DEAR JOB…

 

Job was a righteous man who feared God. He had the reputation of ‘the greatest man’ of his generation. God allowed the devil to attack Job. He lost all his reputation, his wealth, his children and his health. His marriage and his friends were almost gone. Job wanted to die but God restrained him. He had to pass thru this peculiar furnace of unmerited grief so that the secret of his heart might be revealed to him. His complaints reveal hidden pride, secret fears and doubts that are common to all believers.

*No encounter!

Job believed in Almighty God who created the universe. But he was unable to believe that the same God is personally interested in him as a friend.

‘Even if I summoned Him and He responded I do not believe He would give me a hearing…’

*No Intercessor!

Job believed in Almighty God. But he was unable to believe in Jesus Christ as the Son of Man, High Priest and Intercessor.

‘God is not a man like me…If only there were someone to arbitrate between us, to lay his hand upon us both; someone to remove God’s wrath from me so that His terror would frighten me no more…’

*No joy! No heaven!

Job believed in God who lives in heaven. But he lacked the assurance of salvation. He did not believe that in God’s presence there is fullness of joy, which is independent of the circumstances. He did not believe that God’s chastisement is His choice method to purify the soul. He assumed that God’s wrath means punishment without mercy. He doubted his salvation assuming that after all this suffering, he will end in hell.

‘Are not my few days almost over? Turn away from me so I can have a moment’s joy before I go to the place of no return… to the land of deepest night, of deep shadow and disorder, where even the light is darkness’ (Job 1:1-3; 9:16, 32-35; 10:20-22)

 

‘Dear Job,

This is my letter to you…

I was once just like you, confident of my righteousness and having my own invented hope. I did not believe that the Almighty God ‘has time’ for me. I did not believe that He can stop from His busy schedule and notice me, a worm; a shadow on the earth He has created. I too did not see the value of my soul. I thought that prayer is a waste of time. I thought the believers are deceived to entrust their hopes to fake imaginations. That is why for many years I did not pray at all. I trusted myself and not another. I had no need of God. I chose to make myself happy thru hard work and a good name. I did not believe in God or devils, in heaven or in hell. I thought that the spirits’ realm is a fantasy, the product of men’s imagination.

I never truly considered the possibility that above all the stars that blink at night, God might exist. I never sat down to think that God might be interested in my personally, as a Friend. All these thoughts seem too good to be true and I did not want to inflate my hopes with dreams that are not real. So doubt was my religion; unbelief my doctrine and hard work my agenda. My family, my country people, they too did not believe in God. So why will I be different than my entire world?

My letter to you could have ended with that simple question. It could have been sealed with the bitterness and the frustration of life. But the truth is so much different than all my fears and doubts…

This is the truth that I have personally found: God has come down to me and He has saved my soul. He has totally defeated my fears, my unbelief and my rebellion. I am now in Christ ‘a new creation’. He that made the stars, made me anew. Jesus Christ, the Son of Man and the Son of God died for me on a cross. He saved my soul and healed my body. He filled me with His personal peace and eternal joy. He gave me a new song to sing. He made an eternal romantic poet out of the scientific me. He freed me from men’s expectations and judgments. Jesus became the Intercessor I never dreamed about. He is now my God, my High Priest and best of all, He is my friend forever.

I encourage you to be patient in all your trials, for at last, your faith will become better than gold. God knows you personally, not only your pastor or your governor, but He knows you! He knows exactly when you woke up this morning. He knows your anxious thoughts and your fear of failure. He knows about your job, your boss, your salaries and bonuses. He knows about your loans and your desire to pay them off. He knows your weight and all about your headaches. He knows about your loneliness and fear of poverty. He knows all things because He is God!

Honor God by totally trusting Him in everything! ‘The end of the matter is better than the beginning’ for God will make it so (Ecc 7:8). You may not understand now the value of these trials but later, looking back, you shall see the change in your character and you shall worship God. Do not jump to conclusions based on appearances, for these can deceive and hurt you. Do not judge anything half way down the road. Wait patiently until you reach the destination, for everything has a purpose, that God may be glorified.

Dear Job, let your sadness become joy! Unknown beauty shall suddenly bloom from this heap of ashes! Use your hands to clap and your mouth to sing! Praise God, for there is still hope for you! I know it for I was there!

Glory to the Lamb who was slain!

Amen!’

SHOW ME COMPASSION, LORD…

 

‘This is what the Sovereign Lord, the Holy One of Israel says:

‘In repentance and rest is your salvation; in quietness and trust is your strength!’

But you would have none of it. You said: ‘No, we will flee on horses’…

Therefore pursuers will be swift! A thousand will flee at the threat of one…till you are left…like a banner on a hill’

Yet the Lord longs to be gracious to you. He rises to show you compassion. For the Lord is a God of justice. Blessed are all who wait for Him’ (Is 30:15-18)

This is the royal road of salvation. Many holy pilgrims testify to it. From time to time, I am troubled in my soul but I do not know why. I pray and ask God to come to me. I wait for God quietly and patiently. I know that God does not tempt me. I am confident He knows that I wait. I know that He will not give me more than I can bear. I know that He is Almighty and He is kind. It is not His fault that I find myself so troubled. I know that it is sin living in me. My problem is that I do not know what sin plagues me. I do not want to assume anything. I want God to come, to expose the very sin that troubles me. I am willing to repent. I want to repent. Just to know the truth, that is all I need…

 

This waiting is hard. Waiting for God to come is never easy. There is a false hope called ‘fleeing on horses’. I become impatient with God and just go away, abandoning my position of waiting. The horses look attractive; they look strong. The horses that call me are money and fame. They invite me to a life of activity, of ‘ministry’ far away from this ‘demanding’ God. My hope is that I become a master rider. I can teach others to ride them too. I can enroll in horse races and become a champion of the world. On top of a horse I look taller and more impressive with my achievements. I will surely look more ‘cooperate’, more ‘posh’ than others who can only afford lowly donkeys or walk on foot…

A sinner always imagines himself a champion, far away from the restrains of his Father’s House. But this ambitious life of sin has no rest and no peace. There is no oasis in the desert of the world. There is no cup and no well to drink water when thirsty… just a continual lust for more medals and more trophies. A sinner is a lonely champion. He kills all to climb the mountain of fame. Along the path, he makes only enemies.  He has no friends. He fights to win. He has forgotten the power of love and life. Salvation and rest are strange dreams killed to feed the horses. At last, forsaken and guilty, he plants the flag of sin on top of the Everest of his own childhood ambition…

Success without God will surely damage your soul.

Money without God will surely dry your heart.

Marriage without God will surely destroy your vision.

Come back to God!

Have you forgotten the taste of mercy? Do you still remember how it feels to be loved? Wait for God, even if you think that it is ‘too late’! You need God’s mercy much more than money, fame or miracles.

 

This is God’s promise:

‘Even now, I rise to show you compassion!’

 

‘Amen, Lord!

Show me compassion, according to Your promise!’

WHEN GOD SLEEPS

 

Jesus commanded His disciples. ‘Let us go to the other side…’ (Mk 4:35-41).

They ‘left the crowd behind…’ This was to be a personal test for the disciples alone. ‘Tired as He was’ Jesus went to sleep in the boat. Then a furious storm started. The waves were higher than the boat. At the beginning, the disciples did not bother to wake Jesus, knowing Him to be a carpenter and a teacher. Jesus was not a fisherman like most of them. He cannot help…or so they thought. But when the wind increased and the boat was almost overturned, they cried to Him in despair:

‘Teacher, don’t You care if we drown?’

Jesus woke up and rebuked the winds. The storm suddenly stopped and it was completely calm. But in the midst of that wonderful peace, Jesus rebuked His disciples for their doubt. They looked at Him as a Teacher, as a liability in the midst of a crisis. It was obvious that they lacked mature faith in Him. They did not believe that Jesus is God ‘who never sleeps or slumbers’ and is in control of all things.

Just like them, many believers trust God only before or after the storm. But in the middle of a crisis, they reverse back to their elementary fears and doubts. They go to their natural way of thinking, to the common sense of the flesh, and like lost children, they panic and cry.

Mature faith remains unmoved by circumstances, trusting the God who can stop the wind with His very breath. Mature faith has the same peace before, in the middle and at the end of the trial.

Trials are like tunnels. Before the train enters the tunnel, it is light. Suddenly darkness comes. For a time it seems like the darkness will never end. That pain, that weeping, that loneliness…it seems like they will go on forever. But at the end of the tunnel the sun shines once more. Tunnels are not graveyards. We are just passing thru. All these trials and temptations, all these things you battle, they ‘come to pass…’

Our life should not depend on the circumstances. Christ is our life. Our faith is rooted in the Cross and in the Promises of God. Heaven is our destination. Joy is our portion. Eternal life is our inheritance. These are blessed things that have come to stay.

Do you boast about your faith only when your feet are set on the dry land? Do you have the same faith in the middle of the storms of life?

Jesus said: ‘Let us go to the other side’.

Do you trust Jesus to finish what He has started in you? Do you trust Jesus in between the shores? Do you trust Him in the middle of the storms of life? Do you trust Him when He is silent? Do you trust Him when He is sleeping? Do you trust Him when He answers others’ prayers but ignores your own?

This is my testimony: Jesus has been with me always. I am a witness to His faithful fellowship, no matter the circumstances. Each time He sent the Word to me, His power came with it. He has been with me in riches and poverty, in sickness and in health, at home and abroad. Why will I doubt Him now? Why will I fear the end of the matter? Why will I fret in the midst of things unknown? Why will I be sad when men betray me? Why will I lose my temper when men provoke me?

He has commanded me to rejoice always, so I will rejoice! He is my Shepherd and He is my God!

As for me and my household, we shall trust the Lord! Always! And forever!

‘This is my story; this is my song, praising my Savior all the day long…’

THE HIGHEST LOVE OF ALL

Jesus Christ is 100% Man and 100% God. He revealed to us the greatest human love and the greatest divine love. Many claim that are believers but they are following a denomination, an idea or a dream. They have religious zeal but they lack the seal of love. It is only a born again child of God that is privileged to manifest true love.

The greatest and the highest love a man can ever manifest is ‘to lay down his life for his friends’. This is what Jesus said. From time to time, in the history of mankind, there were few heroes who did just that. Paying the price for this servant love, they became leaders of men. The rest admired them, followed them and even worshipped them. They became a source of inspiration thru the power of love.

In the Bible, the best example of such a love is shown by David’s ‘three mighty men’. They were his true friends. They heard him say that he wanted to drink a cup of water from the well of Bethlehem. He was home-sick. He was tired of running thru the wilderness. For a moment he became weak; a child lost in this strange, wicked world. Tired and thirsty, that cup from the spring of Bethlehem was a longing, a refreshing to his body and to his soul. But that sweet water of revival was not cheap. The well was behind the enemy’s lines. But the three friends loved David. His whispered wish was their command. They quickly decided to go over there by night, when ‘ordinary’ men are sleeping. They risked their lives but at last they brought to him the water of life. Shaking, with the cup in his hands, David could not drink the water because of the price involved. He poured it on the ground as a sacrifice unto the Lord. That is the greatest love a man has, to lay down his life, to die for his friends.

But Jesus went higher than that. He manifested the love of the Father, ‘the agape love’. He did what no man could ever do. He did what no man could ever imagine. He did not just die for His friends. He died for His enemies!!! He died for us, the enemies of God!!! He loved us, the sinners. He died for us ‘while we were still powerless’ and wicked. He died for us long before we knew we needed salvation.

This is the Gospel we preach: ‘Christ died for the ungodly’!

The words below are holy. Please read and mediate on them.

‘Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man. Though for a good man someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrate His love for us in this: while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us’

O, How I love Jesus…

That is why I will never stop serving God!

That is why I will never cease to praise His name!

(Jn 15:13; 2Sam 23:13-17; Rom 5:6-8)

PRAISE YE THE LORD!

 

‘Give thanks to the Lord for He is good; His love endures forever!’

The people of God provoked Him with their sins again and again. He saved them from their enemies, made a path thru the Red Sea for them to walk on a dry ground; gave them food and healed their diseases. But they took God for granted and refused to be grateful.

This is a list of some of their sins (Psalm 106)

*They ‘were bent on rebellion’

*They did not ponder on the purpose of the miracles

*They forgot God’s many acts of kindness

*They soon forgot God’s mighty deeds to save them

*They coveted other things to make them happy

*They coveted the position of leadership of Moses and Aaron and rebelled against them

*They made idols and worship them in place of God

*They forgot God Himself, their Savior who brought them out from the house of bondage

*They despised the Promised Land

*They doubted God’s promises and replaced them with their covetous desires

*They secretly grumbled in their tents against God and His chosen leaders

*They did not obey God’s Word and His commands

*They sacrificed their children to ‘lifeless gods’, shedding innocent blood

*They ‘mingled with the nations’ becoming friends with the world

*They intermarried with the unbelievers and worshipped their idols

*They prostituted with the pagan idols

This list is so sad. This list is not complete. The result is that God became angry. He answered their request for strange pleasures and illegal happiness but He also punished them in the midst of them/ They became sick in their bodies and minds. They lost their special position of leadership among the nations. They were scattered and lost their identity as God’s priests and kings.

The solution is to come back to God with all our heart. We have to confess all our sins, especially the sin of rebellion and pride. We are to separate ourselves from the nations, reject friendship with them and chose once more to be alone with God.

Then God will hear our prayers, revive our souls, heal our bodies and restore us to the primary purpose of our lives: to know and serve God alone forever!

‘Remember me O Lord when You show favor to Your people…’ (Ps 106:4)

In Jesus name,

Amen!

DO THEM!

It is not enough to have the knowledge; it is not enough to say that you believe; you need to prove your faith with works following!

Like an orange tree produces oranges by itself, so faith and life produce the fruit of the Spirit that none can deny!

Souls are hungry for the reality found in Christ alone! Not religion and fake smiles, but true love that never fails!

Do you feel the hunger around you? Then supply the hope of the Gospel to them and lives will change, nations will change…to the glory of God!

“Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them!” (Jn 13:17)

DO NOT BE TIRED IN DOING RIGHT

 “Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life. And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith” (Gal 6:7-10)
This is the law of God: *We are commanded to do good to all, especially to the believers! *We are commanded not to be tired in ministry! *We reap exactly what you saw! *We reap more than what we’ve sawed!
The devil uses people to deceive us. He will make them come and take advantage of the fact that we have no option to cheat, to lie and to manipulate.
We do not even have the luxury to be tired in doing good; to take a holiday and relax from obeying God. We cannot backslide successfully.
The devil infiltrates our ranks with false brethren who speak like us but do the opposite. They are planted to discourage the good work of God. They pretend that seeds of wickedness will become a harvest of prosperity, that plantation of evil will miraculously become the gain of fame and honor.
Please remember that we serve a God who sees all things. He knows all things! Our Father in Heaven cannot be deceived even if we, His children fall prey to wicked men.
Please, take courage! Remember: you are a child of God, your destiny is eternal life, your harvest is righteousness and your seal is the Spirit of Life and Peace!
May the strength of the Spirit be your portion today!
In Jesus name!
All to the glory of God!
Amen!