By Terry E. McGee Sr.
Inside The Pew

Throughout our lives, we will have endless encounters with Satan. But one thing that we must understand is that our faith and our Savior give us power over Satan. There are two ways he can have any power over us is: one, we have to give it to him, or, two, God has to give him permission. Normally God does not give him permission, but in the case of Job, He did. Job 1:1 reads, “There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man was blameless and upright, and one who feared God and shunned evil” (NIV).

But the special permission was given in this case because God knew Job was a man of his own heart and no matter what circumstances came to Job; he would still serve God without question or doubt! Satan thought that he could get Job to doubt and question God.

“Then the Lord said to Satan, “Have you considered My servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, one who fears God and shuns evil?’ So Satan answered the Lord and said, ‘Does Job fear God for nothing? Have you not made a hedge around him, around his household, and around all that he has on every side? You have blessed the work of his hands, and his possessions have increased in the land. But now, stretch out Your hand and touch all that he has, and he will surely curse You to Your face!’ And the Lord said to Satan, ‘Behold, all that he has is in your power; only do not lay a hand on his person.’ So Satan went out from the presence of the Lord” Job 1: 8-12 (NIV).

Satan bought turmoil after turmoil, eventually killing Job’s children. But Job stood firm, and never questioned God for the test and trials that became his life. Instead he said “naked I came and naked I shall leave!” What this means is when he was born, he had nothing and when he dies, he cannot take anything or anyone with him.

Birth and death is something we will all do alone. It does not matter if you were born a twin or die in a mass death scene. The one other thing we will do alone is have a face-to-face meeting with God when that great day comes. At the end of that conversation, one of two things will be said: “Go forth and claim your crown, for you have finished the race,” meaning eternal life in heaven with God and his faithful servants, or you will hear “Depart from me, as I know you NOT”! This means when there was life in you here on earth, God was not glorified in your words and or actions! There is the ultimate penalty for this, which is spending eternity in hell, where you will be tormented daily!

I encourage you to read the entire book of Job. In times when you may question the motives of God, just remember this story of how sometimes God “allows” things to happen, but He is still in control!

Little Elm resident Terry McGee serves as host of the “Simply Inspiring Show” Mondays 5-7 p.m. CST on the Fishbowl Network. Connect with Terry on Twitter and on Facebook.

 

By Terry McGee
Inside The Pew

Sometimes I sit back and marvel at the flawlessness of God’s plan! How well executed it is, although at times we struggle to understand it when the rain and trials of life come to plague us. But, I have come to understand His will is different than mine, and His will is always executed. I think back to the times in my life when I should have died. The answer always comes back the same. I have a lot of work I have to do for the Lord, and until I finish what He gave me to do I will sustain and I will trust Him.

I often think back to the story Joseph in Genesis, beginning with chapter 37, when Joseph’s brothers wanted to kill him. Their plan was for him to die, but one spoke against it and instead they threw him in a pit. And as his brothers ate that day, they decided to sell Joseph to strangers and tell their father he was attacked and killed by an animal.

See prior to this, Joseph shared some dreams with his brothers that had them bowing before him. They disliked his dreams and hatred settled in.

Sometimes what God shares with us individually is for us individually. If we tell the wrong people about our dreams or passions, they may not be receptive to it and may try to sabotage it. But we serve a mighty God!!

Eventually, Joseph rose to power in Egypt and he was “the man”! He still received dreams from God and revealed that after seven years of plenty, it was going to be followed by seven years of famine. So basically Egypt was ready for the famine when it arose.

Now Joseph’s family was suffering as they had no knowledge of the famine. Like everyone else, Joseph had to journey to Egypt, were it was known by all that they had plenty.

Joseph’s brothers had no idea that Joseph was the individual in charge there. They just wanted to plead their case to buy food from the person in charge. So as they approached him, they bowed before him to ask to purchase food. So, the dream Joseph had come to fruition.

What the brothers meant for bad, God turned to good. And even more so, God put Joseph in a position to help his family. This is why I don’t question God! I just trust him! Oh but God….!

McGee hosts Simply Inspiring Show, a gospel music/motivational program featuring guests of all backgrounds to share their inspiring stories, introducing new music/new artists, promoting new talent in all industries, and empowering our listeners to excel in accomplishing their goals. Terry’s story originates from the accomplishment of being a former business owner (McGee Networks Plus), co-writing a motivational book,“Multiple Streams of Determination” with some of the best minds in the country, such as Johnny Wimbrey, Les Brown, Matt Morris, Jim Rohn and Marc Accetta. Born in Rockford, Ill., but now residing in Little Elm, Texas, he has a wife, Pamela, and four children: Cortney, Brittney, Erica, and Terry Jr.