Surrender The Job In Us

Then Job replied to the Lord: “I know that you can do anything, and no one can stop you. You ask, “Who is this that questions my wisdom with such ignorance?” It is I. And I was talking about things I did not understand, things far too wonderful for me.” (Job 42:1-3, NLT) 

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I have been waking up early morning hours sometimes. I suspect working night shifts for 20 something years and just loving the night time work has something to do with the nocturnal, built-in alarm that goes off, though silent, is more alarming than the set alarm in my phone.

As I pray, I recall that time when my son was in kindergarten (He is an adult now), and had to put answers on a piece of paper the teacher handed out in class… It was all about what they knew about their mothers. There was this one particular line:

My mom knows _________ (and he wrote “everything”).

Years later, when I brought it up to him, he was laughing and shyly admitted that he knew the truth by then that “his mom didn’t know everything.” And I quickly agreed, “That’s right!”

As each of us grow older, there are those frustrating times when we want answers to everything. But we just couldn’t get them. And even in some instances, we get the answers, but still to us, don’t make sense. It’s harder and harder as our feet step out into adulthood.

I am sure you all heard about the story of Job. He lost everything. His family. His possessions. But it was not losing those that frustrated him. It was not knowing why they had to happen in his life. He struggled to find the answers. His friends even butted in and thought he sinned. There was one who has a partial true answer that suffering could purify his faith. Though he thought that Job became proud and such sufferings came to humble him.

But God is too great for any of us to be understood. We can only understand when we begin to see for Who He is. In the end, Job got the answers. That God is enough in his life. He lost everything. Except God. Trials aren’t easy. But these are opportunities to know more about God and have a deeper relationship with Him. He desires to show His love, His compassion, His grace, His mercy. Just trust and believe. He is the Power that the Job in us needs. Fear. Shame. Guilt. Broken heart. Bondage. Surrender the Job in us. To Jesus.

“All Scripture is inspired by God and is profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for instruction in righteousness,  that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.” – 2 Timothy 3:16-17 (MEV)

“But we are bound to always give thanks to God for you, beloved brothers of the Lord, because God has from the beginning called you to salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and belief of the truth.To this He called you by our gospel, to obtain the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, brothers, stand firm and hold the traditions which you have been taught, whether by word or by our letter. Now may our Lord Jesus Christ Himself, and God our Father, who has loved us and has given us eternal consolation and good hope through grace, comfort your hearts and establish you in every good word and work.” -2 Thessalonians 2:13-17 (MEV)


Lord, this morning, I ask for forgiveness. Forgive me for not remembering the true Power that is in us. You, Who is greater than the one in this world. Empower me Lord. Use me and my remaining days to glorify You. No one else but You. I just want to thank You. For Your guidance. Your provisions. Your protection. You are my everything. My First Love. Draw me always near to You. Thank You Lord for loving us first.

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The Attacker (5/15/09)

The sun was just peeking from the Eastern skies. Ephesians 6:12 [37 kb]


Out in the prison’s yard, some huge Sheriff’s buses were illuminated by the soft glow coming from the lights all over from the tall lamp posts. Their engines were turned on, warming up, before the buses would take the inmates to the different courts where they would have their trials.


Orange-uniformed men were lined up in pairs, joined together with handcuffs and chained, forming a long line. They already had their breakfast and had their morning medications prior to going to courts. Some were fidgeting, as they waited to board those buses.


All of a sudden, all hell broke loose! Two men were engaged in a fight, using weapons they made secretly for a while. Deputies called for help on the radio, both for custody back-up and medical staff, as well.


When the air was cleared and the other inmates were secured, one man was down on the floor. He sustained multiple gashes but two of them were deep. One cut was vertically etched from his left ear going down to the jaw line. The other dangerous cut was horizontal on his left neck, close to the jugular vein. Pool of blood dripped all over the floor. Holding his bleeding neck, he was pointing at the other inmate few feet away, being guarded by the other deputies.


The other man being accused was not hurt. There were no lacerations nor any other signs of trauma. He was obviously very agitated as he was being questioned by those deputies, while the medical staff started treating the other man on the floor. They cleaned the wounds and controlled the bleeding. That man was sent to the nearby hospital.


When the investigation was finalized, it turned out to be that the “downed man who was accusing the other inmate” was the attacker and the other one who didn’t have injury was the one attacked. The deputies found out that it was the second attempt to attack the unhurt man. Both attacks on him failed. He was well-prepared after the first attempt on him, that when the second attempt was done, he was able to defend himseld and ended up injuring his attacker severely.


[Source: Life Application Bible]:


We also have an “accuser of the brethren.” Satan and his army of demons are the enemies of God and of everything good.


“Because God’s children are human beings – made of flesh and blood – Jesus also became flesh and blood by being born in human form. For only as a human being could he die, and only by dying could he break the power of the Devil, who had the power of death.” –Hebrews 2:14


Because of what Jesus had done [dying on the cross], we, who live in constant fear of death shouldn’t be afraid anymore. Jesus had freed us from that fear so we can live for Him. When we belong to God, we know that death is only the portal that leads into “eternal life”. [“Thank You Lord!].


Paul warned us, too that we also battle against the evil forces of Satan, who is a vicious fighter. But to be able to withstand their attacks, we must depend on God’s strength and use every piece of His armor. We face an army whose goal is to defeat Christ’s church. When we believe in Christ, they become our enemies. They will try any device to turn us away from the Lord.


Fear not! For God has provided His supernatural power to defeat Satan and his army, through His Holy Spirit within us. So, arm yourselves with God’s armor.


Let us be strong in the Lord's mighty power. Let's put on His whole armor to resist the enemy's attacks: put on the sturdy belt of truth and the body armor of God's righteousness. For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News, so that we are well-prepared. We will need faith in every battle as our shield to stop the fiery arrows aimed by Satan and his army. Let us put on salvation as our helmet, not forgetting the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God. Let's pray at all times, on every occasion in the power of the Holy Spirit. We must stay alert and be persistent in our prayers for all Christians everywhere. [Ephesians 6:10-18].

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