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Job – Know Your Heart

by on October 17, 2014

 

Job had to be very strong in face of the false accusations of his “friends.”

How can you be just as strong in the midst of false accusations and abuse?
Know your heart before God.
Be sure to search your heart before God.

What does it tell you about those who falsely accuse?
They are not Spiritually sensitive.
They are lacking in Spiritual discernment.
They are politically motivated.

They are deceived.

They could be honestly in error.

How does this impact the fellowship?
Creates an atmosphere of lack of discernment in the church.
Creates needless lack of fellowship in the group.
Becomes the dividing line between real sons and daughters of God and disobedient followers.

It must needs be that offences come!
God may be using less Spiritual people to chasten you. You are in good company. You are in the company of: David, Jeremiah, Jesus, Stephen, Paul and many other named and unnamed saints.

How to respond:
Accept the chastening.
Grow from the abuse.
Do not become bitter.
Have pity on those who are deceived.
Claim the truth of God’s Word
Fall on the mercies of God
Identify with Jesus Christ
This is the baptism of suffering and death
Know that God sees and hears everything

It is OK to state your case for innocence.
It is OK to speak out for truth.
It is not OK to become defensive.
Truth will eventually prevail.
Eternity will reveal the real truth.
Know that God will eventually vindicate.
Trust God to vindicate.
Do not take vengeance into your own hands.

Possible attitudes that can develop in your heart and mind:
Negative-
Does God not know or care what is happening?
What about all the people who may be deceived by the wrong-doers?
Fear of man.
Positive –
God is refining you because you are His child.
Illegitimate children are not chastened.
Faith is to see beyond what is seen.
Fear God – fear to hurt Him – fear to break His heart.
Do not have fear of man.

For, lo, I will command, and I will sift the house of Israel among all nations, like as corn is sifted in a sieve, yet shall not the least grain fall upon the earth. Amos 9:9

That is God’s promise. Regardless of your circumstances, that is God’s promise. You may think that you do not matter and that you are the “least grain.” Even if that is true, God knows and you need to know that He knows and that He cares and that He cares for you and that nothing you do will go unnoticed by Him.

Trust Him today. “I know that when I am tried, I shall come forth as gold.”

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