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Job 1-3:26

Job is the book I go to and think on when I need a reminder on how not to guess what God’s ways are like. Unfortunately, Job didn’t have the written Word of God to ascertain the ways of God, but thanks to Job’s experiences written down for us, we have the privilege to at least know what God is not like because we can look at the dialogue with his three “friends.”

One of the things I love in this book is the passage, in King James parlance, “Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan came also among them. (Job 1:6 KJV).

Evil showing up when good appears is the norm. Paul stated, I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me. (Romans 7:21 KJV) Therefore, I need to stop being surprised when in the midst of something good happening, evil shows up.

There is also a verse in today’s reading that I believe is used wrongly by a lot of people. It is quoted as fact as if God spoke it, He did not,

Then Job arose, and rent his mantle, and shaved his head, and fell down upon the ground, and worshiped, 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. (Job 1:20-21 KJV)

The Lord allowed Satan to strike Job, but the Lord didn’t take anything away from him. Satan can only do what God allows him to do. I Also pray that I am never a friend or possibly a wife to someone using this as a rebuke, Then said his wife unto him, Dost thou still retain thine integrity? curse God, and die. (Job 2:9 KJV)

These verses also show me that one can be godly and righteous, yet become depressed and possibly suicidal, yet not take one’s life.

I Corinthians 14:1-27

Whether one believes that speaking in tongues or even if the “gifts” are still in operation today, is really moot and deviates from the intent and purpose of this letter to the Church, correction. If the purpose of a thing is not understood, abuse is inevitable, as stated by Myles Monroe then Paul wrote this letter to correct abuse in the church and to underscore that what ever they had been given was not theirs to self-consume. The gifts are their for building up of the Body of Christ. No one gift is more valuable then the next because each has its purpose. Just like a cancerous grown on a seemingly insignificant part of the body can take out the whole body, so too something that “men” designate as inferior or insignificant is ignored, it can take out an entire church. The Church at Corinth was putting greater value on speaking in tongues, that was wrong, and whatever they were doing, they were not doing it in LOVE. This was an immature church, immature by choice using some very powerful gifts, given to them by God, wrongly. Have you given your three-year old your power tools today?

Psalm 37:12-29

Mike we are not godly because of anything we do or don’t do. God says, “But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousness are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.”(Isaiah 64:6 KJV)

We can never be good enough by keeping the Law and if anyone breaks on of the laws (all 600 plus, not just the 10), they have broken them all (Deut 27:26; Gal 3:10). If God had said to Abraham, “I am a Rain Cloud walk before me and be wet because I am wet,” would we have to go jump into a lake to get wet? No, we would become wet because of who God is.

And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the LORD appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect. (Genesis 17:1 KJV)

Our righteousness, or steps being ordered by God comes from our relationship with Him, it comes from us being attached to the Vine as His branches.

Proverbs 21:25-26

Is being “needy” a nice way of saying someone is greedy? If it is then no matter how we “nice-it-up” needy is still greedy. And if “needy” and “greedy” are indeed one and the same, someone please correct me if I’m wrong—I know there are Psychologist that come to this site, the root cause is laziness as per the wisdom of Solomon. Yikes.

Grace and peace,
Ramona

I speak in tongues. The first time I was given the gift was when I was praising God and wanted to be able to express more than I had words for. That was over 30 years ago Since then I have had the joy of praising God in this way countless times.
I have also encountered the use of tongues followed by an interpretation, in given words or through a scripture passage. At such times it appears that God is wanting to draw particular attention to his message.
There are times when people hearing tongues have recognised the languages being used and understood what was said. The first time it happened in my presence was when a woman sitting behind us leaned forward to tell my friend, who only speaks English, that she had been speaking in Portuguese and had given a message to her that she was going to have to act upon

Lots of controversy around tongues is stopped if you read Jesus words in red and believe what it says .. Mark 16:17 And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;

Tongues

I wasn’t going to pipe up abut this until Norma said something. Thank you Norma. I have only experienced this in the Pentecostal based churches myself. I guess I have seen it a dozen times or so and I am very comfortable with it happening. Usually there is a time in the service where the Holy Spirit is invited to “bring it on”. I have asked the Holy Spirit for this gift but to no avail and no regret. I think it’s a beautiful way to praise God and “see” His glory.

One time I was in the food line-up at a camp retreat and the woman in front of me with a couple of young children (she was even holding one), just started speaking in tongues. It was so casual, natural and appeared to be very normal for her. We all respected her but just carried on with our own conversations and getting our food. I thought how wonderful that some are that close to the Spirit’s movement and can feel so comfortable about it

It certainly made me more aware of my own Spiritual Formation and prayer life.

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