Through these sufferings/struggles/trials, we can sometimes lose hope and  become blinded to the truth, the good news that Christ came that we may have life and have it in abundance (John 10:10) and so we give in to the lies of the enemy and bury ourselves in self pity and remorse. They began to sing praises to God, right there in prison. There were plenty who believed in David's future and were willing to follow him to the ends of the earth. Praise Your Way Out!!!! Notice the lyrics of this great song: When you're up against a struggle, that shatters all your dreams. Has man's judgment on your life silenced your praise? Psalm 23 shows us His providing for our every need as our good Shepherd. We can choose to dwell in the darkness and despair, becoming angry or bitter, or we can choose to live in the Praise Zone. Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, into His courts with praise - in Isaiah's prophecy, God's gates are called 'Praise', you can read that in Isaiah 60. This passage is one of those painful moments in the life of a parent. I will bow down toward your holy temple and give thanks to your name for your constant love and truth. Thank Him for His goodness because your praise will stop the enemy and move the hand of God. Job asked, "Why not me?" Focus verses: Psalm 34:1. Your faith has saved you. Has the pain of rejection from a child or parent silenced your praise? Change ). Luke 19:40 I tell you that if these should keep silent, the stones would immediately cry out. We must learn to praise God through all storms of life. So lift up the mighty shield of faith, for the battle must be won. Is it is Eli? The way into God's presence is through praise and thanksgiving. Someone said that growing old is not for sissies. "I will bless the LORD at all times: His praise shall continually be in my mouth." 17 Pray without ceasing. Because he has revealed himself to you through his word. Which tough praise testimony speaks to your heart and life? Most important of all, Job lost his reputation, his standing in the community. His two sons, Hophni and Phinehas were a disgrace, bringing shame to their father, and damaging the credibility of the priesthood. v. 1 “I” will bless the Lord, His praise will be in “My” mouth. He says, "We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; 9 Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed." And that opportunity is just a few steps away. Even though David suffered the loss of family in the raid (including his two wives), his fellow comrades turned on him in vengeance, blaming him for their troubles. Notes for sermon 4/24/13. I Samuel 3:15-18 reads, "And Samuel lay until the morning, and opened the doors of the house of the LORD. Oddly enough, the message of God's judgment was delivered by a little boy named Samuel. In Acts 16:22 – 26, the apostle Paul recounts the story of he and Silas being thrown into prison for preaching the gospel. Praise the Lord! Through a heart of praise, we realize that God doesn’t just change our situations and work through our problems, He changes our hearts. This good man did not get angry or bitter at God, but instead he accepted His judgment as just and right. Praise God Through The Storm (Play “Praise You In The Strom-Casting Crowns” before sermon) Every Christian will face a storm at one point or another in their life. When things aren’t going right, praise your way through! And your hope's been cruelly crushed, by Satan's manifested scheme. (Luke 17: 15-19) Acts 16: 22-24 Then the multitude rose up together against them; and the magistrates tore off their clothes and commanded them to be beaten with rods. When Jonah Came out of that whales belly he wasn't pretty, but he was free, he was out. Praise the Lord! Instead they will be in times of stress and strain. No matter how you feel, no matter what is coming down, God is worthy of our praise. "Praise the LORD, all you servants of the LORD who minister by night in the house of the LORD. He came out Ugly, but he came out. Praise the Lord! God showed up and that jailhouse began to rock! ( Log Out /  Life is a struggle. MAIN TEXT: JOSHUA 6:1-6 Now the gates of Jericho were securely barred because of the Israelite. Trouble is often didactic. He can work through those who praise Him. Job lost it all to thieves and fires! Paul and Silas had every right to throw a pity party, but instead, they threw a praise party! Free Access to Sermons on Praising Your Way Through, Church Sermons, Illustrations on Praising Your Way Through, and Preaching Slides on Praising Your Way Through. Thank Him for His goodness because your praise will stop the enemy and move the hand of God. In I Samuel 30, David takes refuge in a place called Ziklag. Tough praise testimony four: Paul and Silas are imprisoned and beaten for fulfilling God's commandment and call upon their lives. Parenting is a humbling experience. "And at midnight," or "But at midnight?" Remember, God inhabits our praise. David could have acted in kind toward the Lord. hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him for the help of his countenance. Can you praise the Lord in the tough times? Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. Satan was having his way, having his day, with these faithful servants of the Lord, but at midnight, the tide began to turn! That they drop powerless behind you, when you praise Him. Now what do you do? 23 And when they had laid many stripes on them, they threw them into prison, commanding the jailer to keep them securely.24 Having received such a charge, he put them into the inner prison and fastened their feet in the stocks. Words hurt and are remembered! As parents, we love our children, but when we love, we open ourselves to pain and deep hurts. ... ” And he told him, “Get up and go on your way. For our God inhabits praise. When you praise, dreams come to pass. Jesus Himself said that the servant is not above his master. Song is amazing. This was good news for the girl, as well as for our evangelistic team, but it was bad news for her owners. If you’ve taken territory from the devil and he’s coming against you to get it back, this is not the time to sit down and whine about how things aren’t working out. 17 And he said, What is the thing that the LORD hath said unto thee? “In His presence, there is fullness of joy.” Psa. ( Log Out /  The Preparation of Worship - Ecclesiastes 5 3. We had technical difficulities during today’s sermon recording. They lost their "cash cow," so to speak. And he answered, Here am I. 26 Suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened and everyone’s chains were loosed”. Praise the Lord! Find Us. Praise has a way of pushing you into the spiritual realm, and that where worship is. Hear me when I say that it is not just enough to thank God and honor Him only when you've received a blessing. Psalm 150: 6 Let everything that has breath praise the LORD. GOD WILL MAKE A WAY OUT WHEN YOUR BACK IS AGAINST THE WALL (vv. Guess what? Upon returning, David and company were overcome by the loss. Eli helped Samuel recognize God's voice and respond to His message. If you want God to accept your praise, and to come down for your help, you must first do away with sin. As we discovered in Psalm 22, He sent the Messiah to die for our sins. Praise Your Way Through It – Acts 16:16-26. Dr. Walter Malone, Jr. Instead of crying and complaining, give God praise because you know He has a plan for you that includes deliverance, restoration and peace. This is the song Bishop Morton sang before he preached the closing sermon for the conference. When tough times come, and they always do, we have a choice. What are the tough times and situations facing you today? And he said, It is the LORD: let Him do what seemeth Him good." "I will bless the LORD at all times: His praise shall continually be in my mouth." He compares his present temporary situation, to the eternal reward what awaits every child of God! He had been content to shepherd his father's sheep! You got to go through it! It was in Eli's quiet spirit of acceptance of God's judgment, that he offered his praise to God. When you feel at your lowest, praise your way through! Paul had inflected his share of pain and suffering on the followers of Jesus Christ as a lost man. Praise the Lord! Think your way through the Psalms and you will be reminded of some of the great things God has done. But if praise flows from your mouth you reveal a heart filled with love, joy, and peace in the Lord. It would be easy to turn our backs or blame God during the storm. As believers, we ought to consider it a privilege to suffer hardship and pain for the sake of the gospel! The Protocol of Worship - Psalm 100 Scriptures: Psalm 40:3; John 12:32 Praise the LORD! Tough praise testimony two: Eli suffers the consequences of his failure as a parent, as well as the moral failures of his children. Perhaps the answer to that question is another question. Awesome sermon…. You can turn a problem into an opportunity to praise God. When you praise, supernatural doors open. David spent years as a young man running from a mad man. Because your victory is in your praise. God blesses those who do good, and curses those who do bad! But then a strange thing happened. Text: Psalm 42:5 Why art thou cast down, O my soul? Jesus was the perfect Son, yet Mary was told that her relationship to Him would bring a sword that would pierce her heart. For the chains that seem to bind you, serve only to remind you, that they drop powerless behind you, when you praise Him. Tough praise testimony one: Job experiences life at it's worst. Isaiah 61:3 records -- To appoint into them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; -- Sometimes when you buy clothes you love them. We have all heard the story of the jailhouse rock. Good things happen to good people and bad things happen to bad people. Is it Job? II Corinthians 4, Paul verbalizes this choice to turn our hearts and minds toward praise. Where do you turn? It could be David? Psalm 22:23 You who fear the Lord, praise Him! Introduction: What a challenge it is to live our lives in the Praise Zone. You can only worship him in the spirit real according to John 4:24 and it says God is a spirit; and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. We choose ourselves whether or not to worship God. "Rejoice evermore. We know that Jesus Christ is risen, so the works already done. Has injustice, financial problems, or health problems silenced your praise? Now Satan is a liar, and he wants to make us think, that we are paupers, when he knows himself, we're children of the King. In every thing give thanks.". Job's three friends, Eliphaz, Bildad and Zophar, showed up to cross examine him, to discover what warranted such calamity! Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. When things looked the darkest, in a spirit of victory, as God's overcomers, Paul and Silas chose to reflect on who they were "in Christ." It is one thing to take the unjust anger of a mad king, but another thing to suffer at the hands of your friends, especially when you are grieving over your own loss! The bible says the enemy only comes to steal, kill and destroy (John 10:10),by trying to keep us captive in strongholds – (be it that of the mind, self esteem, habits) that may seem impossible to shake off or by keeping us locked up in trouble, worry and fear. Praise the Lord! He can work through those who praise Him. Job asked the question, "Who am I to take the good from God's hand, and not receive the bad?" Job lost his health. We see Job's humanity and weakness throughout the book. Will we open our mouths in complaint, or in praise? He says, "For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; 18 While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.". They walk, O Lord, in the light of Your presence" (Ps. Our text verses are easy to read, but hard to live! (John 8:36), When we praise and have a heart of worship in our darkest hour, in our midnight struggles, God shows up and creates a “suddenly” moment in our lives where the strongholds holding us back begin to shatter. Creflo A. 18 And Samuel told him every whit, and hid nothing from him. 2 Then the Lord said to Joshua, “See, I have delivered Jericho into your hands, along with its king and its fighting men. When experiencing life at it's worst, Job praised the Lord. For our God inhabits ... "And at midnight," or "But at midnight?" God said, If the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light. Have you ever said, "Things can't get any worse," and they do?" Thank God….All glory to Him!!! As I let my mind wander over the pages of God's Word, I retrieved several examples of Tough Praise to consider. Verse 10 says, "Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body." 1-10). Something happens when we praise God, especially when we are going through a really tough time. When the Israelites had no where else to go, the LORD gave Moses a plan…and reassured him in Exodus 14:3-4. Praise transports us into the realm of the supernatural and into the power of God. The last thing Samuel wanted to do was share this message with Eli! I Samuel 30:6 says, "And David was greatly distressed; for the people spake of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and for his daughters: but David encouraged himself in the LORD his God." Here we learn that praise is warfare! No one went out and no one came in. 3 March around the city once with all the armed men. When we choose to enter the Praise Zone, no matter what the circumstance, God tears down the walls of the prison built up around us, and loosens the shackles of doubt and fear. The Presence of Worship - Exodus 33 2. Why? Russ Taff's song Praise The Lord, is about Tough Praise. When did it turn? Will we use our minds to review the injustice, the pain and suffering in our lives, our will we use our minds to recall God's promises and our changeless position "in Christ?" It turned when Paul and Silas entered the Praise Zone! Job kept his relationship with the Lord unspoiled. Obviously their friend Job, has hiding something from them! Be careful what you say when you are in the midst of pain and suffering. Mt. Pardon us. Remember, praise is the birth position. When you are in a situation and there seems to be no way out, open your mouth and praise the Lord—and don't stop. PRAISE YOUR WAY TO VICTORY. If there’s anything the devil can’t stand, it’s praise. What trouble taught me? Will You deliver them into my hand?” And the LORD said to David, “Go up, for I will doubtless deliver the Philistines into your hand.” 20 So David went to Baal Perazim, and David defeated them there; and he said, “The LORD has broken through my enemies before me, like a breakthrough of water.” Acts 16: 22-24 Then the multitude rose up together against them; and the magistrates tore off their clothes and commanded them to be beaten with rods. Praise and worship can act as a form of warfare, to the point that it confuses the enemy. But In Acts 16:25-26 we find that Paul and Silas refused to be brought down by their suffering or even by the plans of the enemy. (2 Timothy 1:7), Therefore, in times of suffering, in our darkest hours, let us not give in to the will of the enemy but let us learn to say prayers and give praises to the Lord, so that we may not be held captive by the works of the enemy. Can be linked to how the enemy tries to make us feel every and! 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