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Getting Satan's Attention

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Introduction

Who do you think that you are? Many pious Wednesday night Christian veterans may say, “I’m just a sinner saved by grace”.
Of course that is a good answer, but is there more? Perhaps as you come to church having been beaten up by the cares of this sin cursed world, you may say…”Who am I? I’m a failure. I’m a disappointment. I’m nobody”
In our passage this evening we will see that God values his own. Not only does he love us, but he uses us as proof to the Accuser that his tactics of corruption are not working. God so loves his children that He brags on them making sure that the accuser is paying attention to the grace that is active in the lives of God’s own.
In our passage this evening we find the familiar story of Job. Satan is roaming the earth exercising and demonstrating his dominion over it. He is looking for someone else he can accuse. Someone else he can throw in God’s face like he did Adam and Eve.
Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:” (, KJV 1900)
In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.” (, KJV 1900)
Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:” (, KJV 1900)
And we know that we are of God, and the whole world lieth in wickedness.” (, KJV 1900)
In the face of that hunt for failure, God inserts Job, his servant. He asks, “have you considered”… meaning are you paying attention? Think about it! God uses one of His own to defeat Satan in his tracks! Tonight we will see how God personally values His own as trophies of Grace to shut the mouth of the Accuser and to get his attention.

I. God gives His own a new name.

A. The old name is erased.

Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.” (, KJV 1900)

B. A New Name is Given

He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it.” (, KJV 1900)
Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name.” (, KJV 1900)

C. Called By God’s Name

If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” (, KJV 1900)
And when he had found him, he brought him unto Antioch. And it came to pass, that a whole year they assembled themselves with the church, and taught much people. And the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch.” (, KJV 1900)

D. A Unique Calling

And the Lord said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil?” (, KJV 1900)
Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered.” (, KJV 1900)

II. You Are Called the Servant of God.

A. A position of Calling

For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.” (, KJV 1900)

B. A position of Honor

For he remembered his holy promise, And Abraham his servant.” (, KJV 1900)
My servant Moses is not so, who is faithful in all mine house. With him will I speak mouth to mouth, even apparently, and not in dark speeches; and the similitude of the Lord shall he behold: wherefore then were ye not afraid to speak against my servant Moses?” (, KJV 1900)
Behold my servant, whom I uphold; Mine elect, in whom my soul delighteth; I have put my spirit upon him: He shall bring forth judgment to the Gentiles.” (, KJV 1900)
Surely the Lord God will do nothing, But he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets.” (, KJV 1900)

III. You Are Called the Sons of God.

A. If you have believed.

But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:” (, KJV 1900)

B. Adopted

For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.” (, KJV 1900)
And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.” (, KJV 1900)

C. Protected

My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand. I and my Father are one.” (, KJV 1900)
I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast given me; for they are thine. And all mine are thine, and thine are mine; and I am glorified in them. And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to thee. Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we are. While I was with them in the world, I kept them in thy name: those that thou gavest me I have kept, and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition; that the scripture might be fulfilled.” (, KJV 1900)

Conclusion:

Satan is still looking for ways to accuse the brethren. He is still looking for ways to discredit the power of God. But don’t forget… if you are a born again believer, you are a trophy of Grace called by a different name, called by God’s name. And it is that marvelous work of grace wrought in your life that our heavenly Father will use to get Satan’s Attention.
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