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"Going Outside The Wire"

Scripture(s): Job. 1:8-12; 2:1-6


"Going outside the wire" is a term that has been used by military members who are deployed in a hostile and dangerous environment such as Iraq or Afghanistan. It means you leave the safety and protection of the Camp or Base and travel on the roads where there are I.E.Ds, terrorists, and others who want to destroy you. When you leave the safety of the Camp or Base [hedge] you are literally being tested.


The devil said that Job had never been tested because he had never been "outside the wire." But God had so much faith in Job that He allowed him to go "outside the wire twice". But notice the protection God provided for Job:


"And the Lord said to Satan, "Behold, all that he has is in your power; only do not lay a hand on his person." (Job. 1:12)


"And the Lord said to Satan, "Behold, he is in your hand, but spare his life." (Job. 2:6)


God allows the Christian to "go outside the wire" [be tested.] But if you are in Christ, He will always protect you. In Jesus' Holy & Precious Name! Amen!

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