Study in the book of Job: Who are You?

Who is Job that God Almighty (the Logos, Creator) should speak with him face to face? How could he possible comprehend what the Almighty will tell him?

“Then the Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind [hurricane], and said, Who is this [Job’s friends] that darkeneth counsel by words without knowledge? GIRD UP NOW thy loins LIKE A MAN [Job]; for I will demand of thee, and answer thou me. Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? declare, if thou hast understanding. –Job 38:1‭-‬4 KJV

REMEMBER, In all this Job sinned not, nor charged God foolishly. —Job 1:22 (the same cannot be said for his friends. v42:7)

So, the One who “made man in his image and likeness” shows up (after friends failed to speak accurately of Him, his ways, motives and intentions during Jobs trial) to MAKE A MAN INDEED OUT OF JOB, or perhaps let him KNOW who he is.

“Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things w hishich we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip. But one in a certain place testified, saying, WHAT IS MAN, that thou art mindful of him? or the son of man, that thou visitest him? Thou madest him a little lower than the angels; thou CROWNEDST HIM WITH GLORY AND HONOUR, and didst SET HIM OVER the works of thy hands… —Hebrews 2:1‭, ‬6‭-‬7 KJV

WHO ARE YOU in this world?

GIRD UP NOW thy loins LIKE A MAN and he may show you…

Job sinned not

MORE THINGS YOUR COUNSELOR MAY NOT KNOW

Sn is a contamination, a mutation, a deletion, to be less than perfect.
There are two critical responses for Christians when things go wrong:

  1.  Out right sin. Take things into your own hands and choose a contrary resolution to hopeful relieve pain or discomfort.
  2. Charge God foolishly, as though you are wiser and more knowledgeable and loving than him, leaving the position of a created thing and sitting yourself on the throne as a god. (“If I were God I’d do it this way. So…)

THE FIRST is sinful, disobedient actions. THE SECOND is sinful, disrespectful thoughts, ideas, and words, which will produce actions.

The book of Job is all about how men react to God in this FALLEN, broken world that is full of trials, heart ache, and difficulties. (The idea of any “paradise on earth” is a lie. When we believe this lie, the Devil directs our path to find it among this worlds fleeting pleasures.

Watch Job stay close to God while his world collapses!)

When you are told that any action which relieves real or perceived pain is THE RIGHT action (even if it is contrary to scripture), you are being led away from God–proceed at your own peril. According to the modern co-dependency camp, any action which brings immediate “peace” is good, no matter who else is offended by it.

In this case the offended one would have been God had Job sinned with his actions, thoughts, or words. Had he lived today and visited the average counselor, they would have encouraged him (as his wife did)  to “curse God”, get if off your chest.

The Power of Heredity!

excerpt UNCONSCIOUS: Unlocking the Zone…

““If the total paternal contribution to heredity is contained in a sperm cell, and the maternal in an egg, then this would have to not just involve the total anatomy and physiology of a human being, but also our numerous predispositions and gifts.” —Werner Gitt

  1. Up to this point I have said a lot about the involuntary aspect of The Zone Phenomenon…essentially, most of what we experience is outside of our control. Professor Gitt in the quote above came to a similar conclusion after intensive study of human biology: the cell, mathematical probability, and DNA. He reasoned: we inherit more than just our physical traits, but also our inclinations and gifts.
    This would explain the similarities between personalities, interests, and many other intangible traits of peoples all over the world. We are more alike than we are different, and heredity is responsible. The source of the “seed” has a lot to do with the fruit produced. As we have noted: this is more pronounced within close family members.
    Heredity And Close Family…”

Note: Now a real world perspective from God Almighty:

“[But] he who commits sin [who practices evildoing] is of the devil [takes his character from the evil one], for the devil has sinned (violated the divine law) from the beginning. The reason the Son of God was made manifest (visible) was to undo (destroy, loosen, and dissolve) the works the devil [has done]. No one born (begotten) of God [deliberately, knowingly, and habitually] practices sin, for God’s nature abides in him [His principle of life, the divine sperm, remains permanently within him]; and he cannot practice sinning because he is born (begotten) of God.–1 John 3:8‭-‬9 AMPC

LET THERE BE EVERLASTING LIFE

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten [birthed] us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.–1 Peter 1:3‭, ‬23 KJV

Exxept The Lord Build The House

Except the Lord build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the Lord keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain.
Psalms 127:1 KJV

The meaning is,. People build a house for shelter, protection from outside forces. The most deadly threats in this world are not natural, not flesh and blood, they are spiritual forces (Eph.6:10ff). Only the power God can overcome those evil forces.
But how can a family secure God as their contractor? Is this Psalm just creative writing?
The Lord is the builder when the architectural plans, building materials and furnishings are his and not from worldly sources.
Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.   Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?   And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.   Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:   And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.   And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand:   And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it. –Matthew 7:21‭-‬27 KJV
What about divorce in Christian homes? 
To protect the PEACE and SECURITY of the home the Lord has built, he will cause a division.
“Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but A SWORD.   For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law.   And a man’s foes shall be they of his own household. –Matthew 10:34‭-‬36 KJV
“But to the rest speak I, not the Lord: If any brother hath a wife that believeth not, and she be PLEASED to dwell with him [in peace and unity], let him not put her away.  And the woman which hath an husband that believeth not, and if he be pleased to dwell with her [in peace and unity], let her not leave him.  For the unbelieving husband is sanctified by the wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified [blessed, holy] by the husband: else were your children [God’s heritage from the union] unclean; but now are they holy.  BUT if the unbelieving DEPART [from the home God oversees], let him depart. A brother or a sister is not under bondage [in marriage to the unbeliever] in such cases: but God hath called us to peace. –1 Corinthians 7:12‭-‬15 KJV
God’s will is peaceful households where his children live. Throughout the Old Testament the households of believing individuals were protected from evil.
Matt. 11:12

The Kingdom of Heaven Suffers Violence, Matt. 11:12

John the Baptist was the herald, “EXTRA, EXTRA, Read All About It. The Message is here and has begun his CONQUEST! He is going to destroy Sin, Death, and Hell. Stamp your ticket here at the Jordan river, I’m baptizing sinners for entrance into Messiah’s kingdom.”
 
“Multitudes” according to the context were “pressing” to get in. But, the religious leaders were skeptical. They already had a good thing going right where they were. Certainly not going to listen to some homeless dude quoting scripture.
 
Pick up the rest of the story in Matthew and see what Jesus has to say about this situation. One man’s (“oh when the saints come marching in…”) marching band is another man’s noise.
 
Is it worth the (effort) violent force? Why is violence (literal spiritually) necessary? Can’t we all just chill?

The Math that Equals Fellowship with God, Philippians 4:8,9

Here we find more complex math in God’s word to exercise the frontal cortex of those endowed with “the image of God.” Us creatures who can think!

Like every manufactured machine, there are no unnecessary parts; each part has a specific contribution/contributions. In this passage the Holy Spirit inspires Paul to highlight several of our body components working together for spiritual growth.

Php 4:8  Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.

“Think” in this verse means to add up; it’s an accounting word. Add these things up. The sum total you will arrive at is “the peace of God will be with you.”

Paul says: he has lived “these things” in front of them in such as way that they have been taught through all of there senses. They have “received” them to themselves, They have heard them with their ears, they have seen them with their eyes. You might say that they have “tasted the purity and cleanness” of them. And being persuaded of their value they are encouraged to do them and receive the final benefit: fellowship with the God of peace.

These things + learning + doing = FELLOWSHIP WITH THE GOD OF PEACE.

In contrast with the anxious mindset described in the previous verses, we are to select out “every thing” that is beneficial and praiseworthy to study for the purpose of directing our way of life.

The Law of Harvest/ Coming of Age

The Law of the harvest runs throughout the Bible. The time for fruit and the inspection of its quality. The bad fruit is separated out from the good fruit.

Peter is inspired to teach this coming of age process from another perspective to Jews suffering persecution from their countrymen.

“Therefore, those who are ill-treated and suffer in accordance with the will of God must [continue to] do right and commit their souls [for safe-keeping] to the faithful Creator.
1 PETER 4:12‭-‬13‭, ‬17‭-‬19 AMP

It’s like the bad apples identify you as good fruit by persecuting you for doing good–they identify you with Christ and persecute him through you–REJOICE!! Your identity is confirmed by others!

CONVERSELY,

“Woe unto you, when all men shall speak well of you! for so did their fathers to the false prophets.Luke 6:26 KJV

A Law of Harvest, coming of age on planet earth.

Study 1Peter!

The Good Life!

What’s wrong with “the good life?” Isn’t God glorified in my success?

This would mean that the seed He plants is designed produce material wealth. The truth is: what we call “the good life” is really a slow death with decaying things. The real “good life” begins with seed that produces everlasting things, which don’t decay. (Once we forget Genesis 3 our thinking has erred.)

“And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprang up with it, and choked it. And he said, Unto you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God: but to others in parables; that seeing they might not see, and hearing they might not understand.
Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God.
And that which fell among thorns are they, which, when they have heard, go forth, and are choked with cares and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to perfection. –Luke 8:7‭, ‬10‭-‬11‭, ‬14 KJV

“Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.
1 John 2:15‭-‬17 KJV


 

Pray For Me

Everybody needs prayer, as a matter of fact we should always pray for each other.
 
But, some ministries put their disciples in a constant posture of needing prayer for the wrong things. It’s like always being hungry for fulfillment and never, never being satisfied.
 
With these ministries focusing on fleshly needs every week, they are feeding the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, “which are not of the father but of the world.”
 
While Jesus said the quote below: they (the flock) are constantly led to focus on the exact things Jesus said not to give a thought to.
 
“Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof. —Matthew 6:31‭-‬34 KJV
 
Because these ministries see it necessary to stir up the fleshly desires the world lusts for, their members become dissatisfied babes, constantly craving more things, and a better life here on earth. Their disciples are spiritually unstable and powerless because they are constantly entangled in worldly cares.
 
(I went to see T.D. Jakes at a church where you can find “your best life now”, and he asks all who are in desperate need to come down close to the alter. Half the church got up (3,000+ ??.) The medicine ain’t working, it’s causing more sickness!)
 
Jesus said, our care, cravings, and affections, should be for heaven–spiritual things. Sounds to me like, mastering, and memorizing the word of God might be one of those things to care about? Thirst and hunger for God’s food and water! DRINK and FEAST! If we need to know what seeking heaven means.
 
There are even promises attached to this task:
 
“Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name. He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him. With long life will I satisfy him, and show him my salvation. –Psalms 91:14‭-‬16 KJV
 
Chronic sickness is not normal when you know the Great Physician. 
Mat 11:28  Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

Ask of God, ask in Faith; James 1:6

Been wrestling with James 1 since a Bible study a couple of weeks ago. Because James ask us to do the impossible to “count it all joy when we fall into all kinds of soul trying situations.”

What I want to focus on is the If any man lacks wisdom let him ask of God in faith and no doubting because the man that waivers is double minded and should not expect anything from God.

What I’ve come to understand is that it’s not that we don’t ask from God, it is that WE DON’T BELIEVE THAT HE CAN answer our prayer. We are prone to focus on the problem the difficulty and doubt that God is even able to do what we request, and the possibility that he is unwilling to answer our prayer for whatever reason mixes in.

For example because we are insignificant, or unworthy, our wants are unimportant distractions to God, or we are asking with the wrong motives, have lack of information on exactly what we should be praying about, or doubt God is even willing to answer our prayer. So the thought of his unwillingness in our minds clouds or interferes with our faith in his ability to answer our prayers. James is saying DON’T DOUBT THAT GOD IS ABLE if he is willing to answer our prayer!

So, when we make a request we should not doubt that HE IS ABLE to answer that request.

So we see the kid David going out to kill Goliath,  Daniel in the lion’s den, and his 3 friends

” If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king.  But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods…Daniel 3:17‭-‬18

We see the woman with the issue of blood, the Centurion Soldier with the dying child: ” just speak the word and my child will be healed”, all come to Jesus WITHOUT A DOUBT that he was ABLE to do the miracle they needed in their life. They wanted a miracle and didn’t doubt. We ask for smaller things and doubt God’s ability to give them to us.

So James is saying to us have that same type of faith in God’s ABILITY to answer the request, and do the thing we come to him in prayer with. In this case asking for wisdom to count up all tribulation in our life to JOY because:

My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations;  Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.  But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.  If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.  But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.  For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord.  A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.-James 1:2‭-‬8 KJV

It is evil to limit God’s power in our heart while facing him in prayer, or give up on our requests because we faint and doubt. This child belongs to another father, not our Father in heaven who has demonstrated his all powerful abilities. Read all of James 1.

But the one doubting…he has been condemned, because it is not of faith; and whatever is not of faith is sin.—Rom 14:23

“And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint; Luke 18:1 KJV