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Humble Yourself Now

February 27, 2024
by Pastor Chuck Swindoll
Scriptures: Job 42:1–11
"I had only heard about you before, but now I have seen you with my own eyes.

I take back everything I said, and I sit in dust and ashes to show my repentance.” (Job 42:5–6)
Take special notice of Job's words. He does not reply, "I've got an argument here." On the contrary, He says, "I retract and repent." There's no divine force. There's no threatening rebuke from God. "Job, if you don't get down on your knees and beg for mercy from Me, I'm going to finish you off!"

No. In gentle, resigned submission Job rests his case in the Father's will. He says, "You instruct me, and as a result of Your instruction, I will willingly submit and accept it." Do you know what I love about Job's attitude? There is an absence of talk about "my rights." There is not a hint of personal entitlement. There is no expectation or demand. There's not even a plea for God to understand or to defend him before his argumentative friends. Furthermore, there's no self-pity, no moody, depressed spirit. He is completely at rest. His innermost being, at last, is at peace.

You may say, "Well, if God had blessed me as He blessed Job, I'd say that too." Wait. He hasn't yet brought relief or reward. The man is still covered with boils. He still doesn't have any family. He's still homeless. He's still bankrupt. With nothing external changed, Job says quietly, "Lord, I'm Yours."

Focus on the timing. Humble yourself not after He exalts you, but humble yourself now. Don't wait. Pull back, stop the arguing, and rest in Him. It is remarkable how He will quiet your spirit and transport you to a realm of contentment you've never known before, even with most of the answers missing. The philosophers of this world demand answers. The believer who has now learned through this kind of cataclysmic experience to trust, regardless, demands nothing. And the worries slowly fade away, one after another.

"Humble yourselves in the presence of the Lord, and He will exalt you" (James 4:10).

What 1-U miss by B-ing a Christian via Holy Bible - 2ndly U must believe (via Hebrews 11:1 = what faith is) & further more that we ALL individually deserve eternal Hell: Romans 5:12. 3rdly U must repent (feel or express sincere regret or remorse about YO wrongdoing or sin); as God has-takes NO pleasure in the death of the bad-wicked, misc BUT hope that they'd SELF choose with their given Free Will 2 turn away from ALL that is opposite of solely God's desire as the saying goes, 'Father knows best': Ezekiel 33:11. What 1-U miss by B-ing a Christian via Holy Bible - & U must believe Jesus died 4 YO sins: Romans 5:8. 2 all who receive & believe in Jesus, receives the right 2 B-come a child of God: John 1:12. Romans 10:9: if U declare with YO mouth Jesus is Lord & believe in U God raised HIM from the dead, U will B saved & John 3:36 = those who believe in Jesus have 4ever life & those who refuse 2, DON'T have it = instead the wrath-anger of God remains on them individually!

02/24/2024

A Profound Plan

February 24, 2024
by Pastor Chuck Swindoll
Scriptures: Job 42:1–6
“I know that you can do anything, and no one can stop you.

You asked, ‘Who is this that questions my wisdom with such ignorance?’ It is I—and I was talking about things I knew nothing about, things far too wonderful for me.

You said, ‘Listen and I will speak! I have some questions for you, and you must answer them.’

I had only heard about you before, but now I have seen you with my own eyes.

I take back everything I said, and I sit in dust and ashes to show my repentance.” (Job 42:2–6)
That's what makes the climax of Job's life so satisfying. This dear man, who never deserved the suffering he endured, is dealt with justly. And those who made his life so miserable weren't overlooked either. The God of justice finally steps up, bringing great rewards and restoration to the righteous, and strong discipline on the unrighteous.

Job finally realized that God's plan is profound, that His reasoning is right, and that His ways are higher than he could ever understand. With that, Job waves the white flag of surrender and says in complete sincerity, "I retract and I repent. I've said things I shouldn't have been saying, I talked about things I knew nothing about, I became self-righteous in my own defense. Lord, please know that my heart is Yours. I humble myself before You. I place myself at Your disposal. Your purpose is right; Your plan is incredible; Your reproofs are reliable; Your way is best."

That did it. When the Lord heard the deepest feelings of Job's contrite heart, when the Lord witnessed the humility of his broken spirit and the openness and teachability of Job's soul, mercy kicked in, and justice rolled down. There is even poetic justice as the Lord decides to use Job in the process of bringing the other men to justice. This is a good place to insert an insight worth remembering.

You will be amazed at how the Lord will use you in others' lives once you adjust your life to His ways. You will be many things for them: a reproof, a refuge, a point of hope, a reason to go on, a source of strength, a calming influence, and so much more. It's wonderful to realize (to your surprise) how He chooses to use you as a vehicle to help restore those who've strayed so far. This often includes those who hurt you in their straying.

I'm reminded of the distraught father in Les Misérables whose only plea comes in a powerful song about his son as he cries, "Bring him home!" Our Father, too, pleads with us to help guide His straying children back home to Him: "Bring them home!"

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Humble Yourself Now

February 27, 2024
by Pastor Chuck Swindoll
Scriptures: Job 42:1–11
"I had only heard about you before, but now I have seen you with my own eyes.

I take back everything I said, and I sit in dust and ashes to show my repentance.” (Job 42:5–6)
Take special notice of Job's words. He does not reply, "I've got an argument here." On the contrary, He says, "I retract and repent." There's no divine force. There's no threatening rebuke from God. "Job, if you don't get down on your knees and beg for mercy from Me, I'm going to finish you off!"

No. In gentle, resigned submission Job rests his case in the Father's will. He says, "You instruct me, and as a result of Your instruction, I will willingly submit and accept it." Do you know what I love about Job's attitude? There is an absence of talk about "my rights." There is not a hint of personal entitlement. There is no expectation or demand. There's not even a plea for God to understand or to defend him before his argumentative friends. Furthermore, there's no self-pity, no moody, depressed spirit. He is completely at rest. His innermost being, at last, is at peace.

You may say, "Well, if God had blessed me as He blessed Job, I'd say that too." Wait. He hasn't yet brought relief or reward. The man is still covered with boils. He still doesn't have any family. He's still homeless. He's still bankrupt. With nothing external changed, Job says quietly, "Lord, I'm Yours."

Focus on the timing. Humble yourself not after He exalts you, but humble yourself now. Don't wait. Pull back, stop the arguing, and rest in Him. It is remarkable how He will quiet your spirit and transport you to a realm of contentment you've never known before, even with most of the answers missing. The philosophers of this world demand answers. The believer who has now learned through this kind of cataclysmic experience to trust, regardless, demands nothing. And the worries slowly fade away, one after another.

"Humble yourselves in the presence of the Lord, and He will exalt you" (James 4:10).

What 1-U miss by B-ing a Christian via Holy Bible - 2ndly U must believe (via Hebrews 11:1 = what faith is) & further more that we ALL individually deserve eternal Hell: Romans 5:12. 3rdly U must repent (feel or express sincere regret or remorse about YO wrongdoing or sin); as God has-takes NO pleasure in the death of the bad-wicked, misc BUT hope that they'd SELF choose with their given Free Will 2 turn away from ALL that is opposite of solely God's desire as the saying goes, 'Father knows best': Ezekiel 33:11. What 1-U miss by B-ing a Christian via Holy Bible - & U must believe Jesus died 4 YO sins: Romans 5:8. 2 all who receive & believe in Jesus, receives the right 2 B-come a child of God: John 1:12. Romans 10:9: if U declare with YO mouth Jesus is Lord & believe in U God raised HIM from the dead, U will B saved & John 3:36 = those who believe in Jesus have 4ever life & those who refuse 2, DON'T have it = instead the wrath-anger of God remains on them individually!

02/24/2024

A Profound Plan

February 24, 2024
by Pastor Chuck Swindoll
Scriptures: Job 42:1–6
“I know that you can do anything, and no one can stop you.

You asked, ‘Who is this that questions my wisdom with such ignorance?’ It is I—and I was talking about things I knew nothing about, things far too wonderful for me.

You said, ‘Listen and I will speak! I have some questions for you, and you must answer them.’

I had only heard about you before, but now I have seen you with my own eyes.

I take back everything I said, and I sit in dust and ashes to show my repentance.” (Job 42:2–6)
That's what makes the climax of Job's life so satisfying. This dear man, who never deserved the suffering he endured, is dealt with justly. And those who made his life so miserable weren't overlooked either. The God of justice finally steps up, bringing great rewards and restoration to the righteous, and strong discipline on the unrighteous.

Job finally realized that God's plan is profound, that His reasoning is right, and that His ways are higher than he could ever understand. With that, Job waves the white flag of surrender and says in complete sincerity, "I retract and I repent. I've said things I shouldn't have been saying, I talked about things I knew nothing about, I became self-righteous in my own defense. Lord, please know that my heart is Yours. I humble myself before You. I place myself at Your disposal. Your purpose is right; Your plan is incredible; Your reproofs are reliable; Your way is best."

That did it. When the Lord heard the deepest feelings of Job's contrite heart, when the Lord witnessed the humility of his broken spirit and the openness and teachability of Job's soul, mercy kicked in, and justice rolled down. There is even poetic justice as the Lord decides to use Job in the process of bringing the other men to justice. This is a good place to insert an insight worth remembering.

You will be amazed at how the Lord will use you in others' lives once you adjust your life to His ways. You will be many things for them: a reproof, a refuge, a point of hope, a reason to go on, a source of strength, a calming influence, and so much more. It's wonderful to realize (to your surprise) how He chooses to use you as a vehicle to help restore those who've strayed so far. This often includes those who hurt you in their straying.

I'm reminded of the distraught father in Les Misérables whose only plea comes in a powerful song about his son as he cries, "Bring him home!" Our Father, too, pleads with us to help guide His straying children back home to Him: "Bring them home!"

Basic Doctrine's of the True Christian Faith - There is WAY MORE 2 the Holy Bible than the mere NEED 2 believe in Holy, retributionary Eye's of Fire, Holy Majesty-King of Kings Jesus Christ, eternal Son of Yahweh Jehovah Father God & Heaven (itself) / 3 in 1 - 1 in 3 Holy Trinity. While the basis of Christianity is faith (via Holy Bible's Hebrews 11:1) in (above), the promise of salvation is conditioned on obeying the FULL Holy Bible. Contrary 2 popular belief, 1 is - U R NOT saved (in above) the instant (immediate moment or there after) 1 - U believe. 1 - U MUST follow (though we all can & do stumble - fall as none of us humanity R perfect) above's complete plan of salvation which includes the NEED 2 repent (confess) of - from our sin's & B baptized (face down forward, NOT backwards) in the eternal Holy name of (above).

Basic Doctrine's of the True Christian Faith - You're salvation CAN B 4ever lost. Baptism in Holy, retributionary Eye's of Fire, Holy Majesty-King of Kings Jesus Christ, eternal Son of Yahweh Jehovah Father God & Heaven (itself) / 3 in 1 - 1 in 3 Holy Trinity is REQUIRED NON voluntary & NON optionally (as it's drafting a adult in2 this existing past-2 date (ALWAS has been & is a) Holy War, 4 the remission of sin's. Basic Doctrine's of the True Christian Faith - 1 MUST repent (SELF internally within & outwardly CONFESS) & no longer B a (repeat despite stumbling) a sinner (& despite born a sinner in2 this fallen world cuz of Adam 1st THEN Eve is of no excuse NOR rationalization)! Basic Doctrine's of the True Christian Faith - & as Jesus came 2 DIVIDE vide Holy Bible's Luke 12:51, when via baptism, it's sort of a military but spiritual draft in2 a army that requires non voluntary - non optional daily focus, misc despite all past-2 date via-ie: human history (fill in the blank's - U name it ie: event's, misc) could have literally avoided centuries ago! STOP B-ing sheep led 2 the slaughter by the church via past-2date bloody hand's Vatican ass kisser's! The Kingdom of God is embeddedly - internally within U, NOT building's of wood & stone via Holy Bible's Luke 17: 21-22!