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Тема: The Angelic Conflict

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    Now it happened on the day when his sons and his daughters were eating and drinking wine in their oldest brother's house, that a messenger came to Job and said, "The oxen were plowing and the donkeys feeding beside them, and the Sabeans attacked and took them. They also slew the servants with the edge of the sword, and I alone have escaped to tell you." While he was still speaking, another also came and said, "The fire of God fell from heaven and burned up the sheep and the servants and consumed them, and I alone have escaped to tell you." While he was still speaking, another also came and said, "The Chaldeans formed three bands and made a raid on the camels and took them and slew the servants with the edge of the sword; and I alone have escaped to tell you."
    While he was still speaking, another also came and said, "Your sons and your daughters were eating and drinking wine in their oldest brother's house and behold, a great wind came from across the wilderness and stuck the four corners of the house, and it fell on the young people and they died; and I alone have escaped to tell you."
    (Job 1:13-19)

    Our enemy's sense of timing is almost perfect. When did satan decide to nail Job? At the time it would hurt him the most. Satan had studied Job. He no doubt had compiled a massive dossier of him, and in a file marked "Greatest Fear" he found what he wanted. Job was afraid that his children would curse God. He was especially afraid on their birthdays, when they would all get together to celebrate (Job 1:4-5; 3:25). He worried that his children would forget themselves in their merrymaking, so he was always praying and offering sacrifices during these times. So satan, knowing that the right move at the right time is worth a thousand moves at the wrong time, waits until the birthday of Job's oldest son, his firstborn. "On that day," with precision timing, satan opens his attack.

    What would Job think when all his disaster hit him on this particular day? The most logical conclusion would have been, "My children have cursed God. That is why He has taken their lives, and it is why He has hit me with all this calamity." Maybe Job would have blamed himself for not praying enough. Satan wanted all of the disaster to bring fear and guilt on Job. Every fear we nurse in our lives gives the enemy a place to work, a base from which to launch his assault. He knows what we are afraid of; he knows the things that cause us to question the goodness and the grace of God, and those are very things he will use in his attacks on us.

    When the enemy initiates an attack against us, we can be guaranteed it is going to be at the worst possible time and under the most adverse conditions. It will be when we are tired, run down, weak, and most vulnerable to temptation. Why does he always attack at times like that? Because he is a strategist. If we want to resist him, we have to understand his strategy.
    Всегда будь уверен, что мы здесь всего лишь
    странники в выбранном нами пути, но есть для
    нас Путь, Который не молчит на каждом нашем
    шагу, есть Дверь Призывающая без мёртвых для
    нас запоров и в этом есть Жизнь на всегда.

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    Our enemy's sense of timing is good; his sense of chaos is even better. Here is a tranquil scene, Job doing what he always did on days like this, and all of a sudden everything with which he is familiar is shaken, and the peace and the tranquility that surrounded him are gone. In an instant. Satan always seeks to disrupt conditions of peace and calm. His rebellion brought chaos into the universe. Whereas Jesus is the Prince of Peace, satan is the king of confusion and turmoil. He hates us, and he hates for us to have inner peace because inner peace in the believer is the greatest evidence of divine power. Especially in adverse conditions, when we have peace in our souls, we drive him crazy. The best way to have historical impact in this world is not to run around trying to make a big splash in society for God. The best way is to slow down and do the one thing that troubles satan more than anything else - rest in the Lord. If we do not know how to maintain inner peace and calm, no amount of work we do will be effective.

    Everything God does in lives comes from rest. So of course satan's attacks in this area will be especially vicious. He will never attack us without trying to throw something in that will destroy peace in our soul. If guilt is all he can use, he will use guilt; if fear, fear. It takes a great deal of toughness and strength to remain poised under pressure and testing. These are qualities not natural to man. They are developed through self-discipline and hard training. We have to develop that toughness of skin and thickness of hide that allow us to absorb blow after blow after blow without losing our focus on the Prince of Peace.
    Всегда будь уверен, что мы здесь всего лишь
    странники в выбранном нами пути, но есть для
    нас Путь, Который не молчит на каждом нашем
    шагу, есть Дверь Призывающая без мёртвых для
    нас запоров и в этом есть Жизнь на всегда.

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    Our enemy gets as much of a kick out of violence as he does out of simple chaos, so violence is another of his favorite tactics. He knows that even the language of violence has an amazing effect on people when they are brought face-to-face with it. Job is told, by probably hysterical survivors, that the Sabeans and the Chaldeans in separate attacks "slew the servants with the edge of the sword." The word translated "slew" refers to a violent attack; the term "edge of the sword" is a fear phrase. Especially would it arouse fear in people who thought as concretely and in as vivid word pictures as the Semitic people did. thing about the sword, the edge of the sword, about how it would cut when it was used on people; think about how these raiders hacked Job's servants to pieces, and it would be easy to start getting scared. That, of course, is what satan wants. The awful news around world chocked souls and scared people that would be all the time called - terror. Terror is the satan's work to attack all and then
    dictate his rules. Notice the phrase repeated three times between Job 1:13 and 1:22, "while he was speaking." Satan seldom sends one piece of trouble alone; he prefers to land one punch after another after another. Why? Because he understands the shock effect of multiple blows. One of the most basic principles in self-defense is that you never fire at a target only one time. Multiple rounds increase and intensify the shock effect. Finally, our enemy loves to send calamity that looks as if it were an act of God. Job's servant helps create this impression when he says that "the fire of God fell from heaven and burned up the sheep and the servants and consumed them." Thought God allowed the fire to come, this was not the fire of God. This passage indicates to us that all natural calamity is the result of creation out of balance with the Creator. We sometimes forget that the spiritual war is fought in the physical world. All these physical calamities happened to Job in the space of about 10 minutes, and it was all part of the spiritual war.
    Всегда будь уверен, что мы здесь всего лишь
    странники в выбранном нами пути, но есть для
    нас Путь, Который не молчит на каждом нашем
    шагу, есть Дверь Призывающая без мёртвых для
    нас запоров и в этом есть Жизнь на всегда.

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    Notes:
    Peace .
    The environment of peace: Philippians 1:2
    The formula for peace: Philippians 3:13-14
    The practice of peace: Philippians 4:6-7,11-13

    Seven Disciplines Producing Peace
    For we walk by faith not by sight. (2Co 5:7)
    1. By faith learn to accept life unconditionally as God's perfect plan for you (Ro 8:28; 1Thess 3:3; 5:18).
    2. By faith live in conscious fellowship with God (1Jhn 1:7)
    3. By faith keep short accounts with God (1Co 11:23-31; 1Jhn 1:9)
    4. By faith seek the Word of God daily (Matt 4:4; 5:6; 2Pe 3:18)
    5. By faith trust in the power of prayer (James 5:16; 1Pe 5:7)
    6. By faith rest in the promises of God (2Pe 1:4; Heb 6:17-20)
    7. By faith see eternal purpose in life's trials (2Co 4:16-18).
    The steadfast of mind Thou wilt keep in perfect peace, because he trusts in Thee (Isa 26:3)
    Всегда будь уверен, что мы здесь всего лишь
    странники в выбранном нами пути, но есть для
    нас Путь, Который не молчит на каждом нашем
    шагу, есть Дверь Призывающая без мёртвых для
    нас запоров и в этом есть Жизнь на всегда.

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    Notes

    10 Principles of Warfare
    1. Objective (Luke 19:10; Phil 3:8-10). Why are we fighting and what it is we are supposed to win?
    We are fighting in the cause for which Jesus Christ came to earth - to seek and to save that which is lost.
    To do this, we have to know Jesus Christ and His power and share His sufferings.
    2. Offensive (Phil 3:12-14). To attain the objective we must be constantly advancing, we must, like Paul,
    "press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call off God in Christ Jesus" (Phil 3:14).
    3. Concentration (Phil 3:13). "Concentration" refers to the massing of forces for decisive action.
    All our energy, all our concentration, all our thought has to be focused on Jesus Christ (Heb 3:1).
    We must narrow down our lives until we can say with Paul, "one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind
    and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press on ..." (Phil 3:13).
    4. Economy of forces (Zech 4:6,10). "Economy of forces" is the skillful and wise use of what is available.
    As Christians we have to learn never to expend more in power or energy than is needed for the task.
    That means we learn how not to wrestle but always to rest in faith, knowing that God delights in bringing
    victory through small and insignificant things.
    5. Mobility (Eph 4-5). We must be flexible, able to move with speed and ease. The Christian life is a walk
    in newness of life (Ro 6:4), a walk by faith (2Co 5:7) and by the Spirit (Gal 5:16), a walk in love
    (Eph 5:2) and in light (1Jhn 1:7).
    6. Cooperation (Eph 4:3,13). Refusal to cooperate in wartime is a crime; we call it treason. All believers are
    one in Christ, and we are expected to cooperate and to function as a single army in the unity of the Spirit
    and the unity of the faith.
    7. Security (Jude 21). Everywhere missiles are flying, grenades are popping, bullets are whizzing past.
    For us there is one - and only one - safe place: in the love of God.
    8. Surprise (Job 1:21). When Job fell down and worshiped God, when David sauntered out with a
    slingshot to take on Goliath, when we respond to pain and trouble in faith, the enemy is caught off-guard
    and blasted by the power of God.
    9. Communication (1Thess 5:17; 2Ti 2:15). If we do not stay in constant touch with headquarters, how
    will we know where we are supposed to be and what we are supposed to be doing?
    We need to study the Word and to pray every day.
    10. Pursuit (1Co 9:22-23). If we want to win, we must every day be in active pursuit of the enemy with a
    view toward total defeat. Paul pursued excellence in service so that he might see men won to Jesus Christ.
    Всегда будь уверен, что мы здесь всего лишь
    странники в выбранном нами пути, но есть для
    нас Путь, Который не молчит на каждом нашем
    шагу, есть Дверь Призывающая без мёртвых для
    нас запоров и в этом есть Жизнь на всегда.

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    Then Job arose and tore his robe and shaved his head, and
    he fell to the ground and worshiped. And he said,
    "Naked I came from my mother's womb,
    And naked I shall return there.
    The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away.
    Blessed be the name of the Lord."
    Through all this Job did not sin nor did he blame God
    . (Job 1:20-22)

    Job's sorrow and grief are beyond measure. He rises and tears his robe as a symbol of a broken heart. His soul has been ripped in two, but his response to all the sorrow is to bow before the Almighty God and worship. His pain is encompassed by his faith, and so Job does not give satan the victory he desires. The enemy wants one of God's own children to say "Why me? Why did God let this happen to me? How could a loving God allow this suffering?" Satan is no different today in dealing with us. He still wants to malign the character of God through the mouths of God's own children.

    Again there was a day when the sons of God came to present
    themselves before the Lord, and satan also came among them
    to present himself before the Lord.
    And the Lord said to satan, "Where have you come form?"
    Then satan answered the Lord and said, "From roaming
    about on the earth, and walking around on it."
    And the Lord said to satan, "Have you considered my
    servant Job. For there is no one like him on the earth, a
    blameless and upright man fearing God and turning away
    from evil. And he still holds fast his integrity, although you
    incited Me against him, to ruin him without cause."
    And satan answered the Lord and said, "Skin for skin!
    Yes, all that a man has he will give for his life. However, put
    forth Thy hand, now and touch his bone and his flesh; he will
    curse Thee to Thy face
    ." (Job 2:1-6)

    Again there is satan struts in, though perhaps with less lilt in the face of Job's response to his attack. Again God asks him where he has been and again satan tells Him, "around." Then God asks the one question the enemy surely does not want to hear: "Have you considered My servant Job?" When God says that Job holds fast his "integrity," the Hebrew word is tummah. It means "simplicity, singleness of purpose, innocence." Job's integrity is his refusal to blame God for the things that have happened to him. He holds his integrity even though, God says, "you incited Me against him to ruin him without cause." The phrase "without cause" tells us something - there was no sin involved in Job's suffering. He was not suffering because of discipline.

    Satan's answer o God's question is an accusation; he charges Job with selfishness. One of the most compassionate, gracious, thoughtful men in history is accused by satan of being selfish and self-centered. In his response, satan is saying to God: "Sure Job hasn't cursed You yet. You can steal his flocks, You can destroy his wealth, You can strike his servants and kill his family, and he is so selfish and so self-absorbed that it does not even touch him. He doesn't even feel any grief over his family. He just sits there and says, 'Everything's fine.' But You touch his body, make him hurt, and he will curse You for sure."
    Всегда будь уверен, что мы здесь всего лишь
    странники в выбранном нами пути, но есть для
    нас Путь, Который не молчит на каждом нашем
    шагу, есть Дверь Призывающая без мёртвых для
    нас запоров и в этом есть Жизнь на всегда.

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    This is the third of five times that we see satan's goal in afflicting Job (Job 1:5,11; 2:3,5,10). Because he so maliciously despises God, satan feels vindicated when he can move any believer to malign Gods' character. We are in the middle of the conflict. When God allows into our lives any pressure, difficulty, adversity - minor or major - and we accept it without complaint, acknowledging that God knows what He is doing, then He receives honor and glory. But when in testing we accuse God of being unjust or unrighteous or unloving, then satan struts and chuckles before the presence of the Lord. Any time we say, or think, "What is happening to me is not fair," we become a witness for satan. Any time we ask the question, "How can a loving God allow this?" implying of course that God is not loving, we are following the line of the devil. Satan is the author of that statement.

    God is never the source of evil. Notice in Job 2:6 that God says to satan, "He is in your power." That was not what satan asked for. Satan asked for God to touch Job's bone and his flesh. He wanted God personally to strip Job of his health. God would not do it. "He is in your power," He said. "You want it done to him? You do it." Satan may be allowed to get through our protection, but he will never get beyond God's limitation. In Job's case God set the limit when He commanded satan to spare his life. God is always able to say to the enemy, "This far and no further." And when God allows more trouble or persecution in our lives than we think we can stand, we have to remember that the extent of the severity of our testing is a measure of the extent of honor and glory it can bring to Jesus Christ throughout all eternity.

    Notes.
    No Truce
    We must understand that there is no truce in the invisible war. There will never be a moment from the instant we believe in the Lord Jesus Christ until we go to be with Him that the enemy is not on the offensive. We are active participants in the battle whether we like it or not.

    Every day billions of battles are fought in this war, fought by believers on every continent of what we call the kosmos diabolicus, the devil's world. Every day each of us faces the issue of whether we will glorify God or gratify self. This is always at the heart of the struggle in the angelic conflict. Every day we have the chance to win either eternal glory for the Lord or temporary gratification for ourselves.

    Jesus said, "If any man will come after Me, let him deny himself, take up his cross, and follow after" (Mark 8:34). Taking up the cross means that we identify the plan and purpose of God for our life, dedicate ourselves to it, and never quit. This demands a tremendous amount of self-denial.

    We have to keep in mind always that the path from the cross to the crown is an upward path. That is why Paul uses in Philippians 3:14 the words "press on." The Greek dioko means "to pursue, to search for, to seek, to set as a priority." We have to set our priority and press on from the saving grace of the cross to the living grace of day-to-day life, to the super-grace of spiritual maturity. Always we keep pressing on, always growing in grace and the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. and as we do, we will come to understand that the provisions of grace, the assets of grace are greater than we ever imagined. But only one thing will force us to see this, and that is greater need.

    Therefore, we have to learn to live one day at a time. We have to live our lives the way a marathon runner runs his race. If the runner thinks of all the miles stretched out ahead of him, he will be inclined to give up-especially if he remembers the pain of the last race. So he starts the race thinking a mile at a time. But after a while he stops clicking off the miles and starts thinking in terms of half-miles, then quarter-miles, then yards, until he reaches the point where all he can think about is putting one foot in front of the other.

    In the Christian life, we start out in a burst of energy, running for all we are worth. Then somewhere along the line we realize that this is a marathon and we had better slow down and dig in for the long haul. Isaiah 40:31 talks about those who "wait" on the Lord. He uses qawah, the strongest Hebrew word for faith. The first thing the do is "mount up with wings as eagles," then they run and do not get tired, and eventually they walk and do not become weary.

    As we mature, we learn to pace ourselves. We learn to deal with our adversities a day at a time. We know that grace is sufficient moment by moment, and so we learn to go through crisis, tragedy, and difficulty one day at a time. We learn to deal with our areas of weakness, our frailties, and our temptations one day at a time. We do not ask ourselves, "How will I deal with this the rest of my life?" We ask, "Can I make it through this day?"

    At night, with success behind us, we lay ourselves down, commit that day to eternity, and rest. We have won glory for the Lord Jesus Christ. And the next day it starts all over again. We will have days when we bring honor to Christ, and we will have days when we do not. We will have times when we struggle to sustain honor and integrity for just five more minutes, and we will make it, and maybe at the end of those five minutes we will fall flat on our face. But as Jeremiah reminds us in Lamentations 3:22-23, every time we see the sun come up we know that God's mercy has been renewed and restored for that day. We know there will be tests and trials and difficulties that day, but there will also be great joys and blessings. And we keep on keeping on because we know who it is we believe and why it is we fight.

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    Всегда будь уверен, что мы здесь всего лишь
    странники в выбранном нами пути, но есть для
    нас Путь, Который не молчит на каждом нашем
    шагу, есть Дверь Призывающая без мёртвых для
    нас запоров и в этом есть Жизнь на всегда.

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