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Accepting the life of Job?...Are we Activating our Faith in Jesus

When we read through the Book of Job, we are amazed at the trials that Job went through.  Trials came one after another and we see that Job became severely troubled.  

We learn in Scripture that God had a conversation with Satan and allowed Satan to inflict Job with all sorts of problems.  


Job, however, had no clue that his problems were from the devil.  He believed that everything that happened to him, both good and bad originated from God.  In Job 1:21, Job shares his belief that "The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away." This belief, along with the fact that he was unaware of Satan's part in his trials, caused Job to believe that God was responsible for all that he endured. 

Job's life is given as an example to us.  At the hand of Satan, he was subjected to  much loss and physical pain. He lost everything and his body was covered with painful boils! 

When these trials became more than he could bear and because of his lack of understanding, Job humbled himself, falling to the ground and finally cried out to God. 

It was then that Job's life was restored and he had double what he had before.

Job's trials were written for us as an example.  We learn that even in the time of Job, Satan was running to and fro across the earth causing trouble.  

And Satan is still doing this same thing today!

We are given the example of Job to show us that through strength and faith in our Lord, we will overcome the trials.  

Our Father in Heaven wants to see us activate our Faith in Him. 

However,we must be in a humble state of knowing that we need God. 
We cannot jut sit back and take the inflictions, one after another, and think that one day they will just stop because we believe. 

We find the example of Job in the Old Testament of the Bible. 

That was before God sent His son, Jesus, to die on the cross to bear the burdens of mankind. 

The arrival of Jesus gives us authority and power over the works of Satan. 

Jesus had authority over the spiritual world; the world of spirits. 

In His public ministry, Jesus encountered people who were being tormented by evil. Demons had taken control of their minds and bodies and tormented and twisted their lives out of control.

But when Jesus came to where they were, He brought deliverance from the powers of darkness.

The Bible, the written Word of God, gives us examples of encounters that Jesus had with demons.


The Demon possessed boy:
Mark 9:14-16   When they came to the disciples, they saw a large crowd around them and scribes disputing with them.  All of a sudden, when the whole crowd saw Him, they were amazed and ran to greet Him.  Then He asked them, “What are you arguing with them about?”

Mark 9:17-18  Out of the crowd, one man answered Him, “Teacher, I brought my son to You. He has a spirit that makes him unable to speak.  Wherever it seizes him, it throws him down, and he foams at the mouth, grinds his teeth, and becomes rigid. So I asked Your disciples to drive it out, but they couldn’t.”

Mark 9:19-20  He replied to them, “You unbelieving generation! How long will I be with you? How long must I put up with you? Bring him to Me.” So they brought him to Him. When the spirit saw Him, it immediately convulsed the boy. He fell to the ground and rolled around, foaming at the mouth.

Mark 9:21-23 “How long has this been happening to him?” Jesus asked his father. “From childhood,” he said.  “And many times it has thrown him into fire or water to destroy him. But if You can do anything, have compassion on us and help us.” Then Jesus said to him, “ ‘If You can?’ Everything is possible to the one who believes.”

Mark 9:25-26 When Jesus saw that a crowd was rapidly coming together, He rebuked the unclean spirit, saying to it, “You mute and deaf spirit, I command you: come out of him and never enter him again!” Then it came out, shrieking and convulsing him violently. The boy became like a corpse, so that many said, “He’s dead.”

Mark 9:28-29 After He went into a house, His disciples asked Him privately, “Why couldn’t we drive it out?” And He told them, “This kind can come out by nothing but prayer [and fasting].”

In the Book of Matthew we see the reason that the disciples could not cure the boy.

Matthew 17:20-21 “Because of your little faith,” He told them. “For I assure you: If you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will tell this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.  However, this kind does not come out except by prayer and fasting.”

Matthew 21:22  And if you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.”

The Legion of demons:
MARK 5:1-20  So they came to the other side of the lake, to the region of the Gerasenes.

Just as Jesus was getting out of the boat, a man with an unclean spirit came from the tombs and met him. He lived among the tombs, and no one could bind him anymore, not even with a chain. For his hands and feet had often been bound with chains and shackles, but he had torn the chains apart and broken the shackles in pieces.

No one was strong enough to subdue him. 

Each night and every day among the tombs and in the mountains, he would cry out and cut himself with stones. 

When he saw Jesus from a distance, he ran and bowed down before him. Then he cried out with a loud voice, “Leave me alone, Jesus, Son of the Most High God! I implore you by God – do not torment me!”  (For Jesus had said to him, “Come out of that man, you unclean spirit!”) Jesus asked him, “What is your name?” And he said, “My name is Legion, for we are many.” 

He begged Jesus repeatedly not to send them out of the region.  There on the hillside, a great herd of pigs was feeding.  And the demonic spirits begged him, “Send us into the pigs. Let us enter them.” 

Jesus gave them permission. So the unclean spirits came out and went into the pigs. Then the herd rushed down the steep slope into the lake, and about two thousand were drowned in the lake. Now the herdsmen ran off and spread the news in the town and countryside, and the people went out to see what had happened.

They came to Jesus and saw the demon-possessed man sitting there, clothed and in his right mind – the one who had the “Legion” – and they were afraid. Those who had seen what had happened to the demon-possessed man reported it, and they also told about the pigs.  Then they asked Jesus to leave their region.  As he was getting into the boat the man who had been demon-possessed asked if he could go with him.

But Jesus did not permit him to do so. Instead, he said to him, “Go to your home and to your people and tell them what the Lord has done for you, that he had mercy on you.”  So he went away and began to proclaim in the Decapolis what Jesus had done for him, and all were amazed.



Our Father in Heaven sent Jesus to save us from the evil attacks that Satan puts on us. 
And as God's children, we are given the same power and authority over evil that Jesus had.

 
John 14:12, KJV  "Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father."

This is an awesome promise of our Lord.  When we activate our faith in Him, we can do what He did and more!

I believe that God says "No! " He says "No" to the evil attacks of His adversary!

We can read the book of Job in the Old testament and use it as a tool for learning the kinds of torment that Satan can put on us.
 
And then we can look to the New testament and see how the wonderful love of Jesus Christ, as our Savior gives us authority over the evil one. 

We do not have to suffer needlessly!

My prayer for today is that we rise up in faith, activating  the power of the Holy Spirit within each of us, trampling on evil and rejoicing in the love of our Father in Heaven.

 I pray that we Believe in His Word, in His examples, and live in faith, whole and complete in His wonderful image! 
Blessings to all in Jesus name. Amen.

Scripture references:
For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Ephesians 6: 12(NKJV)


For though we walk (live) in the flesh, we are not carrying on our warfare according to the flesh and using mere human weapons. For the weapons of our warfare are not physical [weapons of flesh and blood], but they are mighty before God for the overthrow and destruction of strongholds.
2 Corinthians 10: 3-4

 Be well balanced (temperate, sober of mind), be vigilant and cautious at all times; for that enemy of yours, the devil, roams around like a lion roaring [in fierce hunger], seeking someone to seize upon and devour. Withstand him; be firm in faith [against his onset--rooted, established, strong, immovable, and determined], knowing that the same (identical) sufferings are appointed to your brotherhood (the whole body of Christians) throughout the world. 1 Peter 5: 8-9

Put on God's whole armor [the armor of a heavy-armed soldier which God supplies], that you may be able successfully to stand up against [all] the strategies and the deceits of the devil. Ephesians 6: 11

No weapon formed against you shall prosper, and every tongue which rises against you in judgment you shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is from Me,” says the LORD. ~ Isaiah 54:17 (NKJV)

Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you. ~ Luke 10:19 (NKJV)

Job 1-3 (KJV) There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man was perfect and upright, and one that feared God, and eschewed evil.

And there were born unto him seven sons and three daughters. His substance also was seven thousand sheep, and three thousand camels, and five hundred yoke of oxen, and five hundred she asses, and a very great household; so that this man was the greatest of all the men of the east.
 
And his sons went and feasted in their houses, every one his day; and sent and called for their three sisters to eat and to drink with them. 

And it was so, when the days of their feasting were gone about, that Job sent and sanctified them, and rose up early in the morning, and offered burnt offerings according to the number of them all: for Job said, It may be that my sons have sinned, and cursed God in their hearts. 

Thus did Job continually. Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan came also among them. 

And the Lord said unto Satan, Whence comest thou? Then Satan answered the Lord, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it. 

And the Lord said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil? 

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. But put forth thine hand now, and touch all that he hath, and he will curse thee to thy face. 

And the Lord said unto Satan, Behold, all that he hath is in thy power; only upon himself put not forth thine hand. 

So Satan went forth from the presence of the Lord. 

And there was a day when his sons and his daughters were eating and drinking wine in their eldest brother's house: And there came a messenger unto Job, and said, The oxen were plowing, and the asses feeding beside them: And the Sabeans fell upon them, and took them away; yea, they have slain the servants with the edge of the sword; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee. 

While he was yet speaking, there came also another, and said, The fire of God is fallen from heaven, and hath burned up the sheep, and the servants, and consumed them; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee. 

While he was yet speaking, there came also another, and said, The Chaldeans made out three bands, and fell upon the camels, and have carried them away, yea, and slain the servants with the edge of the sword; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee. 

While he was yet speaking, there came also another, and said, Thy sons and thy daughters were eating and drinking wine in their eldest brother's house: And, behold, there came a great wind from the wilderness, and smote the four corners of the house, and it fell upon the young men, and they are dead; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee. 

Then Job arose, and rent his mantle, and shaved his head, and fell down upon the ground, and worshipped, And said, Naked came I out of my mother's womb, and naked shall I return thither: the Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord. 

In all this Job sinned not, nor charged God foolishly. 

Again there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan came also among them to present himself before the Lord. And the Lord said unto Satan, From whence comest thou? And Satan answered the Lord, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it. 

And the Lord said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil? 

and still he holdeth fast his integrity, although thou movedst me against him, to destroy him without cause. And Satan answered the Lord, and said, Skin for skin, yea, all that a man hath will he give for his life. But put forth thine hand now, and touch his bone and his flesh, and he will curse thee to thy face. 

And the Lord said unto Satan, Behold, he is in thine hand; but save his life. 

So went Satan forth from the presence of the Lord, and smote Job with sore boils from the sole of his foot unto his crown. And he took him a potsherd to scrape himself withal; and he sat down among the ashes.

 Then said his wife unto him, Dost thou still retain thine integrity? curse God, and die. 

But he said unto her, Thou speakest as one of the foolish women speaketh. 

 What? shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil?

 In all this did not Job sin with his lips. 

Now when Job's three friends heard of all this evil that was come upon him, they came every one from his own place; Eliphaz the Temanite, and Bildad the Shuhite, and Zophar the Naamathite: 

for they had made an appointment together to come to mourn with him and to comfort him. 

And when they lifted up their eyes afar off, and knew him not, they lifted up their voice, and wept; and they rent every one his mantle, and sprinkled dust upon their heads toward heaven. 

So they sat down with him upon the ground seven days and seven nights, and none spake a word unto him: for they saw that his grief was very great. 

After this opened Job his mouth, and cursed his day. 

And Job spake, and said, Let the day perish wherein I was born, and the night in which it was said, There is a man child conceived. Let that day be darkness; let not God regard it from above, neither let the light shine upon it. Let darkness and the shadow of death stain it; let a cloud dwell upon it; let the blackness of the day terrify it. As for that night, let darkness seize upon it; let it not be joined unto the days of the year, let it not come into the number of the months. Lo, let that night be solitary, let no joyful voice come therein. Let them curse it that curse the day, who are ready to raise up their mourning. Let the stars of the twilight thereof be dark; let it look for light, but have none; neither let it see the dawning of the day: Because it shut not up the doors of my mother's womb, nor hid sorrow from mine eyes. 

Why died I not from the womb? 

why did I not give up the ghost when I came out of the belly? 

Why did the knees prevent me? 

or why the breasts that I should suck? 

For now should I have lain still and been quiet, I should have slept: then had I been at rest, With kings and counselors of the earth, which build desolate places for themselves; Or with princes that had gold, who filled their houses with silver: Or as an hidden untimely birth I had not been; as infants which never saw light. There the wicked cease from troubling; and there the weary be at rest. There the prisoners rest together; they hear not the voice of the oppressor. 

The small and great are there; and the servant is free from his master. Wherefore is light given to him that is in misery, and life unto the bitter in soul; Which long for death, but it cometh not; and dig for it more than for hid treasures; Which rejoice exceedingly, and are glad, when they can find the grave? 

Why is light given to a man whose way is hid, and whom God hath hedged in? 

For my sighing cometh before I eat, and my roarings are poured out like the waters. 

For the thing which I greatly feared is come upon me, and that which I was afraid of is come unto me. 
I was not in safety, neither had I rest, neither was I quiet; yet trouble came.

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A great old hymn performed by Casting Crowns(with lyrics)



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