Job 8: 3, 5-7
“Does God pervert justice? Or does the Almighty pervert the right? If you will seek God and plead with the Almighty for mercy, if you are pure and upright, surely then he will rouse himself for you and restore your rightful habitation. And though your beginning was small, your latter days will be very great.”

Job’s friend was actually making a mockery of him because he was certain that Job had done something wrong for all those things to happen to him. Job was living life right and doing his best to follow God and Satan hit him from every side trying to get him to curse God. Job may have gotten frustrated with life and all that happened but he didn’t curse God.

How about you? Do you feel as though you have tried to do everything right and yet things just keep getting worse with no relief in sight? Trust me I have been there and it is tough to not get frustrated with it all but the words that Bildad spoke were true in the sense that if we will just trust God and hold tight to Him and continue to do what is right God will come through and He will make your latter days better than the beginning.

Seek God today with all your heart and hold onto him knowing that He sees what you are dealing with and what you are facing and He will get you through to the other side. Remain faithful regardless of all that goes on around you and hold onto your hope in God with all that you have, don’t allow Satan to rob you of it.

If you have “friends” that are not helping your situation by being negative or dragging you down it may be time to distance yourself a bit until you can see straight again. Choose godly people you can hang with and talk with that will remind you of the truth. The best is yet to come!

Quote:
“Your success or failure in life will not be decided by the number of setbacks you encounter, but rather how you react to them.”

1 Peter 1:16
Because it is written, “Be ye holy; for I am holy.”

Don’t allow your “freedom in Christ” to take you so far that you forget that you are serving a holy God! It seems as though God’s grace which is our “freedom in Christ”, (we are free because of what He did for us on the cross) has turned into something totally different to some people. Freedom in Christ doesn’t give us a license to sin!

Sadly enough I have watched in some circles where it seems to be the “in” thing to use language that would never be considered appropriate in front of a Holy God, but it is used to somehow mistakenly flaunt the “freedom in Christ” idea. It is a mockery to Jesus and His death on the cross for us to think that in any way shape or form His death allows us to walk, talk, dress or behave in any way we choose. We are not drawing people who don’t believe, in by swearing!

If you wouldn’t stand in front of Jesus and say or do what you have been doing in your “freedom” then it is wrong! Sin is sin! Jesus death didn’t change what sin is, it changed your punishment for it! In all that we say or do we should honor Him! He deserves our respect and our words and behaviors should reflect that! Can you imagine if you risked your life for your children and then they acted like idiots because of it?

We aren’t allowed to be sinful because the world around us is. We can’t act like everyone else, because we are “free”. We are to be set apart. We are to behave like Jesus did, we are to be an example! We are to stand for what is right and live a life that reflects that! I remember getting irritated one day because of someone else’s behavior and thinking to myself, “well if they can act that way, I can act this way” and as clear as day God spoke to my heart saying, “No! You will be holy because I am holy!” Woah! I was immediately convicted that I was thinking it was ok to behave poorly because someone else was!

When you choose your words today, ask God to take charge if this is an area you struggle in. Ask Him to help you live a life that reflects His holiness! We all have room to grow in this area and it needs to be a continual process! Now, you also want to be careful that you do not become legalistic like the Pharisees, Jesus despised their behavior! They were more concerned about what could be seen than what was in their heart! Pray and ask God for the convictions you need to have and follow Him with your whole heart.

Quote:
“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

Victory is Yours To Claim

September 15, 2014 — Leave a comment

Luke 4:13
And when the devil had ended every temptation, he departed from him until an opportune time.

Satan had tried everything with Jesus to tempt Him including twisting scripture and when He realized it wasn’t going to work he left tempting him waiting for a better time. Satan has time and he will wait for that “right” moment to try to tempt you so it is vital for you to be prepared for battle every day.

Jesus used scripture to defeat Satan, He didn’t spend time arguing and debating, He just quoted scripture and if you keep reading this chapter you see in verse 17 that he went to the Synagogue “as was His custom” on the Sabbath day. Jesus didn’t neglect the reading of scripture and He didn’t neglect going to the Synagogue, He did what He was supposed to be doing and was where He was supposed to be. We need to follow Jesus example and not neglect reading our Bibles and making sure we are in a good Bible believing church serving Him!

It is not a matter of if you are going to face temptations to sin it is more a matter of when and you may not be facing addictions or other “big” sins but whatever your weakness is Satan will try to “sift you as wheat” and tempt you to do as he says instead of what the word of God says.

Know this; the victory is already yours! You don’t have to listen to his temptation and you don’t have to struggle. Jesus has promised victory and has already won the battle on the cross for your sin. No matter what you have done in your past (and that includes yesterday) Jesus has already taken care of it and wants you to have all the victory available to you today! As the Bible says in Ephesians 6:10-18 “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints,

We can have victory but we must prepare ourselves every day and we must pray for each other! You wouldn’t expect to win a battle with terrorists by going in unarmed and defenseless not knowing anything about fighting and that is what these verses are saying – prepare yourself, the victory is already yours but you must do your part and God will do the rest!
My prayer for all of us today is that we will find our strength in Him and we will overcome the struggles we face on a daily basis by studying His word and claiming victory through Jesus Christ!

Quote:
“Even if you are on the right track you will get run over if you just sit there.” Will Rogers

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Ladies,

Bill and I just recorded this podcast cast.  Today’s program is “Boundaries.”  Every one that is reading this needs to hear the program.  Without boundaries in your marriage you are at risk.  Today’s topic is very close to the heart of both Bill and me.  We believe in boundaries in our marriage.  We believe in protecting what God has given us.  I am encouraging each of you to listen to this podcast and also share it on your FaceBook and Twitter.

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Bill and I share stories from our marriage.  Our goal is for you to see what we have gone through, what we have learned and provide tips for your marriage. You can also listen at hour web site at Reality at Home.

Have a wonderful week.

 

God bless,

Janet Scott

2 Chronicles 6:18
But will God in very deed dwell with men on the earth? Behold , heaven and the heaven of heavens cannot contain thee; how much less this house which I have built!

Solomon had just built the “house for God” when he made this statement. He was in awe of the fact that God was willing to live among them when Solomon knew that God could not be contained in the entire universe let alone in a house. Solomon had the right view of who God is, he saw God as bigger than anything, and he understood the vastness of who God is. That is why when God asked Solomon what he wanted from God, Solomon asked for wisdom. He knew God could handle any problem that came Solomon’s way but He wanted the wisdom of God to lead His people in the right direction. Solomon knew that if He led the people in the ways of God everything else in his kingdom would fall into place.

I think sometimes we take the fact that the Holy Spirit of God lives within us when we accept Him as our Savior for granted. Where do you take Him? When you need wisdom for a situation do you think about the fact that God lives within you? How amazing is it that we don’t even have to go to the church to be in the presence of God, He resides with us. Are you in awe of that fact or is it really no big deal on a daily basis for you? When you face struggles today are they too big to deal with or will you go with the confidence that your God cannot be contained? I love the song “Sing Along” by Sixteen Candles. I love the line in that song where it says, “The way the moon pulls the oceans tide – you are never contained.” The song is such a song of praise of the power of God and how even the universe understands the magnificence of God and His power.

We have those everyday Mountains in our lives that can overwhelm us if we are not careful to take it to God and ask for His wisdom and power in the situation. I long for the day that the mountains are removed but I know that right now they are there for my growth and in some cases it could be because we built the mountain ourselves and now need the power of God in that situation to lead us out of the mess we created. Don’t underestimate Him today in your situation. Read Psalms and or listen to music that attests to the greatness of God and His majesty! Fill your thoughts and heart with the awe of just who He really is and watch as your mountains melt away in comparison. Stand back for a minute and look at your problem this way; pick out a big object you can see out your window across a field or down the road and then hold your thumb up and compare the size – you know that the tree down the road is bigger than your thumb but when you step back and hold it up in comparison it doesn’t look all that big, now if you will look at that mountain in your life and hold your Bible up and some praise and worship music like you did your thumb you will see that your God is by far bigger than your mountain. When you start getting down today about it all, hold your thumb up and remember, you have the Almighty, All Knowing Incredible God of the universe on your side, nothing can compare! He cannot be contained so what is that mountain to Him? Do all that you can in your situation and then watch as God does the rest!

Quote:
“Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.” Mac Anderson