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Summary: Getting through tough times of affliction and hardship.

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How to Handle What You Can’t Handle

Read Job 1:14-17

I was getting dressed for one morning, and suddenly the words on a can caught my eye and caught my attention…

As they did, I picked up the can of shaving cream, and read the words on the label…

over and over again…

In fact, those words have me reading labels these days, on everything…

Those words said;

Warning; contents under pressure, Do not puncture or incinerate….

Do not throw into fire…It even said, keep out of the reach of children…

Harmful or fatal if swallowed…

And the words caught my attention, because they summarize the situation going on in so many lives of the children of God….

Many today are living under pressure…They are on the verge of an explosion…

They are just a few degrees away from losing it…

They can’t stand the heat, but they don’t know how to get out of the kitchen…

The pressures and the trials of this life are destroying them…

They are living under pressure, wondering just how much anyone is expected to take…

Many of them ought to wearing a sign this morning, saying:

Warning, stay away…Warning… danger approaching…

There are times when I could wear a sign, even you would wear a sign…

But what would your sign say…?

Life is one thing after another….One problem, on top of another problem,

and people are trying to figure out, how to handle what they can’t handle…

Everybody in here has heard about the problems of Job.

We know his story…We have heard it so many times before…

We know how trouble came his way… in spite of how righteously he tried to live.

Job found himself the victim of a malicious scheme of Satan, who was engaged in a battle with God, and who trying to destroy the life of one of God’s children.

He tries to do the same thing to you, that he has consistently tried to do to God’s children down through the years.

Satan comes among us and when he shows up… with one thing on his mind,

And that is a scheme to bring down, to destroy, to tear up the life of another child of God.

And don’t you forget… Satan still comes among us…

Satan still shows up, wherever the sons and the daughters of God get together…

Satan still shows up…. in your family, and my family…

In your life and my life… Satan still comes among us….

As I was preparing this message, thoughts filled my mind, concerning the things that are going on all over the world.

Just look at the world all around us…People are living under pressure,

Struggling under pressure….

Striving under pressure…There is Unprecedented violence….

A lack of morals and discipline…

No rules, No ethics, No accountability…

And it seems everybody is singing Frank Sinatra’s classic…”I did it my way”…

But what will you do, when trouble comes your way…?

When trouble comes on top of trouble…When trouble comes in abundance….?

What will you do, when you don’t know what to do…?

And when trouble comes out of nowhere for no apparent reason…?

The scripture tells us, that Job was a perfect and an upright man…

One who feared God and stayed away from evil…

But still trouble came…The scripture tells us, that Job believed in God so much that he prayed everyday…

He worshiped at every opportunity…He paid his vows before the Lord…

And he offered acceptable sacrifices unto God…Job was so righteous, before God, that he sacrificed… in case his children sinned…

But still trouble came…

And it didn’t just come, it came in abundance…

the scripture says, it came, while he was yet speaking…Look at the text with me…

In verse 14-15…God’s word says,

And there came a messenger unto Job, and said, The oxen were plowing, and the donkey’s feeding beside them. And the Sabeans fell upon them, and took them away;

yea, they have slain the servants with the edge of the sword; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee.

What a way to start your day…

For in the 16th verse we see that before he had time to react to one thing, something else happened…

Before he had time to get himself together and get back on his feet…

Something else happened…

Has that ever happened to you…?

Do you find yourself in getting in trouble, while you’re already in trouble…?

Do you find yourself, trying to get up, only to be knocked down again…?

Are there times when it looks like the more you do good, the more evil comes your way…?

Look at Job…For while the messenger was yet speaking…Trouble came again…

Job 1:16

While he was yet speaking, Another messenger came,

and said, The fire of God is fallen from heaven, and hath burned up the sheep,

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