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June 24, 2009

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Buddy Knight

Awesome, Ted. I often like to compare JOB and JOSEPH. Both suffered, both were restored.

You have me thinking on the JOB 42 list. I'm going to have to start listing ....

Buddy

Debra

But, but, but....if we pray for blessings on these lying folks who want us harm, wont our prayers interfere with God's judgement/justice/truth revealed about them here on earth, possibly allowing them to continue in their harm to us and our familiy through mistreatment and lies? I mean, when there is no repentence... I dont see any peace offerings (symbolic sacrifices requesting forgiveness and grace or asking for prayers or intercession).

selahV

Ted, this is exactly how I see the book of Job. Job questions the Lord allowing such things to happen to him. And God basically says, "what's that to you?" God is God. And yes, I've questioned God's wisdom. I could not fathom why He felt it okay to take my son away from his daughters who adored him and left them without a father to care for them and guide them and teach them His ways. It took a long time for me to come to grips with the fact that if God thought it was okay to remove my son from his daughters' lives, that He was just as capable to care for them in their futures and from all they were missing from their daddy, He would supply by His grace.

I had a few of those "friends" talk to me when I lost my son who simply couldn't help but offer their thoughts on it all. And God did put them on my "list" to pray for and love as He would have me love them. Even today, I have new ones that I add. And God blesses me so much through these. Do you find God is blessing you mightily with deeper discernment through these "friends"? selahV

Ted E

Debra, I can fully empathize with your comments. However, the NT speaks several times of our being predestined to be conformed to the image of Christ, to do good works, etc. And we are taught that whatever one sows, one also reaps.

I believe God the Holy Spirit works in and through believers to conform us to the image of the one who prayed, "Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do." Our sanctification is God's goal in our lives.

But make no mistake: God will judge these, and I am persuaded will do so severely because there is no repentance. These kinds of folk often defend their sin, thus compounding it.

So let us walk in the light of Christ and leave judgment to God who knows the motives and actions.

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