20120116 The Genuineness Of Your Faith?

“I have made a covenant with my eyes; Why then should I look upon a young woman?  For what is the allotment of God from above,  And the inheritance of the Almighty from on high?  Is it not destruction for the wicked,  And disaster for the workers of iniquity? Job 31:1-3

It’s very foolish for men to speak on behalf of God. Primarily because most people, including sincere religious ones, do not know really know Him.  A prominent columnist in writing about the judgment of God stated:

Abraham Lincoln said that the Civil War came because of slavery and because America had “forgotten God” and was “intoxicated with unbroken success…too proud to pray to the God who made us.” Alexander Solzhenitsyn said communism strangled the Soviet Union for seven decades because his people had “forgotten God.”

…While God allows bad things to happen, it is His nature to do only good and to bring good out of evil. How do I know this? Was I “in on the meetings”? No. Psalm 5:4 says, “You are not a God who takes pleasure in evil…” Joseph, who had been sold into slavery by his brothers — yet became Pharaoh’s right-hand man and supplier of grain to the starving — said to them, “You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.” (Genesis 45)

When columnists become theologians then we are really in trouble! The statement “it is his nature to do only good and to bring good out of evil” is false because we know from the book of Job that the devil could not bring evil upon Job without God’s permission. Although it was the devil who brought evil upon Job, it was God who allowed it to happen. The bible records for our profit and instruction:

There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man was blameless and upright, and one who feared God and shunned evil. And seven sons and three daughters were born to him. Also, his possessions were seven thousand sheep, three thousand camels, five hundred yoke of oxen, five hundred female donkeys, and a very large household, so that this man was the greatest of all the people of the East.

And his sons would go and feast in their houses, each on his appointed day, and would send and invite their three sisters to eat and drink with them.

So it was, when the days of feasting had run their course, that Job would send and sanctify them, and he would rise early in the morning and offer burnt offerings according to the number of them all. For Job said, “It may be that my sons have sinned and cursed God in their hearts.” Thus Job did regularly.

Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan also came among them.   And the LORD said to Satan, “From where do you come?” So Satan answered the LORD and said, “From going to and fro on the earth, and from walking back and forth on it.”

Then the LORD said to Satan, “Have you considered My servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, one who fears God and shuns evil?”

So Satan answered the LORD and said, “Does Job fear God for nothing?  “Have You not made a hedge around him, around his household, and around all that he has on every side? You have blessed the work of his hands, and his possessions have increased in the land.  “But now, stretch out Your hand and touch all that he has, and he will surely curse You to Your face!”

And the LORD said to Satan, “Behold, all that he has is in your power; only do not lay a hand on his person.” So Satan went out from the presence of the LORD. Job 1:1-12

Although Job was blameless and upright, and feared God and shunned evil, God for His glory and honor allowed the devil to remove from Job all that he had including his sons and daughters and to inflict Job with painful boils from the sole of his foot to the crown of his head.. But Job held fast to his integrity no matter what evil he had to endure from God. The bible records

So Satan went out from the presence of the LORD, and struck Job with painful boils from the sole of his foot to the crown of his head.  And he took for himself a potsherd with which to scrape himself while he sat in the midst of the ashes.

Then his wife said to him, “Do you still hold fast to your integrity? Curse God and die!”

But he said to her, “You speak as one of the foolish women speaks. Shall we indeed accept good from God, and shall we not accept adversity?” In all this Job did not sin with his lips. Job 2:7-10

God can do and will do with man whatever He wants for after all He is God who has created and sustains all things including the spoiler to destroy.  For God’s word is unchanging:

“O you afflicted one, Tossed with tempest, and not comforted, Behold, I will lay your stones with colorful gems, And lay your foundations with sapphires. I will make your pinnacles of rubies, Your gates of crystal,  And all your walls of precious stones.  All your children shall be taught by the LORD, And great shall be the peace of your children.

In righteousness you shall be established; You shall be far from oppression, for you shall not fear;  And from terror, for it shall not come near you.  Indeed they shall surely assemble, but not because of Me.  Whoever assembles against you shall fall for your sake.”Behold, I have created the blacksmith  Who blows the coals in the fire, Who brings forth an instrument for his work;  And I have created the spoiler to destroy.  No weapon formed against you shall prosper, And every tongue which rises against you in judgment  You shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD,  And their righteousness is from Me,”  Says the LORD. Isaiah 54:11-17

“When I shut up heaven and there is no rain, or command the locusts to devour the land, or send pestilence among My people, if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land. 2 Chronicles 7:13-14

According to the bible, the word of God, God is in charge of all things on earth including good and evil. So ultimately it all comes from Him including adversity and evil and pestilence. Everyone will be seasoned with fire, and every sacrifice will be seasoned with salt. For God’s word is unchanging:

Now great multitudes went with Him. And He turned and said to them, “If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and his own life also, he cannot be My disciple.  “And whoever does not bear his cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple.

“For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not sit down first and count the cost, whether he has enough to finish it-  “lest, after he has laid the foundation, and is not able to finish, all who see it begin to mock him, “saying, ‘This man began to build and was not able to finish.’

“Or what king, going to make war against another king, does not sit down first and consider whether he is able with ten thousand to meet him who comes against him with twenty thousand?  “Or else, while the other is still a great way off, he sends a delegation and asks conditions of peace.  “So likewise, whoever of you does not forsake all that he has cannot be My disciple.

“Salt is good; but if the salt has lost its flavor, how shall it be seasoned?  “It is neither fit for the land nor for the dunghill, but men throw it out. He who has ears to hear, let him hear!” Luke 14:25-35

The storms and adversities of life will separate the men from the boys. It will separate those who love God for only what He provides and those who love Him for Himself.  Job lost everything but He did not curse God and held to his integrity.  So similarly all will be tested by God to see if their faith is real or if they are hypocrites.  For God’s word is unchanging:

For what is the hope of the hypocrite, Though he may gain much,  If God takes away his life? Will God hear his cry  When trouble comes upon him? Will he delight himself in the Almighty?   Will he always call on God?

“I will teach you about the hand of God; What is with the Almighty I will not conceal.  Surely all of you have seen it;  Why then do you behave with complete nonsense?   “This is the portion of a wicked man with God,  And the heritage of oppressors, received from the Almighty:  If his children are multiplied, it is for the sword;  And his offspring shall not be satisfied with bread.  Those who survive him shall be buried in death,  And their widows shall not weep, Job 27:8-15

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, who are kept by the power of God through faith for salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.

In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ,  whom having not seen you love. Though now you do not see Him, yet believing, you rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory, receiving the end of your faith-the salvation of your souls. 1 Peter 1:3-9


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