Today, I want to post this cool upbeat song to encourage you by Tauren Wells feat. KB called Undefeated. You know, in life you will face obstacles, rejection, failures, set-backs, barriers, blockages, discouragement and the list goes on and on with respect to the types of things that try to prevent you from moving forward. Despite all these things that we will all face at some point in our lives, it is your view of failure that will determine how far you’ll either give in to defeat, or press forward towards the goal without looking back at what tried to set you back.
In reflection of this, my favorite scripture comes from:
I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
When you pursue something without fear, you will be able to see and experience opportunities that you never thought would be open to you before. You want a promotion? Then be strategic and pursue it. You want to travel to a place you’ve never been to before? Then plan to go there. You want to connect to certain people you thought you’d never have access to? Then seek them out.
[ Keep Asking, Seeking, Knocking ] “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.
Nothing comes to you by some “Fluke”... You have to put your faith into ACTION, otherwise, it is not faith at all. It’s one thing to pray for the things you wish to see in your life, but if you aren’t willingly or purposefully attempting to put your faith into ACTION, then you are just praying in vain. God has a way of directing your footsteps in the right direction. Sometimes, God makes things easy for us by simply opening the “Door of Opportunity” for you to go step out and do something. However, if you cannot recognize when God opens such a door in your life, you will continue to miss out on every amazing opportunity that comes before you, had you decided to step out in a leap of faith.
Do not allow FEAR or REJECTION to stop you from pursuing the promises of God in your life.
I know that for myself who has been battling a sickness for the past year, I faced many instances where I felt discouraged and almost landed in a place filled with self-pity…thinking “woe is me…why is this happening to me…why ME! why ME!!!!!????????”…. but at the end of the day, God has shown me that He has been with me throughout this entire trial. It maybe difficult to see how God is there for you when you are feeling alone and isolated in your ordeals, but God is indeed there with you every step of the way whether you believe that He is there for you or not.
When I think of the types of things I’ve been through, I think of people like Job in the Bible who experienced many attacks.
- In Job Chapter 1 – Satan attacks Job’s character and he loses his property and his children.
- In Job Chapter 2 – Satan attacks Job’s health; and his three friends – Eliphaz the Temanite, Bildad the Shuhite, and Zophar the Naamathite all wept at Job’s calamities and adversities.
- In Job Chapter 3 – Job deplores his birth and basically wishes that he was never born.
- In Job Chapter 4 – Eliphaz assumes that Job has sinned in some way and that is why he is going through hell at the moment which, in fact, was not the case. Presumptions are dangerous!
- In Job Chapter 5 – Eliphaz continues to believe that Job is being chastened by God.
- In Job Chapter 6 – Job complains to the Lord and his complaints are just with respect to the trials he is going through.
- In Job Chapter 7 – Job cries out to the Lord stating that his suffering is comfort-less.
- In Job Chapter 8 – Bildad, one of Job’s friends, assumes that Job should repent to God somehow because how else is he going through this hell if he hasn’t done something wrong to anger the Most High, right? Again, Presumptions are dangerous!
- In Job Chapter 9 – Job feels like there is no mediator to his cause. I think at this point he is feeling utterly discouraged and hopeless. Who wouldn’t be like this in this situation?
- In Job Chapter 10 – Job pleads with God to stop the oppression that he’s experiencing in his life. In a way he’s asking God to simply just punish him, or to end this cycle of trials upon trials and tribulations.
- In Job Chapter 11 – Zophar, his third friend, urges Job to repent because in his mind, he believes that Job’s suffering is due to some unrepented sin(s). Zophar is also presumptuous, but at the same time, all his three friends come to the same conclusion because they cannot fathom as to why Job is going through such trials if it isn’t due to some hidden sin(s) committed on his part. Is Job really Blameless?
- In Job Chapter 12 – Job answers to his critics by pointing out how their accusations are unfounded because they have not considered the possibility that Job is in fact blameless for the things he’s going through (look at Job 12:4).
- In Job Chapter 13 and Job Chapter 14 – Job gives his despondent prayer to God.
- In Job Chapter 15 – Job’s friend Eliphaz accuses Job of Folly. Clearly, his friends don’t believe that Job is in fact blameless for the trials that he is facing.
- In Job Chapter 16 – Job reproaches his pitiless friends. Honestly, with friends like the ones Job had, who needs enemies? He clearly had frenemies (friends that act like enemies) if you ask me.
- In Job Chapter 17 – Job prays to God for relief. The fact that he still kept his faith in God despite the trials and tribulations he kept experiencing is just amazing to me. How many of us can keep it together like Job? Food for thought people!
- In Job Chapter 18 – Bildad, one of Job’s friends, declares that the wicked shall be punished.
- In Job Chapter 19 – Job trusts in the Lord God as his Redeemer from the trials that he is facing. How many of us can trust God to this extent, huh? I’m just sayin’.
- In Job Chapter 20 – Zophar the Naamathite gives a sermon on “the wicked man”.
- In Job Chapter 21 – Job gives his discourse regarding “the wicked”.
- In Job Chapter 22 – Eliphaz the Temanite accuses Job of wickedness. With friends like that, who needs enemies? I’m just sayin’ yet again.
- In Job Chapter 23 – Job proclaims God’s righteous judgments.
Just because we don’t understand how God works, doesn’t mean that we ought to be presumptuous about the reasons why some people go through tough trials. Sometimes it isn’t because of some “hidden” sin that people endure tests, trials or tribulations. Sometimes, God allows us to go through such trials so that we can become more refined, more humble and gracious to others when such things start to happen in their lives. It also causes us to fear the Lord even more and helps us to realize that even when others mock you, God will never forsake you in the trial(s) that you endure to the end. God is always with you no matter what.
- In Job Chapter 24 – Job complains about the violence in the Earth. Even though he is going through such tough times, it’s amazing that he’s so consciously aware of the evil that is afflicting others during this time. This just goes to show you that he isn’t such a self-absorbed man with a “woe is me” attitude. He has the ability to experience and express compassion on behalf of others.
- In Job Chapter 25 – Job’s friend Bildad the Shuhite asks “how can man be righteous?”. That indeed is a very good question.
- In Job Chapter 26 – Job answers his friend by explaining Man’s frailty and God’s Majesty.
- In Job Chapter 27 – Job maintains his integrity.
- In Job Chapter 28 – Job gives out his discourse on Wisdom.
- In Job Chapter 29 , 30 , 31 – Job continues on with his discourse and gives his defense for his actions.
- In Job Chapter 32 – Elihu contradicts Job’s Friends. Their accusations regarding why Job was facing various calamities were unfounded by Elihu and he sought real justifications as to why they had failed to convince him with regards to their arguments.
- In Job Chapter 33 – On the other hand, Elihu also contradicts Job and basically states that there has to be some reason as to why God is allowing Job to go through all this hell.
- In Job Chapter 34 – Elihu proclaims God’s justice against Job. I seriously don’t see how he’s any different from Job’s other friends. Isn’t he also presumptuous as well?
- In Job Chapter 35 – Elihu condemns self-righteousness.
- In Job Chapter 36 and 37– Elihu proclaims God’s goodness.
- In Job Chapter 38 , 39 – The Lord reveals his Omnipotence to Job.
- In Job Chapter 40 , 41 – Job responds to God and God challenges Job.
- In Job Chapter 42 – Job repents and is restored.
In Job 42:7-8, the Lord was ticked off with Eliphaz and Job’s other two friends for their unfounded accusations that they had placed against Job with respect to the calamities Job was facing. They were presumptuous about why Job was facing such tribulations and made fun of his situation by accusing him of having done something wrong to warrant all these calamities to befall him. It didn’t occur to Job’s friends at all that sometimes “Bad things happen to good people”. It never occurred to them that sometimes, you don’t necessarily have to sin in order to go through a series of trials or tribulations. Sometimes we face such things to test our character and refine our spirits to remain God-reliant not matter what the circumstances may be.
Job 42:7-11– 7 And so it was, after the Lord had spoken these words to Job, that the Lord said to Eliphaz the Temanite, “My wrath is aroused against you and your two friends, for you have not spoken of Me what is right, as My servant Job has. 8 Now therefore, take for yourselves seven bulls and seven rams, go to My servant Job, and offer up for yourselves a burnt offering; and My servant Job shall pray for you. For I will accept him, lest I deal with you according to your folly; because you have not spoken of Me what is right, as My servant Job has.”
9 So Eliphaz the Temanite and Bildad the Shuhite and Zophar the Naamathite went and did as the Lord commanded them; for the Lord had accepted Job. 10 And the Lord restored Job’s losses[a] when he prayed for his friends. Indeed the Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before. 11 Then all his brothers, all his sisters, and all those who had been his acquaintances before, came to him and ate food with him in his house; and they consoled him and comforted him for all the adversity that the Lord had brought upon him. Each one gave him a piece of silver and each a ring of gold.
In this case, Job remained steadfast and believed God despite all of the stuff that he went through. His friends were not very helpful during this time and were quite ignorant about what was really going on with Job which should be an indication to us that sometimes when things go south in your life, your closest friends may not always be there for you in your time of need and may discourage you on the basis of their presumptions regarding what’s going on in your life.
Just remember this one thing no matter what: Presumptions are not FACTS.
In my opinion, Job’s friends lacked any sort of spiritual insight and discernment as to what was really going on with Job. Sometimes, your friends may even be the source of discouragement in your life when you’re going through ups and downs. In such situations, you have to maintain your focus on God at all times. God is the only One that is able to deliver you from these trial(s) so ignore the naysayers in your life who could be your close friends or family members. Keep your faith in God no matter what the circumstances you face in life, because if God can see you through it, then He can take you through it. Do not be discouraged nor dismayed. Keep trusting God no matter what.
The Race of Faith
12 Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2 looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
The Discipline of God
3 For consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself, lest you become weary and discouraged in your souls.
Job was rewarded for remaining steadfast in the Lord as the Lord restored his losses and gave him “double for his trouble”. It is indeed Spiritual Warfare to keep your mind intact while experiencing oppression from all sides be it through the negative confession of others concerning the trials that you are facing, be it physical sickness, mental and emotional attacks that make you feel like as if you are losing your mind, including spiritual attacks that make your soul feel weary.
If you are going through such crazy times in your life, seek God all the more and ask God to give you double for your trouble just like Job had received even without asking. The main point is, that Job received double without even asking for it as a reward for his unshakable faith. We should pursue to have this type of Faith in our lives if we want God to bless us indeed. So for today, focus on increasing your trust and faith in God so that when you do face trials and tribulations, you will bless the Lord with your mouth rather than curse, and you will ignore people that want to add their “2 cents” as to why you are facing such issues in your life on the basis of their false accusations. Learn to ignore the negative reports of others and fix your eyes on Jesus who is the Author and Finisher of your faith, Amen! I pray that this song by Tauren Wells feat. KB called Undefeated blesses your spirit today. God Bless You Everybody! 😀