Sunday, July 18th 2021
Our God is not a God of the past but the God of the present. We thank Him for His faithfulness. He controls all things. All those who chose to walk with this God, we could see their glorious outcomes like Moses who rejected Pharaoh's kingship and we see how God led him to bring the people of Israel out of Egypt.
They had nothing, but they held on to something important: They simply trusted in what this God had to say. They died in faith. They had the certainty that what God had said, they would see fulfilled. They believed as if it was already there, yet they were in the old covenant. We will be judged severely. In his difficult walk, Job trusted in his God. While he was in the depths, everyone thought he was forsaken by God but God never forsakes His children. Blessed is the one who surrenders his life into God's hands. When you are a son of God and you live according to the Word, God is happy and He wants us to see you. "I came forth naked from my mother's womb, and naked I shall return to the bosom of the earth. (Job 1:21) Their faith was no different, it is still the same faith. If you have that same faith then you will manifest it. "There is one Lord, one faith, one baptism" (Ephesians 4:5)
Job was not troubled by what was around. A son of God must be disinterested in what is around him because that is where Satan has us. We must be vessels of honor to the Lord, with the inside always pure to the Lord.
"Fools, learn discernment; Fools, learn understanding." (Proverbs 8:5) "I, wisdom, have discernment for my dwelling, And I have the knowledge of reflection." (Proverbs 8: 12) When we have wisdom then we know how to walk. There is a difference between wise virgins and foolish virgins. The wise are not in a hurry but they seek to know if they are in the will of God. "If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives to all simply and without blame, and it will be given to him." (James 1:5)
God will never want to lose you. Before He sends the test, He watches you first. When you come to the breaking point, then He intervenes so you don't fall. "I will not leave you nor forsake you. (Joshua 1:5) He cannot leave you. If he didn't leave Job, he won't leave you either. You are precious in God's eyes, that's why Satan persists. This earth receives sun and rain only because you are here. Satan wants you to believe that you are useless, but you are not, you are valuable. "Since he loves me, I will deliver him; I will protect him, since he knows my name." (Psalm 91:14) God reassures us, so go without fear. We must simply obey what God tells us. Where men cannot walk, you can, as Peter walked on water. "Therefore the creation waits with eager longing for the revelation of the sons of God." (Romans 8:19) "So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth." (Genesis 1:27-28) God forgets no one, He calls you to rule over; my brother, my sister. He is gentle, tender and patient with us.
"So then you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints, members of the household of God. (Ephesians 2:19) We must realize what God wants to achieve with us. If there is an election, it is a particular people that God wants to do something with. If you are part of that selection, then the fullness will flow into you. There should be no more disorder, but we should serve God with fear, respect and consideration. Aaron knew that He was the High Priest, he knew that it was for him. He could not be uncomfortable because it was tailored for him. My brother, my sister, you are a son of God, this belongs to you. What Peter and John did, we can also do today. He is in the middle of the seven golden candlesticks, He who walked with Peter and John, He also walks with us. His power, his authority has not changed. It is faith in his name that works. Jesus does not change. The Name is attached to a person. "I have no silver or gold, but what I have I give to you: in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, arise and walk. (Acts 3:6) And what do you have? Jesus Christ is the Holy Spirit. "My children, for whom I am again experiencing the pains of childbirth, until Christ is formed in you" (Galatians 4:19) "Christ in you, the hope of glory." (Colossians 1:27) If you have Him in you, then it is finished. God knows what He is doing. We just need to take a stand, proclaim the Word and let God work. When you are a son of God, when God comes down, you feel Him because your heart opens up to fill your heart and your soul.
In spite of what surrounded Job, his faith was always in this God. When faith is in you, you do not think anymore. God is not visible but invisible. God said to Satan, "Behold, all that he has I will give to you; only do not lay hands on him. (Job 1:12) Even if it gets worse, hang on! Think of the Red Sea, there was no hope, no way out, but in that sea, God had already made a way.
"Thus says the Lord now, who created you, O Jacob, who formed you, O Israel He who formed you, O Israel! Fear not, for I will redeem you; I will call you by name; you are mine!" (Isaiah 43:1) God gives you the words so that in difficult times you will remember this. Job saw himself leaving. "Perish the day in which I was born, And the night that says, A male child is conceived!" (Job 3:3) God was not mistaken, He knows why He brought you into existence. "Before I formed you in your mother's womb, I knew you, and before you came out of her womb, I consecrated you, I made you a prophet to the nations" (Jeremiah 1:5). (Jeremiah 1:5) "A tree has hope: when it is cut down, it grows again, it produces offshoots; when its root has grown old in the earth, when its trunk dies in the dust, it revives at the approach of water, it grows branches like a young plant. But a man dies, and loses his strength; A man dies, and where is he? (Job 14:7-10) When you falter God steps in to lift you up. Because there is the root then there is the shoot but God has given you faith. If you have faith, God will show you what He will do with you. Your roots must be anchored. "He is like a tree planted by a stream of water, which yields its fruit in its season, and whose leaf does not wither; whatever it does it does well." (Psalm 1:3) God is not finished with you. When everyone thinks you are no more, that's when God comes. "I would that my words were written, I would that they were written in a book; I would that with an iron chisel and with lead they were engraved in stone forever... But I know that my Redeemer lives, and that he will rise up last on the earth. (Job19:23-25) We have a hope. Job died with that hope. One day his Redeemer stood there at the cross of Golgotha and Job saw Him. Jesus is the strongest, Jesus is your deliverance, your consolation, your life. "Arise, be enlightened, for your light is coming, and the glory of the Lord is rising upon you." (Isaiah 60:1) Others are afraid but not you. Do not fear what the world fears. "He is not afraid of bad news; His heart is steadfast, trusting in the LORD." (Psalm 112:7) We stand firm in faith!