“A Man Who Feared God”

Although the Book of Job seems to be about a righteous man who endures incredible suffering, it does focus more on God’s Wisdom and Sovereignty. The grand themes of God’s wisdom and justice are indeed more significant than the suffering and faith of Job. The Book raises rather intense questions that we humans spend time on at different points in our lives: “Why do the righteous suffer? Why would God allow such suffering? Why should a man believe in God? Why believe in God when we cannot visibly see Him?” The answers to those questions point out the limitations of our human wisdom as opposed to the immense, unlimited wisdom of God.

I first want to address the fact that Chapter 1 tells us that God considered Job “perfect and upright, and one that feared God, and eschewed evil.” So, why did He allow all this suffering to come upon him? Let us not forget verses 6-12 in Chapter 1: “Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan came also among them. And the LORD said unto Satan, Whence comest thou? Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it. And the LORD said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil? Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, Doth Job fear God for nought? Hast not thou made an hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he hath on every side? thou hast blessed the work of his hands, and his substance is increased in the land. But put forth thine hand now, and touch all that he hath, and he will curse thee to thy face. And the LORD said unto Satan, Behold, all that he hath is in thy power; only upon himself put not forth thine hand. So Satan went forth from the presence of the LORD.” God knew Job’s heart more than even Job did, just as He knows us more than we know ourselves. We know that satan roams to and fro on this earth seeking God’s strongest so that he can attempt to destroy them, but we learn here that that evil beast must ask God’s permission first. I believe that if God did not believe Job strong enough to get through these afflictions, He would not have allowed them.

Job’s friends thought they had all the answers for Job, and God let them ramble on for a time with ‘their’ opinions; much longer than I like. Although our friends, and ourselves in vice versa, sometimes just want to ‘help’ us get through our suffering with what they believe to be ‘good answers,’ they might do better to just be there and be sensitive to God’s Holy Spirit before speaking. I see Job’s friends’ answers as comfortable for them, but not comforting for Job. God let them know that their answers were inadequate and just plain wrong. They spoke from their experience and from traditions that were limited to the doctrine of retribution –  the belief that suffering is always punishment for sin. After God confronted Job, He told Job’s friends that He was angry with them because their answers were sinful and for them to offer up burnt offerings in atonement, AND He told them to let Job pray for them asking that God not deal with them as they deserved. Job 42:7, 8 “And it was so, that after the LORD had spoken these words unto Job, the LORD said to Eliphaz the Temanite, My wrath is kindled against thee, and against thy two friends: for ye have not spoken of me the thing that is right, as my servant Job hath. Therefore take unto you now seven bullocks and seven rams, and go to my servant Job, and offer up for yourselves a burnt offering; and my servant Job shall pray for you: for him will I accept: lest I deal with you after your folly, in that ye have not spoken of me the thing which is right, like my servant Job.” I believe that God understood Job’s questions and frustration about the horrendous losses He allowed him to suffer, and what a compliment to Job that God had confidence that he would not curse Him for it.

There is definitely a greater answer to Job’s suffering founded on God’s great wisdom. As I noted above, we have a rare behind-the-scenes look at God’s control and limitations that He put on Satan. Job was singled out by God to be a tested man of faith. satan accused God of bribing Job to believe in Him: Job 1:9, 10 ” Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, Doth Job fear God for nought? Hast not thou made an hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he hath on every side? thou hast blessed the work of his hands, and his substance is increased in the land.” Job came through this testing without sin, even in the face of the crushing disaster and the undeserved suffering. Even his wife told him to “Curse God and die.” He responded: Job 1:22; 2:10 “In all this Job sinned not, nor charged God foolishly…But he said unto her, Thou speakest as one of the foolish women speaketh. What? shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil? In all this did not Job sin with his lips.” The key to having this mindset is staying so very close in our relationship to God, searching and standing on His promises in His Word. If we are not close to Him, our flesh listens to satan’s lies and we become angry with God.

In the first 13 chapters of Job, the question “Why?” is asked over and over, but with no reply. In our minds, the question demands an explanation and a justification, but even if Job could have understood God’s answers, he would have only known “parts of God’s ways: Job 26:14 “Lo, these are parts of his ways: but how little a portion is heard of him? but the thunder of his power who can understand?” Our human minds lack the capacity to truly understand God’s ways, therefore, when we are faced with suffering, it is actually inappropriate to ask “Why?”

A better question would be “Who?”; “Who is in charge?” When God replied to Job He asked him, “Who?” at least 20 times in Chapters 38-41. When the “Who?” is God, then the persisting “Why?” is softened. The Believer can be like “a child that is weaned from his mother,” a child who has learned to wait for and to trust in his mother to give him what he needs at the right time: Psalm 131:2 “Surely I have behaved and quieted myself, as a child that is weaned of his mother: my soul is even as a weaned child.”

So, Job rightly and unwaveringly named God as the One who is ultimately responsible for all his suffering. He did not ever once blame satan, who was the one who directly struck him with those suffering blows-Job 2:10. God Himself told satan in Job 2:3: “Thou movedst me against him, to destroy him without cause.” God is not only in charge of the “good” things that happen to us while “helplessly” observing as “bad” things happen, but He is sovereignly in control of ALL things, good and bad. He permits His children to endure testing. At times, we want only to accept the good from God’s hand, but then we risk rejecting Him completely when things do not work out as we desire. That limited attitude of God’s wisdom is very foolish indeed, and we miss out on the blessings that come with our growth through testing.

Though Job was grief-stricken and bewildered at his trials, he recognized that God was in them and he determinedly chose to cling to God: Job 13:15 “Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him: but I will maintain mine own ways before him.” In his destitute and exhausted state Job uttered what I believe is a profound statement of faith: Job 19:25-27 “For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth: And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God: Whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall behold, and not another; though my reins be consumed within me.” While Job was in what we consider to be a hopeless state of affairs, he did not lose sight of his, and our, greatest hope that no matter what happens in this world, we can look forward to the world of Heaven to come. So, if our sufferings do lead to death here, we can be comforted that we will immediately be in the presence of our loving Saviour and Lord.

In Conclusion: Only our Lord knows all the whys and wherefores of our human suffering. Until “then shall I know even as also I am known,” knowing Him is more than enough for now:

1 Corinthians 13:12 “For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.”

2 Timothy 1:12 “For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day.”

James 5:11 “Behold, we count them happy which endure. Ye have heard of the patience of Job, and have seen the end of the Lord; that the Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy.”

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Posted by on November 20, 2015 in God's Truth


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A Very Timely Question- “Are You Preparing for His Rule?”


Anyone who knows me is used to hearing me talk about the Rapture and how it is very near, and how what we do here on this earth is to prepare us for what we will do in God’s Kingdom in Heaven. I want to thank Pastor Chris Staub for his devotion today in the Baptist Bread for this reminder. Are we all getting ready?

“Are You Preparing For His Rule?”

” Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen.”

“There are 1,845 references to the Second Coming of Christ in the Old Testament. Seventeen Old Testament books give it prominence. Out of the 260 chapters in the New Testament, there are over 300 references to the Second Advent or Second Coming of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Many Christians seem to ignore the coming rule and reign of Christ, as if it were a small event. The prevalent attitude seems to be, “All my troubles will be gone with the Rapture.” While there is some truth to that, there is a gross ignorance of accountability to the coming revelation of Jesus Christ to rule on this earth. The rapture of the church is a small part of that prophecy. What about the Judgment Seat of Christ, the marriage supper of the Lamb, the great war where Jesus conquers the entire earth at the Battle of Armageddon? What about His returning the earth and animals to pre-flood days? What about His majestic rule in Jerusalem and the millennial temple? Our service now determines what we will be doing then, according to Matthew 25 and Luke 19. You better get ready, not just for the Rapture, but the Day of the Lord. “This is the day which the LORD hath made,” is not just a nice devotional text out of Psalm 118:24, it is a prophecy of the thousand-year reign of Christ! And, folk, that is just the beginning! How are you preparing? Are you ready? The Revelator wrote, “the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready” (Revelation 19:7b).” (Emphasis in bold is mine, Anna.)

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Posted by on November 18, 2015 in God's Truth


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“And ALL the People…”

“Rivers of waters run down mine eyes, because they keep not thy law.” Psalm 119:136

We just went through the book of Nehemiah in our studies at  Colorado Springs Baptist Church. Chapter 8 where Ezra reads the Book of the Law (God’s Word) to all the people has always made me take a strong look at and compare it to people of our day, but this time it had me weeping for God’s church and how it has grown lax and complacent in His Laws and morals. I hear it a lot that we have had it too easy for too long in these great United States, and we are headed for a great fall because of “the people turning away from God Jehovah.” I believe more than I ever did, as I watch the minorities of people such as homosexuals and abortionists winning their battle to force everyone to condone their sinful lifestyles. Supposedly, those who call themselves Christians far outweigh this group of people, yet many sit back on their thumbs, with their heads in the sand and ignore issues like this as if maybe they will just all go away. Well, as we can see, they will not go away. In fact, they will continue to get worse and worse. We are already seeing Christians stepped on, mocked, and condemned for trying to take a stand for Godly morals and His Laws/Word. I call these few God’s  “Remnant.” Perhaps we have survived as long as we have because of this Remnant who remain faithful to Jehovah and His Word. I was recently reminded that “As the darkness grows darker, the Light shines brighter.” This is my commitment to the Lord until I go be with Him, to keep letting His Light shine through me.

Too many of our churches today do not even preach or teach the Great Commission or remission of sin through the blood of Jesus Christ. Many Pastors today are afraid to share God’s true Word or teach reverence to the one and only HOLY God by giving Him our best in all that we do, which includes how we dress before Him in HIS House and when we represent Him in service to Him, because people will not stay. So many today bring our Holy God down to their level instead of lifting Him up as He deserves to be lifted up. As a Holy God, He deserves for us to take some extra time and effort, to go to what we think of as a hassle, to reverence Him in our attire and our behaviour. We do not mind dressing up for a friend’s wedding out of respect for them, but it seems to be okay to enter God’s House or do service to Him dressed like we are going to the gym or a b-b-q. Does He not deserve even more respect than our friend?! Many only want to hear what makes them feel good or comfortable as they continue living in lives of sin – itching ears which have grown deaf to God’s truth. Many of today’s churches do whatever the world asks them because they need their money to survive. The church has become their ‘business’ –  some even stealing from God by taking money from things like Missions Accounts, and seemingly getting away with it. “Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.” (Romans 12:19) I would not want to be in that pastors’ shoes! I say to these so-called men of God, “Grow up in the LORD and stick to His true Word.” He is still on His throne and in control, and you will be held most accountable when you stand before Him. Trust Him to bring people in – people who need and want to hear the truth. People who are sick and hurting and need to be healed/saved and can only be healed by the hand of our Great Physician, Jesus Christ. If people leave because we are sticking to God’s Laws and reverencing Him as His Word commands, let them leave. They usually end up being a doorway for evil anyway. Perhaps after a time of pain and sorrow in the world, they will return ready for the truth. I say that because I have certainly been down that path in my journey to know the LORD more.

Just yesterday we watched coverage as it was happening on the news of  terrorist excrement (I will not even bother to name them and give them any notoriety) committing acts of murder on innocent people they call infidels in France. Do you really kid yourselves that that cannot happen in our great country? Look where we have come in our abomination lifestyles and celebrating sin more than committing our lives to our Loving and Holy LORD. This country has turned from its God and Creator who founded it through our forefathers. With the ready access to social media and news outlets today, you cannot tell me that you are not aware of the thousands of these extreme Muslims right here among us, and they come over our open borders daily with other illegals. We WILL get what we deserve. I know that our God has allowed this evil atrocity in our White House, who laughs at our Constitution and makes his own laws, for the purpose of bringing this sin-laden country to its knees and back to Him. We are going to have to go through some terrible times which we have never seen before, to lead ALL the people to “gather themselves together AS ONE” and hear God’s true Word  again, and not some corrupted version that leaves out what people do not want to hear because it convicts them of their sin.

Some background leading up to Ezra Chapter 8:

From the beginning, God had promised to bless the people of Israel (you could place the United States here) if they obeyed Him and to curse them if they disobeyed Him. The times when His people were taken captive (by the Assyrians in 722 B.C., the Babylonians in 586 B.C., and the Medo-Persians in 539 B.C.) were times when God used the heathens to discipline His children for their disobedience. The burning and destruction of Solomon’s temple by the Babylonians and its rebuilding 70 years later was foretold by Jeremiah in Chapter 25:11 and 29:10 – “And this whole land shall be a desolation, and an astonishment; and these nations shall serve the king of Babylon seventy years; For thus saith the LORD, That after seventy years be accomplished at Babylon I will visit you, and perform my good word toward you, in causing you to return to this place,” to assure the people that God would preserve a faithful remnant of His people. I believe that God’s Remnant will be taken from this earth at any moment. God help this world when that happens. Turn to God! You do not want to be left behind to face what God is going to allow to turn those who continue to reject Him toward Him. Read the book of Revelation.

Though the Assyrians and the Babylonians brought the captives to their empires, the Medo-Persians treated them as refugees and let them return to their own land. So, in 538 B.C., Cyrus issued orders to begin rebuilding the temple, and the 1st of 3 groups of post-exiled Jews went back to Jerusalem under the leadership of Sheshbazzar and Zerubabbel. The temple was completed in 516 B.C. The 2nd group of exiles returned in 458 B.C. with Ezra who followed God’s guidance in leading the people back to Him spiritually. In 445 B.C., King Artaxerxes I issued his decree for Nehemiah to lead the 3rd group to begin rebuilding the wall and the gates of Jerusalem.

Nehemiah was also led of God to bring the people back to a spiritual relationship with Jehovah by obeying His Laws. Nehemiah’s reforms helped to preserve Jewish identity, protecting it from compromise with its pagan neighbors, until God’s promised seed of Abraham, Jesus the Messiah, entered the scene. The book of Nehemiah was the last recorded history of Israel in the Old Testament, beginning the silent years before the New Testament.

The man of God, Nehemiah, was a man of prayer. There are 10 recorded prayers ranging from the quick “arrow prayer” when God gave him opportunity to make his request to King Artaxerxes – Nehemiah 2:4 “Then the king said unto me, For what dost thou make request? So I prayed to the God of heaven.” (right then and there) to the Bible’s longest recorded prayer in Nehemiah 9. There are prayers of confession and repentance, delivered in mourning with sackcloth and ashes, and prayers of praise and adoration, delivered with jubilant singing and musical instruments. There are prayers of supplication in weakness – Nehemiah 6:9, and prayers for God’s judgment on Nehemiah’s enemies in Nehemiah 4:4, 5. Most of all, Nehemiah desired the approval of God more than the approval of man. His walk in faith was balanced with prayer and action. He prayed and then put his request  before the king; he prayed and then “set a watch” (Neh. 4:9). He exhorted the people to “remember the Lord..and fight” (Neh. 4:14). How else could they have rebuilt the walls and gates of the city in just 52 days?!

Our evil enemies (also enemies of God) oppose us and try to engage us in strong spiritual warfare when we do His work. satan’s purpose is to destroy God’s people and God’s work. I see the hand of evil succeeding more in its work today than ever because God’s people have turned from following Him. Maybe it is easier for some to go the way of the world than to fight God’s battles, which should in fact be His children’s battles. We must follow Nehemiah’s example by combating evil with continual prayer, single-mindedness, wisdom, and righteous living. AND WE NEED ALL OF GOD’S PEOPLE DOING THAT, NOT JUST HIS REMNANT!

Nehemiah Chapter 8:1-12 “Ezra Reads the Book of the Law”

  1. And ALL the people gathered themselves together AS ONE MAN into the street that was before the water gate; and they spake unto Ezra the scribe to bring the book of the law of Moses, which the LORD had commanded to Israel.
  2. And Ezra the priest brought the law before the congregation both of men and women, and all that could hear with understanding, upon the first day of the seventh month. (Women and children, though they did not participate in regular temple functions, came together on such solemn occasions: Deut. 31:12; Joshua 8:35. Presumably “all that could hear with understanding” referred to children old enough to understand. This rediscovery of the Word of God was evidently meant for everyone in the family. Many may never have heard it before this time.)
  3. And he read therein before the street that was before the water gate from the morning until midday, before the men and the women, and those tht could understand; and the ears of all the people were attentive unto the book of the law.
  4. And Ezra the scribe stood upon a pulpit of wood, which they had made for the purpose; and beside him stood Mat-ti-thi-ah, She-ma, and A-nai-ah, and U-ri-jah, and Hil-ki-ah, and Ma-a-sei-ah, on his right hand; and on his left hand, Pe-dai-ah, and Mi-sha-el, and Mal-chi-ah, and Ha-shum, and Hash-bad-a-na, Zech-a-ri-ah, and Me-shul-lam.
  5. And Ezra opened the book in the sight of all the people; (for he was above all the people;) and when he opened it, all the people stood up: (they reverenced our Holy God by standing in respect for Him and His Law)
  6. And Ezra blessed the LORD, the great God. And ALL the people answered, Amen, Amen, with lifting up their hands: and they bowed their heads, and worshipped the LORD with their faces to the ground. (Just as in days past, we can take it to the bank that we will go through consequences of turning our backs on our LORD, because unfortunately it takes horrendous events to bring us back to a right relationship with our righteous and Holy God.)
  7. Also Jesh-u-a, and Ba-ni, and Sher-e-bi-ah, Ja-min, Ak-kub, Shab-be-thai, Ho-di-jah, Ma-a-sei-ah, Ke-li-ta, Az-a-ri-ah, Jo-za-bad, Ha-nan, Pe-lai-ah, and the Levites, caused the people to understand the law: and the people stood in their place. (While Ezra read the Scripture from the Hebrew text, the Levites translated and explained the meaning in Aramaic, the language understood by the people. The people “stood” as a sign of reverence for the Word. This reading, interpretation, and even standing later became part of the synagogue worship services and can be seen in some Christian churches today. I am glad to say that CSBC does stand in honor and reverence to God as His Scripture is read before the message.)
  8. So they read in the book in the law of God distinctly, and gave the sense, and caused them to understand the reading.
  9. And Ne-hem-i-ah, which is the Tir-sha-tha, and Ezra the priest the scribe, and the Levites that taught the people, said unto all the people, This day is holy unto the LORD your God; mourn not, nor weep. For all the people wept, when they heard the words of the law. (They were convicted by God’s Word, that is the power it has when we truly hear it, and they repented with weeping and mourning when they heard the Word because they realized how disobedient they had been. Oh, that God’s children would hear God’s true Word today and know their disobedience, repent and turn back to Him.)
  10. Then he said unto them, Go your way, eat the fat, and drink the sweet, and send portions unto them for whom nothing is prepared: for this day is holy unto our Lord: neither be ye sorry; for the joy of the LORD is your strength. (Once we understand our sinfulness and repent and turn back to God, we can then let go of our guilt and joy in God’s forgiveness.)
  11. So the Levites stilled all the people, saying, Hold your peace, for the day is holy: neither be ye grieved.
  12. And all the people went their way to eat, and to drink, and to send portions, and to make great mirth, because they had understood the words that were declared to them. (I am not sure when God will Rapture His church from this world, but I do believe it will be sooner than most think. I find it very sad that many may not enjoy this joy and mirth until we go be with Jesus, after He wipes our mournful tears from our eyes, when we realize our lack of obedience and honor to Him while we were here. Come quickly Lord Jesus.)
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Posted by on November 14, 2015 in God's Truth


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Posted by on November 10, 2015 in God's Love


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Asking for help for little sister

I only do this for legitimate causes, and this is one of those legitimate causes. Through no fault of her own, of course, my little sister, Bessie, has undergone major surgeries in the last couple of months because of cancer. Any help that anyone can spare is greatly appreciated. You can see her story and donate if able at GoFundMe below. I thank you all in advance for your generosity. Anna.


Bessie’s Story:

Hello my Family and Friends : You all know me as Bess or Bessie (Ward) or Glenn depending on how long or well u know me… Most all of you also know I am a Breast Cancer survivor of 12 yrs.
This last year has been a crazy year, I graduated from college and received my Associates degree and thought I was finally on my career path!
Unfortunately in August I was re-diagnoised with a New Primary Cancer… Same side as last time… Completely different Cancer. Since then I have undergone an Auxiliary resection, removing ALL my lymph nodes from under my left arm… that is where it came back was in a lymph node. Because it was a new Primary Cancer, and to be proactive, they recommend I remove both breasts.
So… I had a Radical Mastectomy Oct 14th. I am recovering well and currently waiting for radiation therapy to start.
However here is my problem… I started working at my Internship site… One month after I completed it… So when I was diagnosed I hadn’t been there long enough to qualify for FMLA or any other employment programs. You have to be there for 1 year to qualify . The first surgery I was out 5 weeks…August 4th-September 8th. I went back and worked for a month before my Mastectomy to try and help off set some of my bills. I am going to try and go back in 2 weeks if possible. Of course I am getting my last surgery bills sent to collections, because I have no income to pay them. I will also be struggling getting to and from work for 4 weeks because I don’t receive a paycheck until 4 weeks after I return to work. My dear Sister’s helped me last time and I can not ask them again. I just need help getting back to work and paying some of my Dr. bills to keep me from collection’s.
I love you all and am proud to call u family and friends. I Thank you in advance if u can help… If not I totally understand. Much love Bessie

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Posted by on November 8, 2015 in God's Love


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Lydia-An Influential Businesswoman

In my last post I shared another instance where God’s servants were imprisoned for teaching God’s truths, and God sent an angel to miraculously free them. Once again, the ‘brethren’ had been together in one accord, praying fervently for Paul and Silas. This time, they were together in the home of a woman named Lydia.

Acts 16:40 “And they went out of the prison, and entered into the house of Lydia: and when they had seen the brethren, they comforted them, and departed.”

Lydia came from Thyatira, a city in the western province of Lydia in Asia Minor. Her name originally might have been the designation of her home, “a woman of Lydia.” At the time Lydia met Paul, she lived at Philippi, a leading city of Macedonia on the European continent.  As a wealthy and influential businesswoman, Lydia sold articles dyed purple, a prized color made from certain mollusks–a respectable and lucrative trade. She had a spacious home that could accommodate many guests and servants to meet their needs. This had to be a rare achievement in her day. I would say that she was indeed a hard-working, bold, and intelligent woman to have achieved the success that she enjoyed. She also was a true child of God who understood that everything she had was a blessing from the Lord, to be used for His glory.

One Sabbath day, Lydia went to the river’s shore that had been designated by the Roman authorities of Philippi as a place of prayer and worship for the Jews. There she met Paul and Silas, who had been in Philippi only a short time. While others along the river may have rejected Paul’s words about Jesus, Lydia accepted them and became a Believer. Once she believed, she made a confession of her faith to her whole world through baptism and then, she assembled her entire household, told them what had happened to her, and she asked them to believe. After her entire household accepted Christ as Saviour and were baptized, Lydia invited Paul and Silas to stay in her home. When Paul and Silas were thrown into a Philippian prison, Lydia visited them and attended to their needs. Her house became the meeting place of the first European church.

Lydia was quick to understand that what had been hers before her conversion–home, business, and possessions–now belonged to the Lord. She had a new partner, the Lord Jesus; a new purpose, to serve Him; and a new satisfaction in seeking to be effective and successful in order to glorify the Lord. Her career aspirations did not hinder her sharing the gospel with family and friends. She was not too busy to take time for hospitality – Acts 16:15 “And when she was baptized, and her household, she besought us, saying, If ye have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come into my house, and abide there. And she constrained us.”

Lydia’s name appears in Scripture only twice. She was seemingly the first Gentile convert in Europe, the first Christian businesswoman, and the first Believer to open her home as a worship center for European Christians. Not only to Paul and the early church, but also to the generations to come, Lydia proved the importance and influence of a woman of determination, foresight, and generosity.

What a wonderful, Godly example! Oh, how we could use more like Lydia in our world today!

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Posted by on October 2, 2015 in Godly Women


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Our God can Bring Glory out of Any Situation

“Sirs, what must I do to be saved?”

A Certain Damsel Possessed with a Demon – Acts, Chapter 16:16-34 – “16 And it came to pass, as we went to prayer, a certain damsel possessed with a spirit of divination met us, which brought her masters much gain by soothsaying: The same followed Paul and us, and cried, saying, These men are the servants of the most high God, which shew unto us the way of salvation. (Even the demons know who God is! Here He is being mocked by one.) And this did she many days. But Paul, being grieved, turned and said to the spirit, I command thee in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her. And he came out the same hour. And when her masters saw that the hope of their gains was gone, they caught Paul and Silas, and drew them into the marketplace unto the rulers, And brought them to the magistrates, saying, These men, being Jews, do exceedingly trouble our city, And teach customs, which are not lawful for us to receive, neither to observe, being Romans. And the multitude rose up together against them: and the magistrates rent off their clothes, and commanded to beat them. And when they had laid many stripes upon them, they cast them into prison, charging the jailor to keep them safely: Who, having received such a charge, thrust them into the inner prison, and made their feet fast in the stocks. And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them. And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken: and immediately all the doors were opened, and every one’s bands were loosed. And the keeper of the prison awaking out of his sleep, and seeing the prison doors open, he drew out his sword, and would have killed himself, supposing that the prisoners had been fled. But Paul cried with a loud voice, saying, Do thyself no harm: for we are all here. Then he called for a light, and sprang in, and came trembling, and fell down before Paul and Silas, And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved? And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house. And they spake unto him the word of the Lord, and to all that were in his house. And he took them the same hour of the night, and washed their stripes; and was baptized, he and all his, straightway. And when he had brought them into his house, he set meat before them, and rejoiced, believing in God with all his house.”

Divination was widely practiced in the ancient Middle East. This attempt to contact supernatural powers sought unknown answers that usually foretold the future. The Old Testament strongly condemns such practices: Leviticus 19:26 “Ye shall not eat any thing with the blood: neither shall ye use enchantment, nor observe times.” And Jeremiah 27:9 “Therefore hearken not ye to your prophets, nor to your diviners, nor to your dreamers, nor to your enchanters, nor to your sorcerers, which speak unto you, saying, Ye shall not serve the king of Babylon:” (Having anything to do with evil spirits in any way, opens the door for them to come in and ruin our lives! They work for satan!)

Paul and Silas had come to preach in Philippi where they met a fortune-teller. We know her only as a “certain damsel possessed with a spirit of divination.” Luke recognized her phenomena as being identical to those of the priestesses of Delphi. In other words, she was not seen as merely a lunatic or skillful ventriloquist, but she was indeed possessed of a demonic spirit, giving her extraordinary powers to predict the future, which was strictly forbidden – Leviticus 19:31 “Regard not them that have familiar spirits, neither seek after wizards, to be defiled by them: I am the LORD your God.” Her masters used and abused her, receiving much money from her fortune-telling, especially by making her answer those with problems and difficulties who were more vulnerable to such deception.

The girl followed Paul and Silas for days, crying out loudly and hindering their ministry. Annoyed, Paul exorcised the problem-causing demonic spirit from the girl’s body. Deprived of their potential gain, her masters dragged Paul and Silas into the marketplace and had them beaten and imprisoned.

***In prison, however, Paul and Silas witnessed the power of the Living Christ! Not only were they miraculously delivered, but the keeper of the prison and his entire family were saved and baptized. Acts mentions no more about the fortune-telling slave girl. However, her testimony stands forever to prove that God can bring glory even out of the most harsh and unfair situations!***

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Posted by on September 29, 2015 in God's Love


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