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WHEN HOPE IS GONE

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Job 17:1-16
It has been said“That a person can live three minutes without air, three days without water, three weeks without food, but not one second without hope.” Job was at this point in his life as he responds to Eliphaz! Here is a man, who seems to have lost all hope; and the only escape of his suffering, is death. Job has lost the will to live and he was now ready to die.
What brought Job to this point?
Was it the loss of his children? Was it the lack of support from his wife? Was it his friends who came with harsh words and accusations?
I believe they all have their part in Job’s outlook of life…. But the answer to that question is that Job had taken his eyes off the Lord. Job no longer believed that God was working for his good. Job believed that God was working against him. It shouldn’t surprise us that Job, or anyone one of us, wouldn’t do the same. Remember what Job said previously leading up to his response to Eliphaz. “Why did I not perish at birth, and die as I came from the w…

THE BIBLICAL SECRET TO JOY

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Phil 4:10-23
Everyone loves getting secrets and we love sharing a secret. Paul learned a secret and he wanted to pass onto the people of Philippi, a secret that we can apply to our lives daily. is this secret you might ask? The secret is to be content in all circumstances. Paul knew what it meant to be content because he trusted in the providence of God over his life. What do I mean by that? In Acts last chapter Paul has been in prison attached to a Roman soldier for the past 2 years and it’s in this time Paul pleaded with the local leaders of the Jews. (Acts 28:17). Paul also pleaded with Caesar and still no one would listen to his plea of innocence to why he was bound with chains. (Acts 28:19). So Paul preached the gospel despite the opposition and in fact it was falling on deaf ears and blind eyes. (Acts 28:23-27)
Paul quotes from Isaiah 6:9 reminding his listeners that this was going to happen as it did in Isaiah’s day “Go to this people, and say, "You will indeed hear but neve…