A New Year, So Rise Up! – Proverbs 24:16 (Part 2)

There is Always Higher Ground!
There is Always Higher Ground!

(This is continued from yesterday’s post. Please review it for a better understanding.)

Yesterday, we discussed the trials and tribulations of Job to find out where they originated from. Did they originate from Job or an outside source (satan?) We found First in Job 3:25 that Job had been operating in fear that caused his life to go awry. Job did not just fear, he greatly feared. Secondly, Job recognized it as fear and that there was a consequence to his fear because what he feared came upon him.

Thirdly, Job says in Job 3:26 that he was not safe even though God and satan said he was (Job 1:8-10) and that God had put a hedge around Job. Job had a big trust problem… You can’t trust what you don’t believe; and you don’t believe what you can’t trust. Hence, there goes faith and insert fear…

Job 1:8-10

King James Version (KJV)

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?

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.

In Job 1:8, it shows how God had faith in Job, but we find out that Job did not have faith in God and what God could do as his God. Job’s god was fear (Job 3:25-26.)

What Job did was in contradiction to what God had offered him. What stopped God’s plan was Job’s ‘free will’ to choose fear instead of faith.

Here is another example of how Job feared ‘Fear’ in the following verses you see how Job offered sacrifices in case his children might sin (Job 1: 5.). Job did this continually.

Job 1:4-5

King James Version (KJV)

And his sons went and feasted in their houses, every one his day; and sent and called for their three sisters to eat and to drink with them.

And it was so, when the days of their feasting were gone about, that Job sent and sanctified them, and rose up early in the morning, and offered burnt offerings according to the number of them all: for Job said, It may be that my sons have sinned, and cursed God in their hearts. Thus did Job continually.

Job’s pride was revealed by offering sacrifices for acts that were not done, showing that Job had made God a religion instead of a God of relationship. A God of religion is a God that requires works. And that always leads to pride by how many works you can do to please God. God is a God of Faith. Look at the verse below. Job was a worrier not a worshiper. Job’s works were done in Fear, the negative of Faith.

Hebrews 11:6

King James Version (KJV)

But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

God will not make you trust, believe and have Faith in Him. God wants you to have these (trust, belief and faith) for Him so that He has your permission to intervene on your behalf; but you have a ‘will’ and the right of choice. You have a right not to trust, believe and have Faith in God even if it kills you. It’s your God given right that God will not take back and choose the right thing for you.

No one is perfect, we are just forgiven and we choose to trust, believe and have Faith in God for all that He has promised us for being our God. God chooses to have Faith in us when we don’t believe it or deserve it just like He did for Job.

The verses below show just how imperfect we are; that’s why we have to choose to rely on a perfect God:

 Ecclesiastes 7:20

GOD’S WORD Translation (GW)

20 Certainly, there is no one so righteous on earth that he always does what is good and never sins.

Romans 3:23-26

Amplified Bible (AMP)

23 Since all have sinned and are falling short of the honor and glory which God bestows and receives.

24 [All] are justified and made upright and in right standing with God, freely and gratuitously by His grace (His unmerited favor and mercy), through the redemption which is [provided] in Christ Jesus,

25 Whom God put forward [before the eyes of all] as a mercy seat and propitiation by His blood [the cleansing and life-giving sacrifice of atonement and reconciliation, to be received] through faith. This was to show God’s righteousness, because in His divine forbearance He had passed over and ignored former sins without punishment.

26 It was to demonstrate and prove at the present time (in the now season) that He Himself is righteous and that He justifies and accepts as righteous him who has [true] faith in Jesus.


Pastor Harris

2 thoughts on “A New Year, So Rise Up! – Proverbs 24:16 (Part 2)

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