If you would, turn in your Bibles with me tonight to the book
of Job chapter two. Job chapter two. When you reach the
book of Job chapter two, please signify by saying amen.
Thank You, Jesus. In the book of Job chapter two, beginning
with verse four, it said,
4. And Satan answered the LORD, and said, Skin for skin,
yea, all that a man hath will he give for his life.
5. But put forth thine hand now, and touch his bone and his
flesh, and he will curse thee to thy face.
6. And the LORD said unto Satan, Behold, he is in thine
hand; but save his life.
7. So went Satan forth from the presence of the LORD, and
smote Job with sore boils from the sole of his foot unto his
8. And he took him a potsherd to scrape himself withal; and
he sat down among the ashes.
9. Then said his wife unto him, Dost thou still retain thine
integrity? curse God, and die.
10. But he said unto her, Thou speakest as one of the foolish
women speaketh. What? shall we receive good at the hand of
God, and shall we not receive evil? In all this did not Job sin
with his lips.
Let us pray.
Most holy and gracious heavenly Father, we thank You for
who You are and for what You do. Father, hide Your son
behind the cross, that Your people would see You and not me.
Father, as I decrease I ask that You would increase. Let the
words of my mouth tonight and the meditation of my heart be
acceptable in Thy sight, oh Lord, my strength and my
Redeemer. In Jesus’ Name, amen.
When we survey the book of Job, in the first chapter it said
that Job was a perfect and upright man, one that feared God
and eschewed evil. In other words, Job was a man of God.
And one thing about Job that really, really blesses my soul is
that Job had a real foundation. You see, your foundation is
what’s going to tell who you really are. You see, after all the
jumping is over, after all of the shouting is over, after (glory
to God) all the clapping of the hands is over, who I really am
(oh, my God, my God) is going to be told by my foundation.
It wasn’t Job’s mouth only that was saying, “I need to retain
my integrity,” but it was his foundation that was speaking to
his wife. He said, “Don’t you know that I know my God?
Don’t know you know I understand my God? And I know
(hallelujah) He won’t put more on me (oh, my God, my God)
than what I can bear.
You see, so many times we’ve been talking to God. But when
the storm comes that’s when we got to prove that we’re
walking the walk. You see, the storm began to come in Job’s
life. You know the story. Hallelujah.
Job was an upright man. Got up early in the morning and
prayed, not only for himself, but for his family. Hallelujah.
He made sure that not only he was in right standing with God,
but those that surrounded him, those that made him who he
was was covered in prayer.
Let me tell you something tonight. Who Job was in the midst
of his warfare still ministered. Do you hear what I’m saying
tonight? You see, in the midst of your warfare who you are
should still minister who you are.
You see, we begin to change who we are because of the
warfare. But he understood that he was called and chosen of
God. And in spite of his warfare he had to stand his ground
and say, “I am a man of God.”
Your test of who you really are is the warfare that you’re able
to go through. You see, I can be the best preacher you ever
heard. I can sing melodies that come from the Throne room
of God. But who I really am is who I am in the midst of the
battle. That’s who you really are.
You see, our colors are going to show up then, aren’t they?
Oh, you... You’re not talking to me tonight. Our mentality of
what we really think is going to show up. What’s in our
hearts is going to show up. Because out of the abundance of
the heart my mouth is going to speak.
Who he was was not just something that flowed from his lips.
Who he was was something that flowed from his heart.
How many of you realize tonight that Satan wants to test your
foundation? When we look at our lives, there are buildings
that surround us. And not only buildings surround us, but we
are buildings. And the most important part of that building is
But what has happened is, just like building a building in the
natural, many times we get artificial materials in order to
make that house. Oh, you don’t hear me tonight. The
materials that we use are not always genuine. They’re not
always the best. They’re full of fillers, aren’t they?
But if I’m going to stand through the storm, I’ve got to have
the real deal. There can’t be nothing fake about me. Because
it’s going to show up. Who am I preaching to in this house?
We’ve been going through things. But it’s to test our
foundation. In Luke four when the devil came to tempt Jesus,
he was only trying to test His foundation.
You see, many times there are cracks in the foundation. Do
you hear what I’m saying? And that leaves room for the devil
to get in. But when I make sure that that foundation is secure,
can’t nothing get in except I let it in.
The foundation has got to be deep enough and strong enough
to withstand the stress. You see, this life is full of stress. But
Jesus said, “In this world you will have tribulation. But be of
good cheer anyway, because I’ve already overcome this
You see, you have got to get that revelation that our
foundation is Christ. Our end is Christ. Our middle is Christ.
Everything about us exudes Christ.
God was telling Satan in other words, “I know who he is. But
you don’t have a clue.” You see, the devil things he knows
who you are. But you got to prove that he don’t got a clue
about you. He think he knows you like the back of your hand.
Do you hear what I’m saying tonight? Devil, you don’t know
me. Back, up off me.
He’ll try to get familiar with you. That’s what he was trying
to get with Job. He was going around. He saw all that Job
had. And he said, “The only reason why he’s blessing You is
because You done prospered him, and because You have
hedged him in all the way around.”
But God was telling Satan, “It ain’t about what he got.” Oh,
The foundation will determine the quality of the whole thing.
Forget about how decorated it looks. Forget about this tie.
Forget about this suit. But what’s really going on? What’s
really a foundation? What’s the essence behind all of that?
He was an upright man, an upright man. Job was tested.
With a life filled with prestige and possessions and people,
and then all of a sudden he was assaulted. And not only was
he assaulted, but he was assaulted on every side. Not only
was he assaulted on every side, but he was devastated. Not
only was he devastated, but he was stripped down until all
there was was a foundation. He was at what you’ll call and
I’ll call tonight a crossroads of his faith.
You see, many times we’ve been at a crossroads at our faith,
and we didn’t know which way to go. Keep on going. Don’t
He said don’t look to the right or to the left, but keep your
faith straight as an arrow.
His foundation was speaking. And you would think that with
all that was going on that he would have gave up on God.
Lost his children. Precious children. Lost all the wealth he
had. Had thousands of sheep and all kinds of stuff. He was a
prosperous farmer, wasn’t he? Man of God. Lost all of it.
But then this is what the devil had the nerve to say in chapter
two and verse four
4. And Satan answered the LORD, and said, Skin for skin,
yea, all that a man hath will he give for his life.
After all that was taken from him, Satan was still of the
opinion that he was going to curse God. He was saying,
“He’s only faithful because of these blessings. He’s only
faithful because of these things.” But he said, “Skin for skin.”
So God granted what he desired. He said, “You can touch his
body, but don’t touch his life.” One of the things that really
blessed me about Job was when he said, “Shall we receive
evil, and not receive... Shall we receive good and not receive
What do we accept? We only accept those things that we
deem to be good. Hello, somebody. But I heard a song say,
“Accept what God allows.” You see, every now and then
God is going to allow the devil to put his hands to what
belongs to you. But it’s only a test. It’s only a test.
Sometimes we believe that being in God and loving God will
keep the storms out of our lives. But not only will it not keep
the storms out of our lives. Believing God and loving on God
won’t make me a rich man either. Oh, hello. Just because I
believe in God and I love God, my name is not Bill Gates,
somebody. If it was that simple, everybody would believe in
His foundation was speaking for him. What is your
foundation saying about you tonight? Are you at that point
where you’re just about to go off? Is that what your
foundation is going to say about you?
See, the devil thinks that he knows your breaking point. And
that’s what he said about Job. He said, “I know his breaking
point.” But he didn’t know Job at all. He doesn’t know you.
He’s pretending like he knows you.
Your foundation, is it based on somebody else? Are you only
happy if somebody else is with you? Oh, you don’t hear me
Sometimes we’re all by ourselves, and we feel alone. But my
foundation is in Christ. And I can be with a crowd, or I can
be all by myself. And I feel just fine.
Saints of God, what about Job? What about Job? He
understood God. He had wisdom. His wisdom was speaking
for him. His wisdom was speaking through him. He knew
with whom he had to do. He knew who he belonged to. He
knew that God would never leave him nor forsake him. He
knew these things.
But sometimes we only know it to a certain point. And after
that our mind get to wondering, “God, are You still here?” I
couldn’t be talking to nobody in here.
The Bible said that he began to worship. You see, if you
really have an understanding of warfare, and when you’re in
the midst of it, you need to worship. It’s something... Oh, my
God, my God. (Tongues.) It’s something about worship.
God begins to get stirred up about you. He began to worship.
He began to worship God and humble himself before God.
See, in the midst of our warfare, it’s not time to come at His
face. It’s time to come at His feet. Come at His feet and tell
Him how wonderful He is. How excellent is Your Name in
all the earth. The whole world is full of Your Glory. Tell
Him anyhow. Lord, I extol you.
Job had a relationship with God. And I know you heard that
story about Job before. But his relationship was not
Too many times our relationships are so superficial. They’re
based on what somebody can do for us. Even in ministry a lot
of times it’s... Oh, my God. Can I talk to you? It’s based on
who has the most to offer me. Not what I can do to come help
you build the... Oh, my God, my God. It’s so superficial.
But his relationship with God was so real. It was genuine. It
was genuine. Even though he lost all that he had, it was
Most of the time if a preacher loses all he got, we gone.
Hello, somebody. Because it’s so superficial. I’m going
there, aren’t I? Our relationships have got to be deeper than
that. They’ve got to be deeper than that.
His relationship was so deep that he could have died. The
Bible said that he wished that he was dead. He wished that
the name Job was never rang out in the earth. Have you ever
been there before, that you wish that your name was never
birthed in the earth? Oh, you haven’t been there. Have you
ever been down to your last, didn’t know what tomorrow was
going to bring, let alone today?
Job had it all. He went from rich to rags. But the end of the
story is he went back to rich again. And even though he
asked God why, God broke him down and spoke to him. And
Job repented. And all was restored to him again.
Tonight what is your foundation saying about you to God?
Never mind what it’s saying about you to me. Never mind
what it’s saying about you to somebody else. But what is it
saying to God about you? Are you an upright man or woman
that fears God and eschews evil? Are you like the hireling
that will run with the wind at the first sight of warfare?
What is your foundation saying? What is it saying? Think
When we look at Job... And we’re about to close. He was
driven back to his foundation of faith.
You see, sometimes we can get so super deep (Who am I
talking to?) that we forget about the basics. And because
we’re so super deep, we can’t quote the basic Scriptures any
more. We’re searching for something else. Because we done
got so deep that the old Scriptures that used to work, they
don’t work no more. Hello, somebody.
But Job had to go back to the basics of faith. Now faith is.
He had to go back there. I know you done heard Hebrews
eleven, one a thousand, a million times. But sometimes you
got to go back there. Now faith is.
He had two choices. He could either curse God and die and
give up, or he could continue to press on and draw strength
from God. You’ve got two choices tonight, two choices.
Either you can give up in the midst of the storm, or you can
draw strength from the one that gives strength. I choose the
latter of the two. I want to draw strength from Him.
The Bible says wait on the Lord. Be of good courage. And
he will strengthen thine heart.
Just wait on Him. You know what they say. He may not
come when you want Him, but He’s always on time. Isn’t He?
What is your foundation saying about you tonight? Are you
faithful over the few things, so He can make you ruler over
many? Or are you like that unjust servant? Do an evaluation
of yourself and be real with God. Be real with Him. Be real.
Say, “God, I’m like this. This is how I am. Now make the
changes where You need to make the changes.” You’re the
Potter. I’m the clay. Do whatever You want to do with me.
In the book of Matthew seventeen, when Jesus went up into
the mountain, and he took a couple of the disciples with Him,
the Bible said that He was transfigured. And the Greek word
for that is “metamorpho.” That meant that He was changed.
He was not only changed on the inside, but He was changed
on the outside.
I submit to you tonight, some of us need to be transfigured.
We need to be changed on the inside, that it will show on the
outside. The Bible said that His face shown like the sun.
When I look at you and you look at me, you should be able to
see the Son on our faces. Because He’s made a wonderful
change in our lives.
If you need to be changed tonight, you’re not by yourself.
There are things about every single one of us that need to
change. It’s a matter of submitting ourselves and
surrendering. Paul said what? “I die daily.” Didn’t he?
There’s always something about us that can be changed to be
more like Him, to help us conform to the image of Christ.
Whatever it is tonight...(tongues)...let Him change it. Let Him
change it. Let Him change it.
It’s time out for playing, church. It’s time to be real for God.
You remember Isaiah when God said, “Who will go for us?
Who shall I send?”
He said, “Here am I, Lord. Send me.” But he had that
revelation that he was a man of unclean lips, and that he
needed to be cleaned up first. If you want God to use you,
you got to ask Him to clean you up. Ask Him to make a
change, so that when the people see you they’ll see Him.
When Moses went up into the mount Sinai, when he came
back the people were so afraid, because his face shown.
Because he was also in the Presence of God.
Don’t you want people to see the Presence of God on you? I
do. Lift up your hand to Him if you want people to see the
Presence of God. I want them to know that there’s something
different about me.
I don’t just want to be another face in the crowd. I want to
stand out in the crowd, not because of what I’m saying, but
because Jesus is shining forth from the inside. Every action
that I make, every step I take, I want it to glorify God in all
that I say and do. I want to do all in the Name of the Lord
Jesus, and bring glory and honor to Him.
Some of you are really going through some things. But when
you think about Jesus, He was wounded for our
transgressions. He was bruised for our iniquities. The
chastisement of our peace was upon Him. The Bible even
declared that His face was so marred that you couldn’t even
recognize His face. My God, my God.
Don’t you want to be like Him? Affliction brings Glory. Let
me say that again, because you didn’t get that. Affliction
brings Glory. See, this light affliction can’t be compared to
the Glory that shall be revealed in you. Affliction brings
Glory. Understand that.
This suffering that you’re going through is going to cause you
to be changed in a moment, in a twinkling of an eye. And
you’ll be just like Him. Don’t you want a glorified body
Because I declare this world is not my home. I’m just passing
through. I’m just doing all I can do right now. I got a
mansion not made with a man’s hands in my Father’s house.
Whatever I can do for Him, that’s what I plan on doing, even
if He has to work on me and break me down to get me to do
it. I’ll do it, Lord. Get my flesh to that place where I’ll do it,
Oh, my God, my God. I feel Jesus in this house. There’s an
awesome Presence of the Lord here. He’s so good to us. We
don’t deserve Him. But because of His Blood that He shed
He made us partakers with Him. Aren’t you glad about it?
Forget about everything else. Forget about all your problems
and just meditate on Jesus. And I guarantee you that joy that
is your strength will begin to well up on the inside of you.
Whatever’s ailing you, whatever’s bothering you, leave it at
the altar tonight. Don’t pick it back up. Leave it there. All of
your fears, leave them at the altar. Anything that will pull you
away from Jesus, leave it at the altar. You don’t need it, you
don’t need it, you don’t need it.
Maintain your integrity. Maintain your integrity tonight. In
other words, maintain your honesty and your sincerity about
When I looked up that word “integrity,” it also meant,
“without any defects.” Have you defects in you about God.
Know that He is perfect in all of His ways. He’s perfect in all
of His ways. There’s nothing wrong with God. He’s perfect
in all of His ways, all of His ways. Everything about Him is
excellent. And we need to worship Him as such.
It’s not based on your blessings. It’s not based on your
material things or anything like that. It wasn’t even based on
Job’s body, was it? Because that was attacked also.
My God, we thank Him tonight.
Just wave your hands to Him in this Anointing. He’s perfect.