Summary: Discusses lessons we can learn fro Job.
Lessons Learned From Job
We often hear of things going on that we readily blame on Satan. People have made the statement when they got caught doing something that "the devil made me do it." There are many influences in the world but truly one of the most destructive influences is that of our adversary, the devil. In these messages I will examine some of the things we can learn about how Satan operates through the experience of Job. The idea for this message actually came from a lesson that my brother taught to his men’s group, however as Barry and I often discuss, I reserved the right to Rodneyize it. (Yeah I know Rodneyize is not a word, but Barry and I know what it means.) As I read Barry’s lesson, I thought about some of the people I have interacted with over the years and the beliefs they have held. Some of those beliefs I held earlier in my Christian walk, but have since changed as I’ve learned more. In these messages we will take a look at what happened "behind the scenes" in the situation with Job to identify the tactics that Satan still uses today to get us off track. You may be tired of hearing about Job, but I ask that you bear with me for just a little while as we take one more look at the lessons we can learn from his situation.
Lesson 1: Satan Is Not Our Friend
The first lesson we learn from Job’s situation is that Satan is not your friend, he is your adversary. He is no one to fool around with for he does have power. First Peter 5:8 says "Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls about like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.” There are many people who believe that Satan is weak and powerless until they find themselves spiraling downward in a situation that they cannot control. Peter, who actually walked with Christ, described him as a roaring lion walking around seeking who he may devour. A friend would not be walking around seeking someone to devour, to kill, to destroy. Satan is powerful, yet he has no power over God’s children as long as they stay within God’s hands, but I will talk more about that later. So lesson one, understand clearly that Satan is not your friend, he is your enemy. The first step in dealing with an enemy is actually being able to recognize the enemy and how they operate. We must understand the tactics of our enemy so that we recognize when they are in action. You do not go to your enemy’s yard to play, but you will keep a watchful eye out for the attack that you know is coming. If you are playing on the enemy’s playground, you are allowing your guard to fall and before you know it your enemy that you have been playing with now attacks you. Satan is not our friend, he is our powerful enemy. Do not let your guard down and think you can play in his yard and be his friend.
Lesson 2: Satan Is Not Omnipresent
When the book of Job opens, it tells about the possessions that Job had and then it transition to Satan entering into God’s presence. Verse seven of Job chapter one says "And the Lord said to Satan, ’From whence do you come?’ Then Satan answered the Lord and said, ’From roaming about on the earth and walking around on it." Satan cannot be in more than one place at a time. This means that he cannot personally be attacking you and me at the same time for he can only be in one place. God is omnipresent for He is everywhere and can be influencing my life and yours at the exact same time. When God questioned Satan as to where he had been he said he had been roaming the earth. Remember what Peter said about Satan in what we just read, how he was "prowling" the earth looking for someone to destroy? He is not omnipresent so he cannot be everywhere at once. Because he is limited in this way, he does have an army of demons who are very proactive in their assault on our lives. The tactics they use are the same ones that Satan used on Job. From this point on when I mention the things Satan will do to hinder us, understand that I am primarily talking about those spiritual influences that report to him. This brings me to the third lesson.