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Summary: How to overcome adversity

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(Job 1:6-12) Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan came also among them. And the LORD said unto Satan, Whence comest thou? Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it. And the LORD said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil? Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, Doth Job fear God for nought? Hast not thou made an hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he hath on every side? thou hast blessed the work of his hands, and his substance is increased in the land. But put forth thine hand now, and touch all that he hath, and he will curse thee to thy face. And the LORD said unto Satan, Behold, all that he hath is in thy power; only upon himself put not forth thine hand. So Satan went forth from the presence of the LORD. (KJV)

I. JOB HAD PLENTY

A. JOB WAS A MAN OF PROMINENCE.

“The greatest of all the men of the east.” Job 1:3

1. He was more eminent than any other person in that region in

wisdom.

2. He was more eminent than any other person in that region in

wealth.

B. JOB WAS A MAN OF PRINCIPLE.

“And the LORD said unto Satan, Hast thou considered

my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect

and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil?”

Job 1:8

II. JOB WAS UNDER PRESSURE.

A. JOB WAS HANDLED OVER TO SATAN. 1:12

“And the LORD said unto Satan, Behold, all that he hath is in

thy power; only upon himself put not forth thine hand. So Satan

went forth from the presence of the LORD.”

B. JOB WAS HARASSED BY ADVERSITY. 1:13-2:7

1. Satan was permitted to take Job’s fortune.

2. Satan was permitted to touch Job’s family.

3. Satan was permitted to torture Job’s flesh.

III. JOB WAS ABLE TO PREVAIL.

“The LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away; blessed be the

name of the LORD.”

A. JOB SAW THE LORD AS THE SOURCE OF LIFE.

“The LORD gave”

B. JOB SAW THE LORD AS SOVEREIGN OVER THE

LENGTH OF LIFE.

“The LORD hath taken away”

C. JOB SAW THE LORD AS THE SAME NO MATTER

WHAT HAPPENS IN LIFE.

“Blessed be the name of the LORD.”

1. That’s why he could remain patient.

2. That’s why he could render praise.


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