Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Consider Job

What is "pain?" French bread.
What's fatigue? Army clothes.

That familiar chant is not only in the movie Remember the Titans, but is also a real army chant used in boot camp.

Do you ever feel like God is on your back? Have you been unsure if He is on your side or against you? Maybe you picture God as a commanding officer, uncaring, not concerned with your hurts. If this is you, I urge you to consider the following:

REMEMBER Job. He lost everything; his family, friends and all of his worldly possessions.
REMEMBER Job's final outcome. He had twice as much as what the devil took away.
REMEMBER we have an enemy. "Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour." It's not God being mean to you, it's the results of living in a fallen world.
REMEMBER Jesus. He sympathizes with our weaknesses; he went through all these things too. God loved you so much that He gave you His son Jesus, that whoever believes in Him wouldn't die but would have eternal life.
And finally
REMEMBER that you can do all things through Christ who strengthens you (Phil. 4:13).

In the face of temptation, of battles, or sadness; stay strong in faith, remember God's love. Job spoke rightly of God, and the Lord restored him. God is just, and loves you just more than we will ever comprehend.

Scripture References:
Job 42:10 & 12 And the Lord restored Job’s losses[f] when he prayed for his friends. Indeed the Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before.Now the Lord blessed the latter days of Job more than his beginning...

1 Peter 5:8
Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lionlooking for someone to devour. 

Hebrews 4:15
For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin.

Ephesians 3:17...that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height— 19 to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.

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