Job 16:2 What Type Of Comforter Are You?

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I have heard many things like these; you are miserable comforters, all of you! Job 16:2 

As a person is going through an extremely tough time, many people will just avoid that person. They avoid him because they don’t know what to say or do, or because they don’t want that bad situation to come upon them.

Others will be quick to show up at his side. The purpose of showing up, however, is to give some advice. People are very quick to give advice in how to deal with something. Often this advice is coming from people who have never been in the situation themselves. It is what they think they would do if they were in that position.

Very few people show up, just to be a support, without giving a ton of advice. They are there to show compassion and love.

As Job was going through extreme difficulties and his world was falling a part, some of his friends came by to be with him. Instead of being silent and supporting him, they wanted to give him some advice or counsel. Their counsel was not supportive or encouraging. It was degrading and condemning.

In the church there are many believers who are just like Job’s friends. They intend to speak well, but in the end are condemning and not supportive. There is no love, mercy or grace of God in their words.

People often thin that they know and understand fully what is going on in the life of someone else. On the outside it can appear as one thing, but on the inside it can be totally different. Just because someone is going through a tough time does not automatically mean there was unrepentant sin involved or that God is against him. Knowing the end of the story, one knows that Job was innocent in this case.

You will have times when you will have a friend going through a tough time. Things will be falling a part for him. You need to be there for him to support him and lift him up.

However, be careful with your words. Be sure that your words are the words of God, words that show love, grace, mercy, and compassion. Do not be so quick to condemn or find fault. It is the devil that condemns, not Jesus. Jesus came to heal and save, not condemn.

What type of comforter will you be for a friend going through a tough time? Loving? Or condemning?

I pray today that you will know God’s love; that you will share God’s love with others; that you will speak the true words of God at all times; and that you will be a comfort to those in need as God comforts you. 

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Request For Help

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I normally would never ask for money on this blog, for anyone or anything, however, I feel I need to make this request.

On January 19 of this year, the husband (Brandon) of a daughter (Emily) of a very good friend of ours was hit on a motorcycle by a drunk driver while he was stopped at a stop sign. We have known Emily and her parents since she was just a little child, over 20 years ago. They have been married for a little over 3 years and have an eight month old little boy. They are very active in their church and community.

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Brandon was just a few weeks from graduating fire fighter school, his dream job.

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In the accident, Brandon had to have part of one leg amputated. In addition to that, he has many internal injuries to the spleen, kidneys, vertebrae, and more. He is still in the hospital, stable, but going through a lot of surgeries.

The Columbia Fire Department, in South Carolina, has set up a fund raiser to raise funds to help meet the hospital expenses, and living expenses, since Brandon is unable to work.

Please pray for them and if possible can you help support them financially with anything you can. In this fund raiser, Emily and Brandon will receive 100% of the money that comes in. Neither the fire department or any one else will receive any of this money. Below is the link to support.

Thank you for your support in prayers and finances.

Support Brandon

Speed The Light Fund Raiser

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My 17 year old son, Caleb, has been led by God to try and raise $25,000 for Speed The Light. This is a part of the Assemblies of God that helps provide missionaries with vehicles or methods of transportation.

The mode of transportation depends upon where they are located and the need. Some missionaries receive bicycle, or horse, car, truck, off-road vehicle, or even boats. It is dependent upon the average mode of transportation where they are reaching the lost. The goal is to help as many missionaries get the gospel message to the people as fast as possible, thus Speed the Light.

In the following video my son explains what he has done in the past and how he came up with the dollar amount for this year. Please watch the video and prayerfully consider supporting his goal. At a minimum pray that his goal will be met and that thousands of people will hear the gospel message because of this program.

To watch the video, click on the following link: 

Speed The Light Fund Raiser Video

If you would like to know more about Speed The Light follow this link:

Speed The Light

Thank you for your prayers and support!

Speed The Light

 

 

Psalm 94:17-18 God’s Amazing Support

Unless the LORD had given me help, I would soon have dwelt in the silence of death. When I said, “My foot is slipping,” your unfailing love, LORD supported me. Psalm 94:17-18

Buildings are made with a support structure to keep it standing. Each board helps support another board, while at the same time being supported by another board. The nails and screws hold each one in place.

In businesses, there must also be a support structure. The workers must do their work correctly in order to support the head boss. Without the head boss, the workers would not have a job. Along with that support, the head boss must support his workers, because without them, he, also, would not have job.

With both of these illustrations about support, both are temporary. Both can fail or make the wrong move. Failure can happen.

God is the perfect example of perfect love. His perfect love wants the best in a person. His perfect love calls for the best path for each person.

When God set the rules back in the garden of Eden, He knew that man would eventually break those rules. He had a plan already in place to send Jesus to take man’s place in death and bring him life. The plan He had was filled with His love and grace. No man deserved that love or grace.

When you mess up and slip into sin, the judgement should be death. Yet, God’s great love is so filled with grace and mercy, that He provides a way out. God’s love supports you and lifts you back up out of that sin.

All you have to do is recognize and accept God’s love and grace in your life. Realize that you cannot do this on your own. You cannot live without sin in your life on your own. Once you have sinned, that sin is there for eternity, unless you allow Jesus to remove it and support you.

God is not out to kill or destroy you, as many often feel. He is out to give you life and life abundantly.

Do you recognize God’s love and support?

Give God praise for what He is doing in your life and the support He is giving you.

I pray today that you will know God’s love in your life; that you will know God’s support for you; that you will not fear God; and that you will live for God.