Job

What God Recognizes, Pastor Phil Sessa

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JOB 2:3, “ Then the LORD said to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job? There is no one on earth like him; he is blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil. And he still maintains his integrity, though you incited me against him to ruin him without any reason.”

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What do you see the world recognizes? Money, Fame, Power, Prestige, Talent, etc…. What are some of the things that you have been recognized for in your life? Are they awards you’ve won, degrees you earned, positions you’ve raised too, a certain financial status that you’ve obtained? We must realize that what we value, and what the world recognizes is certainly NOT the same as what God recognizes. Sure almost everyone appreciates recognition for things they have done, but it’s an entirely different ball game when the God of heaven looks upon your life and measures it from his perfect perspective, which is vastly different from yours, perhaps even offensive to you. God is not recognizing Bill Gates in heaven because of a huge earthly success and the plethora of money that he earned. Yes, he worked hard, and did a lot of good with his products and software which most of us are probably using right now to read this devotion. Read the rest of this entry »

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Be Initiative, Evans Olang

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Genesis 39:1-23, “And his master saw that the Lord was with him and that Lord made all he did to prosper in his hand.” 

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What would you do if what you always dreamed for wasn’t coming to pass?  instead of things getting better, you got  further and further away from it. Joseph is a good example, he had a dream at the age of 17 and his dream was not that one day he would fail but that one day he will be great and that his family and many people would bow to him. Talk to any teenagers today and hear all their dreams and desires of success. You must have had dreams at that age too. Joseph had a good dream but he was naive, boastful and insensitive towards his brothers. He did not even realize that the dream was not about him but a picture of Christ. In his case, a lot of character building was needed before God fulfilled all that He planned. Read the rest of this entry »

Honesty In The Face Of Confusion, Pastor Phil Sessa

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Job 10:15-16, “If I be wicked, woe to me; and if I be righteous, yet I will not lift up my head. I am full of confusion: Therefore see my affliction; for it increases. You hunt me as a fierce lion; and again you show yourself marvelous to me.”

Job is in a state of confusion here. He is willing to take an honest assessment of himself although still not coming up with an answer to his situation. How many of us would be willing to take such an honesty test. This can be helpful for us if done right or harmful to us if done wrong. Let me explain. Many of us either think too less of ourselves, or more highly than we ought to. So we either look like the next best thing to sliced bread, or worse than the scum of the earth. Neither of these outlooks speaks balance and order. If we are Christians we are NOT even sinners saved by grace. We are saints that struggle with sin. Why do I say this, because the Apostle Paul NEVER wrote to the “sinner’s saved by grace” in Ephesus, Corinth, Galatia, etc…. NO, he wrote to the saints in those places. I will save “the sinner saint devotion” for another time soon. However I will say we need to look at ourselves in the right way, like Job. Read the rest of this entry »

A Covenant Made With My Eyes, Evans Olang

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Job 31:1, “I made a covenant with my eyes, not to look lustfully at a girl” NIV

One thing that scares me daily is the thought that I have the ability to sin and sin is constantly knocking on my door. I usually joke about two things I’m allergic to, sin and pain. There are no two things I can think of that have destroyed many men of God like sexual sin and greed. This continues to plague men daily in a sexually charged world and a world of greed. In the age of Internet, TV, movies, magazines, beaches, dressings etc. all around has created a challenge for men and some women in generral, something we call “every man’s battle”. I think that the level of temptations faced by David, Solomon, Samson and others in the past cannot be compared to what we face today and yet the standard of God’s purity for man has not changed and never will. It’s easy to try and poke holes in God’s word to find something to justify sin, however we need to always remember, God’s word is truth, He has no revised edition to fit our time. The word was set to address everything in any age. God’s still holds us to the highest standard revealed in the Holy Scriptures. Read the rest of this entry »

The Power Of Borrowing Vessels, Evans Olang

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2Kings 4:1-6, “3… go, borrow vessels from everywhere, from all your neighbors-empty vessels; do not gather just a few…”

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Naturally man is selfish knowingly or unknowingly, that is the nature of man. We always come for us, it’s always about what we can get, how to get it and how we are going to benefit from it. Look at many of the praise and worship songs today, the lyrics of the majority of the songs have (me, my, I etc).

The text above tells of a woman had two sons but her husband was dead. For some unknown reasons, her husband owed creditors who came to take her sons to be slaves. This was a form of satisfying the debt. She cries to the Elisha and all she can testify was the fact that her husband feared the Lord. Read the rest of this entry »

Gold Tried By Fire, Evans Olang

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Job 13:15, “Though He slay me yet I will trust Him, I will maintain mine own ways before Him”. Job 23:10, “He knows the way that I take, after He has tried me, I shall come forth as gold”.

There are things I tend to battle. I fear conflicts, adversities, rejection, failure. Are you anything like me in this? I don’t like being in positions of not knowing what to do. I get frustrated when I miss seeing something someone else sees and points it out. If they happen frequently, I feel even more frustrated. If I did something the wrong way, it might be costly to make it right. Read the rest of this entry »

Teach Us To Profit, Evans Olang

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Isaiah 48:17, “Thus says the LORD, your Redeemer, The Holy One of Israel: “I am the LORD your God, Who teaches you to profit, Who leads you by the way you should go.”

While Jesus was here on earth, He was also referred to as Rabbi (Teacher). As we know the work of a teacher is to impart knowledge and skills to his students to prepare them to become whatever they need to be once the teacher is gone. Teachers give their students the necessary tools for their day to day life and preparation of what is to come. If taught, the teacher can only give guidance and answer questions and not live lives for his students. Read the rest of this entry »