How Satan Challenges You (A Personal Story)

by Ruth Greene

Job was spiritually clean, a righteous man. He was a man of integrity: honest, simple and sincere; free from evil intent. He had been blessed and was able to acquire much. However, he was insecure about his family. As they were wealthy, his children often had feasts and overindulged themselves. He feared that they might have committed some kind of sin in their ‘partying life,’ so he made regular offerings and physically purified them according to his custom, with the idea that their sins would be forgiven by YHWH. (Job 1:1-2:13; 1 John 2:16; “YHWH’s Track of Righteousness“; “The Secret Weapons of Christians“)

the suffering of JobSatan desired to assault Job and was allowed to do so by YHWH. This is because scripture says that every creature in the universe is answerable to YHWH alone. Satan did not hesitate to begin removing the material wealth that Job had. Ultimately, he lost his family and he lost his health. (2 Corinthians 12:9; Zechariah 3:1) His friends were concerned that Job was somehow guilty and being punished for that. As far as Job’s friends went, he could not depend on them because of their pride and arrogance. We must be certain not to judge others that are suffering. You may be demonstrating the sin of pride. Be cautious in maintaining your own conclusions about how your Heavenly Father treats you. When you congratulate yourself for being correct, you are showing the pride and arrogance that can be your downfall. Man’s wisdom is always partial and temporary. Undue pride in your own conclusion is sin in your life. What kind of trust do you have when elements of life are stripped away? (Proverbs 16:5, 18, 26:12; Galatians 6:3; James 4:6; Philippians 2:3; “Spiritual Disease That Eats at Your Salvation“; “The Politics of Pride“)

Scripture admits that suffering is not always a penalty for sin. Life isn’t that simple. Adam’s sin made it necessary for each man and woman to prove personal devotion to YHWH. The trial wasn’t the pain of Job’s loss, but understanding why YHWH allowed him to suffer as he did. In this case, Satan challenged YHWH by challenging Job. He wanted to drive a wedge between Job and his Father by any means that he could. The same happens today. Satan and his agents often work together to challenge your trust in YHWH. (Luke 22:31-34; James 1:5, 3:17; Ephesians 5:15-17; Philippians 2:16; Ecclesiastes 9:11; “Is It Normal to Have Pain & Suffering?“; “Healing Wounds That People Can’t See“)

Bible book of JobAs I read the book of Job years ago, I was able to relate because of what has happened in my life. Like Job, my first family was completely destroyed by sin and I felt powerless to stop it.* My husband was in the military and I was quickly saddled with three children. He was an absentee father because he was an officer during an ongoing war. However, I grew to enjoy being independent and enjoyed raising my children. While I was pregnant with my daughter, my mother and my husband had an affair. I found this out because they were in a car accident and I was forced to deal with the fallout, even as my husband was shipped overseas on duty. Still, I clung to my marriage and made the best of it. Friends revealed the wandering ways of my husband as well. I even found Polaroid photos in his sea bag. In those days, you made the best of it or retaliated by doing the same. Retaliation was not what I was interested in. I was interested in my children. Since I was raised in a broken home, I stayed in what had become a loveless marriage. Time passed and my kids grew. While I was in the hospital giving birth to my youngest son, my husband sexually abused my daughter. As a teen, my daughter fell away from her Heavenly Father and married an abusive man. As part of her lifestyle, she turned tricks on the streets and did drugs. My oldest son did not get along with others in school, so we sent him to night school. During this time, he secretly worked in an oil field, even though he was underage. His father had supported him in this and they kept this a secret from me until he lost a finger at work. When I was overseas, I was able to avoid the evil that was my mother. When we came back to the United States, my husband quickly purchased a home near my family and returned to war with the idea of returning later. Now, my mother worked constantly to come between my authority with my children whenever she could. Ultimately, she was able to destroy whatever trust there was in my family and relationships with the families of my sisters. On her deathbed, she grieved over the separation she had caused, but the damage was done. What has been the result despite her deathbed regret? Hearts are hardened and attitudes unrelenting. You can’t expect to reverse a lifetime of sin with a last moment confession. Even more die without the opportunity. How much better to lead a life that helps and heals rather than hurts. (1 Corinthians 13:4; 2 Corinthians 4:4; Romans 12:16; 2 Timothy 3:1-6; 1 Peter 4:12-19; “Life Healing & Belief“)

Beauty for AshesWe all must come to terms with what happened to us as children, and later as adults. I didn’t have anything that I could recognize as a help or guide until I found my Heavenly Father. From the ashes of my old life came YHWH’s glory through His Holy Spirit. He gave me a prayer language where Satan has no control. I am able to abide with my Father in peace and love apart from the world of man, no matter the circumstance. Do not allow any experience in life to drive you apart from the Almighty, because that wedge is Satan’s attempt to ruin you. Your life can be a mess and YHWH will accept you as you are. He is available to you at all times, even though you may feel that He is far away. However, you serve YHWH for Who He is because HE is more than sufficient. Hold onto Him and show Him the trust that He deserves. YHWH alone knows the purpose behind your suffering. Much of suffering is caused by sinful man and the results of that sin and inquity, even as it comes against others. YHWH never explained this to Job, but Job never gave up on his Heavenly Father. Neither should you. (Romans 8:26; Matthew 6:6, Mark 11:24; Luke 11:9; John 15:7; Philippians 4:6; Isaiah 61:3; “Temptations & Tough Choices“; “Discernment the World Doesn’t Have“)

Christian persecutionRemember that suffering by itself is not always due to personal sin. In the same way, prosperity is not always a reward for doing what is right. Those who love YHWH are not exempt from trouble because suffering is a consequence of sin. You know the world is full of sin. Although you may not be able to understand fully the pain that you experience, this pain can lead you to discover YHWH in a new way that you never would expect. Learn to recognize and not to fear the attacks of Satan and his agents. Satan can never exceed the limits that are placed on Him. He is finite and so are his demon agents. He cannot know your thoughts or foretell the future, (Job 1:9-11) but he can watch you and anticipate what you will do. Through the sacrifice of Yahshua [Jesus] and the power of the Holy Spirit, Satan and his agents can be defeated, will be defeated! Don’t allow any experience to drive a wedge between you and your Father. Although you don’t control how Satan may attack, you can always choose how you will respond when it happens. The truth is that YHWH is all that you really have and that this life is not your final destination. You will be find your reward, either in this life or in His Kingdom. (Matthew 6:25-33, 18:19-20, 26:41; James 5:16; 1 Corinthians 6:19-20, 9:24; Hebrews 11:6; 1 Peter 4:19; “Overcoming Satanic Attack“; “Christianity: A Crisis in Prayer & Spirit“; “Are You Rejecting YHWH’s Holy Spirit“; “Properly Directed Prayer is Potent“)

*My mother and I had an ongoing feud while I was growing up. She had abandoned my sister and I to live with my grandmother as she pursued a wild life. My grandmother grew too old and we were quickly left with awful people that we did not know. They abused us, often locking us in a nasty chicken coop. My father finally rescued us and we lived a few years in peace and love with him and his new wife, When I was sixteen, my father passed away and I was left once again to the devices of my mother. She was only too happy to get child support and any inheritance from my father, but I intervened, which made matters worse between us. Even in that day, I fought for the right of my sister and myself to control our own money so that my mother wouldn’t squander it. From then on, my mother and I were consistent adversaries, as she was set against me in any way that she could manage it.
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“For YHWH so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
John 3:16, RNKJV
Heavenly Father,
Thank you for sending the Messiah, your only begotten Son to be my Savior. I believe in Him and have made this belief the center of my life. Because of this, by faith I have everlasting life! Thank you! I repent of my sins and of my past, freely admitting that I have fallen short of Your glory. I look fully forward to you in my life and commit my life to You. Thank You YHWH, my Heavenly Father for setting me free in the name of your Son Yahshua [Jesus]. Amen.
genuine-articleYou will never enjoy true freedom through the Messiah and power of the Holy Spirit unless you read and absorb the Bible in prayer and trust. You will never know this freedom until you experience it for yourself. Get to know your Heavenly Father, His Son and allow the Holy Spirit to work in your life. The Holy Spirit is your teacher, your Holy Counselor that lives in you to help you learn about the truth of YHWH and His spiritual gifts.
Satan does not want you to have the excellence of YHWH in your life. People pray for protection and want to be taken care of, but often do little in growing close to Him. The world, your husband, your wife, your family, your government do not build your trust in YHWH or free you from spiritual bondage. Your church or your pastor cannot save you. Education, power and money will not free you, but only the Word of your Heavenly Father. Salvation is a daily walk, an act of love for yourself and for those around you, not a one-time event that centers only on you. Make the Word of YHWH your own, your very life!
YHWH is Yahweh, the covenant name of your Heavenly Father.
The names Yahshua and Yahushua are original language names for Jesus,
He is often referred simply as the Messiah or Master.
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