Good Deeds

Text: Job 31:24-32

Key Verse: “The stranger did not lodge in the street: but I opened my doors to the traveller” (Job 31:32)

In all ages, men and women had obtained God’s favour through their good deeds unto others. Abraham and Sarah got the son of promise by entertaining holy angels. Rahab and her household were saved by Israel’s army because she protected the spies sent to Jericho, and many other instances in the Bible.

Job was a righteous man who went through trying times. This was because God allowed Satan to afflict him to try his faith. God’s testimony concerning Job was that “there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil?” (Job 1:8).

In his trials, Job’s commitment was confronted by his wife. His friends, who came to comfort him also passed as miserable counselors. He remained faithful to God and maintained his integrity.

Job remained conscious of the truth that God will judge every sin, and so he was always ready to be examined. In the passage above, Job drew attention to some issues of personal attitude to wealth and his fellow men. He addressed them by five “ifs” as part of the 21 “ifs” in the whole chapter.

Friend, as you look at yourself today and consider your life, how do you stand before these ‘ifs’ of Job? Job spoke of his integrity and righteousness, opened himself to God’s examination and acknowledged that punishment from the Judge awaited him if he had done wrong.

God takes pleasure in righteousness and punishes evil. If we judge ourselves, God will not judge us (1 Corinthians 11:31). How is your relationship with God? What is your attitude to wealth - silver, gold, houses, etc.? What is your attitude to your fellowmen, especially those that have offended you?

Job was adjudged righteous because he loved God, feared Him, walked uprightly and avoided evil. If you will please God, you should follow the steps of Job.

Thought For You: One good turn deserves many others.

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Quiet Spaces

In these quiet spaces,
I become temporarily deaf
to the meaningless noises
that seek to define me.

In these quiet spaces,
my soul is nourished;
surrounded by silence,
my spirit soars upward.

In these quiet spaces,
my focus turns inward,
knowing that His Presence
is co-mingled with mine.

In these quiet spaces,
the renewing of my mind
occurs as my life, is…
humbled before Him.

In these quiet spaces,
His divine, sacred wind
envelops my frail essence
with indescribable peace. 

In these quiet spaces,
consumed by His Presence,
I sense undeniable power
of God’s authentic Love.

Author Notes
Inspired by:
Matt 6:1,6; Rom 12:1-2; Jam 4:8;
Heb 13:15-16; Psa 46:10; Phil 4:7

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By Joseph J. Breunig 3rd, © 2014, All rights reserved
Joseph Breunig, Author/poet
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God's Word In Our Hearts

TEXT: PSALM 119:9-16

The success of any believer in his work with and service for the Lord is inseparably linked to his closeness to the word of God. Examples in the Scriptures confirm this cornerstone of our relationship with God. The children of Israel were expressly commanded by God. “As these words which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart …” (Deuteronomy 6:6). Joshua was also told: “This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth … and then thou shall have good success” (Joshua 1:8). Our strength and security will be realized when the word of God dwells in us. It is for this purpose every believer must meditate upon the word of God daily. The busy Christian who cannot spend time with God’s word will soon be entrapped by the cunning devices of the enemy.

The more time we spend in God’s word, the more the word stays in our heart. God’s word in our heart will control our actions and thoughts. It will lead us in His perfect way and strengthen us to carry out His will daily. It endears our hearts to the things of God and gives us victory over sin. God’s word in our hearts is our arsenal when the devil comes with his temptations. Our Lord Jesus Christ used this weapon against the devil in His temptation in the wilderness. With no Bible around us, we can defeat the devil as we quote to him the word of God abiding in us.

To have the word of God dwell in our hearts, first, we must hear the word. Every opportunity we have to listen to the word of God at the church services, crusades, retreats, seminars, etc., must be profitably used. Whatever will cause distractions at such times must be done away with.

Second, we must give ourselves to studying and reading the Word. Time must be created for this. True believers treasure the word of God and will endeavor to have at all times a good complete Bible and not just a portion of it. It is a priceless treasure.

Third, we must endeavor to understand what we read. God has given us in the church, leaders who can explain to us any difficult passage. We also have opportunity to ask questions during the Search the Scripture sessions and at House Fellowship. A good Bible dictionary and concordance are also helpful in understanding the Scripture.

Fourth, we must meditate on the word. We must try to find out what the Lord is teaching us about Himself and concerning our life. The application of the Scripture should not be transferred to someone else but to our very life.

Fifth, we must practice or observe to do what we know in the word of God and regulate everything we do by the word of God. This is the evidence that the word of God is dwelling in us and that we are controlled by His word.

Every day, we hear the confusing deceptive words of men; false prophets who speak words that lead people astray. Satan himself is ever busy whispering his lies into the hearts of saints and unstable souls. If we are to overcome all these adversaries, the word of God must abide in our hearts.

I hope you were blessed by this. May the grace and peace of the Lord be with you. Feel free to share and leave your comments. God bless you!

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