“I desire to speak to the Almighty and to argue my case with God” (Job 13:3)
My dear friends….
Today in times of COVID-19, we are facing severe adversaries in our life’s….
Henceforth I wanted you all to go to Bible and Let us look into the book of Job…..
Job is a wealthy man living in a land called Uz with his large family and extensive flocks. He is “blameless” and “upright,” always careful to avoid doing evil. One day, Satan appears before God in heaven. God boasts to Satan about Job’s goodness, but Satan argues that Job is only good because God has blessed him abundantly. Satan challenges God that, if given permission to punish the man, Job will turn and curse God. God allows Satan to torment Job to test this bold claim, but he forbids Satan to take Job’s life in the process.
Henceforth during the course of the day, Job receives four messages, each bearing separate news that his livestock, servants, and ten children have all died due to marauding invaders or natural catastrophes. Job tears his clothes and shaves his head in mourning, but he still blesses God in his prayers. Satan appears in heaven again, and God grants him another chance to test Job. This time, Job is afflicted with horrible skin sores. His wife encourages him to curse God and to give up and die, but Job refuses, struggling to accept his circumstances.
Job curses the day he was born, comparing life and death to light and darkness. He wishes that his birth had been shrouded in darkness and longs to have never been born, feeling that light, or life, only intensifies his misery.
However, all through the days of his pain his friends and relatives were around him, but the Bible tells us that Job ponders man’s relationship to God. He wonders why God judges people by their actions if God can just as easily alter or forgive their behavior. It is also unclear to Job how a human can appease or court God’s justice. God is unseen, and his ways are inscrutable and beyond human understanding. Moreover, humans cannot possibly persuade God with their words. God cannot be deceived, and Job admits that he does not even understand himself well enough to effectively plead his case to God. Job wishes for someone who can mediate between himself and God, or for God to send him to Sheol, the deep place of the dead. We find that Job sustains his confidence in spite of various criticisms, responding that even if he has done evil, it is his own personal problem. Furthermore, as we can see in book of Job Chapter 16 verse 19 to 25 he believes that there is a “witness” or a “Redeemer” in heaven who will vouch for his innocence. Job wants to confront God and complain, but he cannot physically find God to do it. He feels that wisdom is hidden from human minds, but he resolves to persist in pursuing wisdom by fearing God and avoiding evil.
Let us look into sufferings of Job-
- The Sabeans attacked and stole all of Job’s oxen and donkeys and killed a portion of his servants (Job 1:14-15).
- Fire fell from the sky “and burned up the sheep” and more of Job’s servants (Job 1:16).
- The Chaldeans attacked and stole Job’s camels, killing even more of his servants (Job 1:17).
- A mighty wind swept in from the desert and destroyed the house where all of Job’s children were gathered for a feast, killing all of them (Job 1:18-19).
- Satan “afflicted Job with painful sores” from the bottoms of his feet to the top of his head (Job 2:7).
I would like to give a suggestion looking at the friends of Job to you all that – when a friend is suffering greatly, be there for them, don’t say much, if anything, just be there, and pray.
Well!!…Suffering cannot be explained by the simple principle of retributive justice, where each person gets what he deserves. We often see in life, it is the righteous who suffer and the wicked who prosper. I myself have experienced when I started in business in 2013 and reached to the worse of my life with severe debts in 2017. Life is like this we need to go by God’s timing and plan.
God was not Job’s enemy, as he may have wondered. God had a purpose and a plan, Job simply didn’t know it yet. Finally, Job gets his conversation with God. As explained in the book of Job chapter 38 to 41, God reminds Job of His deity and authority, of His eternality and power over creation, of His wisdom and omnipresence, of His understanding and supremacy. Job was blessed by the reminder of God’s character, he was further blessed as “the LORD restored his fortunes and gave him twice as much as he had before,” God restored Job’s fortune with “14,000 sheep, 6,000 camels, 1,000 yoke of oxen, and 1,000 female donkeys”. He was restored Job’s family with seven sons, three daughters, and four generations of grandchildren.
So we see that God reminds Job that the world has order and beauty, but it is also wild and dangerous.
Hence when facing things that are not in accordance with our conceptions and imaginations, we should know how should we treat them, we should see the essence of them according to God’s word and should not analyse the appearance of things with our mind.
While we do not always know why we suffer, we can bring our pain and grief to God and trust that he is wise and knows what he’s doing.
In His Glory
Jesus called out with a loud voice, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.” When he had said this, he breathed his last.
Greetings!! For the Day…..
Son of God as the perfect Son of Man paid the price for the sin of the world, Heaven was silent and time stood still henceforth every prophecy accomplished. Our lord Jesus died on the Cross to redeem the mankind, to save us from our sins because he loved us. Jesus Christ was mocked, scorned, and tortured. He was condemned to death; he carried his Cross up in Jerusalem to Calvary and was nailed on to the cross. He suffered an inexpressible end. We can go through the Holy Bible and see in the Gospel of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. The world never witnessed such ever fastest Jurisdiction in the history of Mankind the fastest decision ever was made to crucify our lord Jesus.
Henceforth the Bible tells us that Jesus was obedient to His Father to the end, and his final word before his death on the cross was a prayer to His Father.
In today’s time of COVID-19 pandemic when an Economic recession bigger than the great depression of 1930 is expected to touch the World why are we afraid and for what …..we must not forget what Jesus taught us.
Let Us refer to book of John chapter 3 verse 16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, So that everyone who believes in him may not perish but have eternal life.”
The economies are in the crises but our faith must not……. as God has a plan for us.
I would like my friends to open book of Psalms chapter 31 verses 5…..Please you must read it… “Into thine hand I commit my spirit”
You must be assured that they are good, choice, wise, and solemn words; we may use them now and in the last tremendous hour. The history tells us that these were the last words of Polycarp, Bernard, Huss, Jerome of Prague, Luther, and of Melanchthon, and many others
Thus my friends we are not only the creature, but the redeemed creature, bought with a price given by our lord Jesus Christ.
Now in our prayers we must be with faith and belief without getting afraid of this pandemic we should say that “I commend my spirit, my soul, my body, my powers, my desires up to thy hands”
Well! Well! Well! My friends what the Lord has done he will do again, for he changes not. He is a God of truth, faithful to his promises, and gracious He will not turn away from his people.
David committed his spirit to God that he might not die, but Christ and we as faithful Christians commit our spirit to God that we may live for ever.
Matthew 19:26 – Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”
My dear Friends
Greetings!! for the Day………
Today when there is an Economic crash down across the nations the Bible tells us that God has given us a reason to have faith and believe.
I want you all to be prepared as God has a plan for us.
Today We will go through the scriptures from the holy Gospel from New testament book of Matthew Chapter Nineteen verse 26….
In today’s time of calamity, it should be satisfaction to us who are in a low condition, that we are not exposed to the temptations of a high and prosperous conditions as prevalent in today’s world. If we live more hardly in this world than the rich, yet, if we get more easily to a better world, we have no reason to complain.
The word of Christ show that it is hard for a rich man to be a good believer with strong faith, and to be saved. As the way to heaven is a narrow way to all, and the gate that leads into it, a strait gate; particularly so to rich people hence more duties are expected from them than from others, and more sins easily beset them. It is hard not to be charmed with a smiling world. Rich people have a great account to make up for their opportunities above others. It is utterly impossible for a man that sets his heart upon his riches, to get to heaven.
Christ our lord has used an expression, denoting a difficulty altogether unconquerable by the power of man and nothing less than the almighty grace of God will enable a rich man to get over this difficulty.
“With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible”
Jesus’ standard of perfection was surprising, even for his disciples who overheard this conversation. When they asked about it, he said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.
Well! Well! Well!!! My Friends …. Health and wealth are pointless without an eternal relationship with God. Our own path will not lead us to Heaven but only the path that Christ made for us will lead us to Heaven.
There is no disease, no addiction, no demon, no bad habit, no fault, no vice, no weakness, no temper, no moodiness, no pride, no self-pity, no strife, no jealousy, no perversion, no greed, no laziness that Christ our Lord cannot help us to overcome as the enemy of his honor.
So, we should know that our God never calls us to any kingdom responsibility we are capable of pulling off on our own. The Lord is particular about how and where He demonstrates that power. God is most glorified by bringing an event to pass which seems impossible, demonstrating that only His power is sufficient.
Jesus wants us to experience more than mere survival and material wealth. All God asks is for us to invite Him into our messes so He can demonstrate His power. When a problem becomes worse and praying for resolution seems pointless, Jesus says “continue to ask, and God will give to you.
We are invited into prayer, which is not the same as being given the assurance of God’s “YES” to every prayer.
Our warm and close relationship with God is a gift. The ability to speak directly to the Father was once impossible, but as Jesus said: All things are possible with God, so this is made possible by God for us.
As it is said in the First book of Thessalonians Chapter 5 verse 17 – “Pray Without Ceasing”.
Let Us pray without Ceasing….
My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from saving me, so far from my cries of anguish? My God, I cry out by day, but you do not answer, by night, but I find no rest. Yet you are enthroned as the Holy One; you are the one Israel praises.
Well my friends…….... So today on this day of Good Friday when Jesus our Lord was Crucified for our sins, I would like you take back to our Old Testament the book of Psalms Chapter 22.
Hence with our strong faith in changing times I would like to state that the book of Psalms chapter 22 raises three basic questions
Question 1. In the first verse, what is the cry to God?
Question 2. Why did Jesus feel forsaken of the Father?
Question 3. What was the one thing Jesus had dreaded the most?
Well it is about a person who is crying out to God to save him from the taunts and torments of his enemies, and in the last ten verses of this chapter it speaks about thanking God for rescuing him.
I would like to stress this on you all to read this Psalm without reflecting on the use of the first verse by Christ on the Cross with reference to New Testament for book of Matt. 27:46; and Mark 15:34
Hence, here Jesus knew that the Father was near when He was praying. Not even once in His prayers Jesus did not tried to submit to the will of the Father. Further, we are advised to be holy, because our God is holy. We the believers are spiritual and have trust and faith in Jesus our lord. If you want to feel the presence of God, praise Him.
Well looking back to book of Psalms from Verses 1-31: This psalm presents us with a great contrast in mood. Lament characterizes the first 21 verses, while praise and thanksgiving describe the last 10 verses. Prayer accounts for this dramatic shift from lament to praise. It is the story of first being God-forsaken and then God-found and filled.
Let Us Understand in Detail-
The Psalmist’s Hopelessness (22:1-10).
A. His Hopelessness and National History (22:1-5);
B. His Hopelessness and Natal History (22:6-10).
II. The Psalmist’s Prayer (22:11-21).
A. A No-Help Outlook (22:11-18);
B. A Divine-Help Outlook (22:19-21).
III. The Psalmist’s Testimonies and Worship (22:22-31).
A. An Individual Precipitation of Praise (22:22-25);
B. A Corporate Perpetuation of Praise (22:26-31).
Many times, we remember that we have we prayed many times and thought that God did not hear our prayer, and hence it seemed our prayer had not been answered? The Lord Jesus prayed to the Father while He was in the garden of Gethsemane.
There is a growing belief that God does not need to punish people for sin and that His wrath is directed specifically against all the ungodly behavior and unrighteousness of humanity that is damaging them, hurting them, causing them to sin against each other, and anything contrary to His nature.
The Cross is the plan of God from before the foundation of the world to bring reconciliation of the universe, making peace in all things and redeeming humanity from being lost and remaining in the grip of the enemy, and their sinfulness, by casting down the principalities and powers that enslave and oppress them.
The Cross was not about man’s sacrifice to God, but God’s sacrifice to man. It was the ultimate revelation of love that God Himself took the shame and corrupting power of death into Himself and did away with it.
Hence, the Bible says that there is only one thing that can save a sinner from the outpouring of God’s righteous response against sin, and that is placing their wholehearted trust in Christ Jesus
Psalm 145:8-9 “The Lord is gracious and full of compassion, slow to anger and great in mercy. The Lord is good to all, and His tender mercies are over all His works.”
My Dear Friends……. Greetings!! of the day…….
Today is a wonderful day….
The Book of Psalms chapter 145 is a beautiful book of Gods relation with us……Let us see what verse 8 and 9 tell us ……. “The Lord is gracious and full of compassion, slow to anger and great in mercy. The Lord is good to all, and His tender mercies are over all His works.”
Hence verses 8-9 proclaim the gracious character of God, I would like to state that the book of Psalm Chapter 145 belongs to King David and expresses his personal commitment to worship and believe in God. So, I would say that Chapter 145 calls the whole world to “Praise God’s Name Always”
Well the verses from 8 to 9 in Chapter 145 of book of Psalms ensures that all the attributes like gracious, compassionate, slow to anger, and love point to the Lords and his relationship with us.
We should ought to understand that we should praise God for God’s goodness and God’s greatness. We need to participate in this praise, with our Faith and belief in God
Even though the life appears as a battlefield we should speak of God’s wondrous work of redemption, while declaring his greatness with a belief that God is a God of Salvation
Since it should be truly said of our Lord Jesus Christ, that his words are words of goodness and grace; his works are works of goodness and grace.
He is full of compassion; hence he came into the world to save sinners.
Deuteronomy 31:6 Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the LORD your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.
This promise though made at the time particularly to Israel and Joshua yet belongs to all believers.
This is an invitation to believe and follow God. Only when we believe in God and follow His leadership, we can be truly strong and courageous. The result and effect of sin is always weakness, confusion, strife and eventually death.
God is present everywhere, and this should encourage us in times of distress and keep us from sinning because He is always with us and watching us.
God’s presence should be of great comfort to every born-again believer since no matter what level of the trial, the Lord is there.
God is always with us to encourage and support our service to Him. When God called Moses to proclaim His message and lead Israel out of slavery, the Book of Exodus chapter 4 from verse 10 to 12 explains that Moses protested because of his lack of speaking abilities. But God said, “I will help you speak and will teach you what to say.”
Jesus commands us, “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations . . . and surely, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” If you feel that you are not strong and courageous, remember what God told Moses and what Jesus told His disciples. Bear in mind that as believers we have the same resources they had, which is the presence and power of God!
Then Moses called Joshua and said to him in the sight of all Israel: Bringing the people into the Promised Land was God’s work. He was going to do it.
Well my friends remember that God always does His work through men and women who make themselves available to Him.
God uses encouraging people to help us fulfill the destiny He has for us.
The Song of Moses as in book of Deuteronomy chapter 32
“Give ear, O heavens, and let me speak;
And let the earth hear the words of my mouth.
“Let my teaching drop as the rain,
My speech distill as the dew,
As the droplets on the fresh grass
And as the showers on the herb.
“For I proclaim the name of the Lord;
Ascribe greatness to our God!
“The Rock! His work is perfect,
For all His ways are just;
A God of faithfulness and without injustice,
Righteous and upright is He.
“They have acted corruptly toward Him,
They are not His children, because of their defect;
But are a perverse and crooked generation.
“Do you thus repay the Lord,
O foolish and unwise people?
Is not He your Father who has bought you?
He has made you and established you.
“Remember the days of old,
Consider the years of all generations.
Ask your father, and he will inform you,
Your elders, and they will tell you.
“When the Most High gave the nations their inheritance,
When He separated the sons of man,
He set the boundaries of the peoples
According to the number of the sons of Israel.
“For the Lord’s portion is His people;
Jacob is the allotment of His inheritance.
“He found him in a desert land,
And in the howling waste of a wilderness;
He encircled him, He cared for him,
He guarded him as the pupil of His eye.
“Like an eagle that stirs up its nest,
That hovers over its young,
He spread His wings and caught them,
He carried them on His pinions.
“The Lord alone guided him,
And there was no foreign god with him.
“He made him ride on the high places of the earth,
And he ate the produce of the field;
And He made him suck honey from the rock,
And oil from the flinty rock,
Curds of cows, and milk of the flock,
With fat of lambs,
And rams, the breed of Bashan, and goats,
With the finest of the wheat—
And of the blood of grapes you drank wine.
“But Jeshurun grew fat and kicked—
You are grown fat, thick, and sleek—
Then he forsook God who made him,
And scorned the Rock of his salvation.
“They made Him jealous with strange gods;
With abominations they provoked Him to anger.
“They sacrificed to demons who were not God,
To gods whom they have not known,
New gods who came lately,
Whom your fathers did not dread.
“You neglected the Rock who begot you,
And forgot the God who gave you birth.
“The Lord saw this, and spurned them
Because of the provocation of His sons and daughters.
“Then He said, ‘I will hide My face from them,
I will see what their end shall be;
For they are a perverse generation,
Sons in whom is no faithfulness.
‘They have made Me jealous with what is not God;
They have provoked Me to anger with their idols.
So I will make them jealous with those who are not a people;
I will provoke them to anger with a foolish nation,
For a fire is kindled in My anger,
And burns to the lowest part of Sheol,
And consumes the earth with its yield,
And sets on fire the foundations of the mountains.
‘I will heap misfortunes on them;
I will use My arrows on them.
‘They will be wasted by famine, and consumed by plague
And bitter destruction;
And the teeth of beasts I will send upon them,
With the venom of crawling things of the dust.
‘Outside the sword will bereave,
And inside terror—
Both young man and virgin,
The nursling with the man of gray hair.
‘I would have said, “I will cut them to pieces,
I will remove the memory of them from men,”
Had I not feared the provocation by the enemy,
That their adversaries would misjudge,
That they would say, “Our hand is triumphant,
And the Lord has not done all this.”’
“For they are a nation lacking in counsel,
And there is no understanding in them.
“Would that they were wise, that they understood this,
That they would discern their future!
“How could one chase a thousand,
And two put ten thousand to flight,
Unless their Rock had sold them,
And the Lord had given them up?
“Indeed their rock is not like our Rock,
Even our enemies themselves judge this.
“For their vine is from the vine of Sodom,
And from the fields of Gomorrah;
Their grapes are grapes of poison,
Their clusters, bitter.
“Their wine is the venom of serpents,
And the deadly poison of cobras.
‘Is it not laid up in store with Me,
Sealed up in My treasuries?
‘Vengeance is Mine, and retribution,
In due time their foot will slip;
For the day of their calamity is near,
And the impending things are hastening upon them.’
“For the Lord will vindicate His people,
And will have compassion on His servants,
When He sees that their strength is gone,
And there is none remaining, bond or free.
“And He will say, ‘Where are their gods,
The rock in which they sought refuge?
‘Who ate the fat of their sacrifices,
And drank the wine of their drink offering?
Let them rise up and help you,
Let them be your hiding place!
‘See now that I, I am He,
And there is no god besides Me;
It is I who put to death and give life.
I have wounded and it is I who heal,
And there is no one who can deliver from My hand.
‘Indeed, I lift up My hand to heaven,
And say, as I live forever,
If I sharpen My flashing sword,
And My hand takes hold on justice,
I will render vengeance on My adversaries,
And I will repay those who hate Me.
‘I will make My arrows drunk with blood,
And My sword will devour flesh,
With the blood of the slain and the captives,
From the long-haired leaders of the enemy.’
“Rejoice, O nations, with His people;
For He will avenge the blood of His servants,
And will render vengeance on His adversaries,
And will atone for His land and His people.”
Exodus 14:13 And Moses said unto the people, “Fear ye not. Stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord, which He will show to you today; for the Egyptians whom ye have seen today, ye shall see them again no more for ever.
My dear friends some times life shows its own challenges, we believe in God who has plan for everthing what happened in our life.
Our almighty knows us before I was in the womb of my mother, Lord has put everthing in place what he wants us to make.
The Exodus explains us how lord chosen Moses to get people free and Moses very well knew of their mindset as was no hope; they were unarmed, they had no courage, and their minds were deplorably degraded.
But My friends we should behold the deliverance which God works, independently of all human help and means.
As the verse says “Ye shall see them again no more” So Here was strong faith, but this was accompanied by the spirit of prophecy. God showed Moses what he would do, he believed, and therefore he spoke in the encouraging manner related above.
Same goes for us in todays world. We should not be fear of anything miserable that is happening around us. The God has his plan in place, Our strong faith and belief will surely make wonders in our life and in everyway our life will be extra ordinary different as we are believers of the almighty God.
We do not have to anguish, be anxious, or be discouraged when bad things happen in our lives. If a situation is hopeless or the matter at hand is too overwhelming, we may doubt God. But as believers we must remember that no problem is beyond the scope of God’s sovereign care for His children. He has promised to take care of us, make good plans for us, and love us beyond measure.
Romans 8:18 “For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.”
Our Lord Jesus Christ led a life of suffering while he was on earth, same is for us as we are joined to him by faith. Suffering will not go on forever. Jesus Christ is in glory, and in the future we shall be blessed and glorified along with him. Our present sufferings leads to the threshold of an unspeakably glorious mansion.
Paul viewed his sufferings of many persecutions for Jesus Christ’s sake. There is no comparison between the glory of heaven and the intensity of suffering. That is why as Christians we the believers should endure suffering with a sense of hope.
We should come to the same conviction as the apostle Paul about suffering. We do this by hanging in balance a scale with on one side the suffering in time and on the other side the glory God will reveal in us. The first is temporal and the second is qualitatively eternal. There is no question about the weight of one over against the other. No matter how severe our present sufferings, they will fade into insignificance at our future glory.God has reserved for us the returns of glory.
There is a connection between the universe and the children of God who live in this creation. When something will happen to the creation at the same time the children of God will be rewarded with glory.
So a glorious freedom is awaiting in the future.
And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
Please do remember when our heart is filled with gratitude, there is very little room to worry and negativity. God will bless you to live the best life that God intended for you.
The Apostle Inc. team through this blog would love to encourage and help you along the way towards greater hope and joy! In the coming year.
El SEÑOR te hará la cabeza, no la cola. Si prestas atención a los mandatos del SEÑOR tu Dios que te doy este día y los sigues cuidadosamente, siempre estarás arriba, nunca abajo.
Hay un momento en la vida en el que piensas y tiendes a creer en la devastación y estás a punto de rendirte.
La vida arroja todos los ODDS, sin amigos, sin familiares, sin saldo bancario, sin pagar. Facturas que todos intentan decirte que tienes que creer que no tienes el talento requerido, la calificación correcta. Tu vida es un desastre de todas las cosas negativas posibles en este mundo.
Les digo que mis amigos comienzan su día reclamando la promesa de Dios – Mateo 19:30
“El Señor te hará cabeza y no cola; solo estarás arriba, y no estarás debajo “y” muchos de los primeros serán últimos, y los últimos primeros “.
Deuteronomy15: 6 -Cuando el SEÑOR tu Dios te bendiga como lo ha prometido, prestarás a muchas naciones pero no tomarás prestado de ellas; gobernarás sobre muchas naciones, pero no serás gobernado por ninguna.
Deuteronomio 26: 19: que Él te impondrá alabanzas, nombre y honra por encima de todas las naciones que ha creado, y que serás un pueblo santo para el SEÑOR tu Dios como lo prometió.
Deuteronomio 28: 1-Ahora, si obedeces fielmente la voz del SEÑOR tu Dios y cuidas de seguir todos los mandamientos que te estoy dando hoy, el SEÑOR tu Dios te pondrá por encima de todas las naciones de la tierra.
Sí, compromételo todo a Dios porque solo Dios puede cambiar las cosas por ti
Cuando Dios te haga la cabeza, terminarás por encima de tus circunstancias.
Génesis 39. Considera la historia de José. Incluso cuando era un esclavo, era la cabeza y no la cola porque Dios prosperó todo lo que hizo.
Números 24: 18,19-Y Edom será una posesión, Seir también será una posesión para sus enemigos; e Israel hará valientemente …
Lo que sea que estés pasando en tu vida es solo temporal.
Sigue creyendo que solo estás arriba y no abajo, incluso cuando tocas fondo.
Deuteronomio 28: 1-Y sucederá, si obedientemente obedeces a la voz de Jehová tu Dios, para cumplir y cumplir todos sus mandamientos que yo te mando hoy, que el SEÑOR tu Dios te pondrá en acción. Muy por encima de todas las naciones de la tierra:
Solo Dios puede hacer y Él ha prometido en Su Palabra que serás la cabeza y no la cola, solo por encima y no por debajo.
¡Siempre crea la Palabra incluso en cualquier circunstancia y espera ver lo mejor!