Studying the life of Job, you will see that regardless of what we are going through, God is still in-charge, and only His counsel stands forever.
In this book, a story of God, Satan and Job was told. God, revealed His love, power and faithfulness. Satan, revealed his intentions, targets and tactics. Through Job, it was revealed that an ordinary man can please God, and be used to win Satan.
Lesson #1: It is amazing what happens in the spiritual realm! It is amazing how God can work through any faithful believer. We do not see or know this, yet it is the essence of the entire scripture. According to John, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16). Here, it is evident that LOVE is the only relationship God demands from us. Why Love? If any man loves, there will not be any reason for war, greed, anger, gossip, rebellion, hate, division, etc.
Oftentimes, we live by sight, always wanting to see something tangible to believe! If that is a true test for love, how then do we reconcile that of the unseen God? This is where the cookie crumbled. The bible say that serving God is only by faith, and without faith, it is impossible to please Him, … (Hebrews 11:6). Job was a faithful servant whose service to God commands God’s respect, acknowledgement and a testimonial (Job 1:8). As an upright man, his fear of God intoned him to shy away from evil.
In lesson #2: Satan acknowledged Job’s faithfulness to God, his Lord. As a believer, we have often blamed God for some of our shortfalls. Of course, it must be God punishing me for …. God is always faithful, and can never leave nor forsake us . When it comes to our protections, angels have been assigned to guide us in all our ways … (Psalm 91:11). Contrary to the accusations of Satan and his demons against us, only God can approve him. Amen.
Today, I want to encourage all readers that if at all something in your life is not going right, God is very proud of you, and with His love, is guiding you (Job 1:8). In the heavens, you are the servant of God. I want you to know this today!
Lesson #3: Satan is a master craftsman. He knows precisely where to touch you to make you squirm. As a believer, you must study to show yourself approved. When you know what God said, and willingly obey him, your enemy will flatly fall at your footstool. A man who makes anything of this world a headrest is bound to slip away when trial comes, so Jesus warned, “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you” (Matthew 6:33).
Fighting Satan warrants us to ignore all earthly possessions and trust God. Satan said, “But put forth thine hand now, and touch all that he hath, and he will curse thee to thy face” (Job 1:11)
As a reflection, have you blamed God for anything you lost? Have you cursed God because you were rejected, abandoned, denied, in lack, sick, bereaved, neglected, etc,? Well, I believe you did it out of ignorance, without the full knowledge of the word of God.
Lesson #4: “Then Satan answered the Lord, and said, Doth Job fear God for nought? Hast not thou made an hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he hath on every side? thou hast blessed the work of his hands, and his substance is increased in the land” (Job 1:9-10) Believe it or not, We are hedged by God at all times. Believe this along with reminding yourself daily of the grace of God. “And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me” (2 Corinthians 12:9).
Lesson #5: If you stand on God’s promises and do not compromise your loyalty to Him, after you have suffered a little, God Himself will replenish, replace and comfort you. “So the Lord blessed the latter end of Job more than his beginning: for he had fourteen thousand sheep, and six thousand camels, and a thousand yoke of oxen, and a thousand she asses” (Job 42:12).
The bible said that, “”Truly I tell you,” Jesus replied, “no one who has left home or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields for me and the gospel will fail to receive a HUNDRED TIMES as much in this present age: homes, brothers, sisters, mothers, children and fields—along with persecutions—and in the age to come eternal life. (Mark 10:29, 30 NIV).
Lesson #6: Finally, when it seems as though all hell has broken loose, remember that God alone is in control. Stand on your authority and speak aloud; ” ….I (we) know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. What, then, shall I (we) say in response to these things? If God is for me, (us), who can be against me (us)? (Romans 8:28, 31 NIV). “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything”(James 1:2, 4 NIV). Do not forget that the devil wants you to curse God and die! Instead, bless God at all times!!!
Scripture of the day: “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;” ~ Proverbs 3:5 NIV
Pastor Peter Okereke Jr.
The Living Word Ministries Inc.
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