Getting Back What You've Lost
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Delivered By
Pastor Will Lott
Delivered On
July 30, 2017 at 11:00 AM
Central Passage
Galatians 6:9
Subject
Job
Description

Encouragement for today:  Don’t give up! 


 

Galatians 6:9 - And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.

 

Do you remember all that Job lost?  His children, his livestock, and his health.

 

Job could have ended in tragedy, growing bitter toward God, following his wife's advice, becoming agnostic or suicidal. Instead he soared on the wings of faith and became more than a conqueror. God restored to Job what he had lost. We need a fighting spirit, a determined spirit.

 

Grace can restore us spiritually, emotionally, physically, financially, and in our relationships.

 

Job experienced despair and depression…

  • "After this, Job opened his mouth and cursed the day of his birth" (3:1).
  • "What I feared has come upon me" (3:25).
  • "That God would be willing to crush me, to let loose his hand and cut me off?' (6:9).
  • "I loathe my very life; therefore I will give free rein to my complaint and speak out in the bitterness of my soul" (10:1).  
  • "Man born of woman is of few of days and full of trouble" (14:1).
  • "My spirit is broken, my days are cut short, the grave awaits me" (17:1).
  • "I am reduced to dust and ashes" (30:19).
  • "Yet when I hoped for good, evil came; when I looked for light, then came darkness" (30:26).
  • "The churning inside me never stops; days of suffering confront me" (30:27).

 

Look Up.

Job prayed to God in 42:2

“I know that You can do everything, And that no purpose of Yours can be withheld from You."

 

The first step in overcoming life's difficulties is to look up to God in faith, believing that He will work out everything.

 

Colossians 3:1-2

If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God.  Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth.

 

Look ln

Job confessed his own sins and negative attitudes: "I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes" (42:6 NKJV). Each of us needs to evaluate the condition of our heart before God.

 

Look Out

Job prayed for his friends who had judged him so harshly (42:9-10).

Although it hurts, don't hold a grudge. Forgive those who have spoken harshly against you even as Job did.

 

Mark 11:25-26

“And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him, that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses. But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father in heaven forgive your trespasses.”

 

We like holding on the unforgiveness.  It makes us feel that we have obtained some kind of power over them… but the unforgiveness powers over us.

 

Jesus tells us in Luke 6:27-28…

“But I say to you who hear: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, and pray for those who spitefully use you.”

 


Resentment is like swallowing poison and waiting for the other person to die. 


 

Look Ahead

Your best days are ahead of you!  Job was High-Valued-Target.  He was a threat to the enemy.  Satanic attacks ought to confirm to you that God has great plans for you!

 

After Job prayed for his friends, his life began to turn around. The Bible says, "The Lord blessed the latter part of Job's life more than the first" (42:12).

 

The names of Job's three daughters tell the story of how God can restore what life has taken away.

  1. Jemimah, means "a dove," which portrays the incredible peace God gives.
  2. Keziah, means "cinnamon," describing the sweetness God gives us for the bitter times.
  3. Keren-Happuch, which means "a container of antimony," which was an expensive eye shadow, speaking of the beauty God gives for the ashes of our grief.

 

Whatever loss you have experienced, God's grace can and will restore you as you seek Him: "The Lord made him prosperous again and gave him twice as much as he had before" (Job 42:10).