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Keeping Yourself Pure (Part 1. Making A Covenant With Your Eyes)

Updated on August 2, 2017

Although this article is in a series, it is a Complete study on its own. (1 of 4 in series)

* all [bracketed] words in Scripture verses are mine *

Job was a man that lived in a time just after the time of Noah and his famous ark. Most people have heard his name and connect him to qualities such as patience and integrity. For those who don't know his story, it goes like this:

Job was a man who loved God and sacrificed regularly like his forebear, Noah. He was a careful man of integrity, so much so, that he caught the eye of Satan who wished to test him and make an example of him. God, knowing Satan had this desire on his heart to defeat Job's integrity, asked him: "Have you considered My servant Job, that there is none like him in all the earth, a blameless and upright man, one who fears God and shuns evil?" (Job 1:8) Now don't misunderstand, God was not offering Job to Satan as some suppose. He was telling Satan what he was already thinking and was displaying confidence in His servant. So Satan proposed a test of Job's integrity. The first part was the taking away of all that he possessed (except his wife, Satan had other plans for her). God gave him permission to do it and gave him the extent. "Behold all he has is in your power; only do not lay a hand on his person." (Job 1:12) As you may have surmised, this did not cause Job to sin, so Satan proposed part two of this plan to destroy Job's testimony, a very painful condition of boils that covered his entire body. Again with conditions, God gave Satan permission. God was correct when He claimed Job as a man of integrity and God was able to display that integrity to the friends who had come to "comfort" him, to Satan, to the demons, and the history books for all time. Job did allow a little doubt in and the LORD gave him a verbal rebuke but even that became a blessing for Job because it validated Job's faith. It gave an opportunity for Job to confess his sin before his God that he loved so much. It gave an opportunity for theology to begin in earnest, revealing God to man, because in the pages of Job is the scarlet thread of belief that spans the entire Bible. This also gave God the opportunity to bless Job and his wife, who stuck by him and loved him. They were given more wealth than they lost. They had ten more children and we are told that none were as beautiful as Job's daughters.

When I began my studies of the Bible, O so many years ago, I discovered, to my amazement, that the oldest book in the Bible is Job, not Genesis. It was written before any of the rest of the Book... and before there was a Moses and the Law... and before God revealed Himself to Israel... and before there was an Israel. It was even written before any mention of God's friend, Abraham, whose blessings were passed to us all as his grafted-in children. Noah put two of every animal in the ark. How many times have I read the descriptions of dinosaurs that was given in the detailed writings of Job claiming the dinosaurs walked with them? Verse 4 of Chapter 41 talks about the behemoth (supposed brontosaurus) and says that God created the "behemoth with thee." Those two words validate my belief that these creatures God speaks of in Job were alive and walked among the men of the day. I believe they did walk with them because of the age of this book and that creation was accomplished in six days! I often wondered how long after Noah, Job lived, and I've wondered how many years the writings of Job were studied and passed from person-to-person before Moses came along to pen the book of Genesis. The writings of Job must have stood as their whole Bible for a time. I believe Moses personally read it and studied it or was told of it in great detail when he wrote the Pentateuch, the first five books of the Bible.

In the book of Job the thread of salvation is as clear as in any of the Old Testament. In it, one sees the God of the coming Abraham, Isaac and Israel. In those writings a tone is set that continues all the way through to Revelation. You get the idea of covenants and how they worked and such is the very theme of this series of articles.

For all these years I have been fascinated with Job, not only with its deep theological import, but with the man himself. Job loved God and was thankful to Him for his family and all that he had. God loved Job with all his flaws (that are really only hinted at in these writings). It must have been a hard life with all the heathen around and people "doing what was right in their own eyes." Job had only one wife, all his life. Through this ordeal, and into the end of the account, Job never multiplied any wives to himself, as many good men did throughout history. He remained loyal to "Mrs. Job" all those years (which were many in those days, hundreds of years). I've always admired that about him. Also, there had to be places of worship built to other Gods, groves and makeshift temples. There were women in those places that would offer themselves in religious worship to gods other than the Creator God that Job worshiped, temple prostitutes if you will, that men would "visit" on a regular basis. And in their everyday life, people all around him were fulfilling every lust as they saw fit. Lustful young women, some of which may have come seeking some of Job's vast wealth, could have approached him. Job made his mind up that, as much as possible, he would remain pure before the eyes of his God.

"I have made a covenant with my eyes; why then should I look upon a young woman? For what is the allotment of God from above, and the inheritance of the Almighty from on high? Is it not destruction for the wicked, and disaster for the workers of iniquity? Does He not see my ways, and count all my steps? If I have walked with falsehood, or if my foot has hastened to deceit, let me be weighed on honest scales, that God may know my integrity. If my step has turned from the way or my heart walked after my eyes, or if any spot adheres to my hands, then let me sow and another eat; yes let my harvest be rooted out. If my heart has been enticed by a woman, or if I've lurked at my neighbor's door, then let my wife grind for another, and let others bow down over her." (Job 31:1-10)

Here I must insert something about the love of Job's life, his dear wife,I tire so much of hearing how she was an evil woman or how she was ungodly. I do not see the account of Job and his wife like that. Mrs. Job was a good woman. She took care of him faithfully and loved him. She didn't want him to suffer but she herself was becoming weak. Remember, she was hurt in all this too. She obviously spoke out of emotional pain, desperation and sadness. She knew what it would mean should Job die. Women needed their men in this very early society for security. She had born him children and all were now dead. In her eyes, her whole life was over. She was in mourning and didn't understand why any of this was happening either. She was just at her wit's end and to make matters worse Job's three friends were there to comfort him. That session of "comfort" turned into an argument over which sin Job had committed that caused this evil to come upon him. Finally she said, "Do you still cling to your integrity? Curse God and die." I believe she didn't say this lightly or out of vindictiveness. She was becoming bitter at this event which took her children and was threatening to take her husband away. Wanting him to be free from the unbearable pain, she began to think that it was his integrity that was keeping him alive and suffering. If he was going to have to die anyway, she must have thought, why linger any longer? Break your covenant of integrity to God and die, please, I cannot bear this slow, agonizing removal of my life!

There is another thing to consider before we move on from Mrs. Job. Satan did not ask for her life. I believe there was a reason for this. I believe that he knew her make up and had a pretty good idea how this tragedy in her life would affect her. He knew chances were good that she would become weak enough to speak from the spiritually weakened condition that he (Satan) was going to create with God's permission. We Christians all know how we are sometimes used and our loved ones are used when we run our mouths under pressure. Personally, that is why I avoid arguments at all costs. I know I will say something stupid and not just any stupid words but I will allow words to be planted by the evil one, like fiery darts are planted. How many times have we all experienced arguments with a person and during the course of things verbally exchanged things are said that have been said before, perhaps by others who hurt you? I don't believe that is a coincidence. It's as if they knew exactly what words to say and how to say them to "push my buttons." How many people have sounded like my mother or sounded like my father with exactly the same words, tones and emphasis that hurt me before? This is not an accident. Satan is good at what he does! Mrs. Job was using the words that Satan placed in her, because he was able to use her in her emotionally-weakened condition. As you can tell, I really like Mrs. Job and I can't wait to meet her in heaven! I want to tell her how she inspired me and to tell her how much I learned from her.

"I have made a covenant with my eyes"

The covenant was a tradition passed down generation to generation. Almost everybody had at one time or another seen a covenant reached between men for one purpose or another. Usually it was an agreement to behave or act in a certain way under certain conditions. The terms of the covenant were always specified clearly and the method and reasoning were based on covenants that God Himself set up before men and with men. The first covenant that was accomplished was God bringing the woman Eve to the first man Adam, there was set up a marriage covenant between the two. Such marriage covenants are still performed today and the terms specified clearly. The second covenant made by God was the covenant where blood sacrifice would atone for the sin of a man. "Without the shedding of blood there is no remission of sin." When blood is shed, the life of something innocent is forfeit. Moses' account of Abel sacrificing to God to atone for his sin and to give love offering to God, was an example of this covenant men performed before God. Another covenant that was before men in permanence is the rainbow that God put in the heaven to show there would be no more flood to destroy the earth. (Genesis 9:12-14)

But what is a covenant and why is it so binding?

If one looks at the word covenant in this verse it is the Hebrew word berith (ber-eeth') that means "to cut" and is formed from the word barah (baw-raw') which means "to select or choose." The idea is that there is a decision in the offing that is very important and is intended to be binding. So before the highest authority, God, the parties make a pledge (barah) and then agree to let the matter be in the hands of God should one party or the other break that agreement. The sense of cutting is in the seriousness of the covenant matter. Once a thing is cut, it cannot be the same again. It is permanently altered by this permanent agreement. [think circumcision] The oral tradition then usually added curses to add weight to the agreement and this also was laid before God, to be administered at God's discretion should either party err.

In this account, who were the parties? It is Job and his marriage (as an entity in itself). Who stood in for the other party? Job's fleshly eyes. When two people are married they have become "one flesh" and the eyes would do well to be the "other party" to the covenant. The eyes (flesh) do have a "mind" of their own from time to time. Job would have to keep the seriousness of this vow before him at all times because the flesh raises up in a man's weakness and not in his strength. It will blindside him at times and a man will fall. The man, not intending to do anything wrong, will be drawn into breaking the covenant by the sin that dwells in his flesh.

Job, to covenant with God, would have to take this very seriously. Most likely he took an innocent lamb or goat and cut it in two pieces before the sacrificial alter. Then separating the two halves, prayerfully promise to not look upon another woman, and then walk through the midst of the animal. It was as if the man became part of the animal's life that was taken and the blood's value was a guarantor in this arrangement. That was how serious Job was about keeping his marriage vow holy and his integrity to God and to his wife. I'd say I'd never do such a thing if I was Job but then, in that society, it was the most powerful way to say you were dead serious when making a promise. I think I would have to be that serious when it came to my marriage and to pleasing my God. What love Job had!

What was the promise? "...Why should I look upon a young woman."

His precious wife was enough! She was "God's allotment from above and the inheritance from on high." Did Job add a curse to this already solemn and valid covenant, to increase its strength in his own mind? Yes!

"If I have walked with falsehood [in this matter of cheating on my wife]..." "or my foot has hastened to deceit [in this matter]..." "if my step has turned from the way" or "my heart walked after my eyes" or "if any spot adheres to my hands"... "If my heart has been enticed by a woman" or "if I've lurked at my neighbor's door" [to take his neighbor's wife]


"...let me sow and another eat" [my crops taken from me after I do all the work to get a harvest] "yes let my harvest be rooted out..." [ruin the land so no crops can grow probably referring to sowing ground with salt that would take years for the land to overcome] then "let my wife grind for another" [signifying a wife doing chores and wifely duties such as cooking and keeping the home] and let others bow down over her." [Signifying a man other than he himself doing the duties of a husband to her, sexual and otherwise]

Can anyone doubt Job's seriousness or the love Job had for his Lord and for his wife? "There is no one on earth like him!" God said.

Are we serious with God or not? When we say we love God do we play games of semantics with Him? Do you realize what marriage is? Job did! Marriage is a holy, serious covenant made between a man and a woman before God Almighty!

INTEGRITY: Do I have it? Now you can see why God did not hesitate to say yes to Satan, in essence saying:

You have the nerve Satan to think you can rock MY servant's integrity? I know his heart and that there is none like him in all the earth. Okay, it's on! But know this: when all is said and done, the blessings I bless him with will far outweigh anything you can do. I will even give him reassurance about about all he lost, for he in fact has lost nothing. His children are with Me and I will restore them to him when he gets home. I will give him more money, more camels and more servants after this than he ever had before. I will increase the love between he and his wife and I will give them such children that the world will know I have blessed them both for his faithfulness. None shall be as his daughters for beauty. Work your best plan, evil one, and I will undo it. I AM God.

Now, for a challenge - (which really is just a reality check and wake up call). Do you realize the marriage covenant we made with our spouses contains the same covenant that Job made implied in the vows? The covenant of marriage was made to be an unbreakable agreement before God. Jesus laid out the terms and the only way out of the covenant. Then Our Lord also said, "You have heard that it was said of old [in the Law and in oral tradition] 'You shall not commit adultery.' But I say to you [this is the reality check regarding the covenant made] that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart." (Matthew 5:27-28)

Do you see that the covenant effecting one's eyes is there within the covenant we have already made? The wise Job was a genius. He knew before the counsel of Jesus way back in those early times. God tells us in the New Testament, that we better be aware how important our eyegate is. We better pay attention where we look, then gaze, then lust, because the information comes at us fast; whether we have prepared or not. I have been very open in my writings, how weak I will get if I do not constantly watch myself and keep myself pure. My wonderful wife is very aware and she is like a shelter that my Lord has provided me for safety. I can tell her and she will pray with me. She helps me watch out for things the devil sends my way. I am so oblivious sometimes! I'll be thinking of nothing sensual at all and then blam! something is sent my way. There have been times that I can not turn on television or look at any magazine because of the sensitivity of the moment. My lovely wife has been provided to be my helpmate and she is strong. I do the same for her because she also has eyes, drives lusts. I can see her begin to struggle, and begin praying for her when she is effected by the same weaknesses. We are strengths for one another, in the Lord.

So how do we go about doing what Job did without hacking an innocent animal in two? Remember, Job lived during a time before the perfect sacrifice, Jesus Christ, bled and died on Calvary's cross. We do not have to sacrifice animals in order for our sins to be removed, or kill an animal to add to the validity of any of our covenants we make, because we have the atoning blood of Jesus as our guarantor. When we accept Christ as Savior, He takes care of our sin; past present and future. He also walks with us and dwells in us to validate and oversee all our dealings. We have within us the highest authority in the universe and He listens hears and remembers every word we say. (Thus the 2nd in this series, Making A Covenant With Our Mouths)

As married people we stood before God and man, making a covenant of purity to God and swearing faithfulness to our spouse. We made a covenant effecting our eyes! As single people we are commanded to have sex only with a marriage partner. We have no free reign to do just anything we want. When God said adulterers will not get into the kingdom of God, He was not kidding! The purity thing applies to unmarried people as well.

1. Married people: Husbands begin to appreciate your wives and wives begin to appreciate your husbands. Their physical bodies were put in front of you to look at, admire, ogle, play with, to take up your attention - for safety against sin and for pleasure. God knew what He was doing when He created us as sexual beings. He made our sexuality strong, the sensations powerful, starting with sight. Make your mind up that what truly is beautiful comes from within. We take into our eye-gate so much, so we are to fill our minds with visions of what we know is beautiful, with our spouses image. She is to be our all-in-all in the physical sense.

This is the excuses I have heard:

"But he has grown a potbelly and his chest and biceps are gone. He used to be so dreamy. I am bored with my life. It's only a little look and then I dream."

"But she is beginning to sag and I see her without make up and I see her sleepy or tired or cranky and I am bored. The girls are so hot to sneak a peek at."

Boredom is thanklessness. It is saying that God's provision for you is not enough and you think that your sin is a better answer. It is sort of reminiscent of Israel as God's people complained in the wilderness.

"All we have is this loathsome bread to eat!"

"All I have is this husband to look at!" "All I have is my wife that is not thin anymore and not bouncy like the woman running on the beach in the commercials!"

Wife! he is what you have been given, appreciate him!

Husband! she is what you have been given, appreciate her!

"For the lips of an immoral woman [any woman that you lust over becomes that immoral woman] drip honey, and her mouth is smoother than oil [she looks good, better than good, like a dream]. But in the end she is bitter as wormwood, sharp as a two-edged sword... Remove your way far from her and do not go near the door of her house [even close enough to gaze]... Drink water from your own cistern, and running water from your own well [you have been given your own proper means to fill this desire]. Should your fountains be dispersed abroad, streams of water in the streets? [should you act this evil out in public?] Let them only be your own, and not for strangers with you. Let your fountains be blessed, and rejoice with the wife of your youth. [yes, she is getting older but so are you] As a loving deer and a graceful doe, let her breasts satisfy you at all times, and always be enraptured with her love. [Deer mate for life, a lesson for us apparently] (Proverbs 5:3-4, 8, 15-19)

2. Increase your self awareness of the things you look at and the amount of time you look at them. We are used to the world saying that everything is acceptable and that there is no sin in anything we do. We hear sayings like,

"No harm in looking."

"Look but don't touch."

"As long as you don't act on a thing it is only in your mind and can't hurt you."

Don't you believe it! Start by taking note, for example, of how long the bouncing boobs in an "innocent" commercial keep your gaze. Then realize what you are actually doing and call it what it is- sin. It is so hard for guys to tear those eyes away, especially when no one is around. Even if you seem to be thinking no thoughts, but only taking "mental measurements," it has become sin to you. Girls eyeing that commercial with the big chested dude that looks good (and you hear smells good too) will do the same thing to you. Looking so as to lust is sin for you. This exercise is not a pleasant one because it gives an honest report: we all break our covenants in this way from time to time. We need to be aware, refocus and then confess it as sin.

3. Confess your sins to God and your weaknesses to your spouse. She knows how men are easily swayed by sight. After all she's used it on you many a time, right? So make use of the provision the Lord lovingly gave you - love her and give her all of your heart. Assure her you are in constant mode to change direction should the need arise. It may be hard to be this honest, but be a man! do it anyway. Wives, you too may be a little red-faced as you admit to your husband that you have weaknesses as he does. Assure him you love him and always will. Pray together and hold each other up. God will renew a sexual spark when you do this. Things may be better than they have been in years or perhaps better than they have ever been.

4. Be mindful that you are what God has given your partner to look at, and take better care of yourself. Men brush your teeth so she doesn't see yellow nasty when you smile. Eat smarter so if the Lord blesses you with a little weight loss your partner can see it with his or her eyes that are devouring you in love. Believe me, the little things mean a lot.

You may be saying that this is really no big deal. What a person sees and chooses to look at in his own mind is his own business. I agree that each person is given the right to choose for themselves the things they do privately, but the divorce rate being almost 60% says that something is happening that needs to be addressed.

Some of you are saying,

"Even if I take this seriously and tried to stop watching and being excited at women, I couldn't."

Or, some of you women may be saying,

"How do I stop dreaming? Fantasy is part of my mind?"

Well, before this gets to be a pattern behavior that effects your marriage, or an addiction that ruins a marriage, or even your life, we need to think about it. On your own, you will not have the power to turn away from these powerful things, even when you know they will hurt you or the one you love. Only God can give a release from these things that privately ensnare us. These are secret sins that tend to torment, because they erode the value of your family and your home.

Are you tired of being addicted to porn or waiting until you are alone to be indulging the sin in your mind? Are you feeling the hole in your heart that happens because your mentally have given yourself to another and you rightly feel guilty? Your mind and eyes and appetites can enslave you and God wants to free you. You can turn to God right now and ask Him to renew your heart and mind. He can restore love to your marriage and rekindle a spark and excitement that is missing in your relationship. He wants to heal and be there for you and you can call on Him now and ask Him in.

"All have sinned and come short of the glory of God."

"The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord."

"All who call on the name of the Lord will be saved."

Just pray;

Dear Jesus, I know that my life is not what it could be, but I don't have the power to be different than I am. I need you to forgive me because I know I am a sinner and am powerless over these forces in my life. You promised that if I believe in you as the only way of salvation and are willing to turn from living life my way and turn to follow You - You would save me. Please Jesus, please save me because I do believe that you came to earth and bled and died for me. I believe that you were buried and rose from the dead on the third day. Come into my heart and save me. I pray this in Jesus' holy name Amen.

Be happy you are saved and thank God for your salvation.

Now a word for the saved Christian: Are you like Job and realize that your eyes are causing you to sin over and over again? Do you need to make a second covenant with your eyes? If you feel led because you know that your eyes cause you to sin and wish to make a covenant as the great patriarch Job did pray this prayer with me:

Dear Lord Jesus You have spoken to my heart and I know that my eyes have been my downfall so many times. I have used them to sin against You and my spouse. I have a propensity to look, so I am now making a covenant with my eyes before You, Lord. I promise to never gaze into the face of sin as Lot did into Sodom. I promise that when You speak to me in the small still voice, that I will look away. I will not play games of peeking at that which I know is forbidden. I give my eyes to You so that I can use them for Your Glory. Use me Lord and guard my eyes so that I may remain pure before You. Help keep my marriage healthy for both our sakes, her and mine. Thank You, Amen.

Others in this series of independent artilces:

Keeping Yourself Pure (Part 2. Making A Covenant With Your Mouth)

Keeping Yourself Pure (Part 3. Making A Covenant With Your Hands)

Keeping Yourself Pure (Part 4. Making A Covenant With Your Mind/Heart)


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      Robert E Smith 6 months ago from Rochester, New York

      It works for me. I will look down and I will feel loved and then the loyalty factor kinda bubbbles up.

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      Richard Parr 6 months ago from Australia

      My wife always asks me what my "battle-plan" is regarding bouts with temptation. Without one I tend to stumble. I like the ring idea, a great visual reminder of who you are and what it means. Appreciate your honesty also. Thanks. Richard.

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      Robert E Smith 7 months ago from Rochester, New York

      "Can't let your guard down," don't I know it! I have a past addiction to porn. I say past because I believe that Jesus gives us a way to cure ourselves of that sin.

      But I know that I am a sinner and can be fleshly if I'm not careful so I have precautions in place that work for me and keep me from my weaknesses.

      I have always loved the female form, I have since I was a little kid. I have to be so rigid with how I read or take in information or receive my entertainment.

      If I am in close fellowship with God, in the Spirit and not in the flesh, I can see a woman pictured on a beach or maybe a commercial on TV that has any woman in it and I can overlook what, for other people, would be an innocent commercial or picture in an ad or such. But on days I know I'm not in close fellowship with God, on days that I'm tired or any day, I have not been praying without ceasing, I can't watch TV at all sometimes or read anything except the Scripture or some study material etc. I hang closer to my wife on those days do things for other people and keep busy. My wife helps me when days get rough. And I help her with her hard days as well with what she struggles with.

      Richard, I thank you for your honesty.

      These struggles seem so trivial to a person who does not know Jesus as Savior. Anyone who knows me thinks I am not a "normal" man and that I am too prudish at times, or even that I'm a little crazy and need couseling. They tell me that porn is a victimless crime and doesn't hurt anyone. I beg to differ. Adultery is not a victimless act.

      I have done a few things to make it harder to get to the sin. For me access is dangerous and access at a time I'm bored is even worse. So my rule for me is I can't use the computer when my wife is not at home. I find something else to do and keep busy. I have another thing that also sounds silly to many people, even to Christian friends of mine. I wear two wedding bands. One on the left hand and one on the right hand. The one on my left is the one I wear for my wife and the one I wear on my left is the one I wear for God. I am a husband to my wife, but I also am part of the "Bride of Christ" the church. So when I look down at my hands I am always reminded that any fleshly sin involving the eyes I am violating the covenant relationship with my wife and with my Savior. Kooky, huh? Well, whatever works I say. Thank you for commenting. Thank you for letting me know that the article was useful and informative to you. Bob.

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      Richard Parr 7 months ago from Australia

      Thanks Robert E Smith. I needed to read this. Sins of the 'eye-gate' have plagued me throughout my Christian journey for decades. We can never let our guard down. The flesh never sleeps. So thankful for grace and the avenue of prayer! And thankful for articles such as this.

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      Robert E Smith 7 years ago from Rochester, New York

      I am so glad we met Julianna. I hope that all the hubs are a blessing to you. God does work in great and mysterious ways. Much Christian love, Bob.

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      Julianna 7 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      I did not know that Job was the first book. Interesting. I am going to learn so much from this series. I am glad I answered your question on the forum and I see that God lead me to these hubs. I feel blessed that I now have a better understanding of Job it is one of my favorite books too! I am in awe! God Bless!

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      Robert E Smith 7 years ago from Rochester, New York

      Praise the Lord that you were blessed. I am happy that I was able to be used to encourage a fellow soldier in this battle that we fight. Much love and blessings, Bob.

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      heavenbound5511 7 years ago from Under the shadow of the Almighty God!

      Hello No Body!

      Awesome teaching on Job!You really are a good teacher of the word and I like how you write and explain things! I like teaching with depth and that's what you give! Not everybody does this. Of course I voted this up & awesome. God bless you!

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      sairakhan 7 years ago from Bombay , India

      Nice sharing MR. no body.I have started following you

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      Robert E Smith 7 years ago from Rochester, New York

      Thank you Lottie. Working on 3rd purity article, hands. Then comes heart/mind. Love ya sister.

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      Pastor Dr. Carlotta Boles 7 years ago from BREAKOUT MINISTRIES, INC. KC

      Great Hub presentation no body! You knock this one out of the ball park!!!!!!! Voted-up!

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      Robert E Smith 7 years ago from Rochester, New York

      Hahahaha, Hey Jim, I'm laughing because my dyslexia said it Could have been done better. I said if Jim said it could have been done better I better look. Well, glad I read it wrong and wrote right along God's lines or it would have been bad. Love ya James.

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      James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago

      Boy, Brother Bob, you delivered a powerful message here. It could not have been done better. Thank you for this marvelous missive.

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      Robert E Smith 7 years ago from Rochester, New York

      The longer I am saved the more I realize just how much God loves me and how much he can love others through me. I am not a young man anymore, Valerie. I can't do half of what I used to be able to do but I find myself glad I am old because it means I can be of more use to our Lord. I love the lost because He loves them. I love my brothers and sisters because He loves them. I love you, baby sister, because He loves you. But my sin hinders that love. I will be happy to be home in heaven because I will not sin, ever ever again. I will be pure in body as I am cleansed in spirit now. I can't wait. So here are the areas I struggle with, My Eyes, My Mouth, My Hands, My Mind. Each area my flesh pulls agains my spirit and God. Each area works against His will. If I can put my life in His hand and think of things in these terms I find I can keep from sinning as much and also regain my footing when I do sin faster. I wish this for you too, my little sister. I love you too, I hope better than any brother has because of the Love of a "God who SO loved us that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believeth should not perish but have everlasting life." May that love always grow between us forever. May you know that from every brother and sister in the Lord.

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      CoCoa_81 7 years ago from Shreveport, Louisiana

      Every since I met you here your words helped me and once again, there you go in my head. I absolutely love the way you explain things, thanks so much. Love Always Bro'.

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      Robert E Smith 7 years ago from Rochester, New York

      As in all of these articles that I am led to write, they never look at all like I think they will. The same is true of the next in this series. It is on the mouth and making a covenant with one's mouth. May it bless you. Love Bob

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      Pamela Lipscomb 7 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      Keep up the good work. Thank God for the authority given to us and the power of the HS.

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      Robert E Smith 7 years ago from Rochester, New York

      It has gotten so hard for guys. Society permits so much skin as acceptable. Everywhere tiny pieces of cloth do not cover anything and modesty is a thing of the past. The more we do to keep ourselves pure before the eyes of God the better. Thank you 2besure. Many blessings Bob.

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      Pamela Lipscomb 7 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      150 years ago, this would be a lot easier. Men are drawn with their eyes and everywhere, you see nudity and act of sexuality. Commercials, magazines, newspapers, internet, Summer time when people wear less clothes.

      It is easier to say then to do. I believe Christian men will always have a challenge with this, no matter how spiritual. It is good for men to know that with God's help it can be easier.

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      Robert E Smith 7 years ago from Rochester, New York

      Rev. Ted, I praise the Lord for His wisdom. You are so right. Satan knows that in the privacy of one's mind things move at lightning speeds. There are things built into everything all around us that plants these lascivious thoughts in us in milliseconds if we but dally in that realm for a moment. We see constantly people in states of undress, people in all kinds of private moments that should be left private, we see unnatural acts and every form of sin. We take it in and if not immediately dismissed it will become our sin. I hope the article covered what needed to be covered for most people. I hope that what was covered gave an incentive to furthur study so that God may be glorified. Thank you Rev. Ted. God Bless. Bob.

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      Rev. Teddy C. Ryan III 7 years ago from a life in sin saved by the Lord's grace - we are blessed with the ministry in Florida & Georgia

      Very well put and the Book of Job is always a fine example of the fortitude that we need to always have. Our eyes, being "the windows to the soul" are the first line of defense and likewise, the FRONT LINES of most attacks by the Lord's adversary. Scripture tells us that these sins are just as bad as actually performing the action, and for a good reason.

      Praise Him! and keep up the great work for His Kingdom... Rev.Ted

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      Robert E Smith 7 years ago from Rochester, New York

      Patience with integrity. I wonder, have you ever heard of the Scriptures that say that patience is learned through trials? I know Christians who will not pray for patience because they do not want the trials. I seldom pray for patience because God awards it with the trials of life. I wonder if Job prayed for patience. What an answer he got if he did. I think Job prayed for integrity. I think integrity is the operative word and theme of the book of Job. If a thing is true embrace it. If a thing is false and evil, reject it. If you are embracing something give your all and don't look back. Don't do something keeping your eye on a "backdoor escape". So many people try Christianity, or try obedience to God and then when they hit a snag or trial they are ready to dash out that escape route. "I used to teach sunday school." "I used to be a better Christian." "I tried it and it didn't work for me." Job knew that his eyes could be his weakness and he was going to put up blockades to that weak point so that he would be safe and also his family would be stronger. I believe that he also was concerned for his wife and what would happen should God take him away for evil in his heart. What would happen to his children? Job was a spiritual giant and someone to emulate. Thank you Crystolite. Many blessings to you.

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      Robert E Smith 7 years ago from Rochester, New York

      Manny, Your encouraging comments are so very welcome and needed. I am approaching this writing thing like a ministry. I am not expecting any real money or reward here on earth for the work. I study some long hours and keep busy because people need to hear the gospel. The Lord does give His blessing though and reward. One such way is when good folks like you are kind enough to tell me that this ministry is helping you grow and learn. Sometimes the enemy will lie to me and tell me that I'm doing no real good here. I keep doing it because I believe the Scripture that says the "word will not return to God void." In the 98 hubs I have written, I know that the word and gospel has gone out. I know this is what I am supposed to do so keep praying for me. This also gives me the opportunity to pray for you and so many others that I have met and been given the absolute privilege of sharing some of their lives. I consider it a blessing to be able to love them for a time and it will be so joyous to get to heaven and fellowship with them for real. Can you imagine? I and you praising God around the throne of grace for all eternity? It will be so grand!

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      Emma 7 years ago from Houston TX

      Hi no body,i quite agree with u that our eyes is like a gate 2 our imaginations and the story of job is a perfect example of a patient man.

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      Manny Fore 7 years ago

      I absolutely agree with you. I need to get right with God, because he's coming to take his people away from what is coming upon the world. In this day and age, from super storms and economic disparity around the world of the terror mounting. I'm learning alot from your insight of Bible scriptures and I'll say again, thank you and God bless you.

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      Robert E Smith 7 years ago from Rochester, New York

      They have photos from space satellites, Manny. The photos shows a structure the size and shape of Noah's ark. They can see it and people still don't believe. They claimed for years that Sodom and Gomorrah did not exist it was impossible, no volcanos in the area and they found it with sulfur in the ground and they still don't believe. They said Jericho did not exist and it was a myth. They said that what the Bible said about the walls falling in such a way that the army could "march everyone straight ahead" was impossible even if Jericho was real. Then they found it. It was as if a giant hand pushed it into the ground a geological impossibility but it happened. And guess what? they still don't believe.

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      Manny Fore 7 years ago

      I agree with you about your opinion. It seems people have the Pharoah complexities, when evidence of his being is displayed in space and all around us.

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      Robert E Smith 7 years ago from Rochester, New York

      Manny - didn't mean to be diagreeable. It's just that people are so stubborn in their unbelief. They don't believe because they don't believe. They won't believe because they can't be wrong. They won't believe because someone taught them that. They won't believe because they don't want to think about...etc. The Holy Spirit tries to reason and woo. He won't give up while there's a chance. God is so good.

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      Manny Fore 7 years ago

      I agree with you about that, because people strongly believe that science have all the answers, but belief in God and the age of science are totally different. You have brought up an interesting comment that many people would still doubt. Many people don't believe in the Bible and base their beliefs on scientitic notations.

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      Robert E Smith 7 years ago from Rochester, New York

      I might have to disagree with your last statement Manny. People are very stubborn. Jesus was telling the story of the rich man who died and Lazarus who died. He said the rich man begged Abraham to send someone back from the dead to try to persuade his family so that they would not have to go to hell. Jesus said that even if someone would raise from the dead, if someone did not believe, it wouldn't convince him. I think they could find the ark of Noah, the bones of Noah, the bones of two of every animal and they still wouldn't believe. I would hope you were right though. I think if you were right that God would allow it to be found. Thank you for commenting and God bless you.

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      Robert E Smith 7 years ago from Rochester, New York

      Thank you so much for your comment on Mrs. Job. A brother or mine said he "bet" that I would get so many people disagreeing with me about her. I had hoped he was wrong. I just think that God who was handing out rebukes would have given her one. I hear myself at times and how I have hurt the ones I love with my mouth. I do love God and I really try not to hurt anyone, especially my loved ones. It just is so easy to give in to the flesh and so easy for Satan to put words into the mouth of someone that is in the flesh. Many blessings to you, Bob.

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      Manny Fore 7 years ago

      I really don't understand why the Bible is considered irrelevent in today's time. Prophecy of Israel becoming a nation in one day, mentioned in the Bible. This book is powerful and it's God manual to everyone. Satan's at work of causing confusion, with so many regilions in the world today. I have to say if Noah's ark and proof of Pharaoh armies wiped out by God's mighty hand at the Red Sea crossing were found, many people would be converting over to Jesus Christ.

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      graceomalley 7 years ago

      I really like your discussion of Mrs Job. Too many people of the Bible get a negative rap for the lowest moment of their lives. After all, Job loved his wife very much - I expect it wasn't purely a sacrificial love, but that he enjoyed a good life with her.

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      Robert E Smith 7 years ago from Rochester, New York

      I like your comment Tam, about pleasures and purposes but a woman cannot be about making family all her adult life. Pleasure and delight of the man for his wife is for all his life according to Proverbs. His woman was made for him and I believe the pleasures go with it. We are to delight in one another. That being said, selfishly people begin to think about pleasure without realizing pleasure was never meant to be had by one without the other. They are only complete in one another. When one partner decides to need more pleasure than the other can provide, they step outside the provision the creator gave them. Where will they go and what means will the pleasure come? Satan is only too ready to provide delights to tittle the mind. (love the word tittle, hahaha) So here comes the eyegate along with the fiery dart. It's only a peek. No one is looking. No one will know. It's only a second. You know you are curious. It isn't even about pleasure now, it's about delighting in another's blessings. etc. And it isn't long and we are rationalizing right along with the darts... Yeah, I'm not doing anything except looking, appreciating God's handiwork. This won't hurt my wife. This woman won't look as good as my honey anyway...whoo! Look at that!! Now dude is done. He's over the edge and God has to pull him back. Thanks Tam always a pleasure (spiritually speaking) when my lovely sister drops in to comment.

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      Tamarajo 7 years ago

      I really enjoyed your Hebrew word studies and your explanation of covenant.

      I also did not know that Job was written before all the other books. That is fascinating stuff.

      I think we moderns have things so messed up relationally speaking. The ancients didn't have magazines, television, internet nor scantly clad women that set the standards and trained the eyes of both men and women of what should be attractive. It reminds me of the ancient worship of the goddess Diana. A false and perverted idol and standard of female beauty, love, and relationship. When a man only has his own woman to behold that is the standard of beauty for him. Not that they were without temptation as Job obviously had to make a covenant with his eyes but probably not like it is now.

      I think a huge problem is created when we step outside the purposes for relationship which was to create family that mirrored the miracles of love and relationship with God and His people. Although these purposes include pleasures the pleasure is not the purpose. When we seek the pleasure over serving the purpose we inevitably step outside the boundaries to do so.

      Enjoyed your thoughtful look at Job and relationship.

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      Robert E Smith 7 years ago from Rochester, New York

      I so love you sister DeBbie! You have taught me so much about marriage and oneness and so many other things that I thought I knew about but you have freshened my perspective. I am stronger because of you. Thank you for the affirmation. Hope you like the next in the series. Make a covenant with the mouth. Thank you for not disagreeing with me about Mrs Job. What a situation she was put into. From her perspective I'm amazed that she didn't say more. In fact I'm amazed Job didn't say more. I try to think...What would I have said? This story is fascinating and amazingly complete as the first written inspired work for men to read. Thank you sister for the encouragment. Thank you for always being there. Thank you for loving me. Bob.

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      Robert E Smith 7 years ago from Rochester, New York

      It's true Heart.. the eyes are the window to the soul and light to the body. It is the gate whereby we take in information. It bombards us at a pace that staggers the mind if you think on it a minute. Then the brain sorts the info. Think of how much stuff is simply crap that comes in. But it is too late. In Job's day maybe he had a bit more control over it because there was no TV or magazines or things such as media and still he had to be aware and close or divert the eyes to close the window so to speak. Thank you for coming by. Love ya heart.

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 7 years ago

      Nobody, Marvelous presentation! The story of Job is an excellent fascinating narrative that has a wealth of life lessons to learn from! Interesting point you brought out that is often overlooked; the Bible only records “one wife” for Job! You have shined the light on many other points in Job’s story! Although Mrs. Job momentarily gave him some foolish advice Job remained faithful! Amazing and significant that Job is the known oldest Book of the Bible! That in itself speaks volumes!

      As you say: “Are we serious with God or not? When we say we love God do we play games of semantics with Him? Do you realize what marriage is? Job did! Marriage is a holy, serious covenant made between a man and a woman before God Almighty! “ Amen! God is able! As you have wonderfully stated: “He can restore love to your marriage and rekindle a spark and excitement that is missing in your relationship. He wants to heal and be there for you and you can call on Him now and ask Him in. Just pray;” Amen! If you have not it is never too late to start now! Let’s continue to encourage others to honor God’s design for marriage... A couple practices healthy boundaries when they are satisfied within a committed marriage! They honor their marriage vows…

      Thank you for sharing there is much here to ponder! May Our Heavenly Father continue to knit your hearts together. In His Love, Grace, Joy, Peace & Blessings!

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      heart4theword 7 years ago from hub

      Yes, our eyes tell so much..they are the window to our soul. What we think and how we feel, is usually reflected through our eyes. Thank you for the read.

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      Robert E Smith 7 years ago from Rochester, New York

      HI Lifegate. Job has been a favorite patriarchs because he seems so flawless. I know he wasn't. He was as big a sinner as any of the good guys but the vote of confidence he got from God is amazing. And the carefulness of the boundries he maintained to keep his integrity. I know the pull to peek. It is something that is gigantic. He devised a plan for himself that his everyday life was a constant reminder of his covenant. The thing is we have the Holy Spirit indwelling us, speaking conviction to us every moment so we can correct it and confess it. He didn't have that and he maintained his integrity.

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      William Kovacic 7 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      No Body,

      Thanks for a fresh perspective on Job. Many things I never thought about before. Thanks for bringing them to light.

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      Robert E Smith 7 years ago from Rochester, New York

      I do too. I love that fact that God could kinda brag on him. See here Satan, My servant has integrity. I love it. I also have great respect for Mrs. Job. My buddy and I got into a discussion about her. He can't stand her because her words are unforgivable. I say that I've said as bad if not worse in my life and God forgave me. That day God was handing out rebukes right and left. First to Job and then to his 3 friends. But Mrs Job never got one word. I still believe she was frazzled to the point of breakdown and then at her weakest given the words she said. Thank you brother Dave. I love ya bud. Bob.

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      Dave Mathews 7 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

      I love the story of JOB. It is a true testimony to his love and faith in God.


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