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Our battle with the ‘accuser’!

Scripture reading for May 19th: Job 1-3

The Bible teaches us that the unseen world is eternal and the world that is visible is temporary. (2nd Corinthians 4:18)  God dwells in the realm of the eternal and made the visible creation, including us.  Adam’s disobedience brought sin and death into the world and corrupted both creation and man.  Each of us are now born the first time into the visible realm and face life in a fallen creation with mortal bodies that have been corrupted by sin.  Satan, the accuser, has been given permission to tempt, test, and try us.  He seeks to steal our faith, kill our bodies, and destroy our souls in Hell.  (John 10:10, Revelation 20:10)

God in His love seeks to redeem us from the world of sin and death.  He reveals Himself to us through the creation (Psalm 19:1-3) and by revelation in our inner man.  He gives each person a conscience with a basic knowledge of right and wrong.  We have a free will and can choose to follow our fallen nature or live by God’s revelation in faith.     Job is a story of God at work in the invisible world and Satan, through accusation, doing his best to steal Job’s faith in God’s revelation.

Satan first accused God of blessing Job and buying his loyalty.  He accused Job of serving God because of what he had and would get. (Job 1:9-11)  He implied that if God removed His hedge of protection and the blessings, Job would curse God to His face!  God gave boundaries to Satan and allowed him take Job’s children and blessings.    (Job 1:19)  Job’s response was to humble himself and to worship God. (Job 1:20-21)

In his second accusation, Satan suggested that if God would allow him to take Job’s health, Job would curse God.  (Job 2:4-6)  God set a limit and released Satan to inflict Job physically and emotionally.   Job’s own wife suggested that he curse God and die!  He finally cursed the day of his birth but never God!  (Job 3:1-4)

In these chapters of Job, we learn about the battle going on for our faith.  Satan accuses us before God.  God is on our side and supports us by revelation!    It is faith in the invisible God of heaven that brings victory in every trial!

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Satan the accuser!

Scripture reading for May 18th: Job 1-3

The Bible teaches us that the unseen world is eternal and the world that is visible is only temporary. (2nd Corinthians 4:18)  God dwells in the realm of the eternal and made this visible creation, including us.  Satan and Adam’s disobedience brought sin and death into the world and corrupted both creation and man.  Satan, the accuser, has been given permission to tempt, test, and try us.  He seeks to steal from us, kill our bodies, and destroy our souls in Hell.     (John 10:10)

God in His love seeks to redeem us from sin and death through faith.  He reveals Himself to us through creation and by revelation in our inner man.  He gives each person a conscience with a basic knowledge of right and wrong.   The Bible is the story of God’s gracious plan of redemption implemented throughout history in the lives of people who by faith trusted God.

Job gives us insight about God and Satan and the nature of our spiritual conflict.   Satan first accused Job before God of selfish motives.  (Job 1:9-11)  Satan accused God of showing favoritism toward Job and blessing him.  He stated that if God removed his hedge and the blessings,  Job would curse God to His face!  God gave him permission to test him, but placed boundaries for the test.  Job suddenly and catastrophically lost everything he owned as well as his ten children in a violent storm.  (Job 1:19) His response was to humble himself and to worship God, not curse Him. (Job 1:20-21)

Satan came before God to bring attention to Job again.  God commended Job for keeping his integrity during the temptation but Satan responded with another accusation.  He contended that if God would allow him to take Job’s health, Job would curse God.  (Job 2:4-6)  God again set a limit and permitted Satan to inflict Job physically.  During this trial, Job’s own wife suggested he curse God and die.  Job finally cursed the day of his birth but never God.  (Job 3:1-4)

The story of Job gives us insight into the battle we face each day to trust God and believe His word.  God allows Satan to bring testing and trials.  We must learn to walk by faith and not give in to our feelings or Satanic temptation to deny God!   God will keep us safe as we trust in Him!  Faith brings the victory!

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Satan, the Accuser!

Scripture reading for May 19th: Job 1-3

According to most commentaries, Job is the oldest book of the Bible.  Job was a righteous man who lived sometime before the days of Abraham.  He trusted God and offered sacrifices to God for his children and family.  He avoided evil and feared the Lord.  Job was a blessed man and considered one of the greatest men of the East.  (Job 1:1-3)

The story of Job suddenly jumps from Job’s life on earth to the Throne of Heaven.  There in the world of Heaven, angels came before the Lord and Satan also appeared with them.  Satan and the Lord had a conversation about Job and his blameless life.  Satan accused Job of serving God because of the blessings that God had provided him.  The Lord gave Job’s possessions over to Satan but did not allow Satan to touch Job himself.  (Job 1:6-12)

Job lost his children, flocks, and herds over a short time.  What appeared to be natural disasters struck one after another, robbing Job of his children and all he owned.  He humbled himself and fell to the ground in worship.  “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will depart.  The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; may the name of the Lord be praised.” (Job 1:21)

In another session in Heaven, Satan again accuses Job of serving God because of his health.  Satan suggests that if his health is gone, Job will curse God.  God allows the test and Job next loses his health on top of all he has already lost.  His own wife suggests that he curse God and die but Job holds his integrity and keeps his faith in the Lord.  (Job 2:9-10)

Satan is the one who works to bring us down.  He has access to Heaven and is known as the “accuser” of the brethren.  He was allowed by God to test Job.  God knew that Job was serving him by faith, not just for what he could get from Him.  God sustained Job through the trials by faith and revelation.  We need not fear these accusations if we are truly walking by faith.  God will always protect us.  Take time today to pray for God’s favor and protection.  The Lord’s prayer asks “but deliver us from evil (the evil one)”.  We need God’s grace!

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Satan the accuser!

Scripture reading for May 18th: Job 1-3

The Bible teaches us that the unseen world is eternal and the world that is visible is only temporary. (2nd Corinthians 4:18)  God dwells in the realm of the eternal and made this visible creation, including us.  Satan and Adam’s disobedience brought sin and death into the world and corrupted both creation and man.  We are born the first time into the visible realm and face life in a fallen creation with our mortal bodies which have been corrupted by sin.  Satan, the accuser, has been given permission to tempt, test, and try us.  He seeks to steal from us, kill our bodies, and destroy our souls in Hell.   Hell was prepared for the Devil and his angels.  (John 10:10, Revelation 20:10)

God in His love, seeks to redeem us from the world of sin and death.  He has chosen by grace to do this by through faith.  He reveals Himself to us through the creation and by revelation in our inner man.  He gives each person a conscience with a basic knowledge of right and wrong.  We have a free will to choose to seek out God and respond to Him by believing what He reveals to us.  The Bible is the story of God’s gracious plan of redemption being implemented throughout history in the lives of people who by faith knew God.  As we come to this book of Job, possibly the oldest book in the Bible, we have revelation of God at work behind the scenes in the invisible world and Satan, the accuser, doing his best to steal Job’s faith in the invisible God.

In the invisible world, Satan has access to God.  His primary work is accusation against those who have faith.  Satan first accuses Job of serving God by faith because of selfish motives.  (Job 1:9-11)  Satan accuses God of showing favoritism to Job and protecting and blessing him.  He implies that if God removes his hedge and the blessings he is now enjoying, Job will curse God to His face!  God places boundaries on what Satan can do to Job personally and releases Satan to his temptations.  Job then suddenly and catastrophically looses everything he owns as well as his ten children in a violent storm.  (Job 1:19) His response is to humble himself and to worship the God he knows by faith. (Job 1:20-21)

The next scene in the invisible world is Satan and God conversing about God’s servant, Job.  God commends Job for keeping his integrity during the temptation.  Satan responds with another accusation and lie.  He contends that if God will allow him to take Job’s health, Job will then curse God.  (Job 2:4-6)  God again sets a limit and releases Satan to inflict Job physically and emotionally.  During this trial, Job’s own wife suggests that he curse God and die.  Job rebukes his wife and sits in silent suffering.  He finally curses the day of his birth but does not curse God.  (Job 3:1-4)

In these chapters of Job, we learn about the battle going on for our faith.  God allows testing and trials.  Satan accuses us before God.  God is on our side and supports us by revelation of His creation, love and grace!  We win in the end!

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