PRAISING IN PAIN

Job & Abraham

By Rev. Dr. Jerry Schmoyer  jerry@schmoyer.net 

  http://india.christiantrainingonline.org/

 

Main idea: keep focus on Jesus, worship no matter what

Magic: Jesus silk, gray to color or change bag & Jesus picture

 

INTRODUCTION

 

West Africa TASTEBERRY

Small, tasteless, coats taste buds

Called MIRACULIN

Everything sour eaten after tastes sweet

 

LIFE full of bitter and sour things

          Easy to get negative, bitter

Miracle drug to turn all sweet = PRAISE

 

I. JOB

 

     A. BACKGROUND

 

Read Job 1:1-5

No sin, etc., but suffering coming!

 

     B. TEST ONE

 

1. TEST 1

 

Read Job 1:6-11

 

Satan: Job self-centered, paid off by God

          Satan attacks, condemns our motives

 

Read Job 1:12

 

FATHER FILTERED – all trials

          why God allow this to Job

          Prove Job’s motives to angels, us

Job willing servant – do anything to bring glory to God

 

Read Job 1:13-19

          1. Oxen and Donkeys stolen or killed:  13-15

          2. Sheep and shepherds killed  16

          3. Camels gone, servants killed  17

          4. 7 sons and 3 daughters killed:  18-19

 

2. RESPONSE

 

Read Job 1:20-22

 

WORSHIP- first time word used in Bible

          define it

          explain it

          apply it

 

     C. TEST 2

 

1. TEST

 

Read Job 2:1-8

 

2. RESPONSE

 

Read Job 2:9-10

 

Attitude or gratitude – praise

          MIRACULIN in his soul

Never sinned – attitude of trust through it all

     D. RESULT

 

Blessed with 2x as much

 

Read Job 42:10-17

 

LESSONS ABOUT WORSHIP

 

WORSHIP IS NOT

 

AN EMOTIONAL RESPONSE  (USA  moving music, clap hands, raise hands, etc. – they did none of that!)

 

THANKSGIVING – based on liking, thanking for what God did

Worship unconditional love no matter if don’t like it

 

SUNDAY AM EVENT

WORSHIP IS

 

MENTAL CHOICE, decision

To trust without answers

God always able even if he isn’t always willing

 

Daniel 3:17 If we are  thrown into the blazing furnace, the God  we serve is able to save us from it, and  he will rescue us from your hand, O king.  18 But even if he does not, we want  you to know, O king, that we will not  serve your gods or worship the image of  gold you have set up.”

 

FROM HEART, not voice, emotions

Attribuiting worth to God for who and what He is

 

NOT DEPENDENT ON CIRCUMSTANCES

Today: evaluate worship service by how I reel fterwards

          worship is to be how it makes God feel, not us!

 

TRANSITION

Not just isolated case – seen with Abraham

2nd time worship mentioned in Bible

 

II. ABRAHAM

 

     A. BACKGROUND

 

1. TEST

 

Read Genesis 22:1-4

 

2. RESPONSE

 

Read Genesis 22:5

 

3. RESULT

 

Read Genesis 22:6-19

 

How can this be a time of worship???

 

 

III. US

 

Matthew 5:11 “Blessed are you when people  insult you, persecute you and falsely  say all kinds of evil against you  because of me.

 

2 When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;

and when you pass through the rivers,  they will not sweep over you.

When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned;

 

No one exempt

We need MIRACULIN, too

 

 

LESSONS ABOUT WORSHIP

 

WORSHIP IS NOT

 

DONE TO IMPRESS OTHERS

Abraham, Job alone, not with group

God, angels listen to our hearts

 

WORSHIP IS

 

PUTTING GOD FIRST

Before others, family (Abraham. Lot)

Trusting God will use it for His glory and our growth

Leaves in fall: colors always there but don’t see until cold

God never wastes a tear of His saints!

                                 

COSTLY

Sacrifice, costs to worship

Trust God before self

Takes time, focus, attention, etc

 

OTHER EXAMPLES

Paul and Silas in Prison  Acts 16

 

 

 

Habakkuk 3:17 Though the fig tree does not bud

and there are no grapes on the vines,

though the olive crop fails

and the fields produce no food,

though there are no sheep in the pen

and no cattle in the stalls,

18 yet I will rejoice in the LORD,

I will be joyful in God my Savior.

 

Keep praising – no matter what

MIRACULIN!!!        

Only last 4 hours, then need new taste

          berry must be fresh, can’t pick and save

Keep gong back to praise throughout the day!

 

FOCUS ON JESUS

 

Mt Moriah (where Abraham took Isaac)

          Jesus our substitute

          Abraham didn’t have to kill son because God did

          we don’t die because Jesus did!

 

THAT is reason enough to always praise!

 

C t O Rev. Dr. JERRY SCHMOYER
Christian Training Organization
jerry@ChristianTrainingOrganization.org
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