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`. In Tough Times. Tough times are a blessing because they test the genuineness of our faith in God!. In Tough Times. It’s easy to thank God when everything is going your way. But what about when the bottom drops out?. In Tough Times. Job is the perfect example

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In Tough Times

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Tough times are a blessing

because they test

the genuineness of

our faith in God!

In Tough Times

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It’s easy to thank God when everything is going your way.

But what about when

the bottom drops out?

In Tough Times

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Job is the perfect example

of someone who had everything…

then lost it all in one day.

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In the land of Uz there lived a man whose name was Job. This man was blameless and upright; he feared God and shunned evil. He had seven sons and three daughters,

and he owned seven thousand sheep, three thousand camels, five hundred yoke of oxen and five hundred donkeys, and had a large number of servants. He was the greatest man among all the people of the East.

Job 1:1-3

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 Then the LORD said to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job? There is no one on earth like him; he is blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil.” “Does Job fear God for nothing?” Satan replied. “Have you not put a hedge around him and his household and everything he has?

Job 1:8-9

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 You have blessed the work of his hands, so that his flocks and herds are spread throughout the land. But now stretch out your hand and strike everything he has, and he will surely curse you to your face.”

Job 1: 10-11

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 … a messenger came to Job and said, “The oxen were plowing and the donkeys were grazing nearby, and the Sabeans attacked and made off with them. They put the servants to the sword, and I am the only one who has escaped to tell you!” Job 1:14-15

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While he was still speaking, another messenger came and said, “The fire of God fell from the heavens and burned up the sheep and the servants, and I am the only one who has escaped to tell you!” Job 1:16

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While he was still speaking, another messenger came and said, “The Chaldeans formed three raiding parties and swept down on your camels and made off with them. They put the servants to the sword, and I am the only one who has escaped to tell you!”

Job 1:17

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While he was still speaking, yet another messenger came and said, “Your sons and daughters were feasting and drinking wine at the oldest brother’s house, when suddenly a mighty wind swept in from the desert and struck the four corners of the house. It collapsed on them and they are dead, and I am the only one who has escaped to tell you!”

Job 1:18-19

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At this, Job got up and tore his robe and shaved his head. Then he fell to the ground in worship and said: “Naked I came from my mother’s womb,    and naked I will depart. The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away; may the name of the

LORD be praised.” Job 1:20-21

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DANG! In one day, Job went from being the greatest man in his region to being utterly destitute.

Job’s response was to…

worship and praise God!

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This was more than just fatalistic resignation to his situation.

This was recognition of …

God’s constant goodness!

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“God is good all the time

and

all the time God is good!”

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Job’s Secret:

Focusing on blessings

that can’t be taken away!

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Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you… 1 Peter 1:3-4

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Count Your

(Eternal)

Blessings

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Eternal Blessing #1: New Birth

For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God.

1 Peter 1:23

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Eternal Blessing #2: Living Hope

And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us. Romans 5:5

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Eternal Blessing #3: Unfading Inheritance

…giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light. Col. 1:12

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Invitation:

Become a recipient

God’s eternal blessings today

by asking Jesus to be your

Savior and Lord!

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