My answer: “Reading, writing and waiting on The LORD! In praise and Thanksgiving, Amen.”
My mind/spirit is cast back to Job! My goodness! Satan was allowed to affect/effect him but NOT kill him.
His children/belongs/health went! His Source of joy remained… God!!!
Job is one of my absolute favorite books of the Bible. Job showed us a great model of what we should all look like in the face of the storms and tragedies of this life. Of course, he is human and he did realize his faults at the end of the book, but his reactions to the death and suffering around him just amaze me! He was an amazing man! Here are 20 key Bible verses from the book of Job!
Characteristics of Job
Job 1:1 – “There was a man in the land of Uz whose name was Job, and that man was blameless and upright, one who feared God and turned away from evil.”
Job was blameless, meaning no sin was found in him. Therefore, we can assume that he took sin very seriously and repented immediately when he knew he was in the wrong. He didn’t try to keep his sin under control; he got rid of it through repentance immediately! His fear of God was great.
Job 1:5 – “And when the days of the feast had run their course, Job would send and consecrate them (his kids), and he would rise early in the morning and offer burnt offerings according to the number of them all. For Job said, ‘It may be that my children have sinned, and cursedGod in their hearts.’ Thus Job did continually.”
Job loved and cared about his kids that he consecrated them every morning with burnt offerings. How about it! That is love!
Job 1:20 – “Then Job arose and tore his robe and shaved his head and fell on the ground and worshipped.”
The backstory to this verse is that all of his children had just been killed. He didn’t get angry when he heard the news, he fell down and worshipped! What an awesome display of faith and trust in God!
Job 1:12 – “And the Lord said to Satan, ‘Behold, all that he has is in your hand. Only against him do not stretch out your hand.’ So Satan went out from the presence of the Lord.”
Satan cannot do whatever he wants with us. God’s sovereignty stretches out to Satan too. Satan is only allowed to do what God allows him to do! Pretty awesome! It shows even more the power of God and how Satan is powerless against Him!
Job 1:8 – “And the Lord said to Satan, ‘Have you considered my servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, who fears God and turns away from evil?’”
Yes, God puts us to the test to refine us. He isn’t to blame for anything bad that happens to us. He is to be praised at the growth we experience in the storms He allows to come at us.
Pride of The LORD! Hallelujah glory!!! What does God See and/or feel when it comes to you?
Then I would still have this consolation– my joy in unrelenting pain– that I had not denied the words of the Holy One. Job 6:10
1. Joy is not an emotion that can be forced, fabricated, or faked.
There are times when joy eludes us. This is normal and we need to understand that there are times when we will not feel joyful. Yet, it is important that joy cannot be forced.
There on the poplars we hung our harps, for there our captors asked us for songs, our tormentors demanded songs of joy; they said, “Sing us one of the songs of Zion!” How can we sing the songs of the Lord while in a foreign land? – Psalm 137:2-4 (NIV).
2. Joy is not dependent upon our circumstance
For in the day of trouble he will keep me safe in his dwelling; he will hide me in the shelter of his sacred tent and set me high upon a rock. Then my head will be exalted above the enemies who surround me; at his sacred tent I will sacrifice with shouts of joy; I will sing and make music to the Lord. Hear my voice when I call, Lord; be merciful to me and answer me. – Psalm 27:5-7(NIV).
We can be in a difficult situation and yet experience joy. Jesus added to this by saying, “Blessed are you when people hate you, when they exclude you and insult you and reject your name as evil, because of the Son of Man. Rejoice in that day and leap for joy, because great is your reward in heaven. For that is how their ancestors treated the prophets.” – Luke 6:22-23 (NIV)
Though joy cannot be forced, it can be experienced in difficult situations. James adds to this thought with, “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.” – James 1:2-3 (NIV).
3. Joy is possible when we feel secure in the Lord.
Many, Lord, are asking, “Who will bring us prosperity?” Let the light of your face shine on us. Fill my heart with joy when their grain and new wine abound. In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, Lord, make me dwell in safety. – Psalm 4:6-8
While others link their happiness to prosperity, believers can find joy in the Lord. When we add our voice to David’s and proclaim, “You alone, Lord,” will be the lifter of my head. In you alone will I place my trust. Whether I am rich or poor, have an active career, or I can’t find a job, I am safe in you.
Paul wrote, “Be full of joy in the Lord always. I will say again, be full of joy. Let everyone see that you are gentle and kind. The Lord is coming soon” Philippians 4:4-5(NCV).
4. Joy comes when we have a clear direction for our life.
We might also use the word purpose. The following verses about joy illustrate this principle:
You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand. – Psalm 16:11 (NIV)
Jesus said, “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field” – Matthew 13:44 (NIV).
Where is your hidden treasure? What is the path of life that God has for you? Are you seeking the fields for the treasure that God has for you?
5. Joy comes when we live in God’s presence.
Through the victories you gave, his glory is great; you have bestowed on him splendor and majesty. Surely you have granted him unending blessings and made him glad with the joy of your presence. For the king trusts in the Lord; through the unfailing love of the Most High he will not be shaken. – Psalm 21:5-7 (NIV).
In a world where celebrity, success, and money are glorified, it is easy to lose focus on what brings real joy. Put simply, this verse says, victories are good, glory is great, and splendor and majesty are their results, but my joy comes when I spend time in God’s presence.
Psalm 28:6-8 is another great text to illustrate this point, but let’s move joy Bible verses found in the New Testament.
To him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy—to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen – Jude 1:2-5 (NIV).
How can we thank God enough for you in return for all the joy we have in the presence of our God because of you? – 1 Thessalonians 3:9 (NIV).
6. Joy comes when we spend our life Praising God.
This principle may be the easiest one to embrace since church worship is filled with praise. But, let’s establish a Biblical pattern of praise.
And now my head shall be lifted up above my enemies all around me; Therefore I will offer sacrifices of joy in His tabernacle; I will sing, yes, I will sing praises to the Lord. – Psalm 27:6(NKJV)
Clap your hands, all you nations; shout to God with cries of joy. For the Lord Most High is awesome, the great King over all the earth. He subdued nations under us, peoples under our feet. – Psalm 47:1-3
My lips will shout for joy when I sing praise to you— I whom you have delivered. – Psalm 71:23
Singing, clapping, and shouting are all a part of joyful worship. These three Bible verses about joy only scratch the surface of examples of praise. Here is another example of praise found in Luke, “As he went along, people spread their cloaks on the road.When he came near the place where the road goes down the Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of disciples began joyfully to praise God in loud voices for all the miracles they had seen: “Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!” “Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!” – Luke 19:36-39 (NIV)
A HUGE testimony! When in my coma/recovery, a false complaint was filed that I could not address. I NEVER had the chance to face the accuser. My ability to do what I had done was ‘held’ pending resolution of ‘events’ that occurred 7 years previous to the time I was blessed with facing the accuser. ALL things work together for good – Hallelujah! In the lives of those who Love God and are called according to His purpose.
By God’s AWESOME grace, for the FIRST time in 7 years! I faced the charges in a court of law. 7! Do you have any idea the significance? Christian denominations consider seven to be a holy number because Genesis says that God rested on the 7th day and man was created on the 6th day. Because God rested on the 7th day, that is the reason for the observance of the Hebrew Sabbath on the last day of the week.
Seven is the number of completeness and perfection (both physical and spiritual). It derives much of its meaning from being tied directly to God’s creation of all things.
The sevenfold ministry of the spiritIsaiah 11:2–3 (NASB). Including the Spirit of the Lord, and the Spirits of wisdom, of understanding, of counsel, of might, of knowledge and of fear of the LORD, here are represented the seven Spirits, which are before the Throne of God.
Seven angels or archangels are given as related to theseven days of the week: Michael (Sunday), Gabriel (Monday), Raphael (Tuesday), Uriel (Wednesday), Selaphiel (Thursday), Raguel or Jegudiel (Friday), and Barachiel (Saturday).
The Seven gifts of the Holy Spirit are an enumeration of seven spiritual gifts originating from patristic authors, later elaborated by five intellectual virtues and four other groups of ethical characteristics. They are: wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude, knowledge, piety, and fear of The Lord.
Description. According to Revelation 1:11, on the Greek island of Patmos, Jesus Christ instructs John of Patmos to: “Write on a scroll what you see and send it to the seven churches: to Ephesus, and to Smyrna, and to Pergamum, and to Thyatira, and to Sardis, and to Philadelphia, and to Laodicea.”
hours of grilling by her attorney! I was at perfect peace! Hallelujah! My statement NEVER changed by ONE word! Hers has! She fired her 1st attorney. To testify to The awesome grace of God. Her attorney sued the hospital for the most STUPID reason! Her case was thrown OUT, Hallelujah!!!
The Spirit placed on my heart that ALL financial ‘woes’ will be reversed.
I know that I did not share this, NOW (even though then – after the accident) I have joy bursting forth in and from my Spirit, Amen.
Ideta, God is THE Ultimate in Peace, Joy, Love…even when we think that doors are blocked! God Who Created the seen from the unseen very simply Speaks and it is done.
Faith is a pendant to wear continually, it is how we serve God! Amen.
Without faith, NOTHING is done or comes to be Hebrews 11:1.
LORD Heavenly Father, we approach Your Throne on bended knee,
Hallelujah for this day, a chance to walk according to Your Word, we have been blessed to see and feel today, ALL glory to You Father. In our going out and coming in. Be Thou glorified, embrace us in and with Your glory, Amen
In our lives allow/let/move us/direct us that Your will be done we pray in Jesus’ mighty name, Amen
LORD dip us/soak us/whet us with Thr blood of Your Son, Amen. Father, Your Essence came as we are to demonstrate Love, Amen. To give ones life for another! We were cloaked in sin, we are washed in the blood and gleam white as snow, Amen.