SATAN’S FIVE AREAS OF ATTACK ON THE FAMILY… Job 1:10… Satan had accused God of putting a hedge around Job and his household. “Hast not thou made a hedge about him, and about his house, and about all he hath on every side? thou hast blessed the work of his hands, and his substance is increased in the land” (KJV). The word “hedge” refers to being intertwined. Job and God had intertwined themselves with each other. Satan investigated Job and found an unbroken hedge. He couldn’t get in. The devil looked at five areas of Job’s life… his conduct, his family, his possessions, his job, and his influence. The devil cannot touch a man and his family unless there has been an opening made. Don’t be too hard on Job… He is one of the three greatest men who ever lived on earth. Ezekiel 14:14 says, “Though these three men, Noah, Daniel, and Job, were in it, they should deliver but their own souls by their righteousness, saith the Lord GOD” (KJV). Noah overcame the world. Daniel overcame the flesh. Job overcame the devil. Men will build one of three kinds of houses for their families… a dungeon house (prison) where there is nothing but bondage; a winter house where there is financial stability but there is no love and the family atmosphere is one of coldness towards each other; or a temple house where there is love, peace, joy, and worship.
Job 1:1… reveals Job’s conduct. It was perfect (complete, plain, undefiled), upright (just, righteous, prosperous, esteemed), one that fears God (reverent, devout), and one that hates evil (departed from evil; declines to participate in evil). That’s the kind of man that Satan wants to devour, but can’t.
Job 1:2-5… reveals Job’s concern for his family. The greatest protection a family has is a praying head of the home. Job sanctified his household. A home is sanctified by the word of truth (John 15:3, 17:17; Ephesians 5:26, 6:1-4). Why wait until a crisis develops to pray? Make it your business to pray every day. Don’t criticize your family to God in prayer.
Job 1:13-19… reveals Job’s possessions. Satan will inspect your wealth and how you handle it. God is not against accumulation of possessions, but He is against greed, covetousness, dishonesty, stealing, and giving poor wages to enrich yourself. When financial priorities are out of line look for problems. It was after the hedge was down that the enemy robbed Job. Remember God took the hedge away.
Job 1:1-10… Satan acknowledged to God that Job was blessed in his work. The devil overlooks nothing. He knew what Job was like on the job. He knew how Job handled himself under pressure. He knew about Job’s ethics. How we work tells a lot about us. If God does not bless what I am doing then I need to change what I am doing. Many people are not happy with what they are doing.
Job 1:10… also reveals Job’s influence. “His substance was increased in the land.” Substance is referring to influence. Today it’s called, “the image you project in your community.” This is talking about your lifestyle, about your behavior in public and in the home. Influence can be described by a simple acrostic: I is for inspiration and involvement, N is for being nice to others, F is for faithfulness, L is for loving and long-suffering, U is for uprightness, E is for excellence in spirit and in works, N is for uncondemning, C is for confidence, E is for edifying.
Satan could not break through the hedge. Job was a God-fearing man… He never gave the devil an opening. It was God who removed the hedge from Job because He knew that Job could resist the devil and win. Job was a model in consistency, decisiveness, and strength. The biggest temptation that fathers, mothers, pastors, and churches face is to run their lives without God. Job 29:4 reads, “When the secret of God was upon my tabernacle” (KJV), or “When I was in my prime, God’s friendship was felt in my home” (NLT). A good question now is… is God’s friendship filling your home?
Pastor George Belobaba
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