Then Satan answered the LORD and said, “Does Job fear God for no reason? (Job 1:9 ESV)
EXPOSING LIES: “DAMNED IF YOU DO. DAMNED IF YOU DON’T.”
There is so much I could say about this verse, but I’m going to share fresh manna with you today. This one morsel of Truth contains the heart of the Gospel.
Many people, myself included, think (or at least have thought) that it’s harder to stand with God in times of blessing and prosperity. That mindset can create almost a fear or rejection of blessing at times. This verse puts that lie to rest through the mouth of “The Father of Lies” himself. Wow! God never ceases to amaze me.
In this passage, Satan goes on to explain why it is so easy for Job to have such a great fear of the Lord and walk in integrity:
You have always put a wall of protection around him and his home and his property. You have made him prosper in everything he does. Look how rich he is! (Job 1:10 NLT)
Whoa! If that doesn’t blow some of our theology straight to h-e-double hockey sticks. (Imagine me saying that in my old, thick Minnesota accent… a little old school sass to really drive the point home.)
The Good News gives. It gives forgiveness freely. It ministers love abundantly. It offers hope, healing, adoption, power, rest, protection, peace, and righteousness all by grace through faith in Jesus. It seems just too good to be true. Won’t all that amazing news stir excess and rebellion, instead of obedience and love for God?
We love him, because he first loved us. (1 John 4:19 KJV)
Some may superficially choose it with that in mind, but God knows and truth remains truth regardless of how some people receive it.
Don’t fear speaking or believing truth. Wait on it. Because of Jesus, Beloved, you are no longer damned. You are blessed and not cursed. Do not let the enemy steal your faith no matter what he is putting you through. Trust God! He is good. He loves you, today and forever, and He is blessed when you trust who He is in all situations.
I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need. I can do all things through Him who strengthens me. (Philippians 4:12-13 NASB)
Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm. (Ephesians 6:13 NLT)
Such love has no fear, because perfect love expels all fear. If we are afraid, it is for fear of punishment, and this shows that we have not fully experienced his perfect love. (1 John 4:18 NLT)
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