God blessed Job

What Is Your Understanding of Blessings?

Though the people born in this era have been corrupted by Satan and the filthy demons, such corruption has also brought them the utmost salvation, salvation even greater than the mountains and plains of livestock and vast wealth of Job, and greater, too, than the blessing of beholding Jehovah that Job received following his trials.

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Sermon on Blessing: Suffering Is a Gift From God

By Liu Xuena In our real life, almost every one of us enjoys comfort and fears about experiencing suffering. If these two living environments were displayed in front of us for us to make a choice, few people would choose the latter, because we all enjoy life of comfort. However, is what we choose more beneficial for us? One day, I read a little story like this: Two brothers went to look for happy life together. On their way, they met a witch and an angel. The witch said to them that they would get whatever they wanted and live a rich life if they followed her. The angel said that their will would get tempered and then they would have faith and perseverance in face of difficulties and become the strong ones in life if they followed her. The elder one was fond of comfort, so he chose to follow the witch, while the younger one followed the angel. Surprisingly, the elder one, who had had a comfortable life and enjoyed the wealth and luxury, died of deep depression of fearing death under the age of thirty. Whereas, the younger one took the advice of the angel and joined the army to defend his country. Afterward, although the environment was perilous, he relied on God and performed well in repeated battles, in the end, he received the title of “war hero” as well as support and respect of the people. Besides, a beautiful wife was bestowed on him by the king, and then they spent a happy life together. From the story, I understood: Comfortable life is not necessarily a good thing and environment of suffering is more beneficial for us. I recalled the following historical facts in the Bible: When God was about to destroy Sodom and Gomorrah, because He commemorated Lot’s righteous deeds, before the destruction He sent the angels to tell Lot and his family to run up onto the mountain and never to look back. The meaning of it was for them to forsake everything for the sake of their life. But Lot’s wife looked back and thereby turned into a pillar of salt and lost her life because she still clung to her family property and comfortable life. In addition, Luke 18 records that a young and rich Jewish ruler asked the Lord Jesus how to gain eternal life. The Lord told him to sell everything he had and distribute the money to the poor and then come to follow Him. After hearing this, the young man left with sorrow because he had great possessions and he could not bear to give up, missing the chance to enter the Kingdom and gain eternal life. These people ultimately lost the blessings and promises of God because they reveled in comforts. Miserable environment may sand off our natural character so that we won’t act according to our flesh; miserable environment can also temper our faith so that we can learn to rely on God and be blessed by God. Recall the time when Moses was a prince of Egypt, he lived a comfortable life and did not experience any suffering. Naturally, he was full of hot blood and always depended on his naturalness to do things, incapable of shouldering the heavy burden of leading the Israelites out of Egypt. After forty years of tribulations in the wildness, his temper was ground away, and he no longer relied on his temperament, good intentions and enthusiasm to do things. At the same time, his faith in God also increased and only then was he capable of assuming the heavy burden of leading the Israelites out of Egypt. And so was Job. When he underwent painful trial and lost his priceless family possessions and all his children, not only did he not complain to God, but his true faith and obedience toward God increased after the trial. And then he was called righteous by God and ultimately God appeared to him and bestowed double blessings on him. It was through experiencing different kinds of environments in suffering and tribulation that they bore those fruits and testimonies. God says: “When God works to refine man, man suffers. The greater a person’s refinement, the greater their love of God will be, and the more of God’s might will be revealed in them. Conversely, the less refinement a person receives, the less their love of God will grow, and the less God’s might will be revealed in them. The greater such a person’s refinement and pain and the more torment they experience, the deeper their love of God will grow, the more genuine their faith in God will become, and the more profound their knowledge of God will be. In your experiences, you will see people who suffer greatly as they are refined, who are dealt with and disciplined much, and you will see that it is those people who have a deep love for God and a more profound and penetrating knowledge of God.” “Only in suffering can lessons be learned, which means being able to gain truth, and understand God’s intention. In fact, many truths are understood within experience of painful trials. Nobody says that God’s intention is known, that His almightiness and wisdom are understood, that God’s righteous disposition is appreciated in an environment of ease or in favorable circumstances. That would be impossible!” God is the Lord of all creation. He knows best what we need and what environments can form our faith and increase our knowledge of Him. Therefore, He always creates different environments to temper us according to our needs, so that in these difficult circumstances, we can find out our shortcomings, inadequacies and corrupt dispositions. And as a result, it causes us to be willing to let go of ourselves, obey God’s rule and arrangements, and conduct ourselves and deal with others according to His word. Thus, we are qualified to inherit God’s blessing and promise. If we always live in a comfortable environment…

Bible Study: Trial Is God's Blessing

Trial Is God’s Blessing – Reflection on James 1:2-4

It’s written in the Book of James 1:2-4, “My brothers, count it all joy when you fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith works patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that you may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.” From the verses, we can see that God blesses man and perfects man through trials and refinements. So when we are in trials, we should seek God’s will and face the trial with a positive attitude. In this way we can make up for our deficiencies and tempered our will in adversities. Eventually we can satisfy God’s will and requirement and be commended by God. Since ancient times, those who were used by God or blessed by God all experienced tribulations. They obeyed the environment God arranged for them and stood testimony for God, so that they gained God’s blessings. Moses was refined in the wilderness for 40 years, until his hot blood was ground away and he had the true faith to be fit for God’s use, to shoulder the heavy responsibility of leading the Israelites out of Egypt. Abraham offered up his only beloved son, Isaac, to satisfy God’s heart. Finally he received God’s blessings for bearing testimony for God in the trial. Job upheld his faith to God after his property had been stolen and his children lost their lives. Finally he stood the testimony for God and gained God’s blessings. Peter experienced hundreds of trials in the journey of following the Lord. Finally he was nailed upside down on the cross for the Lord, and achieved obedience unto death and love to the utmost. In the Book of Daniel, it says, “Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried” (Daniel 12:10).These words tell us that only by experiencing trials and refinements can we be made purified and get changed in our life disposition. The Lord said, “Whoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me” (Mark 8:34). “God’s refinement of man is not merely for the sake of a one-sided effect, but for the sake of a multi-faceted effect. Only in this way does God do the work of refinement in those who are willing to seek the truth, in order that man’s resolve and love are made perfect by God. To those who are willing to seek the truth, and who yearn for God, nothing is more meaningful, or of greater assistance, than refinement such as this.”   » You might be interested in reading more: • A Reflection on How to Overcome Trials and Tribulations From a Story • How Can We Face Trials From God Audaciously and Calmly? • What Should We Do When We Face Trials? Learn From the Story of Job

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