Sunday, March 30, 2014

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Hymn: Victory in Jesus
Memory Verse: Philippians 4:6 Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all He has done. (The New Living Translation)
Lesson: Trust
Bible Character: Job
Background: Job was a blessed and happy man living his life surrounded by a community of believers who were also committed to God. Job not only cared about his relationship with God but also took great pains to insure his children were also right with God. One day when everything seemed to be going well, Job received a message that raiders had stolen all of his animals and killed his farmhands. He received a second message that his sheep and shepherds had been killed. Immediately following, a third messenger arrived and informed him that his camels had been stolen and their keepers killed. Before he could consider anything further, a fourth messenger arrived with news that all of his children had been killed in the sudden collapse of a home. Devastated beyond imagination, Job fell to the ground and worshipped according to what he believed.
Opening Remarks: What we believe will affect
First Principle: … what we are willing to attempt.
Scripture Reference:
Job 1:21
He said, “I came naked from my mother’s womb, and I will be naked when I leave. The Lord gave me what I had, and the Lord has taken it away.
Praise the name of the Lord!”
Meaning: Because Job trusted God and believed that God was good and merciful and kind and caring, Job attempted to maintain a right attitude towards God. He acknowledged God and praised His name.  
Question: How can we better coach ourselves through moments of fear?
Conclusion: When we trust God and believe that He is good and merciful and kind and caring, we also will push ourselves into Him in times of trouble and concern.  
Remarks: What we believe will affect
Second Principle: … what w: are able to endure.
Scripture Reference:
Job 2:8-10
Job scraped his skin with a piece of broken pottery as he sat among the ashes. His wife said to him, “Are you still trying to maintain your integrity? Curse God and die.” But Job replied, “You talk like a foolish woman. Should we accept only good things from the hand of God and never anything bad?” So in all this, Job said nothing wrong.
Meaning: Because Job trusted God and believed that God was good and merciful and kind and caring, he attempted to continue living a godly and worshipful life while enduring his grief, the physical pain in his own body, the division in his home, and the accusations of his friends.
Question: What advice would you have given Job and would it have encouraged or discouraged him to trust God?
Conclusion: Job continued to maintain his integrity according to what he believed and not according to his most recent experiences.
Remarks: What we believe will affect
Third Principle: … what we are empowered to overcome. Scripture Reference:
Job 42:10
When Job prayed for his friends, the Lord restored his fortunes. In fact, the Lord gave him twice as much as before!
Meaning: Because Job trusted God and believed that God was good and merciful and kind and caring, he was empowered to overcome the obstacles of life.
Question: What would you attempt if you believed God would help you endure the process and overcome the obstacles?
Conclusion: Job continued to trust God which gave him the power to overcome every obstacle.

Pastor Ron and the Rest of the Story …
         Job 1:22  In all of this, Job did not sin by blaming God.
What did Job believe that caused him to overcome? His Perspective
Principle before Problem
Job 19  NLT
23 ¶  “Oh, that my words could be recorded. Oh, that they could be inscribed on a monument,
24  carved with an iron chisel and filled with lead, engraved forever in the rock.
25  As for me, I know that my Redeemer lives, and he will stand upon the earth at last.
26  And after my body has decayed, yet in my body I will see God!
27  I will see him for myself. Yes, I will see him with my own eyes. I am overwhelmed at the thought!”

The last two verses of the book of Job give the results of living a life entrusted to God …

Job 42
16  Job lived 140 years after that, living to see four generations of his children and grandchildren.
17  Then he died, an old man who had lived a long, full life.

Pre-Praise & Worship Prayer will be hosted by one of our Elders, John and Fronnie LeBlanc in the Sanctuary Studio. Worship will begin in just a few minutes.