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Monday, December 15, 2014

How we aught to react to when the devil gets to us.

My notes from the sermon last night:

How we aught to react to when the devil gets to us:
1. We have to react positively. If we react negative, it will produce a negative result. God has to allow it to happen but HE will always bring us through it! God is bigger than any problem that we have. Just look at the story of Job: "Job is presented as a good and prosperous family man who is beset with horrendous disasters that take away all that he holds dear, including his offspring, his health, and his property. He struggles to understand his situation and begins a search for the answers to his difficulties. God rewards Job's obedience during his travails and restores his health and doubles his original riches. He sires seven later sons and three daughters;[2] however, his previous children remain dead."
2. We have to react pleasingly. "Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience." -Job1:3 It pleases God when we get in this thing for the long haul and we need to have problems as to appreciate the good times more. 
3. We have to react patiently. "But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing." -Job 1:4 We may not be able to see the end result but we need to trust in God and be patient. 
 The natural response to troubles is to escape them but God uses them to mature His people. 
4. We need to react prayerful. "If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God" -Job 1:5 "This verse is not a blanket promise of wisdom for any situation. In the context of life's trials, it probably speaks of the believer being granted (1) wisdom as to the reason for his trials and (2) wisdom to endure them."
5. We need to react purposefully. "A double-minded man is unstable in all his ways." -Job 1:8 The way we react to things in life (either it be problems at work, home, etc.), they will carry over into other parts of our lives so we need to react to these issues with a purpose in mind. 
6. We need to react productively. Our trials will always produce something in the end and God will use us and bless us through it. 
7. We need to react perfectly. Not be perfect...God is perfecting (maturing) us and most of us have been through problems in the past and we have made it through them just fine. Trials cannot be avoided so we are encouraged to endure them and mature as a result.                                                                       

How we react to when the devil gets to us proves what we really are. These situations are like reality checks that will get you back in line with God and where we aught to be. 

My preacher quoted this last night as he began his sermon and it has stuck in my head since. I am a "worry wart." I worry about everything. It doesn't matter what it may be, I will worry about it. I worry about trials that I am currently facing, ones that may or may not happen and even trials of others but I just need to lean on God and know that in the end, through HIM, all will be just fine!! 

Hope everyone has had a blessed Monday! Good night and God bless! 

*If you would like to watch the live sermon of this message, just click here.

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