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Man's Power Over The Beast

Daily Devotions: by Christina Farris

Job 41:1-34 KJV
(1) Canst thou draw out leviathan with an hook? or his tongue with a cord which thou lettest down?
(2) Canst thou put an hook into his nose? or bore his jaw through with a thorn?
(3) Will he make many supplications unto thee? will he speak soft words unto thee?
(4) Will he make a covenant with thee? wilt thou take him for a servant for ever?
(5) Wilt thou play with him as with a bird? or wilt thou bind him for thy maidens?
(6) Shall the companions make a banquet of him? shall they part him among the merchants?
(7) Canst thou fill his skin with barbed irons? or his head with fish spears?
(8) Lay thine hand upon him, remember the battle, do no more.
(9) Behold, the hope of him is in vain: shall not one be cast down even at the sight of him?
(10) None is so fierce that dare stir him up: who then is able to stand before me?
(11) Who hath prevented me, that I should repay him? whatsoever is under the whole heaven is mine.
(12) I will not conceal his parts, nor his power, nor his comely proportion.
(13) Who can discover the face of his garment? or who can come to him with his double bridle?
(14) Who can open the doors of his face? his teeth are terrible round about.
(15) His scales are his pride, shut up together as with a close seal.
(16) One is so near to another, that no air can come between them.
(17) They are joined one to another, they stick together, that they cannot be sundered.
(18) By his neesings a light doth shine, and his eyes are like the eyelids of the morning.
(19) Out of his mouth go burning lamps, and sparks of fire leap out.
(20) Out of his nostrils goeth smoke, as out of a seething pot or caldron.
(21) His breath kindleth coals, and a flame goeth out of his mouth.
(22) In his neck remaineth strength, and sorrow is turned into joy before him.
(23) The flakes of his flesh are joined together: they are firm in themselves; they cannot be moved.
(24) His heart is as firm as a stone; yea, as hard as a piece of the nether millstone.
(25) When he raiseth up himself, the mighty are afraid: by reason of breakings they purify themselves.
(26) The sword of him that layeth at him cannot hold: the spear, the dart, nor the habergeon.
(27) He esteemeth iron as straw, and brass as rotten wood.
(28) The arrow cannot make him flee: slingstones are turned with him into stubble.
(29) Darts are counted as stubble: he laugheth at the shaking of a spear.
(30) Sharp stones are under him: he spreadeth sharp pointed things upon the mire.
(31) He maketh the deep to boil like a pot: he maketh the sea like a pot of ointment.
(32) He maketh a path to shine after him; one would think the deep to be hoary.
(33) Upon earth there is not his like, who is made without fear.
(34) He beholdeth all high things: he is a king over all the children of pride.

What God speaks to Job about his enemy. What can easily be missed in this passage by reading without thinking beyond what the beautiful description of events mean, is God sees man struggle over the beast of field, God sees man ability to crush the enemy and God sees man ability to subdue the creature or the enemy. God does not take the power from Job to defeat the enemy. The enemy being those things that chase him when on the sea and on dry land. It is spiritual warfare between the devil and God we have no control over. Yet we do have the power to follow after God or the Devil.

We cannot tell God what to do or allow. God allowed the Devil to rise up and torment Job for a time. I know myself there has been times when I felt the enemy at my back and asked why me Lord. Knowing in the name of Jesus the enemy must flee. Yet also know that the enemy has a time period in which he can come against you. This is called a trial of faith. That time period will not last and enemy will not stand if you trust in Jesus. Our choice when going through a trial can be either/both to whine and complain, as a person unable to continue on. Young people may often have the energy to fight, but not the ability to hold on in the middle of a fight. What I mean is young people are still learn how to have endurance. Military puts their men through trials and tribulations while in training, to test their limitation and push them to their full potential of achievement. The purpose is when they go into battle they will be caring the full armor and not just part of it. They will not fall and grow weary because they think they are defeated, instead they stand tall and have endurance to run the race of faith. When the spiritual war between the Devil and God happens, guess who comes out on top? God does. One he empowers the believer through a trial. He does not leave them weaponless without the power of faith, sword of the Spirit and the shield of faith.

Job’s testing come for a purpose to teach Job the need for endurance. He was a man who helped his neighbor, cared for his friends and probably his enemies. A man that was righteous but he lacked the endurance of faith. I watched a true believer of faith go through battle of cancer; he died not of cancer but other complications. His battle of cancer was defeated. He never been sick until the day of his cancer, and when came, he had endurance because of established faith and was able to display it. He was able to admit his struggle during his trial of his faith, and yet he showed an inward faith that only a person of long time relationship with God has. Job’s faith was not lacking during his trial just he wanted to have a hearing with God on the reason of his suffering. Job was angry and perhaps rightly so because all was taken from him. Yet who was he not to endure such things in life? Was he better then anyone else? The answer is no, but how does one advise a friend if you never been there. How can you feel the emotion of the pain unless you have experienced it? People who been through a struggle know exactly what a person needs in a trial. Yet unless a person was touch by our infirmities how can they advise us? Yet Christ was touched by infirmities in his physical body and mind. He endured the suffering at the hand of others. We to must suffer at the hands of others from time to time. Yet these things never last.

The devil has lion cubs that work for him just like God has his mighty angels. Are you an angel or a devil? Who team do you want to be on. The lion will not stand. He will be defeated. Meantime the devil gathers his children as God gathers his for the final battle to be won. Remember God gave you the power to subdue the earth and showed you the authority was in His word the name of Jesus.

Dear Heavenly Father reminds that you gave us power to subdue the earth. That devil will not have dominion over the earth. In Jesus precious name, Amen.

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