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Job 1.1 +

Job 1.1

“There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job;

that man was perfect & upright & one that feared God & eschewed evil.”

 

“…There is no holiness & no happiness in heaven…which does not admit of a growth

except the holiness & happiness of God himself…”

– John Fletcher

 

How would you describe your relationship with God the Father, God the Son, & God the Holy Spirit? You may have met a governor, a president. You knew they existed before you met; you knew afterward they were real. But you said little to them, they said little to you & may not have remembered your name. By heavenly contrast you can meet God & forever after know Him, sense His presence, can ask His advice. Are you close to God? Or do you know Him like you “know” the governor? You can DO better than that. – 7/18/20

 

“…Your just grief vents itself in tears:

your zeal for God is attended with a proper anger at sin…”

– John Fletcher

 

Christianity does not require that you forfeit your individuality. In fact, the man with full salvation is more of an “individual” than he was before he was sanctified. God loves the individuality He Himself created. – 7/18/20

 

MORE THAN THESE

Love God more than you do parent, husband/wife or child.

Love Him when life is calm, & quiet, & mild

When your horizon is not crowded by a storm

When things are near to if not at a “norm”

Then when life turns you up on your head

When you know you’ll soon be dead

That main issue your relationship with God

Is ready. You’re ready to slip beneath the sod

Because it’s settled – God is Who you love the most

The Father, the Son, the Blessed Holy Ghost. – eab, 7/18/18

 

If you want to be known as a “scholar” (while live or after you’re dead) please check to see if sin “lieth at the door.” If you’re goal is to be known as a “spiritual giant” take a look at that desire – pride lurks near. I believe the churches which adhere to the doctrine of heart purity have more scholars & spiritual giants than we appear to have. (If my guess is right that’s good.) And I would that more people would become scholarly & saintly but the desire *to be know* as such is often (if not always) carnal. – 7/18/20

 

“…My judgment is, that as you will not be likely to attaint to correct speech all in a hurry, & your friends may die will you are learning your grammar & rhetoric, you had better tell of Jesus according to your present ability.”

– Charles Spurgeon

 

2Ti 2.15

“Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed,

rightly dividing the word of truth.”

 

TV & its siblings (by whatever “techy title”) have done more to conform people to this world than any instrument. True for sinners. True for “worldly christians.” Paul was as serious (IMO) as he was in any place when he told the Romans “…Be not conformed to this world…”(12.2). TV et al. has influenced: 1.) How people dress, 2.) How they talk, 3.) What actions people consider “normal” 4.) Attitudes people have about God, heaven, hell. I’m very grateful we did subject our children (or their children) to such. – 7/18/20

 

“If anyone does not refrain from the love of money, he will be defiled by idolatry

& so be judged as if he were one of the heathen.”

– Polycarp

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