BLESSED NO MATTER WHAT!



Today’s Reading: Job 36-37, Acts 15:22-41

Today’s Reflection: Job 36:11-12 If they obey and serve him, they shall spend their days in prosperity, and their years in pleasures. But if they obey not, they shall perish by the sword, and they shall die without knowledge.

Here, Job’s friend Elihu speaks truth out of balance. Let me explain. Though it is true that blessings come on those who obey and serve God, and peril comes on those who do not, this does not mean that the obedient will never be subject to testing or trials, nor that the disobedient will never experience prosperity in this life. 


You see, Elihu and his friends are still under the assumption that Job’s trial is a result of hidden sin and disobedience to The Lord. In essence, you might say that they were preaching the first “prosperity gospel” message in human history, in terms of being out of balance on their teaching and understanding. 

They have yet to learn that God’s way of blessing His people often comes in different ways and in different seasons than one might expect or understand. In Job’s case, it was the burden that birthed the double-portion blessing in the long run. God tested him, purified him, then gave him twice as much as he had before. 

While in the midst of his trial, it neither felt nor looked like God was positioning him for a double portion, but that is exactly what was happening. But let’s not stop by only looking at Job’s experience. There are others in the Bible that God blessed in different ways, such as the Apostle Peter, for example. 

Peter wasn’t blessed (as far as we know) with great wealth and pleasure during his ministry, but with the power of God to preach the Gospel to the nations of the earth and to be instrumental in the building of the church. His blessings were blessings of influence and being used of God in a mighty way. 

Oh sure, there were earthly provisions to sustain him when he needed sustaining, but that was not his focus or primary concern. Later, he was blessed to go down in history as one of the greatest martyrs of all times, when he requested to be hung upside down because he thought himself unworthy to be crucified in the same fashion as his Lord. 

But was he blessed? Indeed, he was! Here’s the thing; whether we live and experience a luxurious life, or a life of pain while serving Christ, or both, regardless, we need to thank God for His blessings, no matter what!

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Salvation, Plain and Simple!



Today’s Reading: Job 34-34, Acts 15:1-21

Today’s Reflection: Acts 15:10-11 Now therefore why tempt ye God, to put a yoke upon the neck of the disciples, which neither our fathers nor we were able to bear? But we believe that through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ we shall be saved, even as they.

Here, we are reminded once again that salvation is by grace through faith alone. There is absolutely nothing we can contribute in order to earn redemption. It is all unmerited favor. However, there would be some who would pervert the Gospel by adding works, laws, and requirements that the Scriptures simply do not teach nor support. 


In today’s text, there were some who were teaching new Christians that they must not only trust Christ as their savior, but that they also should be circumcised and keep the law of Moses in order to obtain salvation. This simply was not true, as Peter clearly taught, and it is still not true today. 

It is sad that there are yet still so many people today trying to get saved some other way besides a simple child-like faith in Jesus Christ. Some of the common lies you might hear taught today are that you need to be water baptized to be saved, or that you need to become a member of a certain denomination to be saved, or that you must speak in tongues to be saved, or that your good must simply outweigh your bad in order to be saved, or that you must attend church faithfully in order to be saved, or listen to a certain kind of music, or say a certain kind of prayer, or feel a certain kind of way, or any number of things. 

The simple truth is, none of this is true. Salvation really is a work of God which is brought about by grace through faith, plus NOTHING and minus NOTHING. 

You can be saved and never join a church (although church is essential for your spiritual growth after salvation). You can be saved and never be water baptized (look at the thief on the cross). You can be saved and never speak in tongues. You can be saved and never affiliate with a denomination.  I hope you’re getting the idea. 

Salvation REALLY IS by grace through faith ALONE! Never let anyone tell you that you must do this or do that or even quit sinning before God will save you. Here’s the truth; you CAN’T quit sinning until you already ARE saved. But here’s what you CAN do. Turn your heart and mind from your sin to Christ, place your faith in Him alone, and receive forgiveness for sins. THAT will work!

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Learn to Speak Words Inspired by God Himself!



Today’s Reading: Job 32-33, Acts 14

Today’s Reflection: Job 32:8 But there is a spirit in man: and the inspiration of the Almighty giveth them understanding.

Elihu, the youngest of the group, politely waited his turn to speak. He assumed that with the aged among him would come forth wisdom, but soon found out that was not the case. In fact, he goes on and says in verse nine that “Great men are not always wise: neither do the aged understand judgment.” 


Thus, he begins to speak in full confidence, knowing and understanding that one does not have to be old to have wisdom, but he needs only to be inspired in his spirit by God Almighty, who is the one who gives understanding. 

Having acknowledged this truth, he then proceeds with his own “opinion”, he calls it, while implying that what he is fixing to say is inspired by the Almighty, and therefore will be wise. I like his confidence because it appears to me that his confidence is in knowing that the Almighty had given him inspiration and understanding.  

He then felt the need to be share it with others, which brings me to my point; when you know you have been given understanding under the inspiration of God’s Spirit, you can always speak with boldness and confidence, no matter what your age is. 

What matters most is not the age of the speaker, but the age of the wisdom spoken. Is your “wisdom” a modern, new age philosophy, or does it come from the Rock of Ages, who existed before time was, and will be here after time has come to an end? 

You see, if you take God’s Word to heart, read it, learn it, live it, and teach it, then you will walk in wisdom beyond your years. This is one of the reasons that the scribes and Pharisees of Jesus’ day had a problem with Jesus, because He spoke as one having authority. In other words, He was confident, and what He said was irrefutable truth, which made them pale in comparison. 

And now for a word of caution; do not expect others to always accept your truth, simply because it is true. Some will have a problem with it, but only because they didn’t say it first, and your wisdom outshines theirs. If this should happen to you, don’t let it stop you from declaring truth anyway. 

It may separate you from some, but it will draw you close to the heart of God, and your Godliness and integrity will speak for themselves in the long run. May we ALWAYS seek to be inspired by God’s Spirit!

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You've got Questions? God's got answers!



Today’s Reading: Job 30-31, Acts 13:26-52

Today’s Reflection: Job 31:35b …behold, my desire is, that the Almighty would answer me…

Today, I wish to consider four ways in which God’s answers come. First, let us consider that God’s answers sometimes come silently. I’m reminded yet again of how the prophet Elijah looked for God’s voice in the wind, the earthquake, and the fire, but only heard it in a still small voice (1 Kings 19). 
Know this; God’s voice doesn’t have to be loud to speak volumes! It’s not going to come in clamor, but it’s going to come in clarity. Learn to shut out all the noises in your life so you can hear Him speak. It’s not that He can’t speak above the noise, but that He chooses not to compete. He wants your undivided attention. So perhaps if you listen closely, you will only hear Him in silence. 

Secondly, God’s answers sometimes come slowly. Consider now Lazarus who had been dead four days before Christ responded to their pleas for intervention. Was it that Christ was delayed, or that his followers were despondent? Knowing now that Christ waited for a reason, we understand that what looked like a delay was divinely deliberate. We know then that our despondency is no proof that God isn’t working. He may do it later than we would prefer, but when He does it, He does it well! 

Thirdly, God’s answers sometimes come suddenly. We think now of Paul and Silas, who were imprisoned for preaching the Gospel. Perhaps you remember how it went. At midnight they were praying and singing praises unto God (wouldn’t you have loved to hear what they were singing!), and then the Bible says “suddenly there was a great earthquake” and after the foundations of the prison were shaken, everyone’s shackles fell off! This teaches us that when it pleases The Lord, He is yet able to do a sudden work and give a sudden answer to your dilemma! Keep in mind, He has the advantage of being God! 

And now fourthly, I’d like to say that not sometimes, but ALWAYS, God’s answers come surely. In other words, come as they may, be it silently, slowly, or suddenly, in any case, they DO come! And how do I know that God’s answers come surely? Because of Jeremiah 33:3a, which says, “Call unto me, and I will answer thee…” [Emphasis mine]. You have questions? God has answers! It’s not IF, but only HOW and WHEN. Wait on Him, and you will see!

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GOD knows where the GOLD is!



Today’s Reading: Job 28-29, Acts 13:1-25

Today’s Reflection: Job 28:1-3 Surely there is a vein for silver, and a place for gold where they fine it. Iron is taken out of the earth, and brass is molten out of the stone. He setteth an end to darkness, and searcheth out all perfection: the stones of darkness, and the shadow of death.

God knows where the gold is! Do you find yourself sitting in darkness of circumstance, needing provisions (aka gold, silver, brass, etc. which is a type of provisions) you know not how to obtain? Then SEEK THE LORD! 


Verse three says “He setteth an end to darkness, and searcheth out all perfection…” In other words, God knows where to find the gold, the silver, the brass, the iron, and all other precious metals and stones. Yet in all of this searching, the true treasure is not the substance, but The Savior, for in HIM is ALL Wisdom. 

And what does Job teach us about wisdom? If you read your entire reading for the day, you will discover in verse eighteen of the same passage that Job said of wisdom, “…for the price of wisdom is above rubies.” You will also learn in verse twenty eight that “the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding.” 

How is this? Because when you know and walk with The Lord, you know and walk with the One who knows EVERYTHING! If you find HIM, you’ve FOUND the gold, for He will give you wisdom, guidance, and direction throughout the maze of life to help you avoid pitfalls, procure prosperity, and live in health and peace for both now and eternity, if you will seek Him with all of your heart. 

But the key is, you must seek HIM. Many just want what He knows or does, but they don’t want HIM. But if you don’t want HIM, then neither will you procure His wisdom, understanding, knowledge, and guidance throughout life to assist you in all of your ways. 

Furthermore, it is interesting to me that although He knows where the gold is, yet he only reveals the location of gold that requires the refining process. See our text; “…there is a place for gold where they fine it.” And then again, speaking of God, He “searcheth out all perfection.” 

What is this? Even God is looking for PURE gold. In other words, He wants to be involved in the refining process, and He has reserved that process for those who are willing to seek HIM! So, God will not give you the end product, yet He will give you the raw materials, and then put you in the refining process. Selah!

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How to know when it's time to move on in ministry.



Today’s Reading: Job 25-27, Acts 12

Today’s Reflection: Acts 12:25 And Barnabas and Saul returned from Jerusalem, when they had fulfilled their ministry, and took with them John, whose surname was Mark.

So when is the right time to pull up and leave a place of ministry to which you have been called? May I suggest that each ministry assignment given by our Lord has a shelf life and an expiration date. That is, there will be a specific time in which your ministry task must be fulfilled. 


For some, it is a long assignment; yet for others, it may be very short. Regardless, see to it that your ministry is fulfilled before you “return from Jerusalem” so to speak. It is one thing to pull out of a ministry assignment due to the fact that you were never sent there by God to start with, but when you KNOW you are where God led you to serve, and you KNOW that your ministry is not yet “fulfilled”, then you should also KNOW that it is not time to leave yet, regardless of how challenging the assignment may be. 

So, what does it mean for your ministry to be “fulfilled”? Well, Webster defines “fulfilled” as this: “accomplished, performed, completed, or executed.” But to go even deeper, by looking at the Greek dictionary, we learn that this word further means “to fill to the top: so that nothing shall be wanting to full measure, fill to the brim.” 

In other words, what we learn here is that to fulfill one’s ministry is to leave no stones unturned, and to do absolutely everything within your scope of ministry to which God called and equipped you to perform. 

Now, that is NOT to say that as long as there is work to be done, that you should not leave. What it IS saying, is that as long as there is work that YOU have been assigned to by God, then you should not leave. Don’t confuse ALL ministry need as YOUR personal assignment. 

Seek The Lord, assess the situation, find out what your unique gifts and callings equip you to accomplish, fulfill YOUR ministry, and once you’ve done all God has equipped YOU to do, regardless of whether or not there is yet more to be done, then don’t overstay your welcome. God has other people! 

And if you seek The Lord, He will make it very clear to you specifically what He has sent YOU to accomplish, and once you have done THAT thing, then it is time to move on and seek God for His next assignment for your ministry.

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Thank God for what He DIDN'T keep me from!!!



Today’s Reading: Job 22-24, Acts 11

Today’s Reflection: Job 23:17b …neither hath he covered the darkness from my face.

What is this, but wonder of wonders! When Job speaks of our Lord, one is also reminded of those three dark hours upon the cross in which Christ could have just as easily said the same thing, “Neither hath he covered the darkness from my face.” 
He did not say it in those exact words, but indeed He DID say, “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” 

Do you see the companionship that all who live by faith have with the Author and Finisher of our faith? We see, as Paul the Apostle would put it, a “fellowship of sufferings”. You see, God does not grant us full immunity from the troubles of this dark world. In fact, He would not be doing us any real favors by withholding from us those hours in which we learn most to look to Him for answers. 

Are you asking God why? Great! Then your storm is serving its purpose! I think now of this great thought given to us by none other than Charles Spurgeon, who said, “I have learned to kiss the wave that throws me against the Rock of Ages.” Oh dear reader, let us learn to thank God that He hath not covered the darkness from our faces! 

It is in those dark, dark valleys of the shadow of death that we learn not to fear, but to recognize and rely upon the very presence of God to see us through. For you see, when we can’t see because of the darkness, we are only able to be guided by that Unseen Hand! 

Does not the scriptures teach that we are to live by faith, and not by sight? If this is true (and it is), then what better way to teach us to live without sight than to allow the shadows to rob us of our ability to see! 

Do not worry, my friend, for he who learns to live by faith and not by sight, also develops a keen sense of discernment and wisdom that will give him greater vision by which to live than ever he could muster up in his own understanding. Just think of the benefits of the night seasons. 

We could go on for hours, but let us rest in this thought tonight; weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning. They that sow in tears shall reap in joy! This season of darkness and testing in your life, if you are a child of God, is designed ultimately to strengthen your inner man, and weaken your dependency upon self. In the end, you will thank God for the night, because when morning comes you’ll be a new person!

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God did WHAT?



Today’s Reading: Job 20-21, Acts 10:24-48

Today’s Reflection: Acts 10:33b …Now therefore are we all here present before God, to hear all things that are commanded thee of God.

God still sends messengers! I like Cornelius’ attitude, don’t you? He knew that God brought them all together so that he and his household could hear a word from God which was to be delivered by His messenger, Peter. And boy did Peter PREACH JESUS! 


Time would not permit me to give too much detail to the results of this church meeting, suffice it to say, they listened while Peter preached and The Holy Spirit had His way in their lives! It was a MIGHTY move of God! 

And knowing the context of how this meeting came to be (I encourage you to read all of Acts 10 to get the whole picture), I see a common denominator; both Cornelius AND Peter were very sensitive to the leadership of God’s Spirit in their lives. 

Had they not been, it is quite possible that this important meeting might have never taken place! Which brings me to this thought; I wonder how many Kingdom connections we miss throughout our lifetimes because of our lack of sensitivity to the voice of God’s Spirit in our lives. 

I simply want you to meditate upon that thought with me for just a moment. Cornelius, a Gentile, and Peter, a Jew, were beforehand the most unlikely to ever get together and fellowship, as it simply was not their custom. 

However, God told Cornelius to send specifically for Peter (something he would not have been naturally inclined to do), and God told Peter (to prepare him to be able to receive this invitation from the Gentiles) that he was to have no respecter of persons, and to not call that which God had cleansed “unclean”. 

In other words, had GOD not spoken to them both, and prepared them both to receive each other, this connection would have never taken place. However, God DID speak to them both, and they BOTH listened and obeyed! 

And now for the miracle; a Gentile is open-minded to a Jew’s preaching, and the Jew is open minded to preaching to the Gentile, and both are in good spirits about it, wishing no ill, but only the will of God to be done! 

Application? The Gospel will break every boundary set up by men, their traditions, and their man-made religions. In fact, don’t be surprised if God hooks you up with someone you would have never been naturally inclined to connect with. That’s Him!

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