Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Getting Skin In The Game

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? And still he holds fast to his integrity…..”

So Satan answered the Lord and said, “Skin for skin! Yes, all that a man has he will give for his life. But stretch out your hand now, and touch his bone and his flesh, and he will surely curse you to your face..” Job 2:3-5

You often hear a football player say after a tough ballgame that he gave everything he had to win and left his “skin in the game.”

Job’s character and integrity was being challenged by Satan who believed that if Job could suffer in his flesh severe enough, that he would curse God to His face. He would renounce his faith in God.

The record of Job’s suffering from the devil and the grief he endured was a full-frontal assault on his faith. Would he relent and turn away from God? No! The foundation of Job’s faith was anchored deep. He never even sinned from his mouth. Verse 10 says, “In all this Job did not sin with his lips.”

Coptic Christians Beheaded

Our world is hostile and violent with terrorism as a serious threat in the nations. The recent beheadings of the 21 Coptic Christians in Egypt has created a furor in the media over what should be done to stop any future butchering of Christians in the Middle East countries. Many more Christians are being beheaded in continual fashion that is not mentioned on the news.

I spoke recently with Barbie Franklin who told me that she and husband Terry just returned from Egypt where they had attended the church in Cairo. There are 10,000 people attending prayer services on Monday nights. Barbie told me that it is known in Egypt that for every believer who is being beheaded, 100,000 new believers are coming to Christ for salvation. There is great revival taking place in Egypt! The media doesn't mention this.

There are Christians being forced to “get their skin in the game” by paying the ultimate sacrifice with their lives. Their deaths are not in vain! Their blood is seeding revival and bringing hundreds of thousands of people to Christ.

Let Jesus’ words ring in your heart today from John 16:33. “That in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; (oppression, adversity, crushing, distress) but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”