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~ Day Forty ~
MAGNIFY
No Other Name
The Book of Job ~ Chapter Forty
"Have you an arm like God?
Or can you thunder with a voice like His?
Then adorn yourself with majesty and splendor,
and array yourself with glory and beauty."
(Job 40:9, 10)
MORNING MEDITATION
Humility
Job had thought his friends were full of hot air and long-winded speeches, but he was beginning to realize just how many empty and vain words he had uttered in his ignorance of God's marvelous and mighty works which He has put on display in His creation, so that all men are without excuse. Now he sat silently before an open heaven, astonished by the things he had seen and heard. He was almost where God wanted him to be, but in order to be the proper vessel the Lord could fill and use, he needed to be broken.

"God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble."
Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God,
that He may exalt you in due time."
(1 Peter 5:5b, 6)

The people in the days of Jesus' earthly ministry had seen His works and heard His words. He was speaking words that no man had ever uttered and doing works that no one had ever done nor could do unless God was with Him. Light had come into the world and exposed their sin and revealed their ignorance. They were without excuse to remain in their sin; they were sinning against a flood of light. [Feast upon: John 15:26-16:15] "Nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you." (v. 7). The disciples were concerned about their safety in the midst of a hostile world opposed to the message they were bringing, and wondered how they would ever be able to continue the ministry that Jesus began if He was now leaving them. Jesus assured them that the work would continue in the most extraordinary way because His light would now dwell within them through the presence of His Holy Spirit. It would be the work of the the Holy Spirit to illuminate the words of God which His disciples' spoke and through their witness He would convict the world of unbelief. As the disciples humbly submitted to the work of the Holy Spirit within them, the Holy Spirit, through them, would illuminate the Word of God and enlighten the unbeliever's eyes to the work of God, and so penetrate and convict their hearts that they would be humbled and drawn into the light of salvation. The Lord humbled His servant Job in the same manner. He convicted Job of the error of his ways and the foolishness of his thinking, by taking him on a walk in the bright light of His creative Word and majestic works, to bring him out of the darkness of his pride and arrogance and into the glorious light-filled realm of God's truth and righteousness. Although Job had no power to control or conquer the behemoth or leviathan, believers have the power within them through the Holy Spirit to conquer the hardened hearts of sinful man. "But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us" (2 Corinthians 4:7). It is the work of the Holy Spirit to bring light and revelation to the people through Jesus Christ, who is the image of the invisible God (Colossians 1:15). There is a greater work the Lord wanted to do in and through His servant Job, just as He purposed to do in and through His disciples, as well as in and through the lives of believers today. The message of Creation is written in bold-face type across the sky, throughout the galaxies, in the depths of the sea, and in every creature both great and small, but God's message of redemption is written on the hearts of every believer and is displayed for all the world to see through humble lives that are yielded to the powerful presence of the Holy Spirit who lives in them and is working through them to bring the lost into the light of salvation. "You are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read by all men; clearly you are an epistle of Christ, ministered by us, written not with ink but by the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of flesh, that is, of the heart" (2 Corinthians 3:2, 3). May we humbly submit to the marvelous ministry of the Holy Spirit who daily enriches our lives with the beautiful treasures found in the Word of God, enabling us to experience deepening depths of intimacy with Jesus Christ, and through us leads others into the glorious realm of His salvation. Let us lift our voices in praise for the many gifts and graces the Father has deposited into our lives through the Holy Spirit which enable us to bring greater honor and glory to our Lord Jesus Christ. "Oh, magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt His name together" (Psalm 34:3). [See note below on the final part of our journey as we end the Magnify season this weekend with 3 days of consecrated prayer, fasting, and repentance leading up to the election with the Book of Joel].

"Praise the LORD!
For the LORD takes pleasure in His people;
He will beautify the humble with salvation.
Let the saints be joyful in glory;
let them sing aloud on their beds.
Let the high praises of God be in their mouth,
and a two-edged sword in their hand.
To execute vengeance on the nations,
and punishments on the peoples;
to bind their kings with chains,
and their nobles with fetters of iron;
to execute on them the written judgment -
this honor have all His saints.
Praise the LORD!"
(Psalm 149:1a, 4-9)
AFTERNOON DEVOTION
Read: Job Chapter Forty

"Behold, I am vile;
what shall I answer You?
I lay my hand over my mouth.
Once I have spoken, but I will not answer;
yes, twice, but I will proceed no further."
(Job 40:4, 5)

At the end of the Lord's first message, Job was silenced. He was unable and unwilling to utter another word of complaint. The Lord had gotten Job's attention, but there was still the matter of his heart which was not yet sufficiently humbled. Job had found fault with God's justice; he had dared to question the holy and righteous dealings of God and called the Lord of Glory to the witness stand to explain Himself. "Would you indeed annul My judgment? Would you condemn Me that you may be justified?" (v. 8). How foolish and prideful Job was. So, the Lord invited Job to put on his regal attire and rule as king for a day. "Then adorn yourself with majesty and splendor, and array yourself with glory and power" (v. 10). Then He presented Job with two beasts over which he could display his power, if he dared: the behemoth (40:15) and leviathan (41:1) - the greatest in God's creation which all other creatures bowed before and feared; especially humans, who are intimidated by these dangerous and deadly, untamable beasts, but who were easily subdued by their Creator with just a single look. "He is the first of the ways of God; only He who made him can bring near His sword" (Job 40:19). The Lord was giving His servant a divine object lesson in humility and fear. Just as there was no other creature in all of creation that could match the power of these beasts, Job had erred in his claiming equal status with the Lord. The distance between them - which the Lord revealed to his servant as He took him on a walk among the stars and let him peek into the depths of the deep blue sea - is infinite! There is no match for the Sovereign, Almighty, Omnipotent Creator God! Peering into the great gulf that stretched between himself and the throne of heaven, Job finally came to himself and melted into the ash heap repulsed by the arrogance of his every thought and word. He realized he had been wrong all along, and covered his mouth lest he utter another word or sound that would offend the Majesty of heaven. Confronted by the pure light of God's holiness and majesty, the man who was considered to be "blameless and upright, and who feared God and shunned evil," was now vastly aware of the impurities and imperfections of his prideful heart. In his humbled state, Job was learning the lesson the Lord was teaching him. It's one we must all learn: though we may not understand God's ways, we must never judge them. "Indeed, let God be true but every man a liar. As it is written: "That You may be justified in Your words, and my overcome when You are judged" (Romans 3:4). Lord, forgive us of our presumption and pride, may Your teachings drop as the rain and Your speech distill as the dew, as raindrops on the tender herb, and as showers on the grass. We ascribe greatness to our God. You are the Rock, Your work is perfect; for all Your ways are justice, a God of truth and without injustice; righteous and upright are You (Deuteronomy 32:2-4). "Oh, magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt His name together" (Psalm 34:3).
 
"When I shut up heaven and there is no rain,
or command the locusts to devour the land,
or send pestilence among My people,
if My people who are called by My name
will humble themselves,
and pray and seek My face,
and turn from their wicked ways,
then I will hear from heaven,
and will forgive their sins and heal their land."
(2 Chronicles 7:13, 14)
EVENING PRAYER
"LORD, I know that You can do everything,
and that no purpose of Yours can be withheld from You."
(Job 42:2)

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Our journey through the Book of Job may be coming to an end this Friday
but our 45-day MAGNIFY journey is not over!

Join us for 3 days of prayer, fasting, and repentance
October 31st through November 2nd
with
The Book of Joel
as we submit to the righteous rule of God's Divine Government
and intercede as the elect in this election season
for the righteousness of the Branch of the Lord
to permeate every branch of government
and the hearts of the people, and heal this land.
"For the LORD is our Judge, the LORD is our Lawgiver,
the LORD is our King; He will save us" (Isaiah 33:22).


"Blow the trumpet in Zion,
consecrate a fast, call a sacred assembly;
gather the people, sanctify the congregation,
assemble the elders, gather the children and the nursing babes;
let the bridegroom go out from his chamber,
and the bride from her dressing room.
Let the priests, who minister to the LORD,
weep between the temple porch and the altar;
let them say, "Spare Your people, O LORD,
and do not give Your heritage to reproach,
that the nations should rule over them.
Why should they say among the peoples,
'Where is their God?' "
(Joel 2:15-17)
"Indeed we count them blessed who endure.
You have heard of the perseverance of Job and seen the end intended by the Lord -
that the Lord is very compassionate and merciful" (James 5:10).
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MAGNIFY No Other Name
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