10:13, we read:

No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. 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 stand up under it.

— 1 Corinthians 10:13

In this passage, we are given three promises:

  • You are not unique or alone in your temptation. Every temptation or trial (in the Bible, the two words are interchangeable) that you face has been faced by someone else.
  • God will only allow you to face a temptation if he knows you can handle it.
  • God will always provide you a “way out.”
  • The “Way Out” is not an “escape” but a light at the end of a tunnel so “you can stand up under” the temptation.

Are you going through a struggle, a trial, or are you facing temptation. Know this. Whatever you are facing is only in your life because from God’s point of view, you are strong enough for it. If the trial is 100 pounds heavy, God must know that you are capable to lift at least 101 pounds. If the trial is 2 tons, that’s God’s way of telling you that you can handle 2.1 tons!

How big is your trial? That’s God telling you how strong you really are.

I can do everything through him who gives me strength.

— Philippians 4:13

God knows that you and I are able to endure far more than we are generally willing to put up with.

How big is your trial? How strong are you? How strong is your God?

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