When Tragedy Strikes

Our text is from Job 1:20 –Then Job arose, and rent his mantle, and shaved his head, and fell down upon the ground, and worshipped,

1:21 And said, Naked came I out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return thither: the LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD.

1:22 In all this Job sinned not, nor charged God foolishly.

one man sinFew has ever gone thru what the man Job went thru.  If you read the book of Job you will find that though he was a good man, he suffered loss of his property, his sons and daughters (seven in all), the support of his wife and friends, and even his own health.  After this tragic report Job had to stop and sit down, get his breath, and gather his thoughts. What a very trying experience Job had.

Now it was time for him to do some soul searching.  So often with us we wait till tragedy happens before we do this.

The first thing he did was to recognize God was the author of this.  God did allow this to happen. verse 21.

Then secondly, he kept on worshiping God.  God is still God so he must know what he is doing even if we don’t.  verse 20-21.

Thirdly, he just had a time of silence. Perhaps he was wondering why him.  Perhaps he was praying and asking God to show him why this was happening to him. ( Read chapter 2:13.)

Many times we can figure out why things happen to us if we are honest with ourselves and just remain silent for awhile.  Many times God can and will reveal things to us in this attitude of prayer and through his written word.

He won’t do it while you are watching some ball game or rock concert because he figures that you are interested in other things.

In the end, you find out why Job was tested.  It wasn’t all about him.  It was about some kind of deal between the devil and the Lord over their servants.  After reading the account, it looks like that there was some kind of dispute between the devil and the Lord about who had the most faithful servants and God asked him if he had considered Job.  So the contest was on. Who has the most faithful servant.

You may never know when you experience tragedy what is really going on behind the scenes between God and the devil, or between God and someone else. The story of Job is a classic example of this.  (This is not to say that you won’t or can’t know sometimes why things happen because there will be times of tragedy that you will very definitely know why things are happening.)

Remember when tragedy strikes, recognize that God is the author, keep on worshiping and trusting God, and seek Gods’ face in prayer. (I didn’t say it would be easy, but God understands that.)

It may not be about you at all, it may be about someone else that God is trying to deal with and is using you to get thru to them.  Remember——— others are watching you!  How you deal with tragedy may determine how others deal with tragedy.

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You Had Your Chance

Our text for today is from Genesis 7:1. And the LORD said unto Noah, Come thou and all thy house into the ark; for thee have I seen righteous before me in this generation.

7:16 And they that went in, went in male and female of all flesh, as God had commanded him: and the LORD shut him in.

you had your chanceThere was a time when Noah was told to build a boat to keep animals alive and he was told that he only had 120 years to do it. If you study the account the craft was approximately 450 ft plus long and 30 ft plus high and 70 plus ft wide. A large craft. I don’t know how much help he had and what kind of opposition he had but I do know that according to the Bible, Noah was a preacher of righteousness. So I know he was a preacher and no doubt the people were warned about the upcoming flood. They had their chance. But they didn’t pay any attention to it; after all, it had never rained before.  So… time was up. They went in, and the Lord shut the door and locked it. No going out and no going in.

Friend, there are times when today we are warned about many things including, finances, insurance, jobs, health, and future planning. You have a choice and you have your chance to do something about it. You can go on your way pretending that nothing will ever change or you can heed the warning and make some changes now so as to be prepared for the future.

The same holds true for the destiny of your soul. Which will it be; Heaven or Hell?  Now you can make some changes so you will be prepared for the time when Mr. Death comes knocking at your door or you can go on as if you will live a 1000 yrs and you have plenty of time. But we both know you don’t have another 100 years much less 1000. So don’t kid yourself. You have your chance. Get saved now.

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Don’t wake up in Hell wanting a chance to get saved. Then, it’s too late.

You Had Your Chance

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Grow Up!

Out text is from Ephesians 4:14. That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; 4:15 But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:

grow upOur text tells us that when it comes to spiritual things, including doctrine, we should not remain as children that can be tricked and deceived but that we should grow up in Christ so we won’t be fooled and tricked.

There are some pretty amazing religious magicians out there these days with one intent, and that is to get you off the track from serving the Lord.  If you don’t know what the Bible says about things you may very well get deceived so it is important to learn the word of God so you will know the difference between the artificial and the real.

Bible study is important along with preaching so we won’t get tricked.  These things are used by God’s to help us to grow up as Christians.

Remember God doesn’t want us to remain babies on the bottle for years and years.  There comes a time that we need to grow up.
May the Lord help you to grow up in grace and love in Jesus Christ…for his service.

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False Securities

false securtiyOur text is from John 16:33. These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.

So many people think that they are safe from trials and troubles with the false securities they have placed or built around them. They supply themselves with lots of money and stockpile their homes with food, guns, ammo, good insurance, good jobs, and with lots of water and fuel stored up. Well, these things may help when it comes to some temporary crisis or disaster, but when it comes to spiritual crises, these things are useless and powerless. They are false securities.

In our text we see that in Jesus and Jesus alone we are safe and will make it thru tribulation whether it is personal trials or whatever comes from a national or universal catastrophe. God made us that way. He wanted us to recognize our need for him so he built in us a spiritual need that we can’t escape. We are creatures of worship. Even an atheist will worship something. In his case, himself or humanity or what he does for humanity. Who will care 500 years later and what difference will it make anyway?
We are built in such a way that we will surround us with what we love and what we respond to.

What do you surround yourself with? If I came to your home I could find what you love in less than 10 minutes. If you came to my home you would find out what I love in less than 60 seconds.

Remember our text when it says, “In me (Jesus Christ) ye might have peace.”
In Christ and him alone will you have peace and security?

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When Love Gets You Through

Our text is from Romans 12:10.  Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another;

ch (86)There are times when you get down and are feeling really low and and it may seem there is nothing that can be done to get you out of this rotten mood.  However, it may be a little touch of love and affection is all it may take.

I chose this little member of my church to illustrate this.  Who could not be affected by  this sweet little face when she says,
“I’m praying for you” or “I love you.”  Sometimes a kind word or a little hug can be all it takes to get you up and going again.  The Bible says, in the same chapter to weep with them that weep, verse 15.  Sometimes just a pat on the back or a arm around you, is all it takes to give you that little extra strength to get you thru many situations.

Our text uses the term “kindly affectioned.”   That’s being kind and showing love to one another.  This may be just what is needed to pull us thru a sad and difficult time.

When you go thru your valleys may God get you thru some of them with Love.


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Never Again

Our text is from 2nd Corinthians 5:17.   Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

Never againA newborn baby is never again the same after he/she is born. They go thru a series of changes, growths, and maturity spikes and each day they are a little different.  As they  grow they change and mature.  It is very gradual but nevertheless it is so. You may not see a daily change, but sometimes I have seen changes in children in a week’s time. Take a picture of a child each month for 1 year and you will see that they are never again the same month after month. The same holds true for animals. The same holds true for most plant life. Any thing living is constantly changing regardless how gradual or subtle. They are never again the same.

Our text is a famous one. Known in many religious circles. It tells us of the fact that when we get saved we are a new creature. We are different. That is, we are never again the same. We grow spiritually and gradually. We all grow at different speeds and even though some don’t seem to grow very fast and even though you may not see much change, if they are saved, they are growing and maturing. (Read 2nd Corinthians 4:16)

When I got saved my thinking, talking, doing, seeing, and hearing was different than it is today. Why? Because over the years I have grown as a Christian. I’m not bragging. This is something that all Christians are supposed to be doing. Even if you are not a Christian, you think different today than you did at 13 or 14. It is only natural to grow.

May God help you to see that once saved you are Never Again the same.  Praise God!

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