Lo, He is strong

Lo, He is strong” – Job 9:19

God is most strong. He is El-shaddai, God almighty. He has both power and authority.

Lean on Him, trust in Him, and He will see you through.

Who shall dispute with God?

God is wise in heart

God is wise in heart and mighty in strength. Who has hardened himself against Him and prospered?” – Job 9:4

God is most wise.

God alone is wise (2 Tim. 1:17).

Rest in God’s wisdom.

I Went Mourning Without The Sun

I went mourning without the sun: I stood up, and I cried in the congregation.” – Job 30:28

The enjoyment of God is the sweetest enjoyment one can have. To have it not, is to mourn in the dark.

My Redeemer Lives

“If a man dies, shall he live again? All the days of my hard service I will wait, Till my change comes.” – Job 14:14
“For I know that my Redeemer lives, And He shall stand at last on the earth; And after my skin is destroyed, this I know, That in my flesh I shall see God, Whom I shall see for myself, And my eyes shall behold, and not another. How my heart yearns within me!” – Job 19:25-27

Looking to Job we see questions that we have all asked; like what happens after death?

And then we see answers; Our Redeemer lives!

When our days on this earth are over, the elect shall see Him face to face.

For this our hearts yearn within us!

One Cold Snack a Week

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“Some people wonder why they can’t have faith for healing. They feed their body three hot meals a day, and their spirit one cold snack a week.” – F. F. Bosworth

Feed your spiritual man/woman EVEN MORE than your physical man/woman… What?! Well, if you want spiritual growth, you gotta eat spiritual food!

Jeremiah:

“When your words came, I ate them; they were my joy and my heart’s delight, for I bear your name, LORD God Almighty.” – Jer. 15:16

Job:

“I have not departed from the command of His lips; I have treasured the words of His mouth more than my daily bread.” – Job 23:12

Jesus:

“But He said to them, “I have food to eat that you know nothing about.” – John 4:32

Hmmm, I’m noting a pattern…

Porn & Purity

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Pornography is an epidemic today. EPIDEMIC; I don’t use that word lightly or in hyperbole. It is a flat-out plague! I would say porn is the “leprosy” of our times. It is contagious, infectious, and poisonous. It leaves festering DEATH & DESTRUCTION in its vile wake; the death of marriages, the death of families, and the death of life.

The age at which a child can be exposed to porn is UNSPEAKABLY young; as early as 6 or 7! Temptation is constantly & conveniently just one click away. Snares are readily available now more than ever. In fact, they are in your very pocket. That is why it is absolutely vital to stand for purity and dig deeper into God’s word. 

MAKE PURITY A PRIORITY!

“If you do not stand firm in your faith, you will not stand at all.” – Isa. 7:9 (NIV)

Lust has always run rampant, but today it is in a dead-on sprint (Gal. 5:19-21).

Gentlemen, it is time to MAN UP!

  • Honor your Lord (Rom. 13:14).
  • Honor your wife (Heb. 13:4).
  • Honor your children (Phil. 4:8).

Ladies, pray for your man!

One verse has served me well in this area:

“I made a covenant with my eyes not to look lustfully at a young woman.” – Job 31:1

Is it worth losing your family, your career, or your self-respect over one moment? Guilt and shame make for terrible bedfellows.

So, what’s the solution?

How can a young person stay on the path of purity? By living according to your word. – Psa. 119:9

Want to live a pure life? Live it according to God, not man. God’s ways are the best ways. Do you know them? Stepping outside of His ways ALWAYS, ALWAYS, ALWAYS involves negative consequences.

  • He isn’t about withholding “good things” from you.
  • He is about withholding BAD THINGS from you!
  • Do you believe that?

Want a pure life? Live according to God’s word – this will help you REGRET-PROOF your future.

Jesus said in Matthew 5:28-29 that anyone who looks lustfully has committed adultery in their heart. That’s a convicting verse. Jesus is looking from the inside out. My advice: Give your heart to Him because you and I are just going to foul it up.

Job made a covenant with his eyes. Make that same covenant, won’t you? Pray for us all.

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Shut Your Mouth, Say Less/Mean More, & Be Silent Before the Lord

secret-2725302_1920Peppered throughout the Book of the Twelve (or as we call them, the Minor Prophets… “minor” in length not in importance!), there resides a curious verse: “Be silent before the Lord” (Hab. 2:20; Zeph. 1:7; Zech. 2:13).

Don’t we love to fantasize about all the things WE will ask the Lord when we get to Heaven? We envision long discussions and all the things WE will say in the presence of the Lord. In eternity I’m sure there will be time for that sort of thing, however, it seems the opposite will also be true. Not only will there be endless praise, adoration, and worship of the Father (Psa. 145:21) – but it appears we will also be in silent, reverent service (Rev. 22:3).

Picture this: we will be hanging on every word that drops from the Father. We will be on the edge of our seat unwilling to miss even a singly syllable. With bated breath, we will soak up every last letter. We will be totally and lovingly captivated by Jehovah. We will be silent, because we won’t want to miss anything!

Could it also be because if we open our mouths, inevitably, the subject matter will be ourselves? Or bad advice? Job’s friends were silent for a week before giving their counsel… and what rotten counsel it was!

I love Solomon’s Proverb to let your words be few (Ecc. 5:2). And also, even a fool seems wise if he doesn’t open his mouth and prove otherwise (Prov. 17:28). Silence is, indeed, golden. Silence (usually) means we are listening.  Hey, it may be the reason we were given two ears and just one mouth.

I saw the movie Looking For Richard in 1996 and I have never forgotten the wise words of a homeless man when he said, “maybe if we meant what we said, we would say less and mean more.”

Skip to 42

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Job 42

Wouldn’t it be nice just to skip to Job 42?

Instead, we gotta complain. We gotta whine. We gotta give God our 2 cents on the matter. We call a buddy and have them confirm that we’ve got it bad. Then we definitely feel the need to enlighten the All -powerful Creator of the known universe with the way we would’ve done it.

Job did that. He had finally had enough. Job said enough of the boils and scabs, enough of the terrible advice from his “friends,” and enough of taking it. So, he let God know.

And God let him speak his little mind.

Then it was God’s turn. God said, “Brace yourself, I will question you and you shall answer me.”

By the time Job 42 rolls around, Job’s story has changed, hasn’t it? He realized that he spoke of things he didn’t understand. He pontificated on matters he couldn’t possibly understand. Finally he repents.

The LORD blesses the latter part of Job’s life more than the former. Way more! In fact, Job lived for another 140 years for crying out loud and saw his grandchildren’s grandchildren.

There are times when we shake our fists at God and feel like we’ve been dealt a crumby hand. However, there are things we don’t understand. Couldn’t understand. But God does. All He asks is that we love Him, believe in His Son, and leave the rest to Him.

I need to skip to Job 42 and just thank God.

May God’s Love be with you