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Sunday, December 4, 2011
Debate #1: God vs. Satan
Topic: Book of Job

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. (Job 1:6-10 KJV)

I’d like to go back to verse 6 and stop at verse 10 to show you how this debate started. As I stated, Satan started as the messenger of God until he decided to rebellion against God. Now, Satan showed up with the other angels and God asked him where he arrived from. Remember, the Book of Job began after God destroyed the earth with flood of rain and ended before the life of Abraham. As we see, somewhere in Genesis 10 and 12, Job was living on the land of Uz. Notice, he was the wealthy man.

Between Job 1:5 and 1:6, we don’t know how long Satan stayed in the presence of God and why he was there on the first place. As we read in 1:8, it seemed that God started to brag about His servant, Job to Satan. Why did He brag about Job to Satan? It may seem to be awkward, but God wanted Satan to see what he was missing when he turned away from Him.

We often decided to ignore God and do our ways. As a result, we may miss the opportunity to receive blessing from God. We may have decided to live with the world system. Yet, it is not enough to fulfill our dreams. In Philippians 4:19 says, “But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” If you’d like to have successful live in this earth until Jesus would come and take you home, live your life for Him and not for the world. There are many people, even those who called themselves as Christians, live as the people in the secular world. Even though they may have multimillionaire of houses, they are spiritually poor.

As we see Satan’s respond, he first questioned God with “Does Job fear God.” This format of question is similar to he questioned to Eve in Genesis 3. Satan tried to trick with our minds by twisting what God said to us as he did to Eve. Although Eve failed into the devil’s trap, we don’t need to fall into his. We need to rely on God’s Words on a daily basis to strength our faiths. If Satan would doubt on you, you would need to start quoting the Scriptures. This is why our personal quality time with God is important. Not only you’d build your personal relationship with God, it also gives the strength to resist the devil’s trick.

If you’d like to know Jesus Christ as your personal Savior, I’d like to encourage you to do two simple things. First, confess your sins and invite Jesus Christ to your life. Paul said in Romans 10:9-11, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” There is no sinner prayer formula. Instead, you just talk to God at where you are now. Secondly, I’d like to encourage you to find a good solid biblical teaching church and Christian friends. They can help you to build strong relationship with God.

Posted by MGJC Web Ministry at 12:01 AM EST
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