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Summary: Overcoming suffering which leaves you feeling helpless

Job 1:14 And there came a messenger unto Job, and said, The oxen were plowing, and the asses feeding beside them:

Job 1:15 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.

Job 1:16 While he was yet speaking, there came also another, and said, The fire of God is fallen from heaven, and hath burned up the sheep, and the servants, and consumed them; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee.

Job 1:17 While he was yet speaking, there came also another, and said, The Chaldeans made out three bands, and fell upon the camels, and have carried them away, yea, and slain the servants with the edge of the sword; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee.

Job 1:18 While he was yet speaking, there came also another, and said, Thy sons and thy daughters were eating and drinking wine in their eldest brother’s house:

Job 1:19 And, behold, there came a great wind from the wilderness, and smote the four corners of the house, and it fell upon the young men, and they are dead; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee.

Subject: How To Handle What You Can’t Handle

I was getting dressed for church one morning, and suddenly the words on the can caught my eye and arrested 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….

They 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 calamities of this present life are destroying them…

Slowly but surely, and Bit by bit…

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…

Many of them ought to be wearing a sign saying keep out of reach of children…

There are times when I could wear a sign,

You would wear a sign…

Every one of us 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 unsuspecting victim of a malicious scheme of Satan,

who himself was engaged in a battle with God, and who trying to destroy the life of one of God’s children.

You will remember that there came a day when the sons of God, came to present themselves before God at a family reunion up in heaven,

and Satan came among them… now, some of you may wonder, what Satan was doing in heaven, at a family reunion of the sons of God…

He came because the correspondence had gone out to all of God’s creation…

And he is as much a part of God’s family, as you are a part of your family….

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 came among them…

And when he showed up… he came with one thing on his mind,

And that was devising 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….

Oh, you better hear me today, because he is probably here right now…

And he is here because somebody bought him with them….

He always shows up, wherever God’s children get together…

It doesn’t matter if it’s a business meeting, or a fraternity meeting…

It doesn’t matter if it’s a worship service or a commencement service,

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Alan Granofsky

commented on Oct 6, 2006

Amen!Great inspiration!

Walter Rehberg

commented on Oct 18, 2006

Truly a unique, inspirational style!

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