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Sunday, March 25, 2012
Encounter with Friends
Topic: Book of Job

Now when Job’s three friends heard of all this evil that was come upon him, they came every one from his own place; Eliphaz the Temanite, and Bildad the Shuhite, and Zophar the Naamathite: for they had made an appointment together to come to mourn with him and to comfort him. And when they lifted up their eyes afar off, and knew him not, they lifted up their voice, and wept; and they rent every one his mantle, and sprinkled dust upon their heads toward heaven. So they sat down with him upon the ground seven days and seven nights, and none spake a word unto him: for they saw that his grief was very great. (Job 2:11-13 KJV)

Do you have at least one best friend in your life? Proverbs 27:10 says, “A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.” If you would not have a friend in your life, how you’d solve all your life problems? Jesus demonstrated how important of friendship is in our lives.

As we read in later part of Job 2, we see that Job’s friends came to him to try to give him comfort. They sat and mourned with him for a week. They cannot say anything to him during his family crisis. We do not know if Eliphaz, Bildad, and Zophar stayed with him for whole time or took a turn. But his three friends were there.

There are some benefits of this relationship as we read Job 2:11-13. Unlike the relationship within the marriage, friend can come and spend with you at anytime in any place. Our friends can stay with us and assist our needs or spend some time with us as needed. Your spouse can be your best friend, but there wouldn’t be deeper relationship as friendship would go.

We have our world best friend. His name is Jesus. He has done far more than what other friends or spouses cannot do. He died on the cross to pay our debt of sins and resurrected on the third day to be with His Father. In the meantime, He sent the Holy Spirit to guide us and intercede with our Heavenly Father.

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.


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Saturday, February 18, 2012
Advice from Your Loved One
Topic: Book of Job

So went Satan forth from the presence of the LORD, and smote Job with sore boils from the sole of his foot unto his crown. And he took him a potsherd to scrape himself withal; and he sat down among the ashes. Then said his wife unto him, Dost thou still retain thine integrity? curse God, and die. 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. (Job 2:7-10 KJV)

Have you ever receive some negative advice from your loved ones or friend? Of course, we all did. Someone told me that I cannot be a preacher due to my disability. Or the person may tell you to blame God for your problems. Even though God didn’t create situation that we couldn’t get out from it, we automatically ask Him why. “Why you did this or that.”

In this passage, we read that God let Satan play around with Job’s life for while. Even though Satan wanted to be like God, it doesn’t mean that he can be above God. We also read that his wife can see what Job is going through, she suggested him to blame God for the problem. Why she said that? Did she believe God? Even though she know who God was, she wanted to curse God. Did Job take his wife advice? No! He knew better understanding who God was.

We all can be blamed God for our problems, but, truthfully, we are blaming ourselves for our problems. Most people may feel sorry for themselves after they choose Barak Obama as the U.S. President.

James 1:5-8 says, “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord. A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.”

God cannot just give us wisdom because we didn’t ask for it. If you want to solve your problem, ask God for wisdom. We just cannot blame God for our life situation. Even though there is a spiritual war going on above, God is not the problem, except ours. However, we can ask God to overcome our life situation.

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.


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Sunday, February 12, 2012
Will Satan Win the Victory?
Topic: Book of Job

Again there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan came also among them to present himself before the LORD. And the LORD said unto Satan, From whence comest thou? And 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? and still he holdeth fast his integrity, although thou movedst me against him, to destroy him without cause. And Satan answered the LORD, and said, Skin for skin, yea, all that a man hath will he give for his life. But put forth thine hand now, and touch his bone and his flesh, and he will curse thee to thy face. And the LORD said unto Satan, Behold, he is in thine hand; but save his life. (Job 2:1-6 KJV)

Once again, we read that Satan tried to be on the top of God’s throne in the first six verses of Job 2. The only thing Satan wants to be equal with God. We see this in Isaiah 14. Did Satan defeat God? Did he able to sit on the throne of God?

As e see in Job 2:6, God gave Satan permission to try to mix around with Job’s life. As I said in the previous message, Satan just can’t touch any person until he’d receive approval from God. He also can come into our lives if we’d let him. We’d able to invite other spirits in our lives as we’d invite Jesus Christ as our personal Lord and Savior. This is dangerous thing for us to do. Once we’d invite other spirits through witchcraft or pagan ritual, they able to control our lives and make us miserable for a very long time. We see this example during the ministry of Jesus Christ: “And they went into Capernaum; and straightway on the sabbath day he entered into the synagogue, and taught. And they were astonished at his doctrine: for he taught them as one that had authority, and not as the scribes. And there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit; and he cried out, Saying, Let us alone; what have we to do with thee, thou Jesus of Nazareth? art thou come to destroy us? I know thee who thou art, the Holy One of God. And Jesus rebuked him, saying, Hold thy peace, and come out of him. And when the unclean spirit had torn him, and cried with a loud voice, he came out of him. And they were all amazed, insomuch that they questioned among themselves, saying, What thing is this? what new doctrine is this? for with authority commandeth he even the unclean spirits, and they do obey him.” (Mark 1:21-27 KJV.)

Even today, Satan and his armies of demons try to sneak into the churches and mix things around. Paul Crouch, Sr., Founder of TBN, began his Christian TV station with the solid biblical principal of Christian faith. But, now, we see that TBN is dripping apart from Christian faith by building relationship with Hollywood and other religious leaders, such as Islam, Roman Catholicism, and Mormonism. As this result, we heard some leaders from Christian families decided to separate, Such as Paul Crouch, Jr. left TBN family and decided to work for the Word Network and Robert Schuler, Jr. left from his father’s ministries.

Why?

They changed from the Christian faith and decided to follow with the world. I John 2:15-17 declared, “Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.”

One day, we will be with Christ in the battle against Satan. We know Satan will be defeated and locked into the lake of fire. But are you ready to face with this spiritual battle? If not, get ready now.

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.


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Saturday, January 28, 2012
Why Me?
Topic: Book of Job

Then Job arose, and rent his mantle, and shaved his head, and fell down upon the ground, and worshipped, And said, Naked came I out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return thither: the LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD. In all this Job sinned not, nor charged God foolishly. (Job 1:20-22 KJV)

We are tempted to express our frustration to God and loved ones when the problems strike to our lives. It is not easy to move with our lives without blaming to someone on our problems. Let’s take Job for example.

Remember Satan tried to tempt God and God tried to challenge Satan by using the life of Job. Why Satan bother God? He would be better off not to show himself at the council meeting. But, Satan wanted to have revenge on God, because he wanted to be coequal with God (Isaiah 14:12-14). In Genesis 3, we read how Satan succeeded his mission by tempting Eve with the fruit of knowledge of good and evil. But he failed his second mission miserable when he tried to tempt Jesus Christ at the wilderness (Matthew 4:1-11).

Job could have frustration at God when his life tragedy arrived. He could curse at God in the time of trouble, but he didn’t. In Job 2, we will see how his wife supports him in negative way. This is hard for us to grasp, because we are easily to lose our temper when the tragedy hits. Recently, I watched 11 PM news report that showed how the bank robber shoots himself on his foot accidentally rather than the person. Instead of turning himself in, he tried to use domestic violence to get what he wanted.

Even though we couldn’t do as Job did, God wants to take your burden and restore your life. Jesus experienced every pain as we are facing now. He could bring resurrection into your life if you’d let Him. Jesus said in the second part of John 10:10, “I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” You are precious to Him. Even your parents would reject you, God wants to take over their positions to take care of you (Psalm 27:10).

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.


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Saturday, December 17, 2011
When There is No Hope
Topic: Book of Job

And there was a day when his sons and his daughters were eating and drinking wine in their eldest brother’s house: And there came a messenger unto Job, and said, The oxen were plowing, and the asses feeding beside them: And the Sabeans fell upon them, and took them away; yea, they have slain the servants with the edge of the sword; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee. While he was yet speaking, there came also another, and said, The fire of God is fallen from heaven, and hath burned up the sheep, and the servants, and consumed them; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee. While he was yet speaking, there came also another, and said, The Chaldeans made out three bands, and fell upon the camels, and have carried them away, yea, and slain the servants with the edge of the sword; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee. While he was yet speaking, there came also another, and said, Thy sons and thy daughters were eating and drinking wine in their eldest brother’s house: And, behold, there came a great wind from the wilderness, and smote the four corners of the house, and it fell upon the young men, and they are dead; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee. (Job 1:13-19 KJV)

Now, God gave Satan to try to mess around with Job’s life. We began to see that his children were misbehaving. Just like the days of Noah, Job’s children were drinking and eating, nothing concerned with their personal relationship with God. We then see that Job experienced famine in his land as the other nation began to make war against the land of Ur. During the war, Job lost all of his wealth and family.

Before I can reveal the decision of Job made, let’s exam in our situation. What if Iran would hit our nation, what would we do? Even though the radical Islam hit Word Trade Tower and Pentagon on September 11, 2001, it doesn’t mean that they would not hit us again. I believe God wrestled against Satan to prevent Satan from destroying whole nation. God gave Satan some limits of power to destroy our nation on that day. Why? Even though our nation is considered as Christian nation, some of us have been astray from God. We see that the homosexual lobbyists came out from the closet, adding ungodly activities into the public and private school systems, churches and state governments are separating from each other, and more.

What you would do when the tragedy hit you? It would be easy for the people to go to the bar and take the dose of wine or beer as the world suggest. But I’d like to tell you that there is better way to handle your stress. Do you think Job went to the night club to release his stress? We will see that Job had another way to release the hopeless of his life.

Visiting psychology counselor will not help you. The only way to release your stress is through Jesus Christ. I Peter 5:7 says, “Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.”

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.


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