Blog — January 23

I have always heard that problems, trials or trouble come in threes. If the car recently broke down and the dryer is broken, I am on the lookout for the third issue. I know it’s coming somewhere down the line, and when it comes, I am finally relieved.

In Job Chapter 1, verse 14, Job gets the first bit of bad news— the loss of his oxen, donkeys and the servants attending them. It is immediately followed up with two more accounts of loss of property and servants. But Job’s problems do not stop at three. In verse 19, Job is finally informed that all 10 of his adult children are dead. When a father loses a single child it’s devastating, but the loss of all his children is incomprehensible!   Verse 20 tells us that ”Job stood up and tore his robe in grief.” However, Job does not sin by blaming God. Instead, he praises him.

This is how the devil attacks us. He starts with a small problem and then adds to it—problems on top of trials and tribulations. He attempts to overwhelm our soul just as the flood waters overwhelm a city. He comes from many directions at once in a concerted effort to crush our spirit.

So…..Be alert, be on guard, be ever vigilant for the devil, your enemy, “is going back and forth across the earth, watching everything that’s going on” (Job 1:7), looking for the opportunity to destroy your soul by attacking you, attempting to make you disillusioned with your circumstances and ultimately to see you “curse God and die” (Job 2:9). Remember, you are not alone in your troubles. Matthew 20:28 tells us “And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” We are not alone in our troubles! Praise God!

Jerry Speak

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  1. Rachel O.
    Rachel O. says:

    This is so true. The past year I have had all kinds of things thrown at me to trip me up but my response is growing even stronger. When I see the adversary of my soul is trying to attack I but him in his place. “Satan get behind me, you are not going to defeat me! I am a child of the King” I praise my God, the one who is with me night and day.
    And when you are attacked that is when you should be picking up the WORD more, praying more, seeking the face of God more! We are overcomers through Christ Jesus our Lord and Satan is under our FEET! Praise you Jesus!

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  2. Beau Henderson
    Beau Henderson says:

    Good word, Jerry.
    He will never leave us nor forsake us… even through the valley of the shadow of death [cf. Psalm 23].

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  3. Nik Clinton
    Nik Clinton says:

    Great word Jerry!
    This had me thinking about this verse: Then Job took a piece of broken pottery and scraped himself with it as he sat among the ashes. His wife said to him, “Are you still maintaining your integrity? Curse God and die!” He replied, “You are talking like a foolish woman. Shall we accept good from God, and not trouble?” In all this, Job did not sin in what he said. (‭Job‬ ‭2‬:‭8-10‬ NIV)
    God never promised a perfect life here on earth. In fact he said it would be hard, and that there would be troubles in following Christ. I.e. Denying ourselves and picking up our cross and walking with it. Job did not accept the Devils ways, he rebuked them. He still praised the Lord. I encourage you to do the same. In everything praise God for the bad times and the Good times. Especially worship in bad times, for he has plans for us. There is no growth if there is no struggle.

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    • Jerry SPeak
      Jerry SPeak says:

      You make a great point about choosing to follow Christ; picking up that cross daily and following him. Every action a person takes has an effect on their life. We are instructed in the word to ‘count the cost before attempting to build the house’. Anyone who is serving the Lord or thinking of becoming a Christian also must count the cost of following Christ because, in the end, it will cost you something and for some it will cost them lots more (family, friends, jobs, homes and for some even their lives). The disciples are a great example of the cost that comes with following Christ. We are told that “In this world we will have troubles”. So, we know going in that it will not be the proverbial ‘Rose Garden’ However, we are also told to count it as gain when we share in suffering. In the end, It’s all in how we handle trials, tribulation and troubles that either bring praise to the name of Jesus or cast Christianity in a less than positive light. Stay strong, lean on Jesus because when we are our weakest, its then that his strength can be shown in us. Run this race to the finish line and hear the Savior say “well done my good and faithful servant”!!

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  4. Joyce Lascoe
    Joyce Lascoe says:

    These are all good words! Appreciate it. I’m also reminded that Jesus said, “I have come to bring life, and life more abundantly.” When I was in the world, I had a different kind of happiness, different kind of friends, different kind of life. When I surrendered to Christ, I experienced deeper joy than ever. Though I had many friends before, now I had deeper friendships. Life in Christ is the bomb.com. When I read His Word and spend time worshiping my Father, well, it overwhelms me. Yes, I have trials but I also remember that when I was part of the kingdom of darkness, I had many hardships. The love of my Father is perfect – complete. He is always watching out for my best interest. We talk all the time. Sometimes, I suffer because He wants to make me better, more like Jesus. Sometimes I suffer because I stand up for the Gospel. Sometimes I suffer because I made wrong choices or other humans made bad choices. But in it all, my Father is talking to me and loving me. Who could ask for anything more!

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    • Jerry Speak
      Jerry Speak says:

      Joyce, so true. Sometimes we focus so much on the negative that we forget the positive and that’s the fact that we are blessed beyond measure and have a Lord who is our brother, friend and Savior. Thanks for reminding us to not focus on the negative!!

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  5. Johnny Carrier
    Johnny Carrier says:

    Good word Jerry. The devil does want us disillusioned and overwhelmed by our circumstances, and he would love to see us curse God and die! I never really thought about it that way, but it is clear that satan was the one speaking through Job’s wife that day. What a sneaky deceiver! He will use anything and anyone to separate us from God. I am reminded of Isaiah 59:19 (NKJV) which says, “…When the enemy comes in like a flood, The Spirit of the Lord will lift up a standard against him”. However, I once heard a preacher suggest something that completely changed my perspective about that verse. He suggested that the comma was in the wrong place and that it should be read as follows, “…When the enemy comes in, (pause) like a flood The Spirit of the Lord will lift up a standard against him”. Now that changes everything! I am not sure if this is correct according to the original text, but there is no doubt that even though the enemy is strong…our God is stronger! Be blessed.

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  6. Rick Drewitz
    Rick Drewitz says:

    A good word, Jerry. Personal loss and physical illness seem particularly difficult to overcome because over time they may breed depression and discouragement if we take our eyes off our savior and redeemer. It is comforting to know that our Lord has promised to never leave us or forsake us regardless of what life brings us.

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