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The Book of Job is believed to be the oldest book of the bible.

Why was it the one that began God’s story as told to man?

Could it be its wisdom is foundational if one desires a life of spiritual excellence— to trust God regardless of circumstances?

Job asked the questions all those of faith have asked.

Why do I suffer while the wicked enjoy life?

Why do those who despise and dishonor God receive blessings many of faith never experience?

Why would a holy and just God allow those who truly love Him to suffer?

Why?

For God’s glory!

While walking along the road Jesus saw a man who was blind since his birth.

Disciples: “Teacher, who sinned? Who is responsible for this man’s blindness? Did he commit sins that merited this punishment? If not his sins, is it the sins of his parents?”

Jesus: “Neither. His blindness cannot be explained or traced to any particular person’s sins. He is blind so the deeds of God may be put on display.”

Then He spit on the ground, made mud with the saliva and spread the mud over the blind man’s eyes.

He told him, “Go wash yourself in the pool of Siloam.” (Siloam means sent.)

So the man went and washed and came back seeing!

His neighbors and others who knew him as a blind beggar asked each other, “Isn’t this the man who used to sit and beg?”

Some said he was, and others said, “No, he just looks like him!”

But the beggar kept saying, “Yes, I am the same one!”

They asked,“Who healed you? What happened?”

He told them. “The man they call Jesus made mud and spread it over my eyes. And told me, ‘Go to the pool of Siloam and wash yourself.’

So I went and washed, and now I can see!” John 9:1-3 and 6-9 

God is sovereign! Who are we— His children to question either His motives or methods? Our sole responsibility is to love and obey Him always!

Always means always— the bad times as well as the good times.

It is during the bad times— darkness when Christ’s love and compassion shine the brightest. Showcasing God’s glory dwelling in those who call Him both Lord and Papa.

Individuals who are the hands and feet of Christ to a hurting world. Going where He sends them. Loving their neighbors as themselves.

Doing good to those who hate them. Blessing those who curse them. Praying for those who hurt them. Conquering evil with good.

As God’s chosen ones, holy and loved. Put on heartfelt compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.

Accepting one another and forgiving one another. If anyone has a complaint against another. Just as the Lord has forgiven you. So you must also forgive.

Above all, put on love— the perfect bond of unity. And let the peace of the Messiah, to which you were also called in one body, control your hearts. Be thankful.

Let the message about the Messiah dwell richly among you. Teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom. Singing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God.

And whatever you do in word or in deed. Do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus.

Giving thanks to God the Father through Him. Colossians 3:12-17

Job eventually surrendered to God’s sovereignty and plan for his life. Praising God’s name no matter the circumstances because He alone knows the beginning from the end.

For My thoughts are not your thoughts, and your ways are not My ways. For as heaven is higher than earth, so My ways are higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts.

For just as rain and snow fall from heaven and do not return there. Without saturating the earth and making it germinate and sprout and providing seed to sow and food to eat.

So My word that comes from My mouth will not return to Me empty. It will accomplish what I please and will prosper in what I send it to do. Isaiah 55:8-11

GO DEEPER

Positive and negative circumstances weaved together create the tapestry we call life. Neither negative or positive circumstances will define you.

If…

You allow the Potter to use them to mold you into whom He envisioned when he created you.

Ultimately, it is you who determines whether your life is a tapestry of ugliness or beauty.

What unexpected negative circumstance did the Lord use to positively change you?

How did it change you?

What unexpected positive circumstance did the Lord use to positively change you?

How did it change you?

 

(Excerpt from I AM The Eternal Sage)

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Anchor In The Storm

Love is the foundation upon which Papa builds His Kingdom, and this love is Jesus.

Love frees you from the chains of sin.

Love uncovers the God given beauty— glory residing in you.

Love whispers into your heart, “I will continually pursue you. I will not throw you away like garbage.”

Love has a good plan for your life because no one is beyond redemption.

When outward circumstances suggest Papa is absent, unfaithful or uncaring. You must tenaciously hold onto these truths.

You are so precious to Papa that eternity without you was never an option.

Papa fervently desires an intimate relationship with you. Lovingly and patiently pursuing you.

Whenever you stumble and sin. Papa is waiting to shower you with love and grace. Pulling you out of the pit and bringing you back into fellowship with Him.

Never forget.

You are the apple of Papa’s eyes!

For I am persuaded beyond doubt— am sure that neither death, nor life, nor angels nor principalities, nor things impending and threatening, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation will be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.                                                                                  Romans 8:38-39


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Creating Monsters

 

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Have You Lost Your Mind

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More than ever the Church needs to encourage and model repentance. So she can become the Bride worthy of Christ’s return.

But many Christians have forgotten or have not learned. Biblical love is not a greeting card platitude. Our responsibility is to equip God’s people to do His work and build up the Church— the body of Christ.

This will continue until we all come to such unity in our faith and knowledge of God’s Son that we will be mature in the Lord. Measuring up to the full and complete standard of Christ.

Then we will no longer be immature like children. We won’t be tossed and blown about by every wind of new teaching. We will not be influenced when people try to trick us with lies so clever they sound like the truth.

Instead, we will speak the truth in love. Growing in every way more and more like Christ who is the head of His body— the Church. He makes the whole body fit together perfectly. As each part does its own special work. It helps the other parts grow so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love. Ephesians 4:12-16

This king of love is not popular because many are unwilling to…

Be confronted, rebuked, ridiculed or persecuted.

Admit to selfishness, laziness or having weaknesses.

Confess or confront sin.

Accept responsibility for failed relationships.

Submit to discipline.

Choosing to ignore what Jesus boldly proclaimed. The time is fulfilled, and the Kingdom of God is at hand. Repent and believe in the Gospel. Mark 1:15

This proclamation announced to mankind and to the supernatural realm that if men and women will repent. Turn from their ways to God’s. Life as they know it will change.

What man had given away in the Garden of Eden would be restored.

All God’s blessings would once again be available to man.

Evil would be overthrown.

Mankind would be released from the bondage of self, sin, and satan. Because anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone. A new life has begun! 2 Corinthians 5:17

So why do many in church leadership prefer to remain silent on the subject of repentance?

Could it be they are fearful of the personal and financial repercussions if…

Both church members and visitors left church feeling worse than when they entered.

Working out your own salvation with fear and trembling is not optional.

You are expected to confront evil without flinching.

You are no longer able to maintain a façade of perfection.

Yes, confrontation may be a bitter pill to swallow.

BUT

The Lord convicts us of sin and unrighteousness. Because the kind of sorrow God wants us to experience leads us away from sin and results in salvation. There’s no regret for that kind of sorrow. 2 Corinthians 7:10

A sorrow experienced by King David. It was his willingness to confess his sins and to turn from them— to repent. That forever inscribed his name in the annals of biblical history.

GO DEEPER

Repentance is an ongoing process. One contingent upon an authentic and intimate relationship with Papa.

Is your relationship with the Lord one of adoration, authenticity and intimacy?

List 3 things you would like to change about your relationship with the Lord?

 

(Excerpt from I AM The Change Maker)

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Hammer and Nails

More than 2000 years ago Jesus was crucified. Graphically revealing the barbarity.

Ugliness.

Cruelty.

Sin’s evil.

Shouting to all. “Work hard for sin your whole life, and death is your reward!”

YOUR sin…

Whipped His body with a cat o’ nine tails until skin and muscle were torn from the bones.

Pounded the nails into His hands.

Shoved the crown of thorns down into His skull.

Pulverized His face.

Slowly sucked the breath from His lungs.

Although Jesus knew the crucifixion would be His destiny here on earth. Jesus chose to leave His heavenly throne. To come to earth and live as a human being. So He could redeem us from the pit of hell.

Jesus chose to lovingly heal and comfort the lost, the forgotten, the hurting. Knowing they would desert Him in His time of need. Condemning Him to a death of unspeakable horror.

Jesus chose to use precious oxygen to plead. “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.” Luke 23:34

Jesus died alone and separated from His heavenly Father’s presence so that none of us ever have to ask. “My God! My God! Why have You forsaken Me?” Matthew 27:46

Jesus was crucified. Thankfully, that was not the end of this love story! Jesus did not remain on the cross or in the tomb. He overcame death and was resurrected.

It is Jesus’s resurrection that is the cornerstone of Christianity. It is proof of Jesus’s deity and undeniable confirmation of Papa’s great love for His children.

You crucified Jesus Christ, but God has brought Him back to life.

Acts 4:10 (GOD’S WORD Translation)

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