Bible In One Year-Day 248 (Friday, September 5, 2014)
Commentary: Job13-15. The wordings of Job’s friends were really true when considering God’s nature and attributes. Unfortunately, they applied it wrongly. They focused on the afflictions of Job to judge him; that is, their actions and counsels were based on sight and not of the Spirit. They had good knowledge of the word of God so to say, but not the Spirit of the word.
John 7:24 “Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment.”
2 Corinthians 10:7 “Do ye look on things after the outward appearance? If any man trust to himself that he is Christ’s, let him of himself think this again, that, as he is Christ’s, even so are we Christ’s.”
Whatever is not of the Spirit is not true; no matter how logical it is. Only the Holy Spirit declares what is true. The flesh can reveal according to Jesus Christ, but it leads to falsehood;
Matthew 16:17 “And Jesus answered and said to him, Blessed art thou, Simon-Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it to thee, but my Father who is in heaven.”
The flesh is under the power of sin and so its revelation can come from the pit of hell. For instance, if you are embittered against someone else and you refuse to forgive, the flesh could reveal such to you as a pursuing enemy in the dream. When you wake up, you might ponder over the dream and probably conclude that the person is evil or meant evil to you. Whereas, offenses without forgiveness resulted into the bitterness of heart which became a platform for the devil to takeover to defile the mind. God says we should not allow bitterness to take root;
Hebrews 12:15 “Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled;”
If spouses, friends or relations hold bitterness against each other, they cannot be friends in the dream.
Job and his friends had knowledge of the nature and attributes of God but because the interpretation of Job’s predicament was by the flesh, they all misappropriate the knowledge they had.
In this view, many Christians today fall into the same error. They regard all trying times as consequences of sin; God is not a cruel God. He is merciful, forgiving and loving, full of grace and truth. Trying times are to prune, refine and make you better (spirit, soul and body) than the way you were when you found Jesus. It is a means of spiritual purging and re-branding. Through trying times, the world and its unholy splendor are shaking out of you and Christ is gradually built in you through His word by the working of the Spirit. The evident of the working of the Spirit is that we start living according to the will of God and not for the lust of the flesh.
1 Peter 4:1-3 “Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind: for he that hath suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin; That he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh to the lusts of men, but to the will of God. For the time past of our life may suffice us to have wrought the will of the Gentiles, when we walked in lasciviousness, lusts, excess of wine, revelings, banquetings, and abominable idolatries:”
We should, therefore, rejoice when we fall into such conditions because God is about to preach another message to the world through your experience. God used Job to preach FAITHFULNESS to Satan. God is not interested in the richest in material things, nor the most anointed person. He is not establishing a platform for the best. He will honor only the FAITHFUL. The disciples were in this error of contesting the greatest, but Jesus corrected them. Only the FAITHFUL will find his or her name in the book of life. In terms of the greatest, best, perfect and the most endowed, no man has the position on earth; all these attributes lies in Christ. However, the most faithful will have the grace for Christ to manifest these attributes through such. For as long as we go into any form competition in spiritual things, there will be rivalry, contention and rancor which delight the devil and displease God. Whenever you realize that the gift you have is not producing the fruit of the Spirit in you to unify the body of Christ, you are not faithful. It is not a matter of condoning sin, but resisting it.
James 1:2-4 “My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh (or produces) patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting (lacking) nothing.”
A man can fake the fruit of the Spirit; however, the one that is true is that which is spontaneous as a result of the indwelling of the Holy Spirit; demons can recognize this one very well.
Romans 12:12 “Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing (not to give up) instant in prayer;”
You have received salvation by FAITH which will be tried and tested. Your unwavering steadfastness in faith is FAITHFULNESS. Faithfulness is ceasing from sin no matter the pressure to sin. Job was tried, yet he did not sin. God will only usher the faithful into his glory. Job’s trial was a demonic attack, yet he remained faithful. This is God’s admonition to us all.
Revelation 2:10 “Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the demon shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful to death, and I will give thee a crown of life.”
Let us seek for the old path where we could find rest. Let us listen to the trumpet’s sound, wherewith we could escape the calamity to come. Our reading for today is Job16-18. Keep the fire of burning and alive.
Pastor Supo Abayode
Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries