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The Hedge

  • Then Satan answered Yahweh, and said, 'Does Job fear God for nothing? Haven't you made a hedge around him, and around his house, and around all that he has, on every side? You have blessed the work of his hands, and his substance is increased in the land. But put forth your hand now, and touch all that he has, and he will renounce you to your face.' Job 1:9 WEB

    Job was a righteous man who feared God. It also tells us that God had built a hedge of protection around Job and all that he owned, and that God blessed the work of his hands. There were many times when satan wanted to test Job, to sift him as wheat like Peter (Luke 22:31), but he could not get to him because of this divine hedge that God had placed around him.

    It is that hedge that I want to talk about. In a sense, God was proud of Job (1:8) and knew that Job could pass this test. God even told satan: 'Have you considered my servant Job? There is none like him in the earth, a blameless and upright man, one who fears God, and turns away from evil.' To which satan sneered: 'Yea but take away his stuff and he will curse you to your face." God basically said, 'Test him and you will see that he will not' and then He removed the hedge from Job for a season.

    When the hedge was gone, satan went after Job and his family in full force, but that was not enough to break Job's spirit. So satan came back wanting even more access, to be able to touch Job's physical body. 'Skin for skin, all that a man has will he give for his life' (Job 2:4) were the words that he used. Again, God gave him access through the hedge. The test was to see if satan could make Job curse God, and things got really bad for Job. In the end, Job passed the test and God restored everything that Job had owned before, double (Job 42:12).

    Jesus told Peter: 'satan has asked for you, that he may sift you as wheat' (Luke 22:31). He had to ask God for permission to sift Peter. If I was Peter, I would asked: 'What did You tell him???'

    That said, not everything that we suffer in this life is a test. Some things we bring on ourselves by making bad choices. If we max out a credit card on frivolous shopping, it is not God's fault when the bill comes due. Paul wrote 'Don't be deceived. God is not mocked, for whatever a man sows, that will he also reap' (Galatians 6:7). Solomon wrote that whoever breaks a hedge, may be bitten by a snake (Ecclesiastes 10:8).

    God puts a hedge around each of His children, but just as a parent can warn a child not to touch a hot stove, it is up to the child to obey. Why did God tell us to not commit adultery? Because we can choose to commit adultery. We are not a mindless robot, we get to choose our path in this. When we choose bad things, our hedge is broken.

    Stay the course and keep a positive attitude about what you are going through. When you fall, be quick to get back up and don't wallow there. Yea, though it seems like hell on earth, it is only temporary. Resist the temptation to get angry at God. Learn to be content in your circumstance like Paul (Phillipians 4:11). When this is over, the enemy will have to restore double of everything that he took from you.

    Prayer: Heavenly Father I pray that You repair the hedge around my life. I am sorry if I have broken it and I ask that You forgive me of anything that I have ever done wrong. Wash me Lord, and I will be clean. Guide me, and I will follow. In the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

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Debi Burton
Debi Burton Amen.... Hallelujah!!
Sep 23
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Yada Yah
Yada Yahedited: Sep 23

 "hear" : riddle sons (twisting parables)

 

sift לְנַפּוֹת, לְסַנֵן, לִכבּוֹר, לִבזוֹק riddle לִכבּוֹר, לְנַפּוֹת, לָחוּד חִידָה

 

 

wheat לֶחֶם bread, loaf, wheat, grain, provision בָּר bar, wheat, grain, corn

Sep 23
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Stephanie Blakely
Stephanie Blakely

My God My !!! Hallelujah!

Sep 23
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson

Amen!

Sep 23
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Joseph Adams, Jr.
Joseph Adams, Jr.

Amen

Sep 23
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen Father!

Sep 23
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Linda Clark
Linda Clark

Amen  praise  ti God!!

Sep 23
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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann

Please God replace the hedge. Let this trial end. Holy Spirit permeate my home and all who dwell in it. Amen. 

Sep 23
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Gail Sellu
Gail Sellu

Prayer: Heavenly Father I pray that You repair the hedge around my life. I am sorry if I have broken it and I ask that You forgive me of anything that I have ever done wrong. Wash me Lord, and I will be clean. Guide me, and I will follow. In the name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen. Thank you Father. Thank you Pastor Dion.

Sep 23
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David &amp; Dianna Earlywine
David & Dianna Earlywine

Amen,please keep us strong for you Jesus.We love and worship you.

Sep 23
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Yvette York
Yvette York

Amen 

Sep 23
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Wanda Pennington
Wanda Pennington

Amen

Sep 23
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Jim Jarrell
Jim Jarrell

Amen! Father, please help us to make the choice You would make!

Sep 23
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

I pray You would help me keep the hedge around my life, Amen.

Sep 23
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Jose Simo
Jose Simo

Heavenly Father You know  I'm a sinner, Help me to avoid the snares of the devil. Protect me and lead me, I will follow Your designs. In Jesus name I pray. 

Sep 23
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Perry Robertson
Perry Robertson

Heavenly Father we pray humbly that you put/keep your hedge around us, help us to know and understand that we may make the right decisions in our life that are pleasing to you, for we love you Lord! Amen

Sep 23
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Carol Pady
Carol Pady

Amen!

Sep 23
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

Amen Lord

Sep 23
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen!

Sep 23
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Darlene Blackmon
Darlene Blackmon

Amen!

Sep 23
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Bella Colliander
Bella Colliander

Heavenly Father I pray that You repair the hedge around my life.  I am sorry if I have broken it and I ask that You forgive me of anything that I have eve done wrong.  Wash me Lord, and I will be clean.  Guide me and I will follow.  In the name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen

Sep 23
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Pranoti  Kumar
Pranoti Kumar

Amen n Amen

Sep 24
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Heide Garner
Heide Garner

I remember after Altaira   fourth baby was   born  how  let  go   pray    really   into  reading  bible focus on the baby  by time she  six months  deep postrumed   struggling  fear and   sudical  thoughts as   we visting calfornia  not becuse  said  struggling  God showed  up in big way  people knew  me    made  sure girls night out  one them  encoraged me  before  group  their  with  story  in simlar cirstance.  hear  worrying more  what they  would  ask   then  let  be   things  play out.  As  friend    knew  i got in town I called   her encoraged me come church . well  sunday     pastor wife  I looked up  shared  testmony really encorage  me    come back   to  to prayer. So  as  got  home  went  looking  encoraging book    christen  found  devoal  book.   well  remind  God  shows   up   help  see    who  he is  even  in midst of  the storm.

Sep 24
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Cheryl Hepler
Cheryl Hepler

Amen to the prayer.  Often hesr people pray a hedge of protection around others.....

Sep 27
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Ticardo Williams
Ticardo Williams

Amen.  Praise God!  Perfect.  Thanks Pastor Todd!   Heavenly Father I pray that You repair the hedge around my life. I am sorry if I have broken it and I ask that You forgive me of anything that I have ever done wrong. Wash me Lord, and I will be clean. Guide me, and I will follow. In the Name of Jesus Christ I pray.  Amen. 

Sep 27