This was good news for the girl, as well as for our evangelistic team, but it was bad news for her owners. Perhaps it is all of the above! 22 In all this Job sinned not, nor charged God foolishly." Do you see the conscious choice Paul makes in these verses? Have you ever said, "Things can't get any worse," and they do?" What trouble taught me? Is it is Eli? 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. What about Paul and Silas? The story of Job is the ultimate "it can get worse" story! But then a strange thing happened. Guess what? 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. When you feel at your lowest, praise your way through! Synopsis of Sermon 06/20/10 Delivered by Bishop Walker III Some of the most amazing lessons of your life won’t be in times of ease. David spent years as a young man running from a mad man. Create a free website or blog at WordPress.com. Great Reasons to Praise the Lord Isaiah 12:1-6 Sermon by Rick Crandall Grayson Baptist Church - March 10, 2013 (Revised from sermon preached at McClendon Baptist Church Jan. 22, 2006) BACKGROUND: *This morning please open your Bibles to Isaiah 12, thinking about great reasons to praise … We praise out of obedience to God. "I will bless the LORD at all times: His praise shall continually be in my mouth." 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. But if praise flows from your mouth you reveal a heart filled with love, joy, and peace in the Lord. And he said, It is the LORD: let Him do what seemeth Him good." His two sons, Hophni and Phinehas were a disgrace, bringing shame to their father, and damaging the credibility of the priesthood. Tough praise testimony four: Paul and Silas are imprisoned and beaten for fulfilling God's commandment and call upon their lives. As we discovered in Psalm 22, He sent the Messiah to die for our sins. Every day as believers in Jesus Christ, we contend with our fleshly selves, a godless culture, and Satan's attacks. When things aren’t going right, praise your way through! Find Praising Your Way Through Sermons and Illustrations. Here we learn that praise is warfare! 18 And Samuel told him every whit, and hid nothing from him. I will praise you as long as I live, and in your name I will lift up my hands" (Psalm 63:3-4). This is the song Bishop Morton sang before he preached the closing sermon for the conference. Praise the Lord! God blesses those who do good, and curses those who do bad! Job lost his health. But while locked behind bars, they begin to sing songs of praise … They walk, O Lord, in the light of Your presence" (Ps. It turned when Paul and Silas entered the Praise Zone! Has injustice, financial problems, or health problems silenced your praise? Good things happen to good people and bad things happen to bad people. 1. "Praise the LORD, all you servants of the LORD who minister by night in the house of the LORD. In a short period of time, Job lost everything that he treasured. It is through praise that God wants us to acknowledge Who He is and what He has done for us. 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." 17 And he said, What is the thing that the LORD hath said unto thee? Don't you love that phrase in verse 25a. In Psalm 22 we read that God inhabits the praises of His people. David turned to the Lord. Living in the Praise Zone is not for sissies, it is not easy. Focus verses: Psalm 34:1. Instead of asking, "Why me?" As believers, we ought to consider it a privilege to suffer hardship and pain for the sake of the gospel! God brought judgment upon Eli and his family. "Blessed are the people who know the joyful shout. As we saw in Psalm 139, He formed you while you were in the womb, and ordained all the days of your life. Praise God at the midnight hour! 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”. To his three amigos, the equation was simple enough. If you want God to accept your praise, and to come down for your help, you must first do away with sin. A. Satan wants you to believe that there's no way out and the walls are closing in (v. 3-4). When Paul grew irritated by her incessant cries, he cast the demonic spirit out of her in the name of Jesus. Address 4001 Fair A., St. Louis, MO 63115 Tel: 314-652-2650 Here are our Start times: Instead, David took refuge in God. Job ended up praying for his friends who had hurt him, and never stopped praising the Lord. II Corinthians 4, Paul verbalizes this choice to turn our hearts and minds toward praise. God tears down the walls of terror or fear that the enemy has placed in us and replaces it with the spirit of power, love and a sound mind. Choosing praise, we turn our thoughts away from the pain and problems at hand, to consider all God has promised to us. Because he has revealed himself to you through his word. Praise has a way of pushing you into the spiritual realm, and that where worship is. It was in Eli's quiet spirit of acceptance of God's judgment, that he offered his praise to God. Tough praise testimony three: David faces the terror of a king made crazy by jealousy and hatred. This is a way in which His Word and victory gets sealed in our hearts when we As I let my mind wander over the pages of God's Word, I retrieved several examples of Tough Praise to consider. Mt. and why art thou disquieted in me? In I Samuel 30, David takes refuge in a place called Ziklag. Now what do you do? In those days, wealth was measured by servants, cattle and livestock. ( Log Out /  Lift up your hands in the sanctuary and praise … When tough times come, and they always do, we have a choice. We have all heard the story of the jailhouse rock. Thank Him for His goodness because your praise will stop the enemy and move the hand of God. Praise the LORD! David could have acted in kind toward the Lord. 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." Psalm 22:23 You who fear the Lord, praise Him! Most important of all, Job lost his reputation, his standing in the community. Trouble is often didactic. "Rejoice evermore. He had been content to shepherd his father's sheep! Dr. Walter Malone, Jr. We can choose to dwell in the darkness and despair, becoming angry or bitter, or we can choose to live in the Praise Zone. Paul and Silas had every right to throw a pity party, but instead, they threw a praise party! 25 And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them." Instead of crying and complaining, give God praise because you know He has a plan for you that includes deliverance, restoration and peace. 1-10). If there’s anything the devil can’t stand, it’s praise. Remember, God inhabits our praise. For our God inhabits ... "And at midnight," or "But at midnight?" Job asked the question, "Who am I to take the good from God's hand, and not receive the bad?" 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. For our God inhabits praise. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. All the people that brought down the presence of God through praise in the bible were people of God. 89:15). 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.” Praise the Lord! 16 Then Eli called Samuel, and said, Samuel, my son. Remember, praise is the birth position. When you praise, supernatural doors open. Is it Job? Praise the Lord! Hear me when I say that it is not just enough to thank God and honor Him only when you've received a blessing. This good deed brought severe persecution upon Paul and Silas, who were soon beaten, cast into prison, and placed in stocks. Dollar Do you need God to make a way out of no way? His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light. Psalm 23 shows us His providing for our every need as our good Shepherd. Job asked, "Why not me?" More important to Job, who was a godly man, was his relationships. Job hit bottom, cursing the day he was born! Thank Him for His goodness because your praise will stop the enemy and move the hand of God. 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. I pray thee hide it not from me: God do so to thee, and more also, if thou hide any thing from me of all the things that he said unto thee. 3 March around the city once with all the armed men. Something happens when we praise God, especially when we are going through a really tough time. And you feel the urge within you, to submit to earthly fears. They began to sing praises to God, right there in prison. Has the pain of rejection from a child or parent silenced your praise? MAIN TEXT: JOSHUA 6:1-6 Now the gates of Jericho were securely barred because of the Israelite. Song is amazing. Why? Praise is a powerful force against the enemy, because God inhabits the praises of His people. 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. 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! Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. Our focus passages speak of continual, uninterrupted praise to God. ( Log Out /  No matter how you feel, no matter what is coming down, God is worthy of our praise. Job kept his relationship with the Lord unspoiled. 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. When did it turn? Instead they will be in times of stress and strain. Listen to him in II Corinthians 4:8-9. Instead of crying and complaining, give God praise because you know He has a plan for you that includes deliverance, restoration and peace. Job clung to his innocence and righteousness, but the suspicion of wrong doing among his friends and in his community was obvious. The Protocol of Worship - Psalm 100 Scriptures: Psalm 40:3; John 12:32 2 Then the Lord said to Joshua, “See, I have delivered Jericho into your hands, along with its king and its fighting men. PRAISE YOUR WAY TO VICTORY. The swiftness and surety of your deliverance starts with how you respond to hard times and difficult situations. When you praise, dreams come to pass. It is not that he ignores his present situation, he simply chooses not to live at that address! Satan was having his way, having his day, with these faithful servants of the Lord, but at midnight, the tide began to turn! We see Job's humanity and weakness throughout the book. And Samuel feared to shew Eli the vision. Job's three friends, Eliphaz, Bildad and Zophar, showed up to cross examine him, to discover what warranted such calamity! Find Praise Your Way Out Sermons and Illustrations. Praise transports us into the realm of the supernatural and into the power of God. We gain respect and learn from Eli as he responds to God's bad news. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. Through a heart of praise, we realize that God doesn’t just change our situations and work through our problems, He changes our hearts. Pardon us. Obviously their friend Job, has hiding something from them! So lift up the mighty shield of faith, for the battle must be won. I will bow down toward your holy temple and give thanks to your name for your constant love and truth. He can work through those who praise Him. Parenting is a humbling experience. Eli was a faithful priest, but a failure as a parent in that he was too lenient. The Presence of Worship - Exodus 33 2. Tough praise testimony two: Eli suffers the consequences of his failure as a parent, as well as the moral failures of his children. Praise the Lord! Be careful what you say when you are in the midst of pain and suffering. So therefore, the ONLY way out of any form of stronghold, any form of oppression is by emulating what Paul and Silas did whilst in prison; praying and singing praises to the Most High. One day while he and his warriors were away, the Amalekites took advantage of his absence, and raided Ziklag, taking spoil, including family members. 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. The last thing Samuel wanted to do was share this message with Eli! Praise Your Way Through (Bishop Paul Morton) - Ministry Videos At the Full Gospel Fellowship International Conference in 2006 in New Orleans, LA. You got to go through it! 23 And when they had laid many stripes on them, they threw them into prison, commanding the jailer to keep them securely. Thank God….All glory to Him!!! Praise Your Way to a Breakthrough!Dr. Job lost it all to thieves and fires! If the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. Job's precious family was taken by a series of tragic events. What a difficult situation! (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. Praise the Lord! Praise Your Way Out!!!! Your sword is like a laser beam able to cut through solid steel, and you are a weapon that God can use to … If this was a test from God (and it was), then Job did not get everything right, but there was one thing he did manage to do. “In His presence, there is fullness of joy.” Psa. David chose to live in the Praise Zone! The Preparation of Worship - Ecclesiastes 5 3. 24 Having received such a charge, he put them into the inner prison and fastened their feet in … Eli helped Samuel recognize God's voice and respond to His message. Job I:20-22 says, "Then Job arose, and rent his mantle, and shaved his head, and fell down upon the ground, and worshipped, 21 And said, Naked came I out of my mother's womb, and naked shall I return thither: the LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD. Please click on the image below to play today’s sermon. In learning to praise God despite our circumstances, having a heart of worship in suffering, He will bless us with “the oil of joy; instead of mourning and a garment of praise instead of spirit of despair” (Isaiah 61:3), For us to VICTORIOUSLY stand against all opposition we MUST understand who we are in Christ, realize what a MIGHTY God we serve and know that we are more than CONQUERORS through Him who loved us (Romans 8:37), This brings to one’s mind the song ‘I’ll praise You in the storm’ by Casting Crowns. Our text verses are easy to read, but hard to live! Now listen carefully: you cannot have access without it! Acts 16:23-25 reads, "And when they had laid many stripes upon them, they cast them into prison, charging the jailor to keep them safely: 24 Who, having received such a charge, thrust them into the inner prison, and made their feet fast in the stocks. 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. Will we open our mouths in complaint, or in praise? This can be linked to how the enemy tries to make us feel every now and then. Not everyone was influenced by King Saul however. In the midst of the night, God spoke not to Eli, but to the child Samuel. Free Access to Sermons on Praise Your Way Out, Church Sermons, Illustrations on Praise Your Way Out, and Preaching Slides on Praise Your Way Out. Can we praise God when the going gets tough? This good man did not get angry or bitter at God, but instead he accepted His judgment as just and right. Give your life to Christ, and He will give you a new heart from which heavenly ordained praises can come (Acts 3:19). And he answered, Here am I. Upon returning, David and company were overcome by the loss. 16:11 For our God inhabits praise. Think your way through the Psalms and you will be reminded of some of the great things God has done. God showed up and that jailhouse began to rock! "I will bless the LORD at all times: His praise shall continually be in my mouth." Don't let the faith your standing in, seem to disappear. 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. We are giving to Him in David 's future and were willing to follow Him sermon on praise your way through. He came out who believed in David 's future and were willing to follow Him the. 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