Beloved Brethren in The Lord Jesus Christ;
This is indeed a time of great distress
without solution. We who are here in America cannot be satisfied by leaders who have lost their way from God, who has preserved
us as a nation through the generations that came before. We must look to Him and His word, and continue on the path of
the straight and narrow that He leads us on and into eternity with Him.
We suffer now but suffering for His Glory
is the great merit of a Christian soldier of God. We battle not against flesh and blood, but spirits in high places,
who, it seems have a greater grip on the collective life around us and in the world then ever before in our lives. And to
make matters worse still, we are led by many who profess our Lord but follow after opportunistic "Social" good and welfare
far removed from God's Commandments. The future cannot be better then now, but more littered with the casualties of a war
we are fast losing, the war for the souls of a people who seem not to take God seriously.
And in all of this posturing for political
expedience, slogans of self help will not prevail. For if we believe "In God We Trust" then God and His word cannot be mocked
by the leaders of this great nation, imposing Godless slogans and laws that are clearly sins we will not survive. The hand
of God is upon us. To those who love and believe Him, for greater strength in Spirit, and for those who do not seek His counsel,
to failures of great worldly consequence.
WHY DO HIS SAINTS SUFFER
Some say The Book of Job is the oldest
writing in the Bible!
Job 19:14; 25-29
kinsfolk have failed, and my familiar friends have forgotten me."
I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth:
though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God:
Whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall behold, and not another; though my reins be consumed within
But ye should say, Why persecute we him, seeing the root of the matter is found in me?
Be ye afraid of the sword: for wrath bringeth the punishments of the sword, that ye may know there
is a judgment."
God Is Sovereign
In the opening chapters of Job, God
presides over the nameless angels who "present themselves," that is, literally 'stand over', as servants before the seated
master. Obviously, God is not one of them but is clearly distinct from and over the angels. Though not called a son of God,
satan is among them. He challenges the disinterest of Job's religion but cannot take any action until
authorized by God. It is God who allows Job to suffer. This is clear to the reader, but not to Job, for obvious
reasons. Nowhere other than here in the Prologue is satan referred to in the book. When Job
speaks of his suffering he invariably assigns it to God.
The fact that God permits satan
to function in the world also reflects His involvement with the world. Clearly, in the mind of the writer
God has not absented himself, He has not abdicated. Having created the world and being responsible for its
management, He takes the world seriously. While He has a responsibility to the world of nature and animals,
His primary concern is man. His relationship is not so much with the land as it is with man.
The emphasis here in Job as in other wisdom
literature is upon this world, the world of the here and now, the world of the living. This is where the struggle is and this
is where the resolution will be realized.
The above observations relative
to God's involvement with the world are critical to the question of divine justice. In contrast to Psalm 14,
where the fool does not sense any need to reckon with God and where God for all practical purposes does not matter,
The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there
is none that doeth good.
LORD looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, and seek God.
They are all gone aside, they are all together become filthy: there is none that doeth good, no, not one.
4 Have all the workers of iniquity no knowledge? who eat up my people as they
eat bread, and call not upon the LORD.
were they in great fear: for God is in the generation of the righteous.
Ye have shamed the counsel of the poor, because the LORD is his refuge.
Oh that the salvation of Israel were come out of Zion! when the LORD bringeth back the captivity of
his people, Jacob shall rejoice, and Israel shall be glad."
The book of Job clearly reflects an active
God who is responsible for the events that happen. This involvement intensifies the issue of divine justice.
Job Is Presented as Righteous
While space does not permit a detailed consideration
of Job's righteousness, the fact of it is quite apparent. Even a casual reading of the text will show it. His goodness is
described in universal terms. He was blameless ('complete') and upright ('straight'). These two words used together indicate
thorough rectitude. The third quality ('feared God') suggests that Job was religious, devout. The final quality ('shunned
evil') indicates a deliberate rejection of evil and thus means 'moral'.
So critical is Job's righteousness
that the writer presents it in the opening verse of the book, then has God attest to it (1:8, 2:3), and also the wife of Job
(2:9). Even satan does not challenge it. The significance of this has already been noted. If Job can
be shown to deserve his sufferings, as his friends insist, the book loses its meaning and purpose. The book of Job
loses its point if the righteousness of Job is not taken as genuine.
The Protestation of Job: God's Justice Questioned
Job's challenge and appeal
to God for clarification of the nature of divine justice is not novel.
Abraham, too, was concerned with divine justice,
asking relative to the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah" "Wilt thou indeed destroy the righteous with the wicked?
. . . Far be it from thee to do such a thing, to slay the righteous with the wicked! Far be it from thee! Shall not the judge
of all the earth do right?" (Gen 18:23, 25).
Abimilech, following his abortive relationship
with Sarah, cried out: "Lord, wilt thou slay an innocent people? . . . . in the integrity of my heart and the innocence
of my hands have I done this" (Gen 20:4, 5). The judgment ("you are a dead man") seemed unjust to Abimilech, who
had been misled by Abraham.
Habakkuk struggled with Babylon's
success, questioning: "Thou who art of purer eyes than to behold evil and canst not look on wrong, why dost
thou look on faithless men, and art silent when the wicked swallows up the man more righteous than he?" (1:13). He
concluded, "The law is slaked and justice never goes forth. For the wicked surround the righteous, so justice goes
forth perverted" (1:4).
WHY DO HIS SAINTS SUFFER?
Why do His saints suffer? We
accept this and well indeed! He is schooling us! We were His before our mother's womb bore us! HE KNEW AND LOVED US
FROM BEFORE WE WERE! He knew us when He made the world! This is true. Fantastic. Beyond the realm of our mind, but
as true as we breath right now. And He owns our breaths. Our body, torn and hurting, is His. He has been in our pain
and sorrows. He tastes all our emotions, our fears, our disappointments. He was with us when we came out into the
world, and He will be with us if we go to Him and are here no more in this body of discontent, this flesh of
problems never ending. He will greet us at the door. We will NEVER hurt again!
ARE HIS! He had to wait patiently for us to believe We are His and He is our Savior, Redeemer, Lover of our
being, hater of the Devils sin that infected all by Adam and Eve. He conquered our death. We will never die to be seperated
from God forever! When the number of our breaths He gave us for HIS GLORY ends we will breath IN ETERNITY!
one of HIS. He will NEVER leave us nor forsake you. He has been waiting for us! He has given us joy, peace and eternity
FREE. His blood washes us daily. His strength keeps us going. His arms engulf us all the time. He caresses us
in our sleep. He delivers us from our enemies. We are HIS PRECIOUS POSSESSION. The devils know it. WE
ARE STRANGE ONES! His name is upon us. He waits for us when we are not with Him in our trials, our broken body, our carnal self.
He waits! He is always at our door.
Beloved, His Spirit in inside our body.
He will never depart.
His grace is our bridal gift,
His hand we will grasp one day
He will give us a wonderful new name
only He knows
A name that exemplifies our love
for Him while here in the desert of the lost world.
The wastelands He will transform one
day by His almighty power.
Our name is in His Book of Life
Our faithfulness recorded on our page
in indelible print
God will read out loud before the
His family of FAITH, His called out ones.
OH GLORY! OH IMMEASURABLE
Our weaknesses He will use for His purposes.
He has been waiting for us to fly into
His arms in all our infirmities so He can demonstrate He is ALMIGHTY and HE KEEPS HIS WORD.
For in our incapacities, our pain that
lingers, the futility of our body that is not yet fully a loving sacrifice for Him, HE WILL show us HIS POWER, HIS LOVE,
HIS DELIVERY that will open up wide the curtain revealing a place we have not seen yet where WE AND JESUS walk together!
Where flowers grow from the bloodied earth beneath our feet, where praise erupts in the midst of the world around us
that is buried in the graveyard of no returns.
WE WILL BE HIS LIGHT IN THE DARKNESS
OF THE LOST WORLD. His Spirit will make that real to those He will put in our path, those He has laid up for us to reveal
HIM. Those who we will bless in His name. And we will do it from whatever the circumstances it is He has us
in because He is with us.
His strength is made perfect in our weakness.
His love the height of His gift to you, the KEY to your ministries, the badge of your being in HIM.
Grieve not for ourselves! Grieve
for the lost. Love them. Reach out to them as a priest and saint, a faithful one of His. The Spirit will move us. Wait on
Him. He will teach us. Open up His Word. He does not want us to waste our precious time. Let Him feed you. Let us Be
Strong in the Lord and He will grow us like we never could dream.
Don't be attracted to sensational stuff, thoughts and conclusions made
by people who are not called by Him. He will teach us the truth. Then we will be able to know it and be free.
plans for this world are clear. We are the church. He has called out a people for Himself and given us His Spirit to dwell
IN US AS HIS TEMPLE. You are His temple! A place of worship, fellowship with other's, a place of prayer to Him, of confession
to our Father, a place He will cleanse daily by His blood. He is our High Priest above...until that moment when He calls us
Home to Him...the out calling of the church (Rapture). John 14 1-3 is that great promise of Jesus."Don't let your heart
be troubled...I will come again and receive you unto myself, that WHERE I AM so shall YOU BE."(Emphasis mine)
us as His witness in this period called the Church Age, it started 2000 years ago and will END BEFORE THE GREAT TRIBULATION.
For we are His, not appointed to terrible wrath. His bride. His love. AND WE DO NOT BELONG TO THE LOST WORLD THAT WILL BE
JUDGED IN THAT TIME. Do not believe anyone who says the church will go through this darkest day in the history of the world.
He has us in His grip. He has us together now to feast
on Him and His word. The truth shall make us free.
We will be LIBERATED FROM THE DARKNESS OF THE DEVIL
BY SERVING OUR LORD IN HIS POWER AND MAJESTY. NOT LOOKING AHEAD FOR SATAN< THE MAN OF SIN< THE DARKEST TIME IN
HUMAN HISTORY! Can
you imagine? WE SERVE HIM NOW IN ENOUGH TROUBLES!
We are from the lost who were found in
Him by His grace through faith.
Our forefather's suffered for His Kingdom,
not their own. Many were killed for their faith as they are today, and as we might be if God so wills.
We go to a place like YouTube and meet
devils who attack and then back off because His blood has soaked us like a giant rain storm on a spring day in the mountains
of the world. We plead His blood! That is who we are. Blood bought ones! It covers us right now until we die.
The Devil will not have his way with us
because God keeps us in the blood. It prevails!
We are the gas chamber babies ... delivered!
Like Daniels brother's, from the fiery furnace! The Lord IS with us RIGHT NOW!
Take up the cross and follow Him.
Kingdom, not of this world.
With blood tipped ears, contrite in heart,
The Holy Spirit empowers,
Distress, in bonds,
in peace and war,
The streets of glitter call, the prisoners feel sure,
Their world of "more"!
We walk in Him, His
word the might,
His love of lost, His sight.
There is no gain without His light.
Bottom lines do lie, goods seduce,
bankrupt credit sighs.
What can we do? To win not lose!
We are stranger's passing through,
Where death conceals,
life is lose, "the great put on"!
By faith we live, in faith we die, His promises survive,
Streets of scorn, the "Gospel
of the Get, Get, Get",
The bottom line, and Satan's makes his bet.
Throw caution to the winds. We hold the victory in
A living sacrifice, His promises real,
In life forever, we are the blood soaked ones.