So Satan answered the Lord and said, “Skin for skin! Yes, all that a man has he will give for his life. But stretch out your hand now, and touch his bone and his flesh, and he will surely curse you to your face!” Job 2:4-5 NKJV
Satan striped Job of his earthly wealth. He killed Job’s children. Job kept his integrity. When his first attack failed Satan asked for permission to inflict Job with physical pain.
Job continued to worship God. He continued to believe God is righteous and holy. He remembered God’s ways are beyond reproach. God is just in all He does. Job did not judge God by his circumstances. Job worshiped God for His holiness and righteousness!
When Satan presented himself before God he revealed his character and tactics. He accuses us before God and man. When his attacks fail he waits for an opportune time to return. Satan thinks if he inflicts enough pain on us our hearts will harden against Jesus!
Satan does not take holidays. He does not let us take a time out. He never lets up. He wants to destroy us because he cannot harm God. He knows how much God loves us.
Satan hates Christians because our future will be an eternity spent in the presence of a loving God. Satan will suffer an eternity outside of God’s presence with the people he leads into destruction. Satan’s future is as certain as ours!
When Satan attacked Job fought back. Job did not talk to the devil. Job did not try to bind Satan or cast him out. Job wasn’t even aware Satan caused his trials. Job renewed his mind. Job continued to trust God because the Lord is trustworthy!
Job remembered everything he had was given to him by God. He was born with nothing and he will take nothing with him when he leaves this world. He focused on the goodness of God. Job worshiped God because He is the Lord of heaven and earth!
Satan is a real being. He is active in the world today. He can’t make us do anything against our will. He can’t read our minds. He can’t harm us without permission. Satan can’t stop us from serving God. Satan always underestimates God’s servants!
God calls us to fight against the devil and his followers. Not by arming ourselves with red letter bibles or silver crosses. Not by binding our casting out anyone or anything. God calls us to fight through faith in Jesus Christ by renewing our minds!
God is righteous and holy. His ways are beyond reproach. He is just in all He does. Do not judge God by your circumstances. Worship the Lord because He is the Great God of the heavens and the earth!
God loves you more than the sands on the seashore and the stars in the night sky. Do you love the Lord enough to worship Him regardless of the trials and hardships He allows into your life? Do you love the Lord because He is the God of creation?
If you love the Lord serve Jesus. If you love Jesus trust Him with everything all the time!
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