God’s Word Says….
Job 1:12 (NCV)
12 The Lord said to Satan, “All right, then. Everything Job has is in your power, but you must not touch Job himself.” Then Satan left the Lord’s presence.
What a mind-sobering thought as I read this. We are often tempted and perhaps challenged by Satan’s foes here on earth, but I never thought of the cause being that perhaps God might be testing our faith and therefore given Satan permission to try us to see if we would bend. Wow, to test me and see that I am what I say that I am!
Isn’t it really easy to be a ‘good’ Christian and follow the commands of God while we are in church and even in the presence of other Christians, but yet we soften our talk and almost make our witness non-existent when confronted by, or even in the presence of that hardened non-Christian that we know will provoke, tease or even challenge our faith? This might be something that we want to keep foremost in our minds the next time the Spirit prompts us to say something to our family and/or friends! It may encourage us to speak up with boldness, as the Spirit leads. I bet that way too often we never give it a second thought about the sadness in God’s heart when we ‘belly up’ and take the easy way out, instead of responding the way God’s Holy Spirit leads. Friends, He gives us the opportunities, He gives us the wisdom and the faith to respond in a way pleasing to Him and that will bring Him glory, so why should we be afraid or shy? We should be living our lives to bring God glory every day, shouldn’t we?
Lord Jesus, in Your powerful and wonderful name, I ask that You fill me with Your boldness, remind me of the awesome power that is Yours, if only I allow You to have Your will and way in and through me. Thank You for the awesome story and strong faith of Your servant Job. As readers meditate on this devotional today, I humbly ask that You give them and me a strong filling of Your Holy Spirit, so that we may be Your witness in our families, our churches, our workplaces and our friends. Lord, You are awesome in power and in all that You do. As Your sons and daughters we have access to all the gifts at Your disposal, please remind us of that daily. All this is possible, because I ask in the precious name of Your Son, Jesus Christ, AMEN!
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