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October 23, 2021 1:00 am
Welcome to cross the bridge with David McGee weekend edition Pastor David McGee is internationally recognized for his unique conversational verse by verse and chapter by chapter teaching through the word of God. We have hundreds of his teachings through the many books of the Bible, and encourage you to visit, cross the bridge.com to study the Scriptures along with Pastor David right now open your Bible to the Old Testament book of Job and follow along for today's teaching pastor David has been teaching practical lessons from the life of Job. We are finding out that what needed to be learned. Back then, still needs to be learned today. I think you'll find that to be true today and tomorrow as we take a closer look at chapters 23 and 24. Now here's Pastor David. If you would turn with me to Job 23 and if you don't have a Bible, if you will raise your hand on the ground and bring about so that you can read along with us what's happening is Joe is a good man is a very good man Job chapter 1 verse eight and the Lord said to Satan, have you considered my servant Job, there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, one who fears God and shuns evil so Satan answered Lawrence as does Job fear God for nothing.
Have you not made a hedge around him, and he has been checking Job out he'd been looking at that heritage. He not only knows there's a hedge around him, but it around his household, and around all that he has on every side, so the enemies instance walking looking for homes looking for a way and hasn't found one notice. One of the things that God says about you that he fears God. When you fear God fearing a referential way you fear God, see you make him number one you make in the priority if you fear something else.
You make it a priority you perhaps even make it and I don't if you fear something bad happened to your kids, you can make your kids, your items if you fear the lack you could make finances vital God wants to be number one and we see you nothing and I'm just checking stuff out so God says okay I will allowing you to do some things but the way to handle this person so the enemy comes in is Manhattan and the enemy kills all the animals and the servants, and there was a lot of those in his kids. Then Joe and chapter 1 in verse 20.
Then Job arose towards road shake his head and he fell to the ground and worshiped. What is your response to trials the things going wrong to sickness or opposition.
He was so strange. Sometimes we get in the middle.
We get opposition and we think all that's God's trying to speak to us careful if you start looking for things like that you start looking for God and speak to Michelle is in that something go wrong that the mail come before 11 o'clock or we do the silliest I confirm your word to us. If you do that if you look at the circumstances and events, and trials for God to speak to you. You will be misled is only a question of when, because you will get in those circumstances, and you will begin to trust what you see. Instead of trusting what you don't see as humans that's really an issue for us to trust what we see to Job in chapter 1B is his great response he worships us remember he doesn't know what we know he doesn't know there was a conversation between the enemy and God he doesn't know that the enemy is after him and God is protecting and so his summarization like so many troops in this book there some truth in it, and yet it's accurate. In verse 21 and he said neck I came from my mother's room and neck it. Shall I return there, check and check.
Everybody comes neck in the world. That's where they lay in any says the Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away. That's not correct. The Lord did give Joe that we see that it was the enemy with God into Job's coming to this inaccurate conclusion and the shame he has a lot of people think that's the key verse in Job. The key verse in Job is where he gets it wrong and comes to the wrong conclusion.
Now that doesn't work then in chapter 2 the enemy wants to turn up the ports of the game will in a you can touching, reflecting, but you can't take his life. And so the main does that we discussed earlier be something that gave the enemy away in is anything Joe did or didn't do or say or didn't say that gives us a click. We've looked at one thing and that's and chapter 1 verse verse five says for Job said, it may be that my sons of send and cursed God in their hearts. This Job did regular, he rose up and did offerings for his kids and they may have sinned and cursed God in their hearts, and he did it all the time he did it regularly. That's a little strange, and it's in there for us to take note of the 10 Skoda chapter 3 verse 25 and again we understand that there is nothing in this book by happenstance. There's no filler material. Everything in here is for our benefit and for our learning, and so on.
Chapter 3 verse 25. Joe says for the thing I greatly feared has come upon me and what I do read it has happened to me, remember when I said when you fear God is number one.
If you fear something else that could become an idol or it could become a way and for the enemy.
Job was a godly man a righteous man who handled this stuff with incredible trust in God and yet I think we may have found our issue, we may have found how the enemy got in and again it's in there is for our benefit and it's not filler and it's noted that it was the thing that he feared what happened to errors that we could go from this we can say okay that's absolute doctrine and Celeste… That you have any time we have any fear about anything open up the door for Satan. Every havoc in our life we want to do that, but neither do we want to see something like doesn't not. I think were supposed to notices. Be careful what you fear because what you fear controls you. What you fear controls you. If you begin fear this if you begin to fear that if he begin to fear losing your job that will begin to control you that can keep you up at night.
Decrease your function and effect effectiveness in unit.
In fact, self-fulfilling prophecy, some Joe throughout this whole book and his friends and this is where they're going so wrong there. Assuming everything that's happened has been God. So they start from a faulty assumption. This is God speaking to us to see what happened to Joe through his kids being killed and losing the animals as business that's God. What was he saying it wasn't God allow that we understand there's a huge difference between allowing something and be in the call of some amount. It was interesting Skoda Job 23.
What's interesting is where society will use the name of God.
For instance, you can have the name of God like neither public-school or post office or governmental buildings. Never mind our church fathers put them all over the place in Washington DC. But when something goes wrong. If you say I can tornado some people got hurt. Obviously, active site, surely the insurance company gives they use that phrase right act of Satan to God active God. He gets the glory for creating the universe. But as soon something goes bad. He gets the blame is not right.
So as we go into these first facilities chapters the question and I just really sensitive people in the body you're looking into your looking to events or circumstances thinking God speaking to you through them and I merited a lot time to see enemy and you can be related in your relationship with God. If it's based more on that. Is there anything you are blaming God for that was the enemy's fault in an accident, a naming handicapping the death rate soldier dying seeking we can be guilty of not given thanks for the awesome stuff.
We God is done and yet blaming him for things that have gone wrong. That may have been the enemy may have been asked plan Patsy seen many people in my life plan Patsy and dad crops, and they go God, what are you doing seed after its own kind of you.
Job 23 Street verse one then Job answered and said only one back and forth and so this chapter is Job's response pieces. Even today, my complete is better. My hand is listless because of my groaning all that I knew where I might find that I might come to his seat. Now Job is one of the oldest books probably potentially one of the oldest man named Joe mentioned early on in Genesis and there's interesting things we talked about the weather. There's a lot of mention of snow and ice more than any other Old Testament book so there could have been some type of either cold snap or even some sort of small Ice Age or some but it is interesting that in the Middle East that this book mentioned snow and ice a lot, but mentions his seat and that's that's a specific term and it's a capital H and the new King James Woods again points to God that I might come to his seat place in the tabernacle and the temple that represented the presence of God was the Ark of the covenant, the ark of the covenant. You may have pictures of it and have angels with her wings to their wings outstretched and the ark were manna in Aaron's rod that had bloomed when folks question to God's chosen in his choosing of Aaron because the rod that's an important name and that is a good thing. We can look for spiritual fruit and God will speak to us through spiritual fruit in our life or someone else's life is not a fence. And then there was the 10 Commandments regular overall that were the Angels with the wings outstretched now you might think that's part of the ark of the covenant. It's not. That's the top of it and is called to see the seat for the seat of judgment to see you I ration you like to Raiders of the lost Ark Malaysian seat of condemnation and sealed lightning bolts, the mercy seat 12, the mercy seat so awesome of God.
We got this incredible leader tabernacle or temple you see all these incredibly beautiful objects. Only a few people for high priest would go into the holy of holies in the midst of all that beauty. The focal point was the mercy of dog before about how when grace and peace are together. It's always grace first, there's another interesting little thing like the there's another two words that are together whole Pastor David will be back in less than one minute. As he continues teaching in the book of Job. A great way to start out each day is with a practical email devotional every morning from Pastor David visit crossed the bridge.com to start receiving yours for free. If you have a cell phone. You can also text the word encourage 294253 to receive a short encouraging text from us each day. That's 94253 and now back to the teaching there's another two words that are together.
Mercy and truth and you know it's interesting mercy comes first. Every time Grace comes first. Mercy comes first three numbers for.
I would present my case before and filled my mouth with arguments I would know the words which he would answer me and understand what he would say to me what he contend with me in his great power, no. But he would take notice me.
They are the upright could reason with and I would be delivered forever from a judge look for work that he is not there and backwards. But I cannot perceive them firsthand when he works on the left and I cannot hold him when he turns to the right hand, and I cannot see him. Verse 10 but he knows the way that the tape when he has tested me, I shall come forth as gold. He knows the way you dictate when he has tested me, I shall come forth as gold.
That's an accurate statement. Now that might sound strange to say, Phyllis understand that there's things in the Bible where somebody is speaking and they say something that's wrong that's an error doesn't mean the Bible's America means that that person is in there like Nebuchadnezzar said some things that were wrong when he has tested me, I have been walking with the Lord for long. I grew up in a Christian family, religious family, but I did at a young age, was one of the Bible and had a sense of the presence of the Lord that was very strong member after lunch one day's agenda. After Sid skews me to the Lord. Mom came around the car for you. Dr. talking to God.
A little worried that I was aware of the presence of God when love the word and later on when I came off the road when staff a couple of different churches didn't travel with administration was teaching godless opening doors through the gift of teaching the Lycos.
Plant a church in its important if you feel like you're supposed to do something like that to go to senior pastor of the church and say think the Lord might believe in this way, and we can help prepare you. We may prayerfully say you're not ready.
We may prayerfully say we don't see it right now and I will encourage you in it and look for with the calling comes that servant attitude that has to be there when we step out begin to serve were going forth the gospel is going forth the truth is going forth in a world filled with lies. The light is going forth in the world filled with darkness. You step out begin to serve or maybe change positions and it's a more strategic position, nursing a new group of assaults, but here's a mistake a six step out begin serving now there engaged in the ministry that came. It's amazing because we certainly do a lot of different things and we try to pour ourselves out. And yet God multiplies that uses the Internet and there's people getting saved to this ministry literally seven days a week 24 hours a day.
We worked out a timely manner that no one group. It was every six minutes for a 30 day. Every six minutes 24 hours a day so I will start listen to teaching, so you step out begin to serve your stepping into the stream of those people getting saved you become part of that no matter what you do anything you anybody that sparkles that something that the person who's leading sparkles doesn't have to do the person leading sparkles gets to do stuff to the deacon doesn't have to do things and he can be set free to do something with them with the deacon doing that. Then he sets an older free to do other things and then the owner for the pastor free to do other things in the pastor does something that sets me free so I can be able to proclaim the gospel and so more people get saved because layout is that also works in reverse some of the sons of Oracle schedule and they don't show and they don't call the leader has to take up the slack when he's doing that deacon has to pick up the slack and when deacons do not have to pick that up in the past, you get the idea. So here's what looks to step out to begin the serve there now serving in a ministry. People can save people being discipled. The words going forth and they get a couple attacks now have their mature believers. They just say this is part of it. I'm getting shot at, because people are good and say enemies not going to waste as bullets.
There's no churches. He doesn't have to bother here in these don't mess with the ones that are being affected.
So you begin to be set up as you reaping the rewards within the tax and some people got all this is the Lord telling me I need to not be involved in ministry that he said I should have more time is actually what he saying Jesus is not telling you you need more meantime that's not Jesus is your hearing that that's not Jesus will the Lord that he laid on my heart you know I normally scheduled with the Lord laid on my heart to break my word and leave people hanging and not to honor my word and it sounds like the Lord on person gets the bow of the trial and they don't learn from the it's like she puts him in the insist file for 30 minutes. Leave it in there for 15 and you pull it out is not elective is not being done well is currently what have they see sometimes we get an original Baylor we were on courtship with God speaking to us same mistake they made the book of Job, we plow the trial, a trial or a test is usually in the beginning, the payoff in the pleasures at the end if we stop in the middle. We repeat the pain without getting the blessing if we do before we get the blessing so you're supposed to do work when those things not think much God speaking to me not. Life lesson God uses trials and situations. The growth when we run from these things.
We go through much of the pain, but don't get the game we don't grow from we go through much of the pain, but don't get the game God uses trials and situations. The growth will be run from those things. We go through much of the pain don't get the game we don't grow from. I was asking this pastor the way the board functions and stuff technical any civil basically the get together with the board presentation stuff… Denise is an inherently comes down to this, they just I meet with them and then make sure that I'm not quit and nine we curial okay this is what you fill equipment so I have today.
I'll fill equipment to past silly because game if you can imagine the sometimes all come in here are coming here to serve and then you think of all those battles and all those people here that are listed all the people on all the people the radio and that's that. I go through. Now I'm not what was basically a complete script for me to pray for me as I minutes and everything you have asked Billy Graham is what's it like to share the gospel. So many people so many times listed like energy run about as you share vision is like a spiritual training also think it's a beautiful and we really all want to go is pouring out in the refilling. It's interesting is how many times about the talks encourages us not to quit, not the blues are just a few 18 one. Jesus is speaking.
Then he spoke appear to them that men always talk to pray and not lose heart. Second Corinthians chapter 4 verse one therefore, since we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we do not lose heart. God's given us a ministry you if you're part of this it our ministry what God has entrusted to think sometimes we think about you know you know if I don't do my part :-) also pick up the slack. I mean if I don't give is not somebody will give more makeup about serve as much. Somebody else will survey it be okay no there's hundreds strike.
There's thousands of churches they close their doors every year. And those people that's what they thought will happen. The enemy of God's not in the work and it dies. Thank you Jesus. Another church fellowship so sadly some of his fellowships are good fellowship through fruitful fellowships may go to some kind of battle, and people lose our second printing of chapter 4 verse 16 says therefore we do not lose heart even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory. While we do not look at the things which are seen that things which are not saying for the things which are seen are temporary things which are not seen are eternal under Galatians 6 and let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap, if we do not lose heart. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good all, especially to those who are of the household of faith you've been listening to Pastor David McGee on the cross the bridge weekend edition tuning again tomorrow afternoon as Pastor David continues teaching on most stations. If you're not able to make it to your home church this Sunday.
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