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Integrity

Bible Verse for Today: “Is not your fear of God your confidence, and the integrity of your ways your hope?” (Job 4:6).
 
Job is known mostly for his faith in God no matter what happened to him. His friend Eliphaz knew him for his integrity. Job was honest. He had sound moral principles and character. He walked uprightly before God and man. Why did Job have integrity? He feared God.

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Restraining God

Today’s Scripture: Job 42:2 – “I know that You can do all things, and that no purpose of Yours can be thwarted.”
 
A man who lives in Haifa, Israel decided that God had been manifesting a very negative attitude toward him. So he petitioned the Magistrates Court for a restraining order against God. The details of the hearing were not made available.
 
A multitude of spokespeople made themselves available to speak for the Lord. The defendant, however, was apparently not asked to testify on his own behalf. Presiding Judge Ahsan Canaan denied the petitioners request, stating that the applicant needed help not from the court but from other sources.
 
So many things going on in our world that would make it understandable as to why a person may question the love of God. For those days when the world makes you question the love of God consider these following two facts:
 
1. This is not the world God designed. Before the fall in the Garden of Eden there would have been no addictions, natural disasters, wars, or tragic accidents. The sin of mankind is what led to the fall of God’s creation into bondage to corruption (Romans 8:22).
 
2.  God has not abandoned us. Even though we turn our backs on Him, he has not turned his back on us. He sought Adam and Eve even as they hid from him (Genesis 3:9). His Word has given us transforming principles for abundant living in a fallen world.
 
No restraining order can keep our Father from his children. He loves you, and there’s nothing you can do to change his heart.
 
Song: “Father, We Love You”
 
Father God, thank you again Father for giving us this opportunity to come before your throne with thanksgiving for all that you have done, all that you are doing and all that you will do. We praise you for your faithfulness, for your acceptance. In Jesus name we pray amen.
 
Dennis Russell, Santa Maria California
dennislrussell@comcast.net


Different Kinds Of Faith

“And without faith it is impossible to please God, for he that comes to God must believe that He is who he says He is, and that he is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him out” (Hebrews 11:6).
 
Some people have a mental agreement only faith. Many of the Jewish leaders had this kind of faith that agrees with the facts but does nothing about it. “Nevertheless many even of the rulers believed in Him, but because of the Pharisees they were not confessing Him, lest they should be put out of the synagogue; for they loved the approval of men rather than the approval of God” (John 12:42,43). Even the demons believe that God is one and shudder (James 2:19).
 
Some people have inherited faith. They trust in family history and tradition more than God’s word, refusing to search the scriptures diligently and daily, like the noble minded Bereans (Acts 17:11). Just because it was good enough for grandma and grandpa doesn’t make it right. To simply go along with the crowd isn’t wise. Your accountability means it is your choice whom you will serve and believe.
 
Some people have crutch faith. These individuals usually call upon the Lord when tragedy strikes, but as soon as the fright passes they forget their benefactor. God is ready to respond to those who seek Him out, but He expects a fruitful harvest (See Luke 13:7). Usually, these individuals are known for their lavish promises in bargaining with God.
 
Some people have obedient faith. By his preaching, Paul had hoped “to bring about the obedience of the faith” (Romans 1:5). Obedient faith is loving God with all of your heart, soul, mind and strength and loving your neighbor as yourself. (Matthew 22:37-39). Jesus once asked, “And why do you call Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not what I say?” (Luke 6:46). To truly believe the Lord is to live out His word.
 
What kind of faith do you have?
 
Song: “What Will You Do with Jesus?”
 
Prayer: “Help us, Father, to seek out Your divine will, and have a faith that pleases You rather than an “anything goes” attitude.   In Jesus’ name, Amen.”
 
Roger Holm, Tijeras, NM
rogerscall@aol.com