to Your Faith
This second lesson is going to show us how we let
the devil into our lives to cause havoc and
disaster, because of fear and unbelief. A lot of
people have heard teaching about Job and never
actually read the story. They never have looked for
themselves to see exactly what happened to him and
why. They use the excuse of things happening to
them, by saying, well look at Job, he loved God and
all the disaster that happened to him. Well what
about Job? Did these things just happen to him, or
was there a reason? Letís turn to the story and go
Job 1:1-3 Here we see that Job was a "perfect and
upright man that feared God and shunned evil. He had
seven sons and three daughters. He had much
livestock and wealth. He was the greatest of all the
men of the east.
Verse 6- 12 Satan comes before God and says he has
walking back and forth across the earth.
God says to him. "Have you seen my servant Job? He
is a perfect and upright man, he Fears God and shuns
Satan answers and says "Of course he fears you. Look
at all you have given him. You have put a hedge
around him to protect him and his house, and
everything he owns. You have blessed him in every
way. But if YOU were to put out your hand and harm
him, he would curse you."
God said to him. "Look, behold, everything he has
already in your hands. But you can not touch his
Now most people stop here and do not search any
further. "See God allowed Satan into Jobís life to
do all this!" Did He? Letís look into that.
Letís go back to verses 4 & 5 of Job 1.
sons and daughters were all grown up and in their
own homes, and liked to drink and party. And not
just for a night, but for days. So what did Job do?
Instead of trying to get to them realize that they
were responsible for their behaviour before God,
since they were adults and out on their own, he went
and did sacrifice for them because "it may be that
my sons have sinned and cursed God in their hearts."
And he did this "Continually".
children have grown up and left home, they become
responsible for themselves. Yes you pray for them,
but you cannot make sacrifice, or repent for them.
These people were responsible to God to repent
before the Lord. By continually repeating the
sacrifices, Job did not leave them in Godís hands.
He was operating in unbelief. His sacrifices were in
vain. Obviously if he was worried about them sinning
and cursing God, they were not living for God. So
what good would his sacrifices be. They were living
in sin. So God could no longer protect them from the
destruction that befell them. They brought it upon
themselves. Destruction was inevitable, and it came.
They were all killed.
Now as far as the disaster that came upon all that
Job owned, we will have to go further into Job to
see how all that was allowed to happen.
Job 3:25, 26 For the thing which I greatly feared is
come upon me, and that which I was afraid of is come
unto me. I was not in safety, neither had I rest,
neither was I quiet, yet trouble came.
Fear is the opposite of Faith! Have you ever feared
that something was going to happen to you, and then
it did? Fear opens the door for Satan. God had a
hedge around Job. He tore it down, with his own
hands. God didnít tear it down, Job did! Even though
he loved God and trusted him, he let fear come in
and it destroyed everything around him. Obviously he
didnít tear it down as far as his own life was
concerned, but as for everything else? Well we see
what happened. By letting fear in, he lost all. But
in all that, he still did not blame God.
Then Satan again came to God and challenged God to
destroy Job and he would curse him. God would not,
but the door was open for Satan to go in and test
Hebrews 8:6 We must bear in mind in all of this that
Job was operating under the old covenant. We have
new and better covenant, based upon better promises.
Jesus bore our pain, and sickness and torment. We
donít have to. People under the Old Covenant could
only go to God for a healing miracle. It belongs to
Hebrews 9:12-14 Also Satan no longer is allowed into
Heaven. The Blood of Jesus put a stop to that. He
can not enter into the Holy of Holies. Jesus put his
blood on the mercy seat in heaven. He did it once
and that was enough. No longer is Heaven tainted
with the presence of Satan.
He canít challenge God to harm us. We are under
Grace and Mercy. He has to go through the blood of
Jesus to get to us. He can only harm us if we let
Hebrews 10:19 Therefore with boldness we enter in to
the holiest place by the blood of Jesus. Not only is
Satan not allowed there any more, but we can go
there with boldness and obtain mercy.
So through all of this we see that Job didnít have
the same privileges as we do. He only knew that He
loved God and that He wouldnít harm him. So he did
not blame him. His wife and his friends told him to
curse God and die. With friends like that who needs
enemies? Job went on believing in God. He listened
to his friends day in and day out, but still would
not curse God. He got weary and wanted to die, and
still no relief came. Then one day God spoke to him.
He said a lot to him Chapters 38, 39 and 40.
Basically He told him to stop whining and "Gird up
your loins now like a man" He wanted him to put the
hedge back up.
Job answered this. "Who is he that hides council
without knowledge. Therefore I have uttered things
that I understood not." And he repented.
Then God spoke to Jobís friends and said basically
that he was angry with them for telling Job to curse
God. He told them to make a sacrifice and ask Job to
pray for them, because He would hear him. And he
told them to do it or He would "deal" with them
himself. "In that you have not spoken of the thing
which is right, like my servant Job.
In other words. Even though Job had not cursed God,
he had sat in his misery instead of doing something
about it. God stepped in and told him to repent.
Then he dealt with the friends and when Job prayed
for them, he was healed! Not only that, God gave Job
back twice as much as he had before. "So the Lord
blessed the latter end of Job more that his
Now I truly believe that Job could have ended that
whole ordeal a lot sooner if he had just stopped
complaining and feeling sorry for himself and
decided to do something about it. He could have
repented way before he did and would have saved
himself a lot of grief and suffering.
Sometimes we suffer because we sit in our misery and
do nothing to stop it. We have to take a step of
Faith, and defeat our problem. I am not saying it is
easy, but it wonít happen if you just sit there and
do nothing. We need to stand against the devil. And
having done all to stand STAND!
Ephesians 6:10-19 Finally, my brethren, be strong in
the lord, and in the power of HIS MIGHT!
Put on the whole armour of God, that you may be able
to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we
wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against
principalities, against powers, against the rulers
of the darkness of this world against spiritual
wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you
the whole armour of God, that you may be able to
withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to
stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about
with truth, and having on the breastplate of
righteousness; And your feet shod with the
preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all,
taking the shield of faith, wherewith you shall be
able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of
the Spirit, which is the word of God.
Job didnít have the New Covenant to stand on. We
donít have to take anything that Satan would try to
throw at us. We donít belong to him! We are Godís
children and we have a covenant with him, bought by
the blood of Jesus. Do you want to live in defeat
like Job did or in Victory?
finally repented and received back twice as much as
he had before, but he shouldnít have lost it all in
the first place. Donít tear down the hedge of
protection that God has around you. Keep your armour
on every day. Your armour will protect you and God
will be your rear guard! Donít let the devil steal
from you any more! Take back what belongs to you,
whether it be health, prosperity, a sound mind...
what ever it is, donít let him defeat you! Jesus
paid the price!
Knock down the hindrances to your faith! If you are
having trouble receiving Victory, ask God to show
you where it came in and repent! Then get ready to