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This is a periodic e-newsletter in line with the theme of this site: GOD Who Are You? AND Who Am I? Knowing and Experiencing God by His Hebrew Names. These are posts in addition to those of the free e-course and may expound upon the lessons in the workbook by the same name.

What Are the 7 Holy Spirits of God Key to Supernatural Life of a Christian?

An Angel Came to Me Through Someone Else’s Encounter

The seven holy spirits of God in the Bible represent a mystery rarely discussed but hold the secret to supernatural power in the Christian’s life. Believe me, when we take time to delve into these mysteries––even as we are reading about them––the Spirit of the Lord will manifest Himself in our lives in amazing ways.

When I knew God was giving me this subject as my next writing assignment, I felt helpless and spent months contemplating it. I had never heard a teaching on the seven spirits of God, but as I kept seeing the terminology in the book of Revelation, I wondered what it meant.

After meditating on Isaiah 11:2, the only place where they are listed, all I could determine was that there were six of them, so the “seven spirits of God” did not make sense to me.

That’s when an angel came to me through the story of another person who had an actual encounter with an angel.

An Angel Came to Chris Reed with a Word for This Hour

My friend Christine forwarded a video to me of Pastor Chris Reed’s story. He had been teaching a series on the seven spirits of God––the seven parts of His nature. One day during worship, he was caught up in the spirit to heaven. He saw colors so beautiful in realms of glory.

An angel whose name was Fear of the Lord, in white with eyes piercing like fire and a blue haze around him. motioned to him to “come.” He wanted him to see a wooden door and go into it. So, he walked through the door out of the glory he had been in.

He found himself in a library of books. He looked up at the heading of some books on the shelf and saw the words “The Supernatural.” One book stood out to him, “The Seven Spirits of God.” He pulled it out. The front cover read The Spirit of the LORD.

The inside pages were very thick: page 1 was Spirit of wisdom; page 2 Spirit of understanding; page 3 Spirit of counsel; page 4 Spirit of might; page 5 Spirit of knowledge. The back cover said Spirit of the fear of the Lord. Chris then glanced up.

The angel told him to look back down and the back cover was ripped off the back binding. All five thick pages had fallen out of the book and were LOST.

Fear of the Lord angel told Chris, “What you have in your left hand is representative of what is left in the majority of the spirit-filled world [the front cover—The Spirit of the LORD.]”

In his right hand was the back cover—The fear of the LORD. “The rest of the seven spirits all leave when the fear (awe and reverence) of the LORD is taken away,” the angel said.

The supernatural, revelation knowledge, might, and power in the church cannot exist without the fear of the LORD. It must be restored before we can see the glory and presence of the Lord cover the earth. Click to Tweet

The Seven Spirits of the Lord

What is the meaning of the seven holy spirits of God in the Bible?

This seven-fold mystery of the seven spirits of God is mentioned only in Isaiah 11:2 in the Old Testament. It is followed up in the book of Revelation. We will thoroughly look at the title page of the book: The Spirit of the LORD, which envelops the whole of the remaining six spirits.

You will go away feeling like you have been in the throne room with God and an understanding of all the symbols there. Jesus will come alive to you as never before as you are filled with the seven-fold Spirit of the LORD.

Isaiah 11:1 speaks of a Branch that will grow from the roots of Jesse, or David his son. Verse 2 says the Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon Him—Jesus Christ.

What are the seven holy spirits of the LORD of Isaiah 11:2?

 

1.      The SPIRIT OF THE LORD shall rest upon Him [Jesus]

2.      The SPIRIT OF WISDOM [ also known as 7 PILLARS OF WISDOM

3.      and UNDERSTANDING

4.      The Spirit of COUNSEL

5.      and MIGHT

6.      The SPIRIT OF KNOWLEDGE

7.      and of the SPIRIT OF THE FEAR OF THE LORD.

All seven are connected to each other.

It’s interesting to note that all these are intertwined and cannot exist on their own. The Word of God says that the fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; also, that the fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge; with all our getting of knowledge we should get an understanding; our counselor is the Holy Spirit––the Spirit of the Lord; and we can do nothing by our own might or power, but only by the Spirit of the LORD.

Lastly, but not least, Isaiah 11, verse 3 says, “His (Jesus) delight is in the fear of the LORD.” The rest of this chapter and many others, including Isaiah 59, show how the fear of the LORD comes through righteousness and faithfulness. “The Fear of the Lord” will soon have its own article, but for now, KNOW how it comes:

“According to their deeds, accordingly He will repay, fury to His adversaries, recompense to His enemies; the coastlands He will fully repay. So shall they fear the name of the LORD from the west, and His glory from the rising of the sun; when the enemy comes in like a flood, the Spirit of the LORD will lift up a standard against him” (Isaiah 59:18-19 NKJV).

What is the meaning behind the “Holy Spirit of the LORD”?

God is a spirit. When the afternoon breeze began to stir in the Garden of Eden, God as a spirit came to Adam and Eve in the wind. Although it is not stated that this was a daily occurrence, most Bible scholars consulted seemed to feel this was the case.

“And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day” (Gen. 3:8 NKJV).

The cool of the day was around 4:00 p.m. It is the time when the evening breeze begins to stir. The Hebrew word translated cool in this verse is ruwach (roó-ach). Elsewhere in scripture, this same word is translated as breath, wind, breeze, spirit, and Holy Spirit.

In Gen. 3:10 after Adam and his wife had sinned, the Lord called to Adam and said, “Where are you?” So he said, “I heard Your voice in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked, and I hid myself.” He heard the wind, breath, and breeze of the Spirit of the Lord and then heard his “still small voice”—the same as Elijah did in I Kings 19:12.

The Spirit of the LORD is the Holy Spirit.

What are the seven symbols in the Throne Room of God and what do they mean?

To get a more thorough understanding of the seven spirits of God we need to have a picture of who and what is in the throne room. Many sevens appear throughout Revelation, the number meaning completeness and perfection.

Referring to Revelation 4, this is after Jesus had already given the apostle John (the author) the seven messages to the seven churches, and then John saw a door standing open in heaven. The first voice he heard was like a trumpet saying, “Come up here and I will show you things which must take place after this.” This is what he saw:

1. A throne set in heaven and One sat on the throne like jasper and a sardius stone in appearance.

This One is identified as GOD (in verse 8) described in brilliance and glory. Jasper is probably a diamond suggesting purity and holiness and sardius is carnelian, deep red, picturing God’s avenging wrath.[i]

2. A rainbow around the throne appearing like an emerald.

Emerald is green, the dominant color in a rainbow, symbolizing mercy. It is God’s covenant with man and the earth to never send a flood to destroy them again.

3. Twenty-four thrones with twenty-four elders sitting, clothed in white robes; and they had crowns of gold on their heads.

These are the celestial representatives of all the redeemed, glorified and enthroned, who worship continuously. White robes symbolize purity. The crowns suggest victory and joy, not political authority.[ii]

These elders are also seen as representatives of the faithful overcomers of the body of Christ who are already glorified, enthroned and crowned with the overcomer’s crown.

4. From the throne pulsated lightning, thundering and voices.

Lightning and thunder describe the awesome and wondrous power of God. We can recognize His voice when we hear and see them. The ‘voices’ can also be seen as those languages poured out on the day of Pentecost along with tongues of fire that rested on the disciples in the upper room (Acts 2:4). Three thousand souls were saved that day as people heard the Gospel in their own language.

Revelation 18:1 to Revelation 19:10 records seven voices from the throne. Most are voices of praise such as, “Praise our God all you His servants, and those who fear Him, both small and great!”

Again, “a voice of a great multitude as sound of many waters and as the sound of many thunderings saying, “Alleluia! For the Lord God omnipotent reigns! Let us be glad and rejoice and give Him glory, for the marriage supper of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready.”

5. Seven lamps of fire burning before the throne.

Menorah 7 Lamps of fireExodus 37:17-24 describes the making of the lampstand of one piece of gold with six branches, three on one side and three on the other. With its shaft, that made seven lamps. The middle shaft would be what holds them all together: the Spirit of the Lord––Holy Spirit. We know this today as the ‘menorah.’

Each lamp had its own wick through which oil flowed to keep the fire burning continuously. This is what Jesus meant when he told the parable of the ten virgins to make sure they had oil in their lamps before He came. Oil symbolizes the Holy Spirit and the supernatural power and ability to live the Christian life full of vitality especially in the midst of storms and perilous times.

The five foolish virgins (Matthew 25) took no oil to refill their lamps and missed out on the marriage supper of the Lamb. As we can see from this study of the seven spirits of God, it is the Holy Spirit of the Lord and the Word of God that refills our lamp–our daily life.

6. The seven lamps are the seven spirits of God before the throne.

As a review, these seven spirit lamps are as follows. [Stay tuned for more articles on the other six that will be linked here.]

1.      The Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon Him [Jesus]

2.      The Spirit of wisdom [ also known as 7 pillars of wisdom]

3.      and understanding

4.      The Spirit of counsel

5.      and might

6.      The Spirit of knowledge

7.      and of the fear of the Lord.

The Seven Spirits of the Lord

7. Four living creatures full of eyes in front and in back, each with six wings full of eyes, surround the throne.

6 Before the throne there was a sea of glass, like crystal. And in the midst of the throne, and around the throne, were four living creatures full of eyes in front and in back. 7 The first living creature was like a lion, the second living creature like a calf, the third living creature had a face like a man, and the fourth living creature was like a flying eagle. 8 The four living creatures, each having six wings, were full of eyes around and within. And they do not rest day or night, saying:

“Holy, holy, holy,
Lord God Almighty,
Who was and is and is to come!”

9 Whenever the living creatures give glory and honor and thanks to Him who sits on the throne, who lives forever and ever, 10 the twenty-four elders fall down before Him who sits on the throne and worship Him who lives forever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying:

You are worthy, O Lord, To receive glory and honor and power; For You created all things, And by Your will, they exist and were created.”––Rev. 4:6-11 Click to Tweet

Full of Eyes in Front and in Back

Full of eyes symbolizes unceasing watchfulness 24/7. God is El Roi [The God Who Sees]. He knows your name. sees where you are and knows the thoughts and intents of your heart.

Six Wings

Six wings could mean they are searching the earth for those who are watchmen and women as they are––interceding in prayer and worship to Almighty God and who are filled with the seven-fold Spirit of God and living in supernatural abundance as overcomers––in spirit, soul, and body.

Likewise, they could also be searching for people who are hungry to be filled with the sevenfold Holy Spirit so they can alert Jesus to them. For it is Jesus who does the filling, as we will see.

It is their voices in this passage that is the first of twenty chorales that praise the holiness, omnipotence, and eternity of God. They are the highest-ranking celestial beings and interpret the meaning of many of the visions throughout Revelation.[iii]

These four types of cherubim suggest majestic courage––lion, strength––calf, intelligence––man and speed––eagle, in the service of the Creator. They resemble the beings Ezekiel and Isaiah saw.

Who is That One God on the Throne Again?

What are the 7 Spirits of God Key to Supernatural Life as a Christian“And I (John) looked, and behold, in the midst of the throne and of the four living creatures, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as though it had been slain, having seven horns [meaning complete and perfect power] and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent out into all the earth” (Revelation 5:6 NKJV).

The time had come to open the first of the seven seals that starts the tribulation in the next chapter. No one was found worthy to open the scroll and John began to cry. An elder said to John, “Do not weep, Behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David (Jesse), has prevailed to open the scroll and to loose its seven seals.”

Then He (Jesus, the Lamb of God) took the scroll out of the right hand of Him (God the Father) who sat on the throne as the four living creatures and twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each with a harp and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints. And they sang a new song, saying:

“You are worthy to take the scroll,

And to open its seals,

For You were slain,

And have redeemed us to God by Your blood.

Out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation,

And have made us kings and priests to our God.

And we shall reign on the earth.”

The Holy Spirit of the Lord always lifts up the name of Jesus Christ. He never brings attention to Himself. Holy Spirit is the gift, and Jesus is the giver.

Notice how the Lamb Jesus sent out the seven spirits into all the earth. He is continually doing so and desires to send ALL of heaven to earth, “Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven” as the Lord’s Prayer says. Have you received the seven spirits of God?

How can you be baptized with the seven spirits of God for a supernatural life?

John the Baptist told his disciples, “Jesus will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire” (Matthew3:11). That happened on the day of Pentecost when heaven came down with EVERYTHING in the throne room “when suddenly there came a sound from heaven like the rushing [wind] of a violent tempest blast, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. And there appeared to them tongues resembling fire, which were separated and distributed and which settled on each one of them. And they were all filled…” (Acts 2:2-3 Amplified).

Likewise, if you want to have power to  live the Christian life successfully, you must believe the words of Jesus:

“You shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth” (Acts 1:8 NASB).

All you have to do is ASK Jesus. We have not because we ask not. Jesus will gladly anoint you with the oil from the seven lamps from the throne room and fill your heart and soul with that oil and fire! He cannot do that if you do not seek Him.

Now is the time to get a good study Bible if you can, as the one listed in the footnotes. I challenge you to read the book of Revelation. [Don’t miss chapter 13.]

“Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of this prophecy and keep those things which are written in it; for the time is near” (Rev. 1:3).

I’d like to give you my booklet.

Eyes Wide Open shows exactly how to receive by faith, the Holy Spirit, which I now refer to as the Seven-fold Holy Spirit. I want Him in all His fullness, don’t you?

This booklet takes 69 Scriptures and weaves the jest of them into a conversation between Mr. Holy Spirit, Jesus and me. The Spirit of the LORD gave this message to me in 1980 when I saw, in my spirit, Holy Spirit walk into my front door on a red carpet. I immediately sat down to record it all on an old black, upright typewriter. I could hardly type fast enough to keep up with the words as they came.

If you have already downloaded it as a pdf file, you may want to download it again. It is now available for you at the button below for the Kindle, iBooks, Nook apps and so much more. You will forever KNOW in your heart that Jesus is ALIVE!

Get ready for a supernatural, powerful life as Jesus is releasing upon the whole earth the Spirit of the LORD with the Fear of the Lord complete with the other five spirits!

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[i] New Spirit-Filled Life Bible, New King James Version, Executive Editor, Jack W. Hayford, Litt.D., Thomas Nelson 2002, 1823
[ii] Ibid.
[iii] New Spirit-Filled Life Bible, New King James Version, Executive Editor, Jack W. Hayford, Litt.D., Thomas Nelson 2002, 1824. I highly recommend this Bible if you don’t have a good study Bible.

There is Power in the Blood of Jesus! Why Can’t We Get That In Our Mouth?

There is Power in the Red Blood of Jesus

This week I was invited to join a private Facebook group called RED DOOR FRAMES FOR PASSOVER. We were invited to decorate our front door frames in red ribbon, cloth, paper, anything to SIGNIFY the POWER in the blood of Jesus – the Lamb.

The group had 77,000 members when I joined. One hour later, it had 87,000. Yesterday, the number was 277,069. Today it is 295,308.

People can also ask for prayer in the group, and they have — many from Covid-19 hospitalizations. Many have been healed!! One man posted and said, “I just asked Jesus to forgive me of my sins and I asked Him into my heart. I know my life will be so different from here on.” The great awakening is here folks!

I have also joined a free training called 4:14 Challenge – named for Esther 4:14, where Esther was called for such a time as this. We are also here not just by chance. God has a very unique and personalized reason for us being alive right now – especially among this Covid-19 plague. The reason has to do with the BLOOD.

THERE IS POWER IN THE BLOOD OF JESUS, THE LAMB OF GOD

Red Door at Passover

Here’s the reason I’m writing you today: in the RED DOOR FRAMES FOR PASSOVER group I never saw a prayer in response to very dire circumstances with Covid-19 that mentioned the blood of Jesus or the name of Jesus – a very group about the blood and the Passover which is to be an everlasting memorial to all generations, a sign.

We must understand the power in the blood. We must understand how to appropriate the blood over ourselves, over our families, city and nation. The revivals in times past were marked by the POWER in the blood. People learned to apply, or to plead the blood of Jesus. It made all the difference. Healing ensued and people were drawn to Jesus.

Do you remember the song we used to sing in church, “There is power, power, wonder working power, in the blood, of the Lamb”? I’ve tried to stress this throughout my book and told the story of my friend Janice and how her aunt taught her to do this – by using her mouth to say, “I plead the blood of Jesus in this nook and in this crannie” throughout her whole house.

You may have already read her story. The demonic activity in her house left and she and her husband accepted Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord.

TODAY IS PASSOVER #3333 of the Blood of Jesus – April 9, 2020

Passover began last night and will run for seven days. This year it will also align with Easter Sunday, on the twelfth.

3333 years ago, was the first Passover. This is when the death angel passed over the children of Israel’s homes where they had struck the door frames of their houses with the blood of a perfect lamb. This act was in obedience to the Lord through Moses.

This was the last of ten plagues the Lord brought upon Egypt in order to bring his children out of bondage and into the promised land. Pharaoh’s heart was hardened during the first nine plagues and would not allow the Israelites to leave with Moses and his brother Aaron.

But, after this last plague, on the night the children of Israel ate the Passover meal with the whole roasted firstborn, perfect lamb, all the firstborn children of Egypt died. BUT the death angel passed over the homes of the Israelites.

WHY did the death angel pass over their homes? Because of the BLOOD – the blood of the Lamb – the Lamb without blemish who was to come years later – Jesus Christ!

PHARAOH – THE ENEMY – FINALLY QUIT FIGHTING

After the death of the firstborn, Pharaoh said, “Rise, go out from among my people, both you and the children of Israel. And go serve the LORD AS YOU HAVE SAID. Also take your flocks and your herds, AS YOU HAVE SAID, and be gone; and bless me also” (Exodus 12: 31-32).

AS YOU HAVE SAID!

 

AS YOU HAVE SAID!

 

As believers, we have been given authority in Jesus Christ. We are in Him, and He is us. Our words carry great weight. As we align our mouths with His words and speak them in faith believing, we will see answers;

we will see miracles;

we will see the supernatural every day of our lives.

I’m leaving you this Passover day with an article that shows . . . how to appropriate the blood of Jesus over ourselves and families; how our church did this and how God showed up; how to pray over our children, family and property to see supernatural miracles.

Another interesting thing to note is that since this *Corona virus outbreak, my article about how to get the crown of righteousness at the Rapture of the church has gotten a lot of traffic.

The other crown articles I wrote all last year are gaining ground, too. As the virus is noted for having a crown, it seems to me that Satan is trying to take our crown. Will you stand against him with the blood of Jesus?

May I offer you a BLOOD OF JESUS challenge?

The next time you see a prayer request that grabs your heart, instead of saying merely “prayers,” and keep scrolling, take the time to write out your short prayer, something like, “Be healed in the name and in the blood of Jesus Christ.” Let your words speak. Let your words be powerful. Let your words bring victory. Be an overcomer in Jesus’ name!

“Behold, I am coming quickly! Hold fast what you have; that no one may take your crown” (Revelation 3:11).

“And they overcame him (Satan) by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their own lives to the death” (Revelation 12:11). These are the captured, raptured saints in heaven.


*Corona means the part of the body, the crown of the head; a white or colored circle or set of concentric circles of light seen around a luminous body, especially around the sun or moon.

Why Can't We Get in Our Heart and Mouths the Blood of Jesus?

 

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Many Are the Afflictions of the Righteous and What We Can Learn From Them

When adversity comes, knocks, strikes, and hits down your door

My husband and I recently made a beautiful ascent into Jerusalem onto the Mount of Olives (where Jesus’ feet will one day land) that descended past the Garden of Gethsemane where Jesus prayed before His afflictions and crucifixion. The steep path led into the Kidron Valley that led up to the Eastern Gate through which He will return to the city.

I’ve documented our trip with images and explanations on my Facebook page: C.R.O.W.N. Calling Real Ordinary [Wo]men NOW. That’s about all I’ve done business/ministry wise in the last four months since we left for Israel in October.

We soon learned that a descending of afflictions into the valley follows an ascending

Jerusalem is a city built on the mountains. So, to go out from Jerusalem, the disciples had to go down. They had to go down the mountain. So, to send them out from Jerusalem was to send them down from Jerusalem. Just as important as it is to ascend the mountain is to descend it. In fact, that’s the direction of ministry . . . down the mountain (Jonathan Cahn, The Book of Mysteries, (Charisma House Book Group 2016, pg. 325).

Our traveling plans were to return home through Germany to see our daughter and family at their Army post. She had warned us that they were on the top fourth floor of their apartment building. They had missed getting into a house four months prior when they moved there. But it didn’t matter that they had no elevator, because Jim and I were both afflicted that whole week.

After arriving home, I discovered I had double pneumonia; Jim had ear and sinus problems. Six weeks after I recovered, I was able to care for my sister who had a hip replacement and get ready for Christmas for our children. A couple days later, I went for a walk and then another sudden affliction hit me…a complication from the pneumonia which put me on a breathing machine three times per day for thirty days. Today is the first day off that contraption!

During this trying time, I tried to pray which was hard since energy was out the door. But, one morning I heard in my spirit, “Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all.” How encouraging that was! I looked it up in my Bible:

“The Lord is near to those who have a broken heart; and saves such as have a contrite spirit. Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all” (Psalm 34:18-19 NKJV). Click to Tweet

Many are the Afflictions of the Righteous with free arrows and shield laminate

What is the Definition of Affliction?

To afflict is a general term and applies to the causing of pain and suffering. To afflict means to cast down; to strike; humble; overthrow; to distress so severely as to cause persistent suffering or anguish; trouble; injure; torment.

Afflictions are the state of being afflicted; the cause of persistent pain or distress; great suffering.

What strikes me about this definition is that a “cast sheep” is one that has turned over on its back due to outside sources. Because it’s heavy with lamb and wool, it cannot turn over on its own. Without the shepherd’s help, it will die. To be enlightened how we are like sheep, go to>>  Sheep of the Lord and Jehovah Rohi

Where Do Afflictions Come From and Why?

The Bible shows where adversity comes from and why most clearly in the book and story of Jōb.

Jōb lived in the land of Uz with his wife, seven sons and three daughters. He was a righteous man, who was blameless, honored God and shunned evil. He was blessed by God with material wealth: seven thousand sheep, three thousand camels, five hundred yoke of oxen and five hundred donkeys, and a large number of servants.

One day when the angels came to report to God, Satan, who was the Designated Accuser, came along with them. God singled out Satan and said, “What have you been up to?”

Satan answered God, “Going here and there, checking things out on earth.”

God said to Satan, “Have you noticed my friend Jōb? There’s no one quite like him—honest and true to his word, totally devoted to God and hating evil.”

Satan retorted, “So do you think Jōb does all that out of the sheer goodness of his heart? Why, no one ever had it so good! You pamper him like a pet, make sure nothing bad ever happens to him and his family or his possessions, bless everything he does— he can’t lose!

“But what do you think would happen if you reached down and took away everything that is his? He’d curse you right to your face, that’s what.”

God replied, “We’ll see. Go ahead—do what you want with all that is his. Just don’t hurt him.” Then Satan left the presence of God.”—Job 1:6-12 The Message

Ruins of Jerusalem with text overlay of How to Find Deliverance from Adversity and Afflictions

 

 

 

 

If you are going through a difficult time right now, you will want to go HERE to read this full story. The story of Jōb will help you like no other. It guided me at our most difficult days years ago. It shows what is going on behind the scenes where Satan brings disaster upon Jōb by taking away everything he owns except his wife. Eventually, his own body is struck with painful boils.

Job’s three ‘friends’ came to see him. They accused him and his adult children of sin and criticized him for days. Never did they pray for him.

Job gets so frustrated that he said, “I’m going directly to God for answers.” Of course, this is exactly what God wanted to hear >> The Story of Job.

We will look at four principles this story teaches us about suffering, adversity and afflictions, and what God is doing by filtering through His great big hands what Satan wants to bring against us––and how we can overcome.

Why Face Adversity?

Although Job was angry with his friends, one thing they did do was to put some fight into him. Would Job have given in to his afflictions and let them get the best of him if they had not troubled him more? We don’t know, but Job did learn to face his adversity. And, in doing so, He overcame.

Do you know of someone who lays down in the face of troubles and gives in to every blow that comes along and are always sick, having surgery or are perpetually distressed? They live by their emotions, and only what they can see, feel, taste, touch and only what the doctor says about them.

The first step to overcome is to face it by going to the Great Physician to see what He says about it, rather than what friends say. Facing adversity takes courage and means FIGHTING to overcome.

The Lord delivers those from afflictions who not only fight the spiritual battle, the good fight of faith, but they know God by knowing His Word; it’s not automatic and takes a lot of effort, but it’s so worth it.

Through Job’s story, we learn these four principles:

Afflictions Help Us See God and Know Who God Is

Flowers with text overlay of Jeremiah 30:17

1.      God is sovereign. We cannot understand his working through rational thinking alone.

When we want to ask, “Why God, why me?” we must remind ourselves that God sees the big picture of what He hopes to accomplish through our lives. Job took his complaints directly to God and God answered him. Bottom line: Job realized how small he was and how big God was and that there was a purpose in his whole ordeal.

The Lord had asked Job to listen to Him and give Him some answers. Listen closely to Job’s reply, for this is the purpose of all suffering: “My ears had heard of you but now my eyes have seen you. Therefore, I despise myself and repent in dust and ashes” (Job 42:5-6 NIV). Click to Tweet

2.      God’s will toward us is good – always God is good.

God really is near to those going through adversity. He always makes His presence known – when we are looking to Him and His word.

After many weeks of weakness, I pulled out my ARROWS SWORD & SHIELD (a 5 x 7 laminate) that I made after previous difficulties. I spoke these Scriptures over myself out loud declaring His promises as already fulfilled while thanking God for strength and healing although I didn’t feel like it.

The next morning during my one hour of computer time of scheduling pins for my Pinterest business, SEVEN times this Scripture crossed my vision:

“For I will restore health to you and heal you of your wounds,” says the Lord (Jeremiah 30:17). Click to Tweet

God always cares and will communicate His care to his children.

3. Afflictions Bring Growth in Humility and Reveal His Divine Purposes

We can focus on our innocence and question God’s justice as Job did, or we can grow in humility and wait for God to reveal Himself and His purposes for us.

The Lord spoke to Job and answered his questions. Job replied, “I’m convinced: You can do anything and everything. Nothing and no one can upset your plans. You asked, ‘Who is this muddying the water, ignorantly confusing the issue, second-guessing my purposes?’ I admit. I was the one. I babbled on about things far beyond me, made small talk about wonders way over my head” (Job 42:1-3 Msg).

Job found that God did not have a list of offenses against him, but his only offense was his complaints against God during the suffering. He knew God had to have had a purpose, and now he knew what it was: “I admit I once lived by rumors of you, now I have it all firsthand—from my own eyes and ears!” (Job 42:5 Msg).

4.  Afflictions Make Us Stronger and Build Character

The testing of our faith is an individual, personal testing.

At times uncontrollable forces will come against us. Family, friends, health, houses and job, and other sources of strength may be taken away leaving us seemingly ALONE in the battle. It’s in this ALONENESS, however, that we must hear God’s voice rather than the voice of others.

We must trust God alone to fill our voids and return us to victory. After Job did this, God asked him to pray for his friends; in doing so he had to forgive them, and Job was healed. God restored double to him of all he lost, and he was now on the road to be able to comfort others as he had been comforted by God alone (2 Cor. 1:4).

Who Can Overcome Afflictions?

We know the righteous will be delivered as Psalm 34: 19 says, but what about non-Christians? Does God hear their prayers, too? My friend Janice was married at seventeen years of age. Her husband tried unsuccessfully to drown her when she was pregnant. At the birth of her daughter, the doctor announced, “You will never take this baby home. She has only half a liver.”

But, Janice, not yet a Christian, did what James 5:13 says to do, “Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray.” She went out into the hallway to call her sister to pray for her. A woman appeared beside her and voiced the prayer over the phone. To read this miraculous story go HERE to learn how Jehovah Rapha healed her baby.

How Can Suffering and Afflictions be Overcome?

Barbara Watts suffered from multiple sclerosis. It hit her while she was witnessing to a friend. Her story shows how perseverance and the Word of God brought her miracle from this incurable disease. And it all happened in a church that did not believe in divine healing. Here is her story of faith>> What Does the Mature Bride Look Like?

God is Jehovah Rapha [The Lord our Healer]. Over and over again I’ve seen miracles of healing from my past, in our marriage and with our children––mentally, physically, spiritually and emotionally. Here is my story of learning about faith and how to pray for family and friends: Because God is Jehovah-Rapha I Am Healed

What Current Afflictions Are Teaching Me

I’ve realized that my old habit of a performance mentality is not dead. Early in my marriage, I unknowingly felt I needed to work to gain God’s approval and was unable to see myself as God saw me. I’ve written about that in My Red Umbrella Story.

With all that needs to be done with a Web site and business/ministry, I’ve lately let that wrong attitude gain mastery in my life at the exclusion of other more important things.

Over these last few months, and without ‘my’ help, God has demonstrated that He doesn’t need my help (but he wants me and loves me). He has brought a 279% increase in traffic to my site with six times more organic browser searches. If I’d not been absolutely prevented from writing more posts and doing other ‘marketing’ things I would not have known that.

I’ve determined not to make any more deadlines of my time with the Lord so I can “get on the computer.” I will not merely throw a kiss to Jesus from a distance, and I commit myself to spend more time with Him in His Word and in prayer.

I’ve repented and  made a quality decision to do only what He says when He says and how He says––having descended the mountain into the valley where other people are.

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Revelation 2:2-5 (NKJV)

“I know your works, your labor, your patience, and that you cannot [b]bear those who are evil. And you have tested those who say they are apostles and are not and have found them liars; and you have persevered and have patience and have labored for My name’s sake and have not become weary.

“Nevertheless, I have this against you, that you have left your first love.  Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works, or else I will come to you quickly and remove your lampstand from its place—unless you repent.”

May I Pray with You?

I’m closing with more Scriptures about affliction, but if you’d like me to pray with you, please post a comment below.

Scriptures about Afflictions:

Psalm 34:17-20 ESV

When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears and delivers them out of all their troubles. The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit. Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all. He keeps all his bones; not one of them is broken.

2 Corinthians 12:9 ESV

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

Romans 8:18 ESV

For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.

Romans 5:3-4 ESV

More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope,

Psalm 119:71 ESV

It is good for me that I was afflicted, that I might learn your statutes.

James 5:11 ESV

Behold, we consider those blessed who remained steadfast. You have heard of the steadfastness of Job, and you have seen the purpose of the Lord, how the Lord is compassionate and merciful.

Romans 8:28 ESV

And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.

2 Corinthians 4:17 ESV

For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison,

Psalm 22:24 ESV

For he has not despised or abhorred the affliction of the afflicted, and he has not hidden his face from him, but has heard, when he cried to him.