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The Things Satan Wants To Take Away

From A Believer's House

Text:  Job 1:6-11    IBCSWS   February 19, 2006

Preacher: Pastor Jose B. Cabajar


   The Bible tells us that the Devil is busy walking around seeking potential targets to be his victims, and for this reason, believers must guard their homes from sneaky attacks of the devil. In I Peter 5:8, it is written, Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: (KJV) This passage is an essential warning to be considered by every Christian home. Evidently, many professing believers don't have any notable preparation when it comes to guarding their own family from evil elements. Christians should not underestimate the slyness of the devourer. Self-control and spiritual watchfulness are must-haves of all believers.


   Through the Book of Job, we could realize that upright people were the target of Satan. He marked Job's life and did exactly what he planned for his house. What had happened to Job's house could happen anytime to our homes; but we thank God because we have His Word today, and our strict application of its principles will surely strengthen our family members.


   The Bible account of Job's life is a substantial story and should not be counted as one of those best seller books which stir man's intellect and emotion, but could not contribute a bit to one's spiritual growth and edification.


   A prayerful attitude and careful study on "The things Satan wants to take away from a believer's house" will give us a great privilege to know more about unseen things behind severe afflictions of faithful believers. In the case of Job, it seems that he had no idea about Satan's plan and evil working behind his extraordinary affliction. In Job 2:7, it is written, So went Satan forth from the presence of the LORD, and smote Job with sore boils from the sole of his foot unto his crown. (KJV) May this passage from the Bible stir our spiritual awareness and keep us watchful of the surprise assaults of the adversary. We must keep in mind that Satan wants to take away all what we have including our moral soundness.


                        (I) Family's Earthly Riches

    Job 1:9-12, 14-17     

    -Family properties


   Good things come from above and we should not forget to praise God from whom all blessings flow. God does not only want His children to be blest with material blessings, but He also loves to see them as good stewards of His blessings. In fact, Satan knows that faithful believers are being blest by the Lord. In Job 1:10, it is written, Hast not thou made an hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he hath on every side? thou hast blessed the work of his hands, and his substance is increased in the land. (KJV) Satan is aware of our blessings and he wants them to be taken away from us. That is exactly what he did to Job's family properties.


   The Devil is not happy seeing prominent and godly people in this present world being blest. He wants wicked people to prosper and rule the world so he could manipulate them according to his wicked plan. Hence, believers must pray earnestly that God will give them the wisdom to handle their substance according to His will and that God will protect their properties from the devourer. Be a faithful steward of your God-given riches and God will bless you more.


                        (II) Children And Loved Ones

     Job 1:13   18-19

     -Worldly children


   Christian parents must be aware that Satan is eyeing at their children and desires to have them. Believers should not only pray for their children, but lead them to the Lord Jesus Christ and teach them in the way of Truth. They must be taught to love and fear the Lord. Worldly children are easy victims of the destroyer. Having a godly father is not a guarantee for the whole family that their children will be spared from the attack of the devourer.


   In Job 1:4-5, it is written, And his sons went and feasted in their houses, every one his day; and sent and called for their three sisters to eat and to drink with them. And it was so, when the days of their feasting were gone about, that Job sent and sanctified them, and rose up early in the morning, and offered burnt offerings according to the number of them all: for Job said, It may be that my sons have sinned, and cursed God in their hearts. Thus did Job continually. (KJV) These passages tell us that Job perceived the worldliness of his children, but like Eli, he was not able to lead them in the path of holiness. Obviously, they were not prayerful, thankful and God-fearing children, and as a sad result, they became easy prey of Satan.


   How about our children today? Do we sense something questionable from the way they speak, the way they handle things and the kind of attitude they have toward the Word of God? May our children possess the faith we have in Christ and be found faithful to God in times of fiery trials.


                       (III) Family's Physical Health

      Job 2:1-8

      -Good health


   In Job 2:4-7, it is written, And Satan answered the LORD, and said, Skin for skin, yea, all that a man hath will he give for his life. But put forth thine hand now, and touch his bone and his flesh, and he will curse thee to thy face. And the LORD said unto Satan, Behold, he is in thine hand; but save his life. So went Satan forth from the presence of the LORD, and smote Job with sore boils from the sole of his foot unto his crown. (KJV) Evidently, Satan is a well-known destroyer of man's physical body. He has many ways to take away one's good health and he uses alcohol, cigarettes, prohibited drugs, illicit sex and other sin-related activities to do this. For Job, he smote him with sore boils from the sole of his foot unto his crown.


   Bear in mind that Satan wants to destroy believers' physical bodies through strange diseases because he thinks that it would be easier for him to lead them away from God if they were afflicted with troublesome diseases. But he failed in the case of Job who continued to trust in his God though greatly afflicted. Whatever happens to believers' physical bodies as a result of Satan's permitted attacks, may they be found saying, "Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me."                             


                        (IV) Family's Integrity

      Job 2:9-10

      -Fear of God


   The Devil wants to prove to the world, especially before God, that through life-squeezing situation, believers could possibly curse God and lose their moral soundness. Satan failed to show God his claims concerning Job. The undeniable reason why Job didn't lose his integrity is because he was a God-fearing man. Fear of God is the sustaining power of man's integrity.


   God knows the desire of the Devil to destroy our good testimony. The simple reason why God wants us to be fully obedient to His Word is so we may stand the fiery darts of the wicked one. In Luke 22:31, it is written, And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat: But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren. (KJV) Certainly, Satan loves to see the good things we have in life to be turned into ashes and desires to take our lives for him to destroy; but praise God because we are protected by His loving hand and we have the assurance that no man can pluck us out of His hand.


   Now that we have known how Satan works behind strange afflictions, may we now apply the principles of Truth in our daily walk so we can glorify God at all times especially during trying moments.      






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