STEADFAST FAITH

Read: Job 23:1-17

But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold” –Job 23:10

Job has confidence that if only he knew how to find the Lord and go to where He is, that the Lord will hear him present his case. That the Lord would not rebuke him but will give him the liberty to complain and would take note of what he will say, that the righteous will be able to reason with God and he will be delivered.

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Untruth

Read: Job 22:1-30

Receive, I pray thee, the law from his mouth, and lay up his words in thine heart.” –Job 22:22

Prosperity Gospel is being popularize these days by a lot of organization. It sells false hope and deceiving beliefs. It is easy to be swayed by these empty promises especially if we are seeing ‘evidences’ from their claims. Their popular notion is that when we submit to God or have genuine relationship with Jesus our lives will be blessed and things will go well for us. This is not true.

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Empty Words of Comfort

Read: Job 21:1-34

Shall any teach God knowledge? seeing he judgeth those that are high.” –Job21:22

It is easy to judge generalities. We are quick to assume that everyone who suffers is a sinner and are wicked in his ways. Though his friends were able to site some truth on those who are wicked but they failed to see the whole truth. Not everyone who suffers is a sinner, and not every sinners or wicked people suffer the way we would think they would. Job was able to provide some examples how their assumptions turn to be an empty words of comfort.

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The Wicked’s Demise

Read: Job 20:1-29

“In the fulness of his sufficiency he shall be in straits: every hand of the wicked shall come upon him” –Job20:22

Nothing comes out good from wickedness. This much is true, that the success of the wicked is short lived, that their triumphed will never be sweet, and that their lives will be filled with unrest and misery. They may have everything any person would want but they would always desire for more never satisfying their wants. This will be their demise..

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Unbroken

Read: Psalms 129

“The Lord is righteous; He has cut in pieces the chords of the wicked” –Psalms 129:4

We will face persecution. Paul warned us that as Christians we are bound to suffer for Christ. We will be tried, tested and persecuted, but we must not give up or give in, for the Lord will deliver us and free us from whatever bondage we may be in and justice will be served.

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The Redeemer Stands

Read Job 19:1-29

“For I know that my Redeemer lives, and He shall stand at last on the earth;” – Job 19:25

Then the Lord said to Satan, “Have you considered My servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, one who fears God and shuns evil?” This was the conversation that started the whole thing for Job. How great it must have been if the Lord our God has this trust and confidence in us also? God knows why He has this great of a trust to Job

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Self Destruction

Read Job 18:1-21

For he (the wicked) is cast into a net by his own feet, and he walks into a snare – Job 18:8

Job’s friends may have had good intention on the first place when they sat in silence with Job and after seven days had counseled him. But when Job responded and told them his arguments against their case, they become hostile and accused Job of being a sinner and wicked, they were angry at job and had cited various reason why they believe Job deserved his sufferings. Though slightly biased there are still some truths behind their words and some are not..

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There is Hope

Read Job 17:1-16

“The righteous also shall hold on his way, and he that hath clean hands shall be stronger and stronger.” – Job 17:9

It is important that we persevere throughout every trials, hardships and sufferings we go through. For when we die, there will be no other chance to tell people where we have placed our hope when we were alive. But while we are alive and when we persevere and succeed we can have a chance to share to them how the Lord God was able to help us.

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ENCOURAGING THE DISCOURAGED

“But I would strengthen you with my mouth, and the comfort of my lips would relieve your grief”

Though we hope to encourage people who are suffering from their pain, trials and hardships, we are often quick to judge them. Perhaps they deserve what they are going through right now, maybe they have sinned and they are suffering from the consequence of it, or maybe God is punishing them for all the wrong they have committed. But is this really the way we encourage the discouraged?

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Know God by Knowing Christ

Read Hebrews 1:1-10

“The Son radiates God’s own glory and expresses the very character of God, and He sustains everything by the mighty power of His command. When He had cleansed us from our sins, He sat down in the place of honor at the right hand of the majestic God in heaven.” – Hebrews 1:3 NLT

I. Christ is the Exact Afterimage of God – v.3

II. Christ Encompasses All by God – v2-3

III. Christ is Exalted above All by God – v.4-10

God sent His Son as an expression of love and as a way for us to know Him more and more.

Let us find out more who Christ is then we will know who God really is.

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