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A Man Named Job-Message By Rev. Marvin Robinson MDiv May 28, 2017

This entry is part 1 of 1 in the series Job-Marvin Robinson

TEXT- Job 1: 1-9

INTRODUCTION

This is the first in a series of messages on Job.
What I am about to share with you is not a pity party but something I believe God wants me to share with you. When I was asked by the men to do a retreat on Job (and recently at prayer meeting), my thought was, “No. I’ve lived Job! I’m sick of Job! I can’t get away from that old man!” And yet here I am, preaching on Job. A while ago I underwent a time of testing that made no sense whatsoever to me. And I do not ever want to go through such a time as that again, Lord willing. No matter how much I prayed to God or spoke with some people nothing would change. The worst part was that in the beginning of it all I was praying when I began to be very afraid, even terrified , at what I was feeling—and I pulled back from God. But God was determined that I go through that testing and engineered my circumstances to make sure that I came back running to Him, placing myself in His hands. I wanted to die and have it all done with; I did nothing wrong yet everything would happen to me as if I were being punished. I would work and not get paid and was falsely accused of things by people who I considered friends: “Maybe he doesn’t want to work… you brought this on yourself….”, and those I thought would stand with me disappeared. As I spoke with the LORD I remember saying out loud, “Lord, all of this happened all of a sudden, out of nowhere…” and then I paused and said out loud, “Job!”
This morning we’ll talk about the personages in this first chapter of Job and in the following messages we will come to understand that our faith will be put to the test in order to mature us in our faith.Job is us, saints.

BODY

We first encounter Job as a man of prosperity with sons and daughters and great wealth, and we may even go so far as to say that he was a patriarch in the sense of being like Abraham, richly blessed by God because he reverenced God.Now Job begins like a fairy tale, a “once upon a time” beginning. But Job is no fairy tale. Job was a real person. These three men –Noah, Daniel and Job-were commended by God because of their faith and reverence for God (Ezekiel 14:12-14 ff.)Noah is known for his obedience to God when God told him to build the ark before God sent the flood upon the earth; Daniel is known for his prayers, study and practice of God’s word. Although suffering comes to mind as being our first thought about Job, what also comes to mind is that he spoke from what he had experienced in his walk with God rather than what he had only heard about God.However, his main problem was that he trusted in his own righteousness.

But prior to this, we witness a scene in the spiritual dimension where the Sovereign God and Creator of the universe is holding court. Satan shows up and God asks him if he took notice of God’s servant Job. What made Job so special to God? God calls Job his servant (meaning that he has a special purpose for Job); he fears God and is blameless and upright (this does not mean that Job, as we shall find out, is by no means perfect, that is, mature in his faith). His faith will be put to the test. But tested by whom?

I. God
1. His name: Elohim: meaning: the self-existing One who transcends all things. i.e., he fills all things but cannot Himself be contained, as Solomon said, “Heaven and the heaven of heavens cannot contain you”- 2 Chron. 6:18).
2. In Hebrew, plural forms are written with the ending –im, yet God is one. He is the one God, the Creator, who has revealed Himself in the Scriptures as F,S,HS)
3. He tells Satan what the outcome of Job’s test will be (“no one like him”-God is bragging about his servant, Job! Wouldn’t you want God to brag about you, who are also His servants?)

II. Satan
1. Tries to be like God but is only a creature created by God and he is therefore inferior to God. He is inferior to mankind because God has exalted humankind over him and that is why he hates everyone who believes in Jesus: he wants what God has already given us in Christ.
a. He tried to get Jesus, who is God revealed in flesh, to worship him, i.e., to lie prostrate before him, to have God submit Himself to him!
b. He wanted to kill Job but God commanded him to spare his life;
2. He must give an account to God of his activities so he is therefore under God’s authority;
3. Since he is under God’s power and authority he is limited to what he is able to do to the people of God.

CONCLUSION

Satan asked God, “Does Job fear God for nothing?’
God expects total obedience, total submission and total reliance from those He has chosen. It’s the Garden all over again, saints: Satan questioning God’s motives and accusing God through His creation, in this case, Job. And he accuses those who believe in Jesus. “If we truly feared God we would…” worship Him; practiceour professed faith; tell others about Him. And if we truly feared God, God promises to …” protect us (ps. 1:6, 91:1-2)and bless us (ps. 1:1-3, 91: 14-16); Sudden disaster could not change Job’s attitude toward God; his possessions were lost; his family came under attack and finally Job himself was attacked in his body. Who would not question why God allowed such things to occur? But Job’s faith remained solid towards God.
What is the accuser saying to God about you? Do you fear God for nothing?.Someone told me that as I went on in my walk with the Lord that I would undergo some strange happenings-and I laughed. But I stopped laughing a long time ago. Job is us, saints.My prayer is that through these messages we may all draw closer to God -not just in our heads but in our life experience- to mature us in our faith and ultimately to make us more like Christ
Let’s pray.

 

“Against The Odds” Sermon Notes by Rev. Marvin Robinson MDiv November 26, 2017

Text: 1 Kings 22:1-7 1 Peter 4:4-7
We should not fear to take a stand for God

Colin Kaepernick took a stand so to speak in his protest against the way minorities are treated in this country. He didn’t march; he didn’t lead any violent protests or demonstrations. He merely knelt during the playing of the national anthem and the country went mad. That madness has been countered by a wave of other kneeling protests in support of Kaepernick’s protest. He was not the first and he will not be the last; those students during the civil rights movement who protested segregated lunch counters; Rosa Parks who refused to surrender her seat; John Brown refused to accept the status quo re: slavery as did James Cheney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner, who were murdered for daring to get Blacks to vote in Mississippi. What did these and so many others have in common? They all were willing to risk everything, including their lives, to go against the odds.

In today’s message we will see what happens when the plans of men are overruled by God while He uses one man to stand for Him against the odds; we will also see that as believers in Jesus Christ we also must not fear to go against popular opinion and to stand for God.

We come upon two scenes: one on earth, in the court of King Ahab of Israel, along with his in-law, King Jehoshaphat of Judah, in consultation concerning whether or not Ahab should go to war against the Arameans to recover the lost territory of Ramoth Gilead, the key to entering and invading Israel. If you know anything about Ahab you know that he worshipped Baal, the storm god and who went all out to practice evil.You also remember Elijah’s battle with the false prophets of Baal and how they were destroyed. King Jehoshaphat, on the other hand, worshiped the Sovereign God, the only God, and who trusted God as did his father Asa (who instituted reforms in Judah).

God fought for Judah and Jehoshaphat when three armies came against Judah and it was only because Jehoshaphat trusted in God.
So what in the world was Jehoshaphat doing in an unholy alliance with Ahab? They were allied by marriage of Jehoshaphat’s son Jehoram to Athaliah, the daughter of Ahab (who would later massacre all of her grandchildren with the exception of Josiah).Doesn’t scripture speak against being matched with unbelievers?God warned Israel concerning intermarrying with the surrounding nations (not because of race but because of different faiths). Ahab worshipped Baal; Jehoshaphat worshiped Jehovah. It’s like the Mormon belief that Jesus and the Accuser are brothers! Where does your faith lay, saints? Is it the same as other professing Christians? If not, in the Lord’s words, “Come out from among them!”
v.7 Jehoshaphat allied himself with Ahab in unity but when Ahab’s prophets all said the same thing, Jehoshaphat ‘s response was something like this: : “Say what? You’ve got to be kidding me! Is there no prophet-a true prophet of the LORD here?”

It’s something that we can all ask today: Are there any prophets of God among us?Some leaders, whether political or religious, push their own agendas just to go along to get along, choosing to be pc rather than obeying JC. The way we can discern what is of God and what is not of God are the Scriptures. I know this goes against popular opinion, but we can only say as Peter and the disciples, “We ought to obey God rather than men”. And we also read this in 1 Peter 4:4-7 re: going with popular opinion/actions.

The prophet Micaiah was asked to go along with the crowd and to speak what Ahab wanted to hear. And this evidently was not the first time Micaiah and Ahab came to blows (read v.16). First there was Elijah and now Micaiah. God never leaves Himself without a witness, saints. And today we are called to be His witnesses. God has said, “You are my witnesses that I am God”.

While all of this was taking place on earth, God was holding court concerning how to bring Ahab to his death. While the false prophets are going through all kinds of chants and flips and splits, God’s court is quietly anticipating God’s decision and the amazing thing is God brings His court into His counsel! Don’t we realize, saints, that whenever we pray we are being invited into God’s counsel?Micaiah reveals to Ahab and Jehoshaphat that God had decreed disaster for Israel but death for Ahab. In a rage, Ahab puts Micaiah into prison only to be released upon Ahab’s return.

We don’t know what happened to Micaiah afterwards but if these onetime people of God had any shred of reverence for God, they let Micaiah go free as a witness to the truth of what God had spoken through the prophet. And if not, he was welcomed into God’s presence with a , “Well done!Micaiah and other prophets stood against the odds yet stood for God.

CONCLUSION “Whatever you do, you need courage. Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising that tempt you to believe your critics are right. To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires some of the same courage that a soldier needs. Peace has its victories, but it takes brave men and women to win them”. Ralph Waldo Emerson.
Shall we go against the odds, saints? We bend the knee to worship God and to intercede on behalf of our country–OUR –COUNTRY- in agreement with God’s will as revealed to us in the Scriptures. Go against the odds, saints, let’s commit our ways to God and simply bend the knee in prayer like Daniel as we seek God’s will and to practice it because time is running out. Let’s pray.

Handouts For Sermon “Spiritual Reset” 11/13/2016

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Life-Is it All About Me?

Pastor Eric Paynes family

Romans 15: 1-7

Listen to Romans 15

Around about 1985 I met a young Nigerian man named Steven who had been in an auto accident. He was paralyzed from is neck down and connected to a respirator. Pastor Wilcox and I would visit him twice a week at the University Hospital and we would have prayer and bible sharing with him. Now I want you to note that although he was physically weak spiritually his faith was strong. The Holy Spirit was moving in this man. He lit up the room when people would visit him. Sister Annie Holt who worked there at the time, would visit him often. She often shared how she was strengthened each time she visited him. But she was not the only one, others would say how they went in feeling awkward or sometimes sorry for him but walked out encouraged and empowered.  Steven’s prayer request from us was that God would give him pain. Why pain? Because he knew that if he had some pain that his body would be functioning again.

I purchased a study bible for Steven and had it placed on a music stand so he could study God’s word. As he began to get stronger in the word he would share with us what he had learned. We had some great times in Lord when we would visit him.  Steven’s greatest strength was his prayer life. We would bring the bulletins to him and he would pray over the prayer requests. He would always ask us for a report on the following visit HE HELD US ACCOUNTABLE. Pastor Eric Payne who was an Associate Pastor here for a while. Used to visit Steven when he ministered here after he relocated to South Jersey. One very early morning. He called me from his home in South Jersey and said, “ Please get to Steven and tell him to pray for me He was scheduled for serious surgery.  Eric knew that Steven had a connection with God from his hospital room. He would pay special attention to the prayers given to him. That’s what Strong Christian’s do. Although he was physically weak he was spiritually strong. That’s what spiritually Strong Christian’s do even if their bodies are weak.

Romans 15:1 in the English Standard version says  “We who are strong  have an obligation to bear with the failings of the weak, and not to please ourselves.” Now I really could say “Amen and that is my message for today.”

The question for all Christians today is “Life-is it all about me? Allow me to tell you a little about the time that Paul was writing in. The Church of Rome had a lot of different folks. Today we would say it was diverse. Some were slaves, some were poor, and some were rich. Some were Jews, some were Gentiles, Young and old all worshiped together and just think of the makeup of any church, there were some are strong in the faith and some that are weak. Not a whole lot has changed since Paul’s time when it comes to Weak and Strong Christians, but I know you are probably asking, “What is a weak Christian?” You did ask right? Continue reading Life-Is it All About Me?

Have We Truly Given Ourselves To Christ?

Benefits of Tithing

For me to say that I am truly out of my comfort zone would be an understatement.

But I would like to start by asking a question, how many of us have truly given ourselves to God?  I ask again, how many of us have truly given ourselves to God.  While you are probably thinking what is he talking about I will ask another question, do we truly love the Lord?

I ask these questions because I do not think we are giving to the Lord as we should.  I would venture out to say that there are times that we may put a concert, a play, and dinner with friends before we give back to Jesus what is already His.

Paul wrote in 2nd Corinthians chapter 8 verse 2 that even when the people were faced with GREAT ORDEAL OF AFFLICTION AND THEIR DEEP POVERTY overflowed in WEALTH of their LIBERALITY.  This to me means that they gave even when they had nothing to give because they knew that God would supply all of their needs.  All they had to do was have faith, and to give a portion back to the Lord.

Have we truly given ourselves to God?  I am going to say that we have not.  I will even go out on a limb and say that most of us only call on God in times of trouble. For example God if you help me with this I will be more faithful to you and your will. But once the situation is fixed not only do you forget what you said about being more faithful but you don’t even thank him for what he did for you.

So I ask the question do we truly love the Lord.  I remember there was a time when I said that I loved the Lord, but I would not give back to Him for all he had done for me.  I would go to church and just go through the motions.  For example; I would go to church and leave when it was time for the offering.  I would read the Bible without trying to truly comprehend its meaning.  Yet I said I loved the Lord.  I was going through the motions.  So I ask the question how many of you are just going through the motions.  Pastor spoke for weeks on let Revival start with you.  So ask yourself have you started letting Revival begin in you or are you just going through the motions?

Do you remember your 1st love?  Do you remember all of the things that you would do for the other?  Guys would open doors, pay for movies, and go watch the so called chick flicks, whereas ladies would do homework, make lunches, and make phone calls just to say I was thinking of you.  Then after a while things started to change things become repetitive, common, and almost like it was out of habit instead of it being special.  Is that the way we are treating Jesus?  In the beginning we are like teenagers in love for the 1st time.  Then we only want to call or give to him when it is convent for us.

The people of Corinthians would give all they had and yes even beyond knowing that the gifts that the Lord had in store for them would out weigh anything they could offer or give back to the Him, because as the bible reads ALL is the Lords.

I remember when the Lord put my wife in my life I was only 17 years young.  But I was unappreciative of the gift he had given me until I almost lost her.  But being that her faith and love was greater than mine she stuck by my side with faith and prayer.  Back then I had no idea the Lord was putting the pieces of my life on the chess board.

Now the people of Corinthians had little or nothing for themselves, but they still gave openly and freely.  Where as today with all of the things we have MONEY, HOUSES, CARS, AND EVEN RUNNING WATER at the 1st sign of trouble we question the Lord and his faithfulness to us, instead of question our faithfulness to him.

Today those of us who have been twice born, who say we LOVE GOD and all he has given to us but are we really giving back to Him?  Ask yourself if the only time you give to the Lord is when times are good and you have a little extra.  Then ask yourself if you also give when times are a little tight?  It’s always easy to give when things are going good, but are you holding back when time are not as good?  What if God held back blessings?  What if He said that things are not where He felt they should be and did not give you the blessings you were looking for?

It is written in 2nd Corinthians chapter 9 verses 6 – 9 that he who sows sparingly will reap sparingly and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.  So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly of necessity for God loves a cheerful giver.  And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, so that you will always have sufficiency in all things.

Like I told you earlier there was a time when I did not give at all, I would even leave the service when it was time for the offering.  Then when I got a little older and married we would only give when things were good, and we had some extra money.  Then one day Beverley and I sat down as we were going over our bills, and wondering what were we spending all of our money on.  We were wondering why there was never any money left after we paid our bills.  Now we have never been big spenders.  I do not believe we ever tried to live outside of our means, yet we had no money at the end of the month.

So during this conversation of finances there were those other things that come out when one has that conversation blaming the other senseless arguing and finger pointing.  Then one day

She said that we are going to start tithing every week as we should.  She said if we can go out to eat and spend X amount of money and not think about it than we can give back to the Lord as we should.

So why don’t we not give as we should?  Is it because we think that it is ours?  If we were truly walking by FAITH and not be SIGHT as the Bible says we should, than we would not have a problem giving back to the Lord which is already his, because we would know that He would and will provide.

1st John chapter 2 verses 15 reads do not love the world or the

things in the world.  If anyone loves the world the

love of the Father is not in him.  And if we truly believe these words than why are we so tight with when it comes to giving back to the church?

The Bible reads that God gives most, and now that Beverley and I decided to start tithing as we should, the Lord has started blessing us like I never thought He would.  Now if I were to say that everything is now peaches and cream that would be some piece of fiction but I can say we are able to pay our bills and have something extra at the end of the month.  Now is it enough to be a Beaumont, no not even close, but its more than we had before, and yes we are still able to go out to eat and catch a movie when we feel like it.

There are many of you that have no idea what our lives has been like during the past 10 years and there are those of you I wish did not know as much as you do, but it has truly been by his grace and mercy that we have made it this far.  So now that I am older a whole 25 old, I give back to the Lord and a lot of the times I wonder when I give, how are we going to pay those bills on time?  Then I just say God will make a way.  James wrote in chapter 1 verse 17 that every good gift and every perfect gift is from above and comes down from the father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.  So if God is giving us all of the good and perfect gifts why are we short changing him?

Now some of you may say that I am putting into the scripture but I have started telling Beverley if you see it and you like it get it, because you only live once so let start enjoying life.  Now is that to say that we are trying to be someone we are not, absolutely not, but you only live once, but we make sure we are able to give back to the Lord every week.

I am going to end by reading from 2nd Timothy chapter 3 verses 1-7, and it reads. But before I read this passage I want you to think about why we are unable to meet our budget, or get the roof fixed on the church or the parsonage.

But know this that in the last days perilous times will come: for men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away!  For of this sort are those who creep into households and make captives of gullible women loaded down with sin, led away by various lusts, always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.  Amen.

Message Contributed Deacon Ronald Curl

Given at Calvary Gospel Church, Newark, New Jersey