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Take Up Your Cross November 14th 2014

God knows your spiritual health condition

So the LORD blessed the latter end of Job more than his beginning: for he had fourteen thousand sheep, and six thousand camels, and a thousand yoke of oxen, and a thousand she asses. (Job 42:12 KJV)

God allowed His servant Job to be harassed and spiritually agitated by satan; giving satan free rein but protecting Job from harm unto physical death.  Job was put through the mill by satan and hung out to dry but in every one of these trials and tribulation Job came through with flying colors and his attention steadfastly focused upon the things of God.

God knew the beginning, middle, and end of Job’s life and spiritual health:

But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold. (Job 23:10 KJV)

God knows our heart condition and that we are targeted by satan; poked, prodded, pushed, shoved, wrangled physically and spiritually and we can be led astray by his twisted scriptures and teaching if we are not spiritually astute to his devious scheming derived in darkness.  Job lost all his family, except his wife, to sudden and unexpected death, lost his great wealth, his physique and physical condition deteriorated.  Job’s wife even lost her faith and confidence in the power of God to turn these devastating conditions around into great spiritual victory and an opportunity for glory and honor unto Himself.

But Job never gave up on God in the midst of this dark valley of spiritual trials and great suffering.  Often we desire to give up in the heat of battles.  We get caught up in how dismal our situation is; losing focus on how big our God is. The Bible has examples of those servants who gave up in the middle of trouble and of those who were steadfast and settled amid distressing circumstances swirling about them. Elijah focused upon his circumstances but Joseph and Daniel both remained steadfast in the eye of the storm. The Israelites often focused upon their surroundings and trials but Paul kept moving forward in many  spiritual and physical battles armed with the strength of God.

Job was blessed in the beginning, middle, and end of his trials for God was always near.  Job lost his earthly substances, riches, and many family members in the heat of these trials he faced as satan showered darkness upon him.  But God was always aware of Job’s circumstances and spiritual resolve rewarding him greatly in the end of his trials as Job came forth from the heat refined spiritually and physically like gold.

takeupyourcrossredocmclearDo you allow God to work in your life through both sunshine and trials; remaining confidant and steadfast always giving Him honor and glory as He brings about His will and way to your circumstances?

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