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Living the Life of Job -Job 19:25 Devotional

Living the Life of Job Job 19:25

Do you feel like you’re living the life of Job? Then take heart because Job’s story is one of great triumph! So, in this Job 19:25 devotional, we will read about the Life of Job. His story is one of the most inspirational in the Old Testament. And we’ll learn how his life can be a reflection of our own even in the modern world we live in.

What is the meaning of Job 19:25?

For I know that my Redeemer lives,
And He shall stand at last on the earth;

                                               Job 19:25 NKJV

A few years ago, God told me that I would live the life of Job. Now, that’s a pretty big pill to swallow! And if I’m completely honest, I wasn’t thrilled with the news. No one wants the life of Job, because everything he had was taken from him.

True to His word, God has followed through on His “life of Job” promise to me. I have faced many trials in my life. Loved ones have been taken from me either through death or through broken relationships, my livelihood has diminished, my health has suffered and my faith has been tested.

I can see the parallels between Job’s life and mine. And I find myself referring back to the book of Job for inspiration often. With everything that Job went through, it would’ve been easy for him to curse God as his wife told him to and no one would have blamed him for it. (Job 2:9) But Job trusted God and refused to curse Him no matter what circumstance God placed him in. When everything seemed lost, Job said, “The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; Blessed be the name of the Lord.” (v. 1:21) This kind of resolute belief Job had, inspires me to get up, keep moving forward and remain faithful to God no matter what circumstance I’m in.

God has allowed my faith to be tested, just as He allowed Job’s to be tested. But He didn’t do it to hurt me. He did it to bless me and teach me the lessons I need to know as I move forward in my life. And with each trial and lesson God has shown me His plan and will for my life in a way I couldn’t see before.

Proverbs 17:3 says “The refining pot is for silver and the furnace for gold, but the Lord tests the hearts.” In this scripture, we learn that God allows us to go through trials and He tests our hearts. But He doesn’t do it as some kind of punishment. He knows what is ahead and He is preparing us for it. He is refining us like silver or gold, melting us down to our core, taking the impurities out of our lives, and leaving us with all of the good that He has in store for us.

Yes, Job faced many hardships and he was tested. But the lesson that I take away from reading the book of Job is not one of defeat. It’s a story of great faith and triumph over adversity. Through it all, God was there right next to him. He never left Job. He was Job’s mediator and ultimately his redeemer.

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By sending Jesus to die for our sins, God has given us a redeemer and mediator. Right now, this very moment, He is seated at the right hand of God interceding on our behalf. (Romans 8:34) When we face trials and our faith is tested, we can have complete confidence that Jesus is still there, in the fight with us.

It’s been a few years now that I’ve been living the life of Job. It’s been a hard path, full of unexpected twists and turns. But, when it seems that the world is against me, I can take comfort in knowing that Jesus is always for me. No matter what comes my way, I can face the future with confidence because… I know my Redeemer lives!

If you are facing a trial in your life today, I pray this Job 19:25 devotional has helped you see God’s grace in your life. And that you will turn to Jesus and trust in Him. He loves you and wants to refine you like the silver and gold that you are. To find out more about Accepting Jesus as your Savior, click on this link or go to the Accepting Jesus tab above. Cast your cares on Him, because He cares for you. (1 Peter 5:7) God bless!

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Abide in the Love of Christ John 15:9-11

Abide in the Love of Christ John 15:9-11

In this devotional, we’ll read John 15:9-11 and learn how to abide in the love of Christ. And how this Bible Verse is a reflection of God’s unconditional love for all Christians.

What does it mean to abide in the love of Christ?

The word abide isn’t used very often in our modern vocabulary. But it’s a word that sparks my imagination. When I hear it, I think of cozy family dinners or intimate conversations with close friends.

And I would like to think my relationship with Jesus is just as cozy and intimate. I want to feel a real connection between us instead of living out a ritual I was taught as a young child.

So, how can we develop the close relationship we desire and abide in the love of Christ?

The words of Jesus in John chapter 15 tell us how…

As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in My love. If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love. These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full.

                                                        John 15:9-11 NKJV

 

Abide in My love meaning

The word abide means to continue, remain in, or dwell.

So, if we abide in Christ’s love, we make His love our dwelling place and remain with Him always. He is with us, and we are with Him.

And in the message of this scripture, we find three key points that teach us how to abide in Christ’s love and make Him our permanent dwelling place. Let’s look at each one together.

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Abiding Love

First, Jesus tells us He loves us just as the Father loves Him.

What an amazing gift to receive! Because the love the Father has for the Son is a perfect abiding love. It is faithful and true.

This perfect love abides with us too! It is an expression of who Jesus is to us, our Savior, Redeemer, and Friend.

The salvation we have through faith in Jesus is only possible because of His great abiding love for us!

And once we have the gift of salvation, Jesus sends the Holy Spirit to abide in us.

And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever— the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you.

                                                       John 14:16-17 NKJV

 

This is where abiding love comes full circle. The Father loved the Son and sent Him to save us. The Son loved us, so He came and died in our place. Then He asked the Father to send the Holy Spirit to dwell within us and become our Helper.

As we can clearly see, each part of the Trinity plays a part in the abiding love of Christ.

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Keep My Commandments

Second, Jesus explains, when we keep His commandments that’s when we abide or remain in His love.

If we are obedient to Christ and His teaching, then we can have the intimate relationship with Him we’re looking for.

I know, the idea of obedience is not a popular one these days. But to obey Jesus is to love Him. Let’s read this scripture about keeping His commandments.

Whoever keeps his commandments abides in God, and God in him. And by this we know that he abides in us, by the Spirit whom he has given us.

                                                    1 John 3:24 ESV

 

Again, the Holy Trinity is represented in full. We have God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit abiding all with us.

It’s a mutual relationship between the Trinity and the believer that starts with us being obedient to the teaching of our Savior. And it ends with the next part of the verse.

My joy may remain in you

Lastly, Jesus tells us, when we are obedient to Him, His joy will remain in us.

And Jesus doesn’t want to give us a little bit of joy. He wants to give us a full measure of it. His joy is a complete joy, overflowing with love and full of acceptance.

But to receive His joy, Jesus asks us to obey Him just as He obeyed the Father. Then we will have His joy just like in this Bible Verse…

I am coming to you now, but I say these things while I am still in the world, so that they may have the full measure of my joy within them.

John 17:13 NIV

This is the prayer Jesus prayed over His disciples. But He prayed it for us too. That we would have the full measure of His joy within us. And know the deep and abiding love He has for us every day.

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What is the importance of abiding in Christ?

A loving relationship with Jesus Christ is the most important thing we will ever have.

Yet, in the fast-paced modern world we live in, we can get caught up in chasing the things of this world and forget to be still and abide in the love of Christ.

But when we set aside worldly things and dwell in Him, we can truly experience what it means to abide in the love of Christ and have the fullness of joy through Him.

What is the meaning of abide in love?

Simply put, to abide in the love of Christ means to love Jesus and to be loved by Him. Just as the Father loved the Son, Jesus loves us. It sounds so easy yet seems so complicated.

Whatever you may be going through in life, Jesus wants you to continue to experience the joy of your salvation. And He wants to have a close and personal relationship with you.

So, I pray you will learn to obey the commandments of Jesus and understand what it means to follow Him in everything you do.

Then, through your obedience and love for Him, you will abide in the love of Christ and have the fullness of joy today!

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The Blood of Jesus -Luke 22:20

The Blood of Jesus Luke 22:20

Nothing But the Blood of Jesus

I grew up singing the song Nothing but the Blood of Jesus in church most Sundays. And I bet you did too. The lyrics of this song have a significant meaning to all Christians. It speaks to the power of the blood of Jesus. However, it’s not something I gave a lot of thought to until it was brought to my attention.

Recently, I was asked, “Why do you sing songs about the blood of Jesus in church? Isn’t it a little bit macabre to sing about blood?”

I admit, these questions jolted me out of my “Christian bubble”. It seems so normal to me to sing about the blood of Jesus. But it’s something we should think about and discuss in detail.

So, today I’d like to take you through some of the blood of Jesus scriptures that shed meaning on the significance of the blood of Christ.

 

What does Luke 22:20 mean?

 

This cup is a new covenant in My blood, which was shed for you.

                                                   Luke 22:20 NKJV

A few times each year we participate in the Lord’s Supper. Or if you’re Catholic you probably do it more often and call it Communion. Either way, it is the remembrance of the body and blood of Jesus.

In this Bible verse from Luke 22, Jesus commanded us to remember His sacrifice and the blood He shed for us on the cross through the Lord’s supper.

Because it’s by His blood sacrifice that we are redeemed and have victory over death.

But why do we need a blood sacrifice, to begin with?

Significance of Blood Sacrifice in the Old Testament

To understand the importance of the blood of Jesus, we need to look at the Old Testament covenant when people lived under the Law of Moses.

For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it to you upon the altar to make atonement for your souls; for it is the blood that makes atonement for the soul.

                                                    Leviticus 17: 11 NKJV

 

God has given blood a significant role to play in our lives. It has the power to atone for our sin.

And before Jesus came to earth, people were required to sacrifice animals for this atonement.

But this redemption was only temporary, and another sacrifice was required to stay within the grace of God.

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Importance of the Blood of Jesus

What does the blood of Jesus do for us? Why do we talk about it so much, even celebrate it? And why is His blood so important?

Because Blood = Life!

If there is no blood, then there is no life.

Just as it is true that without blood in our bodies we will die physically, the same is true, that without a blood sacrifice we will die spiritually.

But there is life in the blood of Jesus.

That’s why God sent Jesus to be our sacrifice. He died once and saved us from our sin permanently.

Not with the blood of goats and calves, but with His own blood, He entered the Most Holy Place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption.

                                                  Hebrews 9:12 NKJV

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Saved by the Blood of Jesus

When Jesus died on the cross a new covenant between God and His people was formed. We no longer live under Old Testament law, and we no longer need to sacrifice animals for our sins.

Under the blood of Jesus and this new covenant, our salvation comes directly from the blood sacrifice of Jesus. And one drop of His blood has the power to save us eternally!

 For by one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy.                                              

                                                Hebrews 10:14 NIV

 

Because Jesus is perfect, His sacrifice is also perfect. It doesn’t need to be repeated over and over again.

It is His selfless sacrifice on the cross that washes away our sin and gives us eternal life with Him.

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The Precious Blood of Jesus

 

For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect.

                                                  1 Peter 1:18-19 NIV

We were bought for a price. Not an earthy cost of silver or gold.

But with the precious blood of Jesus.

He is the Lamb who was slain for us. His precious blood flowing over us cleanses us of all unrighteousness and redeems us of all sin and shame.

Because of His sacrifice, we can call ourselves children of God!

The Blood that Jesus Shed for Me

The blood that Jesus shed is the only way to salvation. And all you need to do to share in this redemption is…

First, believe Jesus is the Son of God.

Second, know He died for your sins.

And lastly, accept Him as your Savior.

He has already done the rest!

Here’s how the Bible Verse from 1 John explains it…

But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.

If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

                                                   1 John 1:7-9 NKJV

If you are not a believer in Jesus, my prayer is for you to understand the sacrifice He made for your sins on the cross and see His great love for you today.

If want to know what the blood of Jesus can do in your life, or you have questions about what it means to accept Jesus as your Savior… please read “Accepting Jesus”.

You’ll find a list of scriptures that will answer your questions in this short devotional. I also encourage you to talk to a minister at a church in your area. I know they’ll be happy to explain anything I may have left out.

If you are saved, then I rejoice with you that you are redeemed. And your sins are forgiven and washed away by the blood of Jesus!

I pray you’ll be encouraged and uplifted today by this reminder of what the blood of Christ has done for you!

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How to Have Liberty in Christ – Galatians 5:1

How to Have Liberty in Christ Galatians 5:1

This time of year, my thoughts turn to how thankful I am for the independence that I experience as an American. But I also recognize the sacrifices that have been made by so many to ensure this freedom. President Ronald Reagan famously said, “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction.” His words have never been more poignant than right now when we are once again facing the possibility of war to secure a freedom that some seek to take away from us. Every day our men and women in uniform put their lives on the line for our liberty and for the values we hold dear as Americans. Independence Day is the time we set aside to support the ongoing efforts of our military. And to remember all of the freedoms we enjoy because of their sacrifice.

While I am reflecting on my liberty as an American, I also think about a more important kind of freedom I experience as a Christian. Jesus put His life on the line so that we could have everlasting liberty. He died to set us free, free from sin and free from the trappings of this world. It is only by His sacrifice that we can achieve this liberty.

Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage.
                                                             Galatians 5:1

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The Apostle Paul, tells us how to have liberty in Christ in three parts. So, let’s break it down and examine each one.

#1 Stand Fast…

We cannot lose our salvation in Christ. That is the most basic fact of our Christian faith. Even though we can’t lose our salvation, we are told many times in the Bible to stand fast or to stand firm in our beliefs. The world is knocking on our door, trying to cause us to back down. They don’t want us to stand up for what we believe. They want us to agree with their misguided thoughts, that they are right and we are wrong. But we can’t back down. We must always be ready to stand fast and stand up for our faith.

#2 the liberty by which Christ has made us free…

Liberty in Christ and freedom from sin comes from accepting Jesus as your Savior. There is no other way. We know this because we have experienced the love and grace of salvation in Christ. But sometimes it slips our mind and we forget that we have been set free. So now is the perfect time to remember all that Christ has done for us and experience the liberty by which we have been made free.

#3 do not be entangled again by the yoke of bondage…

Sin is a burden that we don’t have to bear any longer. Jesus has taken that yoke on Himself so that we can be free from it. We don’t have to become entangled by the things of this world or by the sin that so easily ensnares us (Hebrews 12:1). We can move forward knowing that because of the sacrifice of Jesus, we are able to live a life that is full and free from the bondage of sin and shame.

This Fourth of July, I hope that you will spend time with your family and friends, grill some burgers and hot dogs and watch the amazing fireworks displays. But most of all, I hope you will remember the loving sacrifice of Jesus Christ and that true liberty comes from knowing Him.

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