Wednesday, February 21, 2018

You're in Big Trouble Dude

O. T. 1155 "You're in Big Trouble Dude"
Feb. 21, 2018
Job 32-37

LET IT GLOW

Look out now. Just when we thought we were through with the lecturing, here comes one last friend. His name is Elihu. He is the youngest of of four. He was listening and observing as Job and the 3 debated their beliefs.
I don't know about you, but I'm ready to get this over. That's why I think it would be acceptable to do an overview of Elihu's 4 speeches. They are broken down like this:

  1. Initial message covers chapters 32 and 33;
  2. Second speech is found in chapter 34;
  3. Third speech is in chapter 35;
  4. Final speech is in chapters 36 and 37.
Elihu communicated two points:
1. God disciplines a person to turn him from the error of his ways.
2. God governs justly. He is fair. He is sovereignly in control over all.

Swindoll's gives us some good insight:
1. In the first speech, Elihu could have summed up his thoughts like this:
God has not been silent, but His message is not as you had expected.
(Job 33:13-14)
God speaks in a dream or a vision of the night. (Job 33:15)
God speaks when we are sick. (33:19)
Could it be that in those days when God spoke through dreams and visions, He spoke directly to individuals in a supernatural manner, using a "mediating angel?" (33:23-26)
(I wonder if it was Jesus, before He took on the form of a man. As in Jacob's case when he wrestled with an angel all night. )
Was Job listening to what God was saying through his circumstances?
Are we listening?

2. The second speech Elihu gave addressed Job and the 3 men was because he refused to live on God's terms. Do you think He should start living on yours? You should be pushed to the wall and called to account for wickedly talking back to God the way you have. You compounded your sin by rebelling against God's discipline. Wow!
Do we live on God's terms or on our terms? By our rules or His?

LET IT GROW 

3. In his third speech, Elihu builds a case against those with impure motives (Job). He emphasizes that is the reason for God's silence. (35:12-16)
Do we do a motive check often? God looks upon the heart.

4. The final speech of Elihu has him making four good points:

  1. God protectively watches over the righteous.
  2. If the righteous commit a transgression, He let's them know they've done wrong.
  3. If they respond to the rod of discipline, He restores them.
  4. If they persist, they will surely suffer the consequences.

Finally someone gets it right. It's all about God.
Is He trying to remold us like a lump of clay? When we make a mess of our life of clay, does God give up on us? No. He keeps working on us.
Have we had our own ideas about how we should do things, act this way, be that, and if you don't then you are wrong and in big trouble dude. (Michelle on Full House used that phrase often. )
Instead of condemning the person, aren't we supposed to love them back to Jesus?
Ouch!

LET IT GO

Oh Lord Jesus, remold this messy lump of clay.
Change my heart God, too as I surrender to
Your will,
Your way,
Today,
I pray.


Tuesday, February 20, 2018

That Was Then, This is Now

O. T. 1154 "That Was Then, This is Now"
Feb. 20, 2018
Job 30-31
As far as the east is from the west, So far has He removed our transgressions from us. 
Psalm 103:12

LET IT GLOW 

So last week I did everyday things like pouring a glass of milk, loading the dishwasher, and doing laundry. But this week is different. That was then; this is now.
I get on my knees to tip the milk jug so it pours into my glass, then push with my legs to get back up to standing. (My limit to lifting is 2 pounds.) Then I do squats to load the dishwasher. (Should have firmer leg muscles soon.) As for the laundry, again I was on my knees, sorting whites and colors into baskets. Then I had to give a refresher course of Laundry 101 to hubby as to which buttons to push. However, I neglected to tell him that to pull the knob so it begins the cycle. It presoaked for quite a while until he realized he had not put them into the dryer. I knew what happened so we probably have cleaner clothes than usual.
Things can change so quickly in a day's time. (My surgery was Friday. )It could be a phone call, a text, a visit. News can travel so fast now days, and boom, our life is different from the previous day. That's how it happened to our friend Job. After loosing everything, and covered with boils, he was visited by some friends. They shared their philosophy that all those troubles came to him due to some hidden sin. Job was a righteous man and continued to state his innocence.

Living in Job's now,

  • he had no respect from younger men; (v. 9-10)
  • he was an object of shame; (v. 15)
  • he no longer had great blessings from God; (v. 17-22)
  • no benevolence toward Job was returned to him after his previously giving to the needy (v.26-29).
Job's present misery was evident as his friends were unsympathetic and God remained silent. What trying times for Job! How will he ever survive?
He had no Psalms to read for comfort, no praise songs in the radio to uplift him, no Christian friends bringing him meals and encouragement.

LET IT GROW 

Job maintained his integrity through it all. In chapter 31, we read about his life:

  • There was no lust,
  • no lying,
  • no adultery,
  • no oppression,
  • no lack of compassion,
  • and no materialism. 
What a list. Job's heart cry is for his God to speak and judge him. What can we learn from this troubled friend, Job?
Swindoll's gives us 3 truths worth remembering:

  1. Reflecting on past blessings gives us reasons to rejoice. 
  2. Rehearsing present trials forces us to swallow our pride. 
  3. Reaffirming our commitment to integrity strengthens us with confidence and courage. 
Is our integrity revealing that we do what is right?  And when we fail, we make it right? Without it we drift into compromise. With it we stand with confidence. Integrity helps us stand fast.
Like Job, I don't understand why I got in that physical condition, but David wrote in Psalm 103, I will bless the Lord and His holy name, forget none of His benefits, recall His compassion and grace, lovingkindness. He has removed my transgressions as far as the east is from the west.

Well my experience has certainly brought me to my knees. I need to be there more often and for other reasons-prayer and praising my God for life.

LET IT GO
Thank You Jesus for bringing my through surgery without any paralysis.
Thank You for your grace and mercy You show this sinner.
Help me keep growing in faith, trusting You in my now, for You were faithful in my then. 

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Remember When

O. T. #1153  "Remember When"
Feb. 15, 2018
Job 29
Till I die I will not put away my integrity from me. I hold fast my righteousness and will not let it go.  Job 27:5-6

LET IT GLOW

What are some happy moments you remember? Was it graduations, weddings, birth of grandchildren, the dream job, a first house, and a heart filled with the love of Jesus when He first came into your life? What about unexpected gifts, winning a prize, a special trip, getting together with family, seeing old friends of long ago, hearing your favorite hymn? Can we add experiencing the hand of Jesus in our life? Job was recalling happier times in his life:
  • when he walked and talked with God;
  • as his 10 children were with him;
  • material blessings;
  • respect of those in the community;
  • looked upon as one of the greatest men in the East;
  • the power and prestige that people only dream of and never experience, but Job did.
As you though of those happy moments, did a smile come upon your face? Maybe a tear of joy rolled down your face, too. Can we stop and thank God for His protection, blessings, and love that never ends?

LET IT GROW

Job had not gained his former wealth by taking advantage of people, nor by dishonest ways. He didn't exploit the week or poor. This man had a moral and social conscience that most wealthy men do not have today.
Job was the defender, deliverer, liberator, advocate of the:
  • poor (verses 12, 16);
  • fatherless (verse 12);
  • widow (verse 13);
  • lame and blind (verse 15).
Not only was Job a friend to the most needy and defenseless of society, but at the same time, he opposed evil men and prospered. Job sat chief and dwelt as a king, even among the nobles of his people. (Falwell)

How inspirational Job's profile is. He loved the Lord most of all. He was such a giving person, overflowing with generosity, compassion, and wisdom. He did it all.

LET IT GO

Be more compassionate, generous, and giving.
Look for those in need of help and encouragement.

*Friends, I am having surgery this morning, so I seek your prayers. The surgeon is removing a lipoma, a fatty tumor off my spine. Needless to say, I am antsy about its location. Isaiah 41:10 came along so I'm not going to fear nor be anxious. My God will strengthen me and help me and uphold me.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

VALENTINE'S DAY 2018

It is a day set aside for us to go all out in showing our love to others. Found throughout the New Testament, the word love is called philadelphia, the brotherly love (kindness). We find it numerous times in scriptures such as Titus 2 and 3; in Paul's writings of 1 Timothy 4:9, Romans 12:10, 1 Thess. 4:9.
How will we show lovingkindness to others today?

And then there is the word for love, which is found mostly in the 4 gospels-agapao, meaning to love (in a moral and social sense). Matthew 5:23-26, Mark 12:30-33, Luke 6:27-35, John 14. The disciple John wrote about love in his three books, 1,2,and 3 John.

How can we show moral and social love today? Will we do the right thing?

In Psalm 119, David spoke of loving exceedingly God's name, commands, precepts, law, and testimonies. Will we be like David?

And then there is the ultimate love of God toward us. How did God demonstrate love? He gave His only Son, Jesus to die so we can have everlasting life. (John 3:16) That is the highest form of love, don't you think?

Jesus said in John 15:9, As the Father hath loved Me, so have I loved you: continue in My love.

It can't get any better, folks.
May you have a lovely day. May the love of Jesus pour down on you and show you with blessings overflowing.
Linda



Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Need Wisdom and Understanding?

O. T. #1152 "Need Wisdom and Understanding?"
Feb. 12, 2018
Job 28
And to man He said, "Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom; And to depart from evil is understanding. Job 28:28

LET IT GLOW

We previously learned about the first three of five priorities in Job's life, according to Swindoll:
  1. Thinking God's thoughts is the highest goal.
  2. Walking in integrity is the only way to live.
  3. Wrong will occur but it will not ultimately triumph.
In this chapter, the remaining two are:
      4. Seeking wisdom through human effort is a waste of time. You can dig the earth, probe outer
          space, even study nature, nor get the highest education, but wisdom will not be found in all  
          those.
What is wisdom? It is looking at life from God's point of view. Viewing a situation as God sees it. If we think God's thoughts, we can interpret current events as God would.
Understanding is responding to life's struggles and challenges as God would have us respond. We do not compromise our integrity. We don't respond by human impulses, nor in a way that is politically correct.

Are we seeking God's wisdom and understanding today?

LET IT GROW

Where is wisdom and understanding found? According to Job, they are found  in the fear of God. (verse 28)
We have an awesome respect for God accompanied by a personal hatred for sin. (Swindoll)

Solomon wrote in Proverbs 9:10, The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.

Job's fifth priority is:
      5. Cultivating a healthy and holy fear of the Lord gives us wisdom and understanding.
The greater the suffering, the better we determine what really matters. Suffering helps us clarify our priorities and focus on the right objectives.

Are we in need of some wisdom and understanding? Seek the Lord Jesus for answers. Stay close to Him, even in the midst of trials and suffering. Surrender to His will for His glory.

LET IT GO

Surrender today.
How does God see this?
How can I best respond so I am pleasing to Him?





Monday, February 12, 2018

Licking Wounds

O. T.  1151 "Licking Wounds"
Feb. 12,2018
Job 27

LET IT GLOW

When an animal gets a sore or injury, it licks its wound to keep it clean and help it get well, over and over. We often do the same, only figuratively. We cry, grumble, share it, but not allowing the Great Physician to heal our wounds.

Suffering is a friend. It helps us refocus on things that really matter. When flat on our backs, the only way to look is up. Job stopped licking his wounds. He looked past all the criticism, then began to be preoccupied with thoughts of God:


1. The God who lives-v 2
2. The breath of God-v3
3. The giver of life-v8
4. The God who hears-v9
5. The Almighty God-v10
6. Powerful God-v11
7. A Giving God-v13 (Swindoll)

Job's view of God kept him going. Does He give a purpose for you and me to get up every day?

LET IT GROW

Job is bankrupt, childless, friendless, diseased, and misunderstood. He was blamed for secret sins and rejected by those who once highly respected him. How in the world does he go on?

We can learn from Job's highest priorities:
.Thinking God's thoughts is our highest goal.
.Walking in integrity is the only way to live.
.Wrong will occur but it will not ultimately triumph. (Swindoll)

Are we memorizing God's Word so we can apply it to our situation or need?
Are we controlling the strongest muscle in our body-the tongue?

LET IT GO

Trust in Almighty God today.
Lean upon the Giving God.
Have a verse to focus on as I go through today.
Walk in integrity.
His love is amazing, steady and unchanging. His love carries me.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Hey ya'll I'm in San Antonio for the weekend at a business conference. See ya Monday
Have a blessed weekend.
Heehaw.
Linda