Temple Builders Prophetic Web Book of Job Prophetic Teaching
by John Robert Lucas
 
Prophetic Teachings

Job is the most popular example of affliction because the entire book is dedicated to his severe tribulation. It can be real hard for us to identify with Daniel, Paul and other perfect examples. These examples are great to give us hope of where we can be IF we allow His grace to operate in our life continually. They reveal to us the finishing line of the race that we are now running. They show God’s maturing process that can end in manifesting purity and righteousness. These men represent to us that IF we walk in Him we will show the world - Him.

1 Cor 1:30

But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:

We will show the world spiritual attributes that spring from the life that we have received from abiding in Jesus. Yet many of us identify more with examples of Peter and David then the “Daniels” of the Bible. Why is this? Because Peter and David failed in many areas and yet God held out His hand to restore them to faith. This is where most of us are now! Therefore we will examine another Bible example that fell short but God restored – Job. Job presents to us a message for where we are today.

I avoided reading and studying Job for years. This was due to it being a difficult book to understand and also due to the many erroneous teachings relating to Job. Job has become a religious icon that has allowed unbelief to exist. To teach contrary to the present teaching tends to be quite difficult, yet in God’s timing His truth shall be received by those who are pressing into His Inner Courts. God spoke to my heart strongly one day to read Job and I knew it was God speaking at that moment (many times you realize it was God only after you see the result). That day the Holy Spirit taught me the book of Job and in quite detail – my spiritual eyes were opened. I was changed and I had a revelation concerning affliction that I never understood before.

We are told at the onset of reading the book of Job that he was perfect. He is preached by some ministers of the gospel that he was TOTALLY blameless and perfect. That would put him in the category of the previous examples that we had observed. Job would be more like Daniel, the three men or Paul. The Holy Spirit taught me to the contrary. Many agree with what I have just said and others would disagree. These types of controversies prove the lack of unity in doctrine. Now the challenge would be to teach the entire body of Christ that Job was not perfect when the King James Version says that Job was perfect. God has the answer. Every controversy in scripture is a controversy in our heart. With God there are no controversies. A controversy exists because we fail to see Him and learn about His ways. A controversy exist because we do not press onward towards the finishing line when we are told in Hebrews that He rewards those that diligently seek Him. A controversy exists because we choose to believe man’s teaching instead of God’s Word. Why do we trust the doctrine of a minister instead of God? Because of a “lack of confidence” to hear God for ourselves. The children of Israel in the wilderness “desired not” God’s voice, the church did this with the Catholic Church and we still have this same immaturity today.

Job 1:1

There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man was perfect and upright, and one that feared God, and eschewed evil.

These are the four qualities of Job. The first one is the one we tend to stumble on. The word perfect in the King James Version will rarely mean our current English definition. This instance of the word “perfect” literally means, “had integrity”. This Hebrew word was used to describe Jacob BEFORE he tricked his brother Esau into trading his birthright and BEFORE Jacob deceived his father into pronouncing the blessing of the birthright on him. How is it then that God can call Jacob upright with integrity- perfect? Because God was comparing him to his brother that had very little integrity. Esau represents everything earthly and Jacob represents everything spiritual, yet Jacob was not very spiritual at the time, in fact Jacob was destine to learn many of life’s hard lessons to deal his with this “lack of integrity”. Job had integrity compared to the rest of Job’s generation (probably right before Abraham’s time) and yet there was in his heart something that had to be dealt with.

So we see that perfect does not mean our thoughts on being perfect, it simply means to have integrity and is used comparatively against others who demonstrate less integrity. If Job was the most upright man of his time - why test him? We are a people that like to compare ourselves to others. Others become our standard of measurement. When we do this and the target of our comparison falls short of where we are, we neglect to look any further and the remaining soil in us is never dealt with. UNDERSTAND THIS - If there is anything in you – anything at all that is unlike Jesus Christ that CAN BE TOUCHED – than God will allow affliction to deal with it. God is after your heart. If there is any area of your life where you are separated from God – He desires to unite you with Himself. As you become more spiritual than those around you, there will be a temptation to compare yourself to their spirituality. As you compare yourself to their spiritual maturity we leave areas in our life untouched by God’s Life. These are areas that the Holy Spirit has reproved as being sin, these are areas that you have went your own way instead of God’s way, these are areas that become a tare. Job had areas of his life that he failed to deal with and now God will allow affliction to get his attention. God does not desire external qualities that have been untested, God desires internal qualities obtained from heaven and tried by fire.

Job 1:5

And it came about, when the days of feasting had completed their cycle, that Job would send and consecrate them, rising up early in the morning and offering burnt offerings {according to} the number of them all; for Job said, "Perhaps my sons have sinned and cursed God in their hearts." Thus Job did continually. (NAS)

Before affliction came, we find a problem. We have three times where scripture mentions that Job’s children were feasting and drinking wine. God goes out of His way to mention that affliction occurs on the day of this feasting. Job believed in his heart that they were habitually in sin. Scripture is given by inspiration of God; God includes these events for a reason. It is not a coincidence.

Prov 22:6

Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.

Job offered sacrifice for his children but God requires us to train them in the way of righteousness. Are we saying that Job was afflicted based solely on how he raised his children? No, what we are saying is that the children died because their hearts were evil not because Job needs to learn a lesson. However, the sin of Job’s children was an indicator of the impurities in his heart. Our lives affect others and especially those that are the closest to us. If you were to raise ten children in Christ, you would have faith that at least a few would serve God all their days. This was not the case with Job, he raised ten children that did not serve God. If you do not raise your children in God’s way than you are guaranteed affliction in your road ahead. This was true of many examples in the Old Testament. This is God’s first uncovering of something hidden in Job’s life. If you have failed as a parent, you simply must receive forgiveness and mostly forgiving yourself then set yourself to raise spiritual children.

Job 1:8

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,

Does Satan point out Job? Nope, God points out Job to Satan. My humorous response is “Please Lord, I have enough problems. It is to be noted that God will point out to Satan our life - to afflict us - but He will not reveal to Satan the purpose of the affliction. This is why Satan conspired to destroy Jesus; Satan never sees the resurrection life on the other side of the cross.

Job 1:10

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.

  Satan is the source of affliction because in God there is no evil to afflict with. God has a hedge around us like He had with Job. Sometimes we simply leave His hedge by violating His way. For example if you drive dangerously then you leave His hedge of protection by violating common sense “safe practices”. This is the “suffering for unrighteousness” type of affliction. At other times it seems like everything hits us and we have not been doing anything evil to bring the affliction. This is the case with Job. God lifted up the hedge to get to the deep inner parts of his being, but the works of Job were not in violation to God’s ways. God will allow this affliction, but in the case of the dangerous driver, it was the driver’s choice. When we are afflicted because we were foolish then we must just respond in crying out to God for mercy. Had it not been for God’s mercy for all the foolish things I have said and done, I would have been utterly destroyed years ago.

1 Cor 3:13

Every man's work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man's work of what sort it is.

      Job was tested to reveal - “what sort” his uprightness was. All of us shall be tested as James declared.

James 1:3-4

knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have {its} p erfect result, that you may be perfect and complete

Our faith when tested is what will bring endurance and then completion. In Job’s case we see uprightness, fear of God and integrity on the surface but in the deep recesses of his heart God will cause his mouth to speak. For example, let’s say that you are a rural driver in an unpopulated road system, as you drive daily to your destinations you are known as a “stress-free driver” to all those that know you. It is easy to be stress-free when you have few drivers on the road and this is what Satan pointed out. Therefore it is the PLAN OF GOD to bring you to a place of busy highways to test that stress-free condition that resides within, when you drive. If it is God Who is Peace in your heart then God will be your response. If it is the peace that can be manifested by the natural man than your response will be one of flesh. Many can be naturally gentle, naturally kind and naturally stress-free but it takes a testing to really tell of what sort it is.

Job lost all of His possessions and His children. What was his response? He worshipped God and sinned not! Could we have passed this test in such a way?  We must become dead to things and we must submit our children to God – both belong to Him. God was not finished though. Job had yet to come to the end of himself. Affliction is designed to see yourself in the deep places of your heart. We become afflicted and we do everything except place our heart on God’s altar and say, “if there is any wicked thing in me please show me”. Job now receives bodily affliction!

Job 2:10

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.

God makes a point to let us know that Job still did not sin with his lips. This is where some Bible teachers miss it. They assume that because it says Job does not sin with his lips in Job 2:10 than he must not be sinning in his following dialogue, however what we see is Job’s affliction is getting to him. The fire is purging deep and what is about to burst will be nothing like the uprightness that has been previous spoken about. Job’s response to this affliction will show us the “true version” that Job held about God. Job will now speak of God’s way in a manner that does not resemble the true God in heaven. There are many that can mimic being spiritual but the mimicking stops at the test.

The Discourse

Job’s three friends approach Job and they mourn with him. In Chapter 3 we have the start of four dialogues. Job and the three friends take turns in an unprofitable discussion. The difficulty in reading these passages is that all four of them were wrong and yet made many true statements, in fact the Apostle Paul quotes a saying of one of the three friends as a “Gospel Truth”. Most important though is that there is a truth in these dialogues that gives revelation of the TRUE condition of Job’s heart. Sometimes we remain confused because the dialogues around us are “ALL WRONG” but contain an element of truth. Christians take sides on issues and both sides are many times in error but both contain an element of truth. The result is unprofitable.

Job opens his mouth in chapter 3 and reveals his response to his affliction. Our focus will be God’s focus, which is a focus on the bitter waters. God already said at the onset that He thought Job was upright, now God will magnify that which is not upright. When you are in affliction, God has a focus on YOUR BITTER WATER. God will focus on that which is NOT UPRIGHT in your heart. Our reaction is normally a focus on what we have done right and therefore we conclude that we are not deserving of such affliction – this was Job’s response!

Job’s attitude turned to despair, a loss of all hope. Job cursed his birthday, he wished he had been a miscarriage. Job’s despair grew and he wanted God to kill him. Always observe your response to any affliction lest you be blind concerning yourself. SELF-PITY will never deliver you from your affliction! When severe affliction comes we want to lay down, we want to quit. We find that there is no resource within us to overcome and we want to distance ourselves from our affliction. For some the only way to distance themselves from their affliction is suicide, or at least the desire to die. Despair is a killer, it takes away all opportunities for deliverance.

Job 6:11

What is my strength, that I should hope? and what is mine end, that I should prolong my life?

Job saw that the road ahead was darkness. Yes, this is a natural reaction but God wants us to know Him Who is Hope. Spiritual reactions are pleasing to God and He gives us the ability to hope because of Jesus. It is easy to preach this, a lot harder to walk it when you have been terribly afflicted and hurt. God reaches down in our despair and by His mercy will restore us to a place where despair will have been swallowed up in hope.

Rom 5:5-6

hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us. For while we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. (NAS)

Job continues to mischaracterize God in his dialogue. Job says that God is against him. Job does not look within his own heart. Job proclaims that he has done nothing deserving of this affliction. “God has made me bitter” says Job; “who can ever be right or do good in His sight – God is unpleasable” “God will not even answer me”  “God blesses the house of the robber – those who provoke Him are secure” “God is a merciless judge of every infraction”. If that were true, we would all have been judged long ago.

Ps 103:10

He has not dealt with us according to our sins, nor rewarded us according to our iniquities. (NAS)

Job blames God and depicts God as being an unfair judge. Job proclaims a false version of Who God is. Job complains to God and about God. All of these are but symptoms – not the root of the problem. Many times we go through affliction and respond in self-pity, anger, blaming others or blaming God. These are responses that usually spring up from something that has been not dealt with in our hearts. Many times we see the meanness in another not realizing the mental and physical abuse they may have experienced in their youth – the meanness may be a manifestation of a broken heart that God wants to heal. Many in the world feel that God was unfair to allow abuse to happen to them, their response to this “mischaracterization of God” is one of bitterness. If we will learn these important lessons of truth, God can use us to minister to these, as we learn His dealings and submit to them.

The dialogue of Job revealed a deep-rooted problem that God wanted dealt with – SELF-RIGHTEOUSNESS! Job was stubborn and refused the counsel of his wise friends, but there was a problem there as well, for the words of Job’s friends were added affliction to his already miserable condition. The friends actually pointed out the self-righteousness. They told Job that something was not right in his life. They told him that his end would be restoration even greater than before. They preach encouragement, hope, accurate statements about God’s character, they corrected Job’s wrong statements with accurate ones and many more wise sayings. Why were they an added affliction? Because they were bitter water mixed with sweet water. Their words were from the “natural man” and only caused Job to become more contentious. They even digressed into giving the “false purpose of affliction”. They did this by telling Job that the affliction was due to Job withholding his bread to the hungry which was a false accusation. It is hard to see the error of the three friends until you observe the righteousness spoken from the fourth friend.

Elihu the Prophet

After Job and his three friends have concluded their unprofitable discourse, we see God’s man come on the scene. God loves us so much that He sends a true messenger of God. Elihu means “God of Him”. Elihu definitely belongs to God, and God has much to say through Elihu the prophet. Elihu begins by stating the problem with Job – “He justified himself instead of God”. This is such a dangerous place for us to be in because we will justify our motives when we should have sought the motives of God. We now become RIGHT IN OUR OWN EYES. May we fear and tremble in His holy presence and never degrade to this place of blindness. We can use scripture to justify ourselves, we can use past accomplishments done in the Name of Jesus to justify ourselves – if this is our response then God’s response will be to “give you up to your own way”. Know this - Prov 1:31 Therefore shall they eat of the fruit of their own way, and be filled with their own devices.

Job 32:2-3

Then was kindled the wrath of Elihu the son of Barachel the Buzite, of the kindred of Ram: against Job was his wrath kindled, because he justified himself rather than God.

Also against his three friends was his wrath kindled, because they had found no answer, and yet had condemned Job.

Revealed are the problems with the dialogues. The answer has always been in these verses. Job pleaded his case as though he was innocent and had no sin. The friends preached restoration, God’s character, and wisdom that they learned from God, but their much speaking had no answer, to make matters worse they condemned Job and gave him no help of deliverance. Observe and note carefully! There are many in ministry that think that all you have to do is interject some accurate information about God, the cross, restoration and even counseling, but if you do not provide the answer that is from heaven for that moment – for that person, than you will have a ministry of wood, hay and stubble. You will be in sin, you will have become the ministry of the “three friends”. Fear God in this I beg you. When you preach and counsel those in their affliction – is there an answer or just information?

Elihu had the answer! Elihu waited for the three wise and older men to speak first, even though he had the answer. Have you ever gotten into a small group of people after church or in a home group setting and you find certain individuals (maybe even you) are always the first to dominate the course of the conversation with their much knowledge. You leave those settings not edified, but an Elihu will wait for the moment when there is no answer and then speak from heaven the Master’s answer that cuts to heart and restores. I desire to be as Elihu, waiting for compassion to move me with a word that has His answer.

Job 32:7-22

"I thought age should speak, and increased years should teach wisdom. "But it is a spirit in man, and the breath of the Almighty gives them understanding. "The abundant {in years} may not be wise, nor may elders understand justice. "So I say, 'Listen to me, I too will tell what I think.'

There is a public ministry of the prophet, yet every believer is a prophet in regards to speaking the word from heaven that confounds the wisdom that comes from elders. We have the breath – the Spirit of God teaching us, and causing us to learn in a few days what might have taken these wise friends a lifetime to achieve. God will use an exegesis of scripture to cause us to rightly divide truth, but in addition the minister must hear from heaven. Those that hear from heaven as Elihu did – MUST BE BOLD TO TELL WHAT THEY THINK! Do not let the “supposed wiser” or the elder of much knowledge prevent you from declaring ALL that you are hearing and therefore must speak – that provides God’s true understanding of a matter.

Job 32:7-22

"Behold, I waited for your words, I listened to your reasonings, while you pondered what to say. "I even paid close attention to you, indeed, there was no one who refuted Job, not one of you who answered his words. "Do not say, 'We have found wisdom; God will rout him, not man.' "For he has not arranged {his} words against me; nor will I reply to him with your arguments. "They are dismayed, they answer no more; words have failed them.

Words have failed them. So sad that we sit in gatherings where hurting people have gathered, sitting next to us and our words fail us to bring healing to their affliction. May we mature that we may bring the words that restore. When their words cry out for help, may we answer them in Christ. There are many that wander in their affliction because NOT ONE has been found to give words that have answer, to give words that fail not.

Job 32:7-22

"And shall I wait, because they do not speak, because they stop {and} answer no more? "I too will answer my share, I also will tell my opinion. "For I am full of words; the spirit within me constrains me. "Behold, my belly is like unvented wine, like new wineskins it is about to burst. "Let me speak that I may get relief; let me open my lips and answer. "Let me now be partial to no one; nor flatter {any} man. "For I do not know how to flatter, {else} my maker would soon take me away. (NAS)

Anyone that has ever prophesied can identify with Elihu. We are full of words – His words, how can we possibly contain or make them undelivered. We see here that “words that flatter” are words that shall puff up the carnal man while simultaneously deflating the spiritual man. May we fear God as Elihu did in this matter.

In chapter 33 Elihu rehearses back to Job what he said in his dialogue that was to be reproved. Then Elihu tells Job that his depiction of God and his reasoning for the purpose of his own affliction is “not just”. Many times we deceive ourselves into thinking we know the purpose to why we were afflicted and the result is never fruitful. Many think they are suffering for righteousness sake when they are in fact suffering for not using Godly wisdom. There are multitudes of teachers that spread false doctrine and suffer because of it, but their deception tells them that this is the sufferings of Christ. There are those that misuse the gifts of God and cause reproach from the world and other Christians, they are deceived into thinking their suffering is for righteousness sake. You might be one that imposes their will upon those that you influence, and when afflicted you still never see “this contradiction” to the steps of Jesus, you will be left to your own way no matter how much praying or studying God’s Word that you may do.

YOU MUST NOT BE RESISTANT TO THE DEALINGS OF GOD. Suppose you are one that has a life of devotion before God and let us suppose that in your dealings with the consumer market, one day you do not get “your own way”, when afflicted are these contrary ways of the carnal nature – laid on the altar? And one more common way we tend to stay blind to God’s dealings, you are driving and someone “cuts you off” or someone drives slowly in front of you, what is your response? Was it an automatic response of the fruit of patience and the fruit of forbearing wrongs that are suffered? If this was not the response, when afflicted have we searched our heart to have these immature and sometimes “wicked responses” dealt with? Discern your affliction, and always look in your heart for that which does not resemble Jesus that you may avoid being deceived.

The Root Purpose of Affliction

Elihu says:

Job 33:13-17 Amplified

13     Why do you contend against God? For He does not give account of any of His actions. [Sufficient for us it should be to know that it is He that does them].

Job contended and judged God as being unfair instead of listening to His voice. It is that voice that causes us to understand our affliction. When we understand our affliction then we can see ourselves as God sees us. When we see ourselves we can respond to God in repentance of our vile pride and acceptant of His grace for true deliverance; that is deliverance from ourselves. Even as Job was self- righteousness - God tries to show us our unrighteousness, if we resist Him continually we will also become self-righteous. We will be guilty of having measured our own level of righteousness against a criterion that is not God and then we are stubborn to change it.

 

14     For God [does reveal His will; He] speaks not only once, but more than once, even though men do not regard it.

15     [One may hear God’s voice] in a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep sleep falls upon men while slumbering upon the bed.

16     Then He opens the ear of men and seals their instruction.

17     That He may withdraw man from his own purpose and cut off pride from him.

Memorize verse 17 and never forget it. Your valleys, tribulations, afflictions, chastisements, hardships are designed to cause verse 17 – to withdraw you from your purpose, your goal, your motives and cut off the pride that gave you your own purpose – AT THE ROOT, but ONLY when you hear from heaven the voice that reveals the purpose of your affliction. This is the Father’s voice of instruction! The Holy of Holies is given the name in Solomon’s temple as “THE ORACLE OF GOD”. This name literally means “THE SPEAKING PLACE”. When we talk about a life in the Holy of Holies we are talking about a life that “hears from heaven”, a life that has ears to hear what the Spirit of God is saying. Some want a “Holy of Holies” for the sole purpose of giving them a “sense of God”, but the true Holy of Holies speaks to us and we are to heed that voice – THEN we will “sense God in our midst”. It is only THEN can we stand holy in the midst of our holy God. It is only then shall we have God’s GLORY upon our life.

Job 33:22-30

"Then his soul draws near to the pit, and his life to those who bring death. "If there is an angel {as} mediator for him, One out of a thousand, to remind a man what is right for him, then let him be gracious to him, and say, 'Deliver him from going down to the pit, I have found a ransom'; let his flesh become fresher than in youth, let him return to the days of his youthful vigor; then he will pray to God, and He will accept him, that he may see His face with joy, and He may restore His righteousness to man. "He will sing to men and say, 'I have sinned and perverted what is right, and it is not proper for me. 'He has redeemed my soul from going to the pit, and my life shall see the light.' "Behold, God does all these oftentimes with men, to bring back his soul from the pit, that he may be enlightened with the light of life. (NAS)

This passage brings us to the end of ourselves even to the pit of death itself but then God rescues us. I hope this message may be the “one out of a thousand” but if not, God will send him to you - to deliver His word of grace. Elihu preaches with an answer from heaven of true restoration for Job. This word that Elihu preaches is restoration for all of us. Jesus is our mediator delivering us out of all of our afflictions and restoring us - as we follow Him. When we are afflicted, sometimes we do not see as we should, we do not do many things as we ought, but the message of the Gospel is this - Jesus lives in our heart, we have covenant with Jesus, Jesus paid our debt and the debt was not His – TO RESCUE US FROM THE PIT. We do not deserve it, our pride should prevent it, but His mercy reaches down in our pain because Jesus experienced great pain, and He gives you healing. Our part is easy, humble yourself, knowing that you are the reason for your affliction, invite Jesus in…into every part of your life - and your life shall see light. Let Jesus prove Himself to you, and as you yield your life to Him - your life will become PROOF of Jesus in this earth. HIGGAION <Mediate on that>

Sow to the Spirit

God reveals His will in affliction. It is in affliction that we have revelation of our own pride. It is in affliction that we see the old man, the natural man – the soul. It is in affliction that we can appropriate, make relevant, make applicable the truth of us being dead to sin and alive to God. Now we can reckon ourselves to be dead to it. We can consider ourselves freed from the slavery of our own pride. Why? Because now we see it. If you can see it – you can walk in it. You are in Him Whom all the fulness of the Godhead mightily dwells and that fact must be seen even as you see your own pride.

Gal 6:8-9

For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting. And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.

Elihu lets Job know that when you do righteousness, it does not affect God at all. It is YOU who benefits from you doing righteousness. If you do evil – it will not touch God but it will hurt YOU. It also affects those you touch. When we see the wicked prospering, we fail to understand and we judge God and this is what Job did. If a man sows to the flesh corruption than of the flesh he will reap corruption. Do righteousness and you shall reap righteousness even the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus.

Many think that because they sow kindness then their life should receive nothing but kindness from others. That is not what God is teaching. For example, we know that David feared God and went to extremes throughout his life to not touch God’s anointed. That is what he sowed. However, when David was king and became God’s anointed he was “touched” by Absalom his son and by a man named Shimei who threw stones at David. What did he reap then? It surely was not an avoiding of being “touched” – for he was touched. He reaped the spiritual response of God! David responded with COMPASSION towards them even though their deeds deserved death. David’s son became his enemy and yet David’s response was like our Father’s - when we stray. Shimei would normally have been executed but David’s response was MERCY. Sow to the Spirit and of the Spirit you shall reap fruit that is given to all those you meet – this is God’s Life that is revealed. Jesus sowed to the Spirit and reaped the Father’s response to every affliction. Let’s say that you have gossiped - which is a sowing to the flesh, you will then reap corruption. How does this corruption manifest itself? By producing a response when you are the target of gossip that is not pleasing to God, by producing a response that does not resemble the mercy and compassion of Jesus. Surely this is a corruption that is unlike God’s LIFE, indeed it is a corruption that resembles the death found in a decayed body.

Gal 6:10

As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.

After God teaches us about sowing and reaping in Galatians 6:7-9, we see that verse 6:10 still pertains to the principle of sowing and reaping. When you are gossiped about, when you are “touched” by others, you are given opportunity - opportunity to do good, opportunity to respond with fruit. This is your reaping if you have sowed to the spirit. Do not be weary in doing good! This scripture passage also pertains to the opportunity to sow good seeds. Therefore when I have opportunity to edify my brethren or lay down my life for them, preferring them over myself – I should seize it. When the attack or crisis of this life bombards me – I respond out of these sowings. It is these responses that will be gold, silver and precious stones.

Elihu ends his message in the book of Job by talking about God’s awesome majesty and greatness, then as he stops, the Lord speaks out of the whirlwind and continues Elihu’s message about God’s own greatness. God confirmed Elihu’s word with signs following and shows how the prophet was already speaking from heaven by not even changing the topic. God spoke to Job through the affliction, God spoke to Job through His servant Elihu and finally God speaks to Job from heaven itself. God does not speak once but He speaks to us twice even three times, but will we be dull of hearing or will we hear from heaven. This is important! No matter what affliction you are in right this second, even though you think God is silent, HE IS NOT - He is speaking, we must determine in our heart to hear from Him and settle for nothing less. Maybe you have resolved in your heart that a certain affliction may have no deliverance for you, ok…I can accept that…but only if you can tell me that you heard from heaven.

Job 42:5-6

"I have heard of Thee by the hearing of the ear; but now my eye sees Thee; Therefore I retract, and I repent in dust and ashes." (NAS)

We must all hear and then finally we must see. The natural man does not want to see God or His own condition before God. We manifest the works of the flesh throughout the week and we never see it. The more resistant we are to see it – the more dramatic will be the affliction to bring you to see it. Job saw and Job repented. We must see, we must repent, and we must consider that old man to have been crucified with Christ and buried. Now we are free, now we can be alive to Christ - in that area that we held in our own pride. Job was restored and the ministry of the three friends had to offer sacrifice because they did not speak of the Lord what is right. And finally God is raising up an “Elihu” prophetic people that speak with an answer that reveals and restores.

Job 36:7

"He does not withdraw His eyes from the righteous; but with kings on the throne He has seated them forever, and they are exalted. (NAS)

God will never forsake the righteous but on the contrary He sets them up with Kings forever. There are many more details to this glorious book of affliction. I hope that you will now see the book of Job differently.

Summer is Here

Scripture gives us different pictures of the valley of affliction. The Feasts of the Lord that started with the Passover feast and then proceeded to the feast of Pentecost brings a picture where we see a pattern of our afflicted life. The first month celebrated the Passover feast and in this feast was brought forth - Jesus the Firstborn of many brethren. In the third month came the feast of Pentecost which brought forth a firstfruits – the church, most Christians think the story ends there, however God still has four months to go in His plan. The next three months – (fourth, fifth and sixth) will bring summer. In the seventh month is where our hope remains - for that fall season when things get cooler and the fruit of the earth is ripened – matured.

God can deal with your entire life as dramatically as He did Job’s life but normally He deals with one area at a time. Therefore one area of your life will be in summer, one area will be in a valley, and one area will be pressed with great heat – DO NOT IGNORE IT. God’s design is that summer will always precede the harvest of maturity; it is a blueprint that the Great Architect will build by. When God the Gardener comes at the end of the age for a church and bride without spot, wrinkle and blemish, He will be looking for FRUIT. Remember it is how you finish that counts, if you allowed the summer to destroy the autumn harvest – you will suffer great loss. Roots that go deep in Christ will never wither and will hold up under the intense summer heat. God’s way is to go through summer – not to avoid summer.

Our life is a mixture and only God can sort it out. We have bitter and sweet water, salt and fresh from the same well and usually in the same conversation. We have a leg in the Outer Court, our head in the Holy Place of God’s tabernacle and our eyes in the Holy of Holies and sometimes a hand still back in Egypt. One area of our life may have crossed the finishing line and yet another has refused to race because of stubbornness or self-deception. We have laid a great foundation and are now working on the walls of our temple in one area and in another area we have not even looked at the blueprint. We have a mixture in our walk of different stages of growth and yet God’s design is that ALL areas will come into submission and yield fruit. Our life is a continual wilderness journey and contains a summer that does not end but God’s mercy dictated that it would be done in one area at a time if we follow in His steps. But let me also point out that in the final days before the literal appearing of Jesus, God will be doing a much quicker work of maturity, yet the fire will be heated much hotter, and more areas of your life will have to be dealt with simultaneously.

One very HOT topic in the Church has to do with bodily affliction and this is an area that we must resolve in our heart. More than one believer has been wounded by the answers that have been given concerning the purpose of their affliction in bodily suffering. Many have been used as “Job’s three friends” with no answer yet condemning and using scripture to do it. There is no COMPLETE or lengthy answer I can give you. It is possible that God has spoken to you already through Job’s story, or some of the other truths surrounding the purpose of affliction. The reason there is no categorical answer is that there can never be a METHOD to healing; the answer you receive must come through knowing Jesus. The answer regarding sickness and healing occurs through our relationship with Jesus Christ and it is up to Him to identify to you what hinders a healing or why sickness occurred in the first place. Surely sickness is a “summer”, but we should not accept the idea that we must continue without hope of healing in this life, we should expect autumn in this area – bearing Fruit.

I was told it was because of my lack of faith”. Though this is a possibility that should not be ignored when searching your heart, but this may not be the reason. This is a point that we all should remember when asking the question “Why have I not received healing” – never allow yourself to be condemned or judged as being less spiritual for being sick. Know that it is better to die in sickness having led a fruitful life, than to have been fruitless in your life and stayed healthy. Being fruitless carries 100 fold the tragedy as having died of sickness.

Always search your own heart concerning bodily afflictions and give Jesus the opportunity to speak to you the answer. It is He that can cause you to touch the hem of His garment, it is He that can cause you to be in a place of faith, it is He that can direct your steps to “the Elihu” that has the answer from heaven or to “the Peter” where healing occurs through his shadow. In Galatians we see Paul revealing that he had some type of bodily affliction to the eyes. Because of this affliction Paul remained at Galatia to father them in the faith. God actually allowed a bodily affliction for the purpose of Paul staying to do God’s will. Did the Galatians look down on Paul for having this bodily affliction? Not at all, in fact Paul commends them in that this bodily affliction was a burden to them and yet they received him as an angel of God and as Christ Himself. You cannot make a method out of any of these biblical examples for your own case, but you can let the Holy Spirit speak to your own situation through these biblical examples. Surely Paul could hear from heaven in prayer but his bodily affliction spoke in this particular situation. The point is – Paul had revelation of the purpose of this affliction, maybe as he suffered it, maybe later on – but God is not silent concerning our bodily afflictions.

      The important thing is that we live and die bearing fruits of righteousness and we have an ear to hear what the Spirit is saying regarding our current bodily affliction.

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