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God will use trouble for you to get a

bigger view of him it’s a difference

hearing about God and seeing him it’s a

different knowing the truth and seeing

the truth work even when you lose you

don’t lose because God will take

eternity match it with history so he

still fulfills his word even in a unique



thank you

one of the most

challenging questions that all of us

have faced

many of us have verbalized it most of us

have fought it

is to ask God why

throughout the scriptures there are

numbers of people

great people people that we admire

respect and hold and high biblical


who asked God why

but the biggest why as far as humans are

concerned probably the biggest biggest

why is Jesus on the cross my God my God


hath Thou forsaken me but in terms of

our own human trouble

the biggest why is job

job is

the idyllic man

he is

you might call him a man for all seasons


everything in his life recorded in the

first five verses of Job 1 is what we

would love all of our Lives to be

we’re told in verse one he was a man

full of Faith he feared God and he

turned away from evil

he was not only a man of strong faith he

was a man with a solid family

he talked about verse two his seven sons

and his three daughters

and this is the one most of us would

like it was a man of great Fortune

but now in verse 6 there is a turn

as successful as he was

something begins to happen that

collapses his world

but now he’s going to become a man of


so just because you have faith

just because you come from a silent


and you got a little change in your


doesn’t mean that you have brought

yourself out of problems

so to understand what job is going

through and what you may very well might

be or will or have been going through

we have to go back to understand

something verse 6.

now there was a day when the sons of God

came to present themselves before the

Lord and Satan also came among them

and the Lord said to Satan

from where do you come

then Satan answered the Lord

and said from roaming about on the earth

walking around on it

you have God calling a meeting of the

Angelic host

called the sons of God

so angels and demons have gathered

Satan is part of the Gathering

Daniel chapter 7 verse 10. puts it in

these words

let me read verse 9. I kept looking

until the Thrones were set up and the

Ancient of Days took his seat God his

vesture was like white snow and the hair

of his head was like pure wool his

throne was Ablaze with flames its Wheels

were a burning fire a river a fire was

flowing and coming out from before him

thousands upon thousands were attending

him and myriads upon mirrors were

standing before him the court sat

and the books were open

so the Gathering in job

is the court scene that is described

when the thousands and thousands of

angels who were called sons of God in

job are gathered

because court is called in session

we have explained to you and me that

your relationship with God on Earth is a

spiritual one but it is also a

legislative one it is a legal Gathering

if you do not grasp the legality of your


on Earth by what’s happening based on

what’s happening in heaven then you will

not formally realize what is happening

to you

Satan and the angels are called to court

because that’s the reason for the

Gathering there is a grand jury in


and God asked Satan

where you been boy what’s the caseload


now I’m going back you remember

Revelation 12


he is an accuser of the brethren

the Greek word accused means to bring

legal lawsuit

so Satan wants to bring legal lawsuit

against you

and he wants to do it for one overriding

purpose Daniel 7 verse 10 says the books

were opened

Psalm 139 verse 16

says that when God made you he put you

in a book

the book is the substance Psalm 139 16

says of your life

it’s your story

as God has desired it and designed it to


so you have a book

Satan’s goal is for you to not realize

what’s written in your book

in other words he wants to deny you your


he wants to deny you God’s plan goal for

your life

Satan’s goal is to keep that book from

being realized to keep your destiny and

he does that by accusing you that is

bringing up a case against you

when what have you been doing devil

he says I’ve been walking to and fro

I have been walking around the trading

floor of Earth

to and fro the Earth verse 7 of job one

says walking around it

and then God

does something that we don’t like

he helps the devil out

verse 8.

have you considered my servant job

why are you walking around looking for

folks to mess with

why don’t you check job out

maybe you feel like God told the devil

to check you out

why don’t you check Joe please notice

what he calls Joe my servant

so God

tell Satan

to check out somebody

Satan never brought up

God brought him up

have you checked out my servant job

because he is the goat

there is no one like him verse 8 on

Earth blameless upright fearing God

turning from evil

the big question is why

why would God do this

why would he allow the debt why would he

help the devil if God if the devil can’t

find me you don’t help him

you don’t give him my house address you

don’t tell him where I live


you don’t you don’t let him email me

Satan said something Joe Joe hmm

I know about Joe

because he’s the greatest man on Earth

so so I know about him does job serve

you for nothing

in order for Satan to accuse he has to

have a basis of accusation yeah


and all of his actions but God I think I

got something

sometimes job’s motives are wrong

you know that he does all the right

things but he doesn’t always do all the

right things for the right reason

does he serve you for nothing

or if he like a lot of folk you know he

just served you for his Blessing

I’m coming to get my blessing I want God

to you know give me a new car a new

house new clothes you know I’ll I

challenge job based on motivation

I can’t blame him for his actions

because he either doesn’t do wrong or he

sacrifices when he does do wrong so he’s

back in fellowship with me but I want to

get into his mind

because all of us knows what it is to do

the right things with the wrong thoughts

to do the right things with the wrong


to justify our actions

because of our thinking

he says I know what I can do I can

attack job on the motivational level

but I got a problem God

the devil says I got I do have a problem

with with this because you brought him

off I didn’t bring him up but since you

brought him up brought him up I can deal

with him on the motivational level but I

got a problem have you verse 10 not made

a hedge around him his house and all

that he has on every side you have

blessed the work of his hand and his

possessions have increased in the land

he says I got a problem and that is you

have put a restraining order on me

that’s what a hedge is it’s a restraint

the reason I haven’t been able to get

the job is you have blocked me

you have surrounded him with a

protective shield so that that’s the

only reason I can’t get to him and if

you if you ever take the leash off of me

if you ever if you ever let me loose and

remove the restraining order

then I’ma show you that job’s motivation

is enough to accuse him

now there’s a whole lot of theology


because one

Satan knows about the restraining order


he can’t do anything until God moves it


so to remind you from one of our other

messages that means that

Satan has to get God’s permission to be

the devil

that he’s got to ask God is it okay to

mess with you

and so he says if you will remove the


if you’ll remove this protective shield

then I can show you he ain’t all that in

a bag of chips

because I can get him on the

motivational level put forth your hand

verse 11. and stretch it out

and he will surely curse you and your



the only reason he’s serving you is

because of stuff

you’ve been giving him a good life take

away the good life he ain’t gonna be all

that Christian

you ain’t gonna be loving the Lord

because he’s only doing this to get his


and unfortunately today we live in a

fourth day when folk want to use God

he’s good as long as he giving me my


the Lord said to Satan

behold all that he has is in your power

only do not put forth your hand on him

Satan God releases

the restraining order

to a point

okay I’m gonna let you touch his stuff

I’ll say something about it in a moment

but I’m not going to let you touch him

so not only does god control

whether the devil does something

he controls how much he allows the devil

to do

but notice how much the devil was

allowed to do was connected to his

relationship with job

job is a blameless man

job’s an honorable man he fears God so

if you don’t fear God if you don’t care

about the Lord what you have just done


strengthen and

elongated the leash

of what Satan is allowed to do

he says

okay but don’t touch him

and then he comes into the worst 24

hours of his life

beginning with verse 13.

he loses his kids in a collapse

he loses his business 14 and 15.

fire comes down and consumes everything


band of Raiders come in

and destroy everything 17.

everything collapses and this is one

thing to have one bad thing today

it’s another thing to have

everything happening on the same day

this is a massive collapse Allowed by

God please understand me here

the most important doctrine that you can

learn as a Christian

is the gospel the good news of Jesus

Christ faith alone in Christ alone for

the Forgiveness of sins and the gift of

eternal life to accept Christ as your

personal substitute is the greatest

truth you can learn but the second

greatest truth you can learn is the

sovereignty of God

this is very important

because if you don’t believe God is

Sovereign you live your life by luck

chance happenstance fate

when life crushes in on you if you don’t

have a handle on the sovereignty of God

you will collapse at the work of the



when his whole world falls apart

verse 20. then Joe Rose

tore his robe shaved his head

fell on the ground and worshiped oh no

he didn’t


but worshiping when your world has

fallen apart

worshiping when

your world has collapsed on you

now don’t get me wrong this is not this

is not you know play worship because

he’s still grieving

he’s still shaving his head he’s still

tearing his robe he’s still falling to

the ground he’s still in emotional

despair while worshiping do you know you

can worship God in pain


what I’m trying to say is when God

allows the devil to do whatever he

allows to do in your life that is the

time to draw to him not run from him

he says he worshiped naked I came from

my mother’s womb naked I shall return

there the Lord gives the Lord takes away

blessed be the name of the Lord

through watch this through all this job

did not sin verse 22 nor did he blame


so when it falls apart you worship

when you falls apart you say God I don’t



in Chapter 2 job loses his health

boils break out on his skin

his wife tells him to curse God and die

he says in verse 9 do you still hold on

to your integrity Curse God and die

I’ve been wanting to get rid of you a

long time anyway Curse God and die

says you speak as one verse 10 of the

foolish women

shall I indeed accept good from God and

not accept adversity

his friends are trying to figure it out

he says in verse three oh that

I knew where I might find him


that I might come to his seat

he says I’m going through all this pain

and God has nowhere to be found

verse 10 but I know the way I take

when he has tried me

I shall come forth as God

he says

I can’t find him

but I know what I’m going to do

I’m gonna keep going

I’m not gonna throw in the towel I’m not

gonna quit

and when he has tried me

I will come forth as pures go he says

the Reason God is silent

is I’m on trial

because he said earlier I want to take

my seat

that’s that’s that’s a courtroom analogy

he says when God is silent I’m on trial

okay watch this now

when you don’t hear from God

and you need heaven and heaven doesn’t

answer your request

it is because you are now in The


of preparation

for recovery

you’re now when he goes silent on you

and you are suffering but you know the

way you take you’re going to keep going

you’re going to keep the faith you’re

going to keep trusting even though you

don’t see him he is putting you on trial

so that he says when you come forth you

will come pures go

after everybody else is talk God speaks

God said let me let me explain something


let me let you know who you dealing with

let me let you know here here is the

first thing you’re going to get in your


if you will hold on in your worship to

the sovereignty of God in spite of the

Pains of life you will get a bigger view

of God

this little tiny God you’ve been coming

to church singing to is now going to

expand in your understanding

God will use trouble for you to get a

bigger view of him God will use

difficulty for you to stop being

churchified and become a recognized

person of how great and glorious you

know what heaven’s Gonna Be Heaven if I

can Define heaven for you it will simply

be the uninterrupted knowledge of God

so he comes to the last chapter


job has been listening

and God has been blowing his mind

then job answered the Lord after the

Lord blows his mind was how awesome he

is but nowhere does he give him the


I know that you can do all things

you the goat

and that no purpose of yours can be

forewarted I have discovered you are in


who is this that hides Kent’s counsel

without knowledge who does man think he

is that he can outsmart God

therefore I have declared that which I

did not understand

my view of God has changed

and the thing that changed it was my

trouble brought on by the devil that God


now I have seen you with my own eyes

therefore I retract

37 chapters

I’ve been talking to me and my my Posse

for 37 chapters and we are we talking


we talking stuff we don’t even know what

we talking about

me talking noise I retract and I Repent

in dust and Ashes

one of job’s problems was he thought he

knew more than he knew

and he had to have his knowledge base of

God expanded and God let the devil set

it up for it to happen

God has a purpose

for your life and in everybody’s purpose

Destiny your book while it’s distinct

and how that works out in your life

everybody has one thing in everybody’s

book that is the same the greater

knowledge of God

then we come to the conclusion

he repents and by the way

um in Scripture

the um Isaiah 43 Verse 25-28

says State your case to God

uses legal terminology State your case

repent of your sins and remove their

Devil’s legal right to attack you

then the Lord verse 10 restored the

fortunes of job

okay watch this now when he prayed for

his friends


job needed help for him

his world is falling apart his world had


but not until he prayed for his friends

did the fortune change

so I want to say it and say it again


while you suffer very interesting the

Lord increased all that job had twofold

everything doubled

so in closing look

you got a book I got a book we got a

book that book is your destiny Satan

wants to steal your destiny

by distracting you from God and trading

making money your god making power your

god making popularity your god making

notoriety your God he wants to trade

with you because he’s going to make

something in this world looks more

important and more potent and more

profitable and better than God and

following him he wants to do the trade

but the one-third of angels that traded

with him will be in Hell forever

when you trade with the devil you pay

interest payments for eternity or maybe

all of history but God has allowed an

appeal process

that if you go to God in Repentance and

appeal your case before him

he can reverse the decision and you can

pick up the next chapter in your book

get your book out ask God to show you

where you are in it and then fulfill

your destiny so that when you stand

before the Lord you hear well done my

good and faithful servant




thank you