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Jun 09, 2019 | Thad Key, Senior Pastor

Grace > Testing

Job 2:1-10

 

 Job 2:1-10

Grace is authenticated through the testing of your faith in God who oversees the good and bad in your life

Grace is Greater than Testing Because…

Grace is Authenticated through Testing (2:1-6) 

Satan is “the accuser” whose constant accusations are designed to bring guilt and condemnation into your life (2:1; Rev. 12:10).

Satan is the antagonist of God’s will on the “earth” who inflicts, pain, suffering, and death (2:2; Acts 26:18; Heb. 2:14).

Your life is not your own as God possesses the right to bring testing into your life for his glory and your good (2:3; Roms. 8:28, 11:36; 1 Cor. 6:9-10).

“You have been grieved by various trials so that the tested genuineness of your faith-more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire-may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.” -1 Peter 1:7

Exceptionality as God’s servant begins with who you are internally-“fears God”-and then translates into how you live your life externally-“turns away from evil” (2:3).

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“Simon, Simon, behold, Satan demanded to have you, that he might sift you like wheat, but I have prayed for you that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned again, strenghthen your brothers.” -Jesus to Peter in Luke 22:31-32

The accuser wagers that self-preservation will cause Job to give “all” that he has to save his own “life” (2:4).

Satan’s desire in testing is for you to “curse” God by walking away from your faith in Jesus (2:5; 1:11; 3:1; 1 Tim. 4:1; 2 Tim. 4:3-4; 2 Pet. 3:17).

“Take care, brothers, lest there be in any of you an evil, unbelieving heart, leading you to fall away from the living God.”-Hebrews 3:12

How to Receive Greater Grace…

1) Realize Your Faith Will Be Tested

“Though now for a little while...you have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come to prove the genuineness of your faith...”-1 Peter 1:6-7

The faith that fizzles and then folds before the finish is a false faith (Matt. 24:13; Col. 1:23; Heb. 10:23).

2) Grow in Grace’s Reality

“Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you.”-1 Peter 4:12

Having grace will not lead to less suffering but more suffering as you live your life ready for Satan to strike you at the least expected time and in the most damaging way.

Grace is Greater than Testing Because…

Grace Upholds You through Depression (2:7-8)

Sickness, disease, pain, and suffering can result from Satan seeking to test your faith in the Lord (2:7-8)

The “sores” of Job produced loss of appetite (3:24), depression (3:24-25), worms in the boils (7:5), hardened skin (7:5), choking (7:15), difficulty in breathing (9:18), foul breath (19:17), weight loss (19:20), continual pain (30:17), diarrhea (30:27), blackened skin (30:30), and fever (30:30). 

“His flesh is so wasted away that it cannot be seen, and his bones that were not seen stick out.” -Elihu, Job’s friend, in Job 33:21

Satan is allowed to afflict people with God’s permission as he works sickness and disease to ravage the bodies of the unsuspecting to the point of death (Lk. 13:16; John. 8:44; Acts 10:38; Rev. 2:10).

The test of severe suffering can lead to depression and doubt in God’s plan and purposes in your life (2:8). 

How to Receive Greater Grace…

1) Believe Testing Produces Future Faith

“Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance...” - Romans 5:2-3

The testing of your faith in the present is designed to strengthen your faith into the future.

2) Experience Grace’s Power and Strength

The testing of sickness and disease teach you to trust in God’s provision of grace throughout your suffering (2 Cor. 12:7-10).

“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. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”

-2 Corinthians 12:8-10

Grace is Greater than Testing Because… 

Grace Embraces the Testing (2:9-10)

Grace prevents you from suicidal self-destruction because your temptation in testing is to “curse God” by surrendering your “integrity” (2:9).

Buckling in her faith, Job’s wife is an accomplice of Satan as she is unable to cope with having lost her children, her possessions and the potential of losing her husband (2:9)

God is sovereign over everything-both “good” and “evil”-in your life because he works all things after the counsel of his will (2:10; Acts 14:22; Eph. 2:11; Phil. 1:29).

“See now that I, even I, am he, and there is no god beside me; I kill and I make alive; I wound and I heal; and there is none that can deliver out of my hand.”

-The Lord in Deuteronomy 32:39

How to Receive Greater Grace...

1) Know God’s Purpose in Testing

“Fow we were so utterly burdened beyond our strength that we despaired of life itself. Indeed, we felt that we had received the sentence of death. But that was to 

make us rely not on ourselves but on God who raises the dead.”

-2 Corinthians 2:8-9

Satan desires to “shipwreck” your faith in God and his will for your life but God’s purpose is to fortify your faith (1 Tim. 1:19).

2) Trust God’s Faithfulness through Testing

“The Lord will rescue me from every evil deed and bring me safely into his heavenly kingdom. To him be the glory forever and ever, amen.”-2 Timothy 4:18

Whatever tests you are facing, if you have God’s grace your future is secure.

Challenge: Do I have the grace and faith that endures testing?

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