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This is lion territory that we are in right now. The devil is definitely on the prowl and he is mad! He knows that his time is running out and he is seeking to get everyone and anyone that he can.
Revelation 12:12 ASV
Therefore rejoice, O heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe for the earth and for the sea: because the devil is gone down unto you, having great wrath, knowing that he hath but a short time.
Watch out for his traps that he has set, not only for us but for our family. Let the Lord open our eyes that we may see and avoid those traps.
Dear Lord, open our eyes that we may see the snares that the devil has placed around us and our families. Help us the avoid them. Guide us for You know the way- You are…
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The world is going farther and farther away from God. Wars and vice have increased. There is no doubt of this.
Places where we considered relatively peaceful and safe, have now become the location of heinous crimes.
All manner of evil is being proclaimed in music, in television, in dress…in everything this world has to offer.
What our world is saying to God is, “DEPART FROM US.”
God is not a God of force. He does everything by His Spirit of love. When our world continues to tell God, like those people of old, to depart from us, He will.
But when God departs it means that the Source of order, love and life will also have departed. Then what will be the result?
As this world pushes God further and further away, we are seeing more signs of destruction and violence. These signs, though ominous, are telling us who have hope in God, that even though this world will come to an end, God’s kingdom is eternal.
If we choose God, we choose life and when He comes again we will be taken to heaven to be with Him for evermore.
Some how, we believe that when people are good their path in life is one of ease and comfort. We equate blessings with prosperity, ease and health. We see suffering as a result of our own sins or the sins of our forefathers.
When we face suffering we often wonder “What did I ever do to deserve this?” Some times it can bring us such frustration and despair to see how we are afflicted while others “less deserving than us” prosper.
The first thing we must realize is that we are all sinners and undeserving of God’s love. Yet, when we were enemies of God, Chirst came and died for us.
Romans 3:23 (NASB)
for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
Romans 3:10-18 (NKJV)
As it is written: “There is none righteous, no, not one;
Romans 5:8 (KJV)
But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
None of us is more deserving of anything. In fact, we are only good because God has saved us and cleansed us from sin. Nothing in us makes us worthy of anything.
In fact, when we choose to follow God, more persecutions and trials come our way. The fact is that Satan doesn’t want us to have a saving relationshinp with God. He doesn’t want to see us get to heaven. So he hurls all manner of evil at us, trying to get us to let go of God.
Job was a good man. There was no one on earth like him and that made Satan mad.
“Job is only serving You for blessings. If he wasn’t proceed or blessed he wouldn’t be serving You.”
God allowed Satan to afflict Job.
Job 1:12 (NASB)
Then the Lord said to Satan, “Behold, all that he has is in your power, only do not put forth your hand on him.” So Satan departed from the presence of the Lord.
Terible calamities came to Job and the hand of Satan yet Job did not sin.
Again Satan returned to God and told Him that Job would certainly sin if he became ill. Once again Satan was permitted to afflict Job.
Job 2:7 (NASB)
Then Satan went out from the presence of the Lord and smote Job with sore boils from the sole of his foot to the crown of his head.
Despite all of this Job did not sin.
Like Job, bad things happen to a God’s people at the hand of Satan. When we are facing our trials and afflictions let us remember the story of Job.
Let us cling to the hope that one day soon there will be no more suffering because sin and all of its results will be no more.
The book of Job tells the story of Job’s suffering at the hand of Satan. Job lost everything- ALL of his possessions, ALL of his children and then he became ill.
Job’s friends came to visit him and they accused him of being a great sinner and this was the reason why he had gotten punished. But Job maintained that he had not done anything wrong.
Then in chapter 42, the bible tells us something important:
Job prayed for his friends.
Can you imagine that in the midst of his tremendous suffering, he thought of others and prayed for them?
What a tremendous heart of love Job had! He still longed for his friends to know and feel God’s love and to be protected. He had their physical and spiritual well-being in mind even though he was suffering.
He prayed for them.
When he turned his eyes from his suffering and prayed for them, he was blessed.
Suffering comes to us all. Satan knows that when we turn our eyes to ourself we miss the blessings that God has in store for us. But when we turn our eyes to God and work in His service we are blessed.