Precious Gems Found in the Book of Job

The Book of Job is not just about patience, faith and suffering of Job. The book is about the God of Job that despite what he allows to happen to Job, God is still in control. He is wise in all the decisions. He is still sovereign and no one can forfeit His plan to Job. In the end, Job has a happt ending and God gets the glory. I have been in my third time reading this book as part of my quite time. Nuggets of gold can be unearthed everytime I read and reread this book. So let me share some verses I find beneficial and soon will be part of my sermon:

“I have not departed from the commandment of his lips; I have treasured the words of his mouth more than my portion of food.”– Job 23:12

“And after my skin has been thus destroyed, yet in my flesh I shall see God,”– Job 19:26

“Will it be well with you when he searches you out? Or can you deceive him, as one deceives a man?”– Job 13:9

“You have granted me life and steadfast love, and your care has preserved my spirit.”– Job 10:12

“Behold, I am of small account; what shall I answer you? I lay my hand on my mouth.”– Job 40:4

“For what is the hope of the godless when God cuts him off, when God takes away his life?” — Job 27:8

“Will any teach God knowledge, seeing that he judges those who are on high?”– Job 21:22

“Who has put wisdom in the inward parts or given understanding to the mind?”– Job 38:36

“what then shall I do when God rises up? When he makes inquiry, what shall I answer him?”– Job 31:14

And he said to man, ‘Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom, and to turn away from evil is understanding.'” — Job 28: 28

“Does not he see my ways and number all my steps?” — Job 31:4

Get to read these verses by downloading these awesome Bible app: You Version and Olive Tree. God bless you as you read His Word.

Living the Extraordinary Christian Life Part 5

Ecclesiastes 1:9-11 ESV What has been is what will be, and what has been done is what will be done, and there is nothing new under the sun. Is there a thing of which it is said, “See, this is new”? It has been already in the ages before us. There is no remembrance of former things, nor will there be any remembrance of later things yet to be among those who come after.
We are all curious about our future. That’s why we consult fortune tellers, read horoscope and buy good luck charms. We save money and invest for a brighter future. However, there is a much greater thing to look forward to. A life that God has set before us that is more secure.
Life Near to God: Past, Present and Future
Future: Romans 8: 18-19, Eph. 2:7 and 1 Cor. 15: 55-57
Romans 8:18-19 ESV For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God.
There are things that are in store for us that will eclipse the pain we experience here on earth. Whatever we are going through, persecution or injustice, let this promise of God sooth our wounded soul .
Ephesians 2:7 ESV so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.
If we have lived by the sufficiency of God’s grace through hardships, pain and lost considering its enough for us, then there is more in store for us of this grace in the future. If however the overflowing of blessing we achieve in our joyous moments feels like God flooded us and sank us so deep, that verse in Ephesians lets us there is more. The “immeasurable riches of his grace” is waiting for us. That’s how good God is to us.
1 Corinthians 15:55-57 ESV “O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?” The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
In our very last breath we are victorious. We may have brought victory for ourselves, our school, family and workplace that we can be proud of. We can fill this world with our trophies of success. But that doesn’t compare to the victory beyond here on earth. We didn’t break a sweat in achieving this but rather Christ gave His blood. In death we will leave all of what we have on earth. But praise God as we go to eternity we are victorious. Truly the future is bright for us Christians.
(To be concluded next week…)

Living the Extraordinary Christian Life Part 2

Ecclesiastes 1:9-11 ESV What has been is what will be, and what has been done is what will be done, and there is nothing new under the sun. Is there a thing of which it is said, “See, this is new”? It has been already in the ages before us. There is no remembrance of former things, nor will there be any remembrance of later things yet to be among those who come after.
Ecclesiastes gives us the blueprint of a life that excludes God. King Solomon did mentioned God in this book, but clearly Ecclesiastes narrates an earthly view of life. Let’s see that life that we shouldn’t walk on to.
Life Apart from God: Past, Present and Future
According to Solomon, a man centered life is a cycle of vanities. A life that is worthless, trivial and pointless. The past, present and future of this kind of life are connected with those words. If we think about it, this is the life that won’t guarantee you anything. That my friend is the life without God.
Past: “What has been…” vs. 9. Some of us may have graduated and that’s an achievement for us. Some of us may recently been hired and it’s a life changer for us. If we look at this excluding God’s perspective, it’s a vicious repetition of man. Yes it brings us joy. Yes it gave us a sort of milestone. We even may contribute to society. But Solomon said it bluntly it’s just a natural cycle which the end will be nothing.
Present: “See, this is new”? vs. 10. We may have that “Eureka” moment as if we found the fountain of youth but as Solomon stated over and over Ecclesiastes “there is nothing new under the sun.” What we have is a repackaged of things of the past. This is a present life that is connected with the past which we already knew that is useless. Do we live like what Solomon has described?
Future: “of later things yet to be…” vs. 11. This is the dead end street for all of us according to Solomon. No guarantee of a better future. Life is just life like what it was in the previous. Worst, we are doomed to be forgotten as if we didn’t exist at all. Even much worst, no life beyond this life. We are spiritual beings and God imprinted to our hearts eternity. But this earthly perspective of life doesn’t make mentioned this important thing that separates from animals. How sad this life can be apart from God.
(To be continued next week…)

The Quotable Round Up #4

Guys its another Tuesday and you know what it means. It’s “The Quotable Round Up” time! Like we do every Tuesday we deliver 7 quotes from todays (and I hope yesteryears) Christian leaders. Today we present to you quotes from John MacArthur and David Platt. Enjoy!

“Our fellowship with God is not meant to wait until we are in heaven. God’s greatest desire, and our greatest need, is to be in constant fellowship with Him now, and there is no greater expression or experience of fellowship than prayer.”
–John F. MacArthur Jr.

“For if this gospel is true, then we must spend our lives and mobilize our churches for the spread of Christ’s love to unreached people groups all around the world. Jesus has not given us a commission to consider; he has given us a command to obey.”
–David Platt

“Since the ultimate purpose of our salvation is to glorify God and to bring us into intimate, rich fellowship with Him, failure to seek God in prayer is to deny that purpose.”
–John F. MacArthur Jr.

“We who know the gospel have been given the greatest gift in all the world. We have good news of a glorious God who has come to deliver men, women, and children from all sin and all suffering for all time. Therefore, we cannot —we must not —stay silent with this gospel. Gospel possession requires gospel proclamation.”
–David Platt

“Continual, persistent, incessant prayer is an essential part of Christian living, and it flows out of dependence on God.”
–John F. MacArthur Jr.

“While the human body has many parts—a head, eyes, nose, mouth, ears, teeth, arms, legs, fingers, toes, and internal organs—they don’t all have the same function. That analogy beautifully illustrates the relationship of individual believers to the entire body of Christ. We constitute one body, yet we have different roles that complement one another.”
— John MacArthur Jr.

“A true child of God won’t be preoccupied with his own plans and desires but the dtermination program of God, revealed in the person of Jesus Christ.”
–John F. MacArthur Jr.

The Quotable Round Up #3

It’s another Tuesday and time for The Quotable Round Up. We serve the best and awesome quotes from your favorite authors. This week lets have some from John MacArthur and J. A. Medders. If in anyway this post encourage you, feel free to share this post on Facebook, Twitter or on any social media accounts. That way Delighting Grace will be encourage too and post more of these quotes.

“The central function of the church on earth is to reach the lost.”
–John MacArthur Jr.

“Prayer focuses on God as the One who supplies. It acknowledges that He is the source of all our physical needs, and it teaches us to live one day at a time in the confidence that He will meet those needs.”
–John MacArthur Jr.

“If you want to have that passion in your prayers, you need to realize that the real benefit of prayer is not the changes God may make in your circumstances but the changes He will make in you and in your perception of them.”
–John MacArthur, Jr.

“The cross is the pulpit sermon of God’s matchless love for you.”
–J. A. Medders

“The gospel stands as God’s bouquet of love for you.”
J.A. Medders

“As the blood of Jesus flowed down the cross, it washed away all of our sin stains. Now we are new people in Jesus.”
–J. A. Medders

“To be devoted to prayer is to earnestly, courageously, and persistently bring everything, especially the needs of others, before God.”
–John F. MacArthur Jr.

The Greatest Need of Man Answered and Settled by God Part 5

Praise is due to you,a O God, in Zion,

and to you shall vows be performed.

 

O you who hear prayer,

to you shall all flesh come.

 

When iniquities prevail against me,

you atone for our transgressions.

 

Blessed is the one you choose and bring near,

to dwell in your courts!

We shall be satisfied with the goodness of your house,

the holiness of your temple!

 

By awesome deeds you answer us with righteousness,

O God of our salvation,

the hope of all the ends of the earth

and of the farthest seas;

 

the one who by his strength established the mountains,

being girded with might;

 

who stills the roaring of the seas,

the roaring of their waves,

the tumult of the peoples,

 

so that those who dwell at the ends of the earth are in awe at your signs.

You make the going out of the morning and the evening to shout for joy.

 

You visit the earth and water it;

you greatly enrich it;

the river of God is full of water;

you provide their grain,

for so you have prepared it.

 

You water its furrows abundantly,

settling its ridges,

softening it with showers,

and blessing its growth.

 

You crown the year with your bounty;

your wagon tracks overflow with abundance.

 

The pastures of the wilderness overflow,

the hills gird themselves with joy,

 

the meadows clothe themselves with flocks,

the valleys deck themselves with grain,

they shout and sing together for joy.

–Psalms 65:1-13

 

What Satisfaction Did God Provide?

Knowing that God gave answers to our greatest needs and settles it, it brings a satisfaction to us. Just like receiving a gift it brings joy to us, so is the knowledge that God answered the ultimate need of man.

Goodness

Blessed is the one you choose and bring near,

to dwell in your courts!

We shall be satisfied with the goodness of your house,

the holiness of your temple!

Psalms 65:4

God proves that in Him there is goodness. This is of course not just in terms of what He can provide physically(if you read the later part of Psalms) but the mercy and grace that overflows from Him.

Confidence

By awesome deeds you answer us with righteousness,

O God of our salvation,

the hope of all the ends of the earth

and of the farthest seas;

Psalms 65:5

Knowing that God provided the answers which are salvation and prayer, this gives us confidence. We can hold our heads up high grounded on what he provided. Another confidence booster is, if you go back to verse 4, being His elect which makes a lot of difference. Confidence to walk in the ruined world with God is heaven already. Now who can snatch that goodness and confidence from you? No one!

Reflecting on these thoughts, what reasons can we give that we should not take part of these scarce heavenly commodity? What excuse can man give upon reaching such truth? Let us be all reasonable and get this providential lot from our Creator

The Greatest Need of Man Answered and Settled by God Part 4

Praise is due to you,a O God, in Zion,

and to you shall vows be performed.

 

O you who hear prayer,

to you shall all flesh come.

 

When iniquities prevail against me,

you atone for our transgressions.

 

Blessed is the one you choose and bring near,

to dwell in your courts!

We shall be satisfied with the goodness of your house,

the holiness of your temple!

 

By awesome deeds you answer us with righteousness,

O God of our salvation,

the hope of all the ends of the earth

and of the farthest seas;

 

the one who by his strength established the mountains,

being girded with might;

 

who stills the roaring of the seas,

the roaring of their waves,

the tumult of the peoples,

 

so that those who dwell at the ends of the earth are in awe at your signs.

You make the going out of the morning and the evening to shout for joy.

 

You visit the earth and water it;

you greatly enrich it;

the river of God is full of water;

you provide their grain,

for so you have prepared it.

 

You water its furrows abundantly,

settling its ridges,

softening it with showers,

and blessing its growth.

 

You crown the year with your bounty;

your wagon tracks overflow with abundance.

 

The pastures of the wilderness overflow,

the hills gird themselves with joy,

 

the meadows clothe themselves with flocks,

the valleys deck themselves with grain,

they shout and sing together for joy.

–Psalms 65:1-13

Continuing our study on Psalms 65, we turn to another need that God already met for his elect and that is prayer.

Prayer

O you who hear prayer,

to you shall all flesh come.

–Psalms 65:5

Often we find ourselves in situation that we are in distress and are in need of help. We go to people that are eager to assist us. They relieve us from our low point and uplifts us. Its not wrong to go to others for help. However there is a God who is much more dependable than man. That God created a way that a mere mortal man and an eternal God can communicate. Well we know the Bible is one of those mode. We always say that in the Bible, God is communicating to man. There is another mode that man is communicating with God. That is through prayer.

But as the text states, God hears our prayers. We might find comfort in the response of people around us but God receives our prayers. Our supplications are met by our God. Prayer creates communication between man and God. In recent times, scientist established the SETI program that aims to send communications to extraterrestrial beings by sending signals to space. Unfortunately, till now, no ET has responded to signals emitted by SETI. Think about prayer and how from earth to the very place where God is we Christians can be heard by God. God established prayer as a mode of communication to Him. Look at the following verses that promises that God answers prayers:

And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us. 1 John 5:14

He fulfills the desire of those who fear him; he also hears their cry and saves them. Psalms 145:19

“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. Matthew 7:7

Now that we have tackled two essential things God gave to man, we should ponder the question: what do these two things bring to my Christian life aside from assurance?  What did God satisfied us with these truth? Come back next week and we will examine it through Psalms 65.

The Greatest Need of Man Answered and Settled by God Part 1


Praise is due to you,a O God, in Zion,
and to you shall vows be performed.

O you who hear prayer,
to you shall all flesh come.

When iniquities prevail against me,
you atone for our transgressions.

Blessed is the one you choose and bring near,
to dwell in your courts!
We shall be satisfied with the goodness of your house,
the holiness of your temple!

By awesome deeds you answer us with righteousness,
O God of our salvation,
the hope of all the ends of the earth
and of the farthest seas;

the one who by his strength established the mountains,
being girded with might;

who stills the roaring of the seas,
the roaring of their waves,
the tumult of the peoples,

so that those who dwell at the ends of the earth are in awe at your signs.
You make the going out of the morning and the evening to shout for joy.

You visit the earth and water it;
you greatly enrich it;
the river of God is full of water;
you provide their grain,
for so you have prepared it.

You water its furrows abundantly,
settling its ridges,
softening it with showers,
and blessing its growth.

You crown the year with your bounty;
your wagon tracks overflow with abundance.

The pastures of the wilderness overflow,
the hills gird themselves with joy,

the meadows clothe themselves with flocks,
the valleys deck themselves with grain,
they shout and sing together for joy.
–Psalms 65:1-13

Introduction
While having my daily meditation, my reading came to this chapter. It was a blessing to me that I shared it as my message on our prayer meeting. Because the chapter was so good, I didnt concentrate on just one text but the whole chapter. I can see the goodness of God providing man the ultimate answer he needs.
Psalms 65 is a psalm of thankgiving for the providencial goodness of God. The chapter reaks with why God is good and praise worthy. As we study further, this psalm gives us the glimpse of what man is really longing for. As man looks for meaning and purpose we can see that God already gave it. Man by nature is sinful and doesnt want anything that has to do with God may trample these precious gifts. He might not need it because he find it worthless. Only the power of God can open the spiritually blind men to see these treasures.
If we look at the world, we see all unplesant things that get us down. Man is searching for some sort of relief for these miseries. The world may say “Love is all we need” or “Peace is the answer” yet those answers cant fill the void.
A Christian knows better on what is the real answer. God provided His children the lasting and satisfying answer that this world cant offer. Psalms 65 made mention the two important things that God gave to man which are salvation and prayer. Having these two, God responded an end to the search which brings comfort and assurance.
Next week we shall discuss the two greatest need of man that God provided already.

Study The Book: Delighting Grace Interviews Jacob D. Gerber of 19Baskets

Recently read Jacob D. Gerber’s “5 of the Best Free Bible Study Tools” which is very helpful. His websites http://www.freedailybiblestudy.com articles and podcast are superb. I got the chance to meet him over Tweeter and asked a few questions about Bible Study.

Delighting Grace: What is a Bible Study and how important is it to a Christian?

Jacob D. Gerber: At its most basic, a Bible study is when we open up God’s word in the Bible to read it, ask questions about what we are reading, seek out what God is telling us in his word, and then respond to what God has spoken through prayer, faith, and obedience. 

Since Christianity is first of all a relationship with God through Christ, then studying God’s word is of primary importance. Put simply, we cannot know God unless we listen to him speaking. Just like I cannot have a relationship with my wife (or, at least, not a good one!) unless I talk with her—both listening to her and speaking to her—so also we cannot have a good relationship with God unless we listen to him and respond to him.

Delighting Grace: How do you conduct a Bible Study?

Jacob D. Gerber: A Bible study can happen with an individual, but it’s a very beneficial thing to study God’s word with other people in a group. That way, we can help each other to better understand what we are reading, and we can also help encourage each other to apply what we are learning to our lives as we seek to follow Jesus as his disciples.

To conduct a group Bible study, then, here are a couple of quick tips. 

First, make sure that at least one person prepares to lead the discussion. It’s much better if everyone can prepare, but it’s hard to study the Bible deeply if everyone is reading that passage cold for the first time when you meet together.

Second, work hard to get to what God is actually saying in his word rather than on your own thoughts and feelings. This can be difficult, but it’s important to keep in mind that God has actually spoken, and that we are more interested in what he has to say than what we have to say.

Third, don’t forget to pray, and especially to pray that God himself would guide you into truth by his Holy Spirit. Jesus promised to send the Holy Spirit to lead us into the truth and to bear witness about Jesus (John 15:26–27, 16:13; 1 John 2:20, 5:6–12), so ask God to be faithful to keep that promise as you study his word—he loves to keep his promises!

Delighting Grace: If you’re conducting one for unbelievers, how do you place the gospel in every Bible study you do for them?

Jacob D. Gerber: I think that the two most important aspects of doing a Bible study with unbelievers is (1) to make sure that you explain difficult concepts as you go, and (2) to keep Jesus Christ as the center of your conversation. And frankly, I think that these two factors are important even when your Bible study is filled with believers!

First, always make sure that you aren’t going too fast or using jargon words in your Bible study. I once did a Bible study with an unbeliever who stopped me to ask what all the numbers on the page of the Bible he was using meant! I hadn’t even considered that someone might not understand chapter and verse numbers, but it was a good reminder not to take anything for granted.

Second, keep in mind that the Bible isn’t merely a collection of stories to entertain us or rules to legislate us but that it’s the unfolding revelation of the Lord Jesus Christ. Everything in the Bible points to him in one way or another, so if you get through a Bible study and never talk about Jesus Christ and him crucified, then you’ve missed the point! Again, pray that God would illuminate the gospel of Jesus Christ as you study his word.

Delighting Grace: What should the participants expect in a Bible study?

Jacob D. Gerber: Participants should expect to study the Bible seriously. That means that sometimes ideas may get challenged (although we should always challenge ideas with kindness, love and zeal for the truth!), and that we may not have time to talk about every bunny trail, distracting idea that pops up. Instead, we want to see Jesus as we open God’s word together.

Delighting Grace:How do we prepare for Bible study?

Jacob D. Gerber:Ideally, participants would prepare for Bible study by reading the passage ahead of time, and especially by praying. I confess that I always have to remind myself to stop and pray because there is a part of me that really believes that I’m smart enough and spiritually sensitive enough to read the Bible on my own. 

God teaches in his word, though, that only the Holy Spirit opens our eyes to see the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ as we read God’s word (2 Cor. 3:7–4:6), so we need to pray that God will do just that!

Delighting Grace: For you what book or verse in the Bible should we study first in a Bible study?

Jacob D. Gerber: This really depends on the needs and maturity of the group, but it’s great to start with Jesus. Maybe begin with the Gospel of Mark, and then the Gospel of John. Then, I also think that 1 John is a fantastic book to study to learn more about what it means to follow Jesus as a disciple (I’ll say more about that in question #9).

If you want to start at the beginning of the Bible and work your way through, you may enjoy the daily Bible study meditations I write. You can subscribe for free at http://freedailybiblestudy.com/

Delighting Grace: How does a Bible study differ from a worship service or Sunday school class?

Jacob D. Gerber: A Bible study and a Sunday School class are pretty similar—both of those events involve studying God’s word in a group to learn more about Jesus.

A worship service is different, though, in that God meets with his people in more ways than through simply the reading of his word and prayer. In a worship service, God’s people still read his word and pray, but we also worship God through giving, through hearing God’s word preached, through the sacraments (baptism and the Lord’s Supper), and through singing. A worship service is a dialogue where God speaks and then we respond in more ways than in a Bible study.

Delighting Grace: What is 19Baskets and how do we benefit from it?

Jacob D. Gerber: 19Baskets is my publishing company, and the name derives from the leftovers of the two feedings that Jesus gave: when Jesus fed the 5000 (Matt. 14:13–21), his disciples gathered up 12 baskets of leftovers, and when Jesus fed the 4000, his disciples gathered up 7 baskets of leftovers (Matt. 15:32–39). The theme verse of 19Baskets is John 6:12: “Gather up the leftover fragments, that nothing may be lost.”

Accordingly, the goal of 19Baskets is to help pastors and Bible teachers to gather up the fragments of their teaching ministries into a more permanent, written form. So, in my case, the book I wrote about discipleship according to 1, 2, and 3 John was a gathering up of the fragments of a sermon series I had preached.

My hope is that 19Baskets can help ordinary pastors to write solid, valuable books for the benefit of their congregations and beyond for years to come, rather than allowing their sermons to be lost in time.

Delighting Grace: Can please tell about your book and invite our readers to check it out?

Jacob D. Gerber: Absolutely! My book, That You May Know: A Primer on Christian Discipleship is a close, careful study of 1, 2, and 3 John. It’s written to serve as a helpful devotional commentary for an individual’s study of God’s word or for a small group of people. In it, I’ve tried to avoid being so topical as to neglect the text of Scripture itself, and I’ve also tried to avoid getting mired in technical details that only a handful of Bible scholars would find interesting.

I want it to be helpful and beneficial for the average Christian who wants to know what God’s word says about following Jesus.

You can download the first two chapters of the book as a sample here:

http://freedailybiblestudy.com/sample-that-you-may-know

And you can get the book on Amazon here:

http://www.amazon.com/That-You-May-Know-Discipleship/dp/0692292632/

May God bless you richly in Christ through the ministry of the Holy Spirit as you study his word!

Delighting Grace: Thank you pastor. God bless you!

(Jacob D. Gerber is the Assistant Pastor of Preaching and Teaching at Redeemer Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Lincoln, NE. He lives in Lincoln with his wife, Allison, his daughter, Evelyn, and his son, Zachariah. You can find him on Twitter @jacobdgerber)

Marianito “Nitoy” Gonzales is a 30 something blogger who wears many hats. But his passion is to preach the gospel and make God know to all men. He blogs at Delighting Grace (https://delightinggrace.wordpress.com). You can reach him on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Tumblr.

Book Review+Free Book Download: Can We Find God? by Simeon M. Susi Jr.

Its a privilege for me to be able to receive books for the book review that this blog is giving out. But this one is a stand out because this book is out of print.

In “Can We Find  God?” Pastor Susi opens the book with a call for Christians get real. He states that the stumblingblock of people coming to God is our slackness of in getting to know Him and how we handle this knowledge. Susi clears things out and acknowledge that we can only know God when He reveals Himself first to us. Then through this short book, he takes us to chapters in getting to know Him.

As I read the book, it draws you in despite of the seriousness of the message it tackles. It will not turn you off but it will convict you. As the book unfolds, Pastor Susi unpacks how God graciously reveals Himself. He also has injects some doctrine and apologetics with a “you never saw it coming” style. i think only a seasoned pastor can hack that style. I would like to point out, some of the chapters are too short. I think Pstr. Susi should expound it more or add more chapters. Their are lots more to be tackled but still this book is a good read.

This book is a quick, one sitting read but the depths of the message of this book amazes me. This kind of message is desperately needed in our churches. In todays Pinoy Christian books scene, this type of book may be forgotten or wont make it to the bestseller list. It wont even sell. But to those who wants to get serious with being a Christian and make an impact, reading this book will take you there. Let us all pray for this book that it may make a comeback to every Christian bookstores. But for now you can download this out of print book for free in PDF format. This is a Delighting Grace exclusive and its for a limited time only!

Click this link to get the free book:http://www.scribd.com/doc/234551016/Can-We-Find-God-S-M-Susi-Jr