We choose ourselves whether or not to worship God. He was a wealthy man. Please click on the image below to play today’s sermon. 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. hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him for the help of his countenance. Remember, praise is the birth position. In I Samuel 30, David takes refuge in a place called Ziklag. 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. No one went out and no one came in. Job's three friends, Eliphaz, Bildad and Zophar, showed up to cross examine him, to discover what warranted such calamity! ( Log Out /  Praise God at the midnight hour! 1-10). They began to sing praises to God, right there in prison. He loved his children and family. Praise the Lord! 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. God blesses those who do good, and curses those who do bad! Praise Your Way Through (Bishop Paul Morton) - Ministry Videos At the Full Gospel Fellowship International Conference in 2006 in New Orleans, LA. Psalm 150: 6 Let everything that has breath praise the LORD. 17 Pray without ceasing. 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. 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. Can we praise God when the going gets tough? For the chains that seem to bind you, serve only to remind you, that they drop powerless behind you, when you praise Him. "Rejoice evermore. 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. "And at midnight," or "But at midnight?" Life is a struggle. You are as ineffective as one trying to slice cheese with a golf club. Create a free website or blog at WordPress.com. Our text verses are easy to read, but hard to live! 22 In all this Job sinned not, nor charged God foolishly." Instead of crying and complaining, give God praise because you know He has a plan for you that includes deliverance, restoration and peace. II Corinthians 4, Paul verbalizes this choice to turn our hearts and minds toward praise. Satan was having his way, having his day, with these faithful servants of the Lord, but at midnight, the tide began to turn! v. 1 “I” will bless the Lord, His praise will be in “My” mouth. Well done! For our God inhabits praise. The Presence of Worship - Exodus 33 2. He compares his present temporary situation, to the eternal reward what awaits every child of God! Listen to him in II Corinthians 4:8-9. That they drop powerless behind you, when you praise Him. And that opportunity is just a few steps away. "Rejoice evermore. David had the promise of greatness on his life, and it was because of that promise that Saul was jealous of him and hated him. This good man did not get angry or bitter at God, but instead he accepted His judgment as just and right. Thank God….All glory to Him!!! In a short period of time, Job lost everything that he treasured. (Luke 17: 15-19) Tough praise testimony four: Paul and Silas are imprisoned and beaten for fulfilling God's commandment and call upon their lives. 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. I will bow down toward your holy temple and give thanks to your name for your constant love and truth. (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. What about Paul and Silas? God said, Praise the LORD! This good deed brought severe persecution upon Paul and Silas, who were soon beaten, cast into prison, and placed in stocks. Not everyone was influenced by King Saul however. But if praise flows from your mouth you reveal a heart filled with love, joy, and peace in the Lord. Praise the Lord! When you praise, supernatural doors open. When things aren’t going right, praise your way through! Is it is Eli? Is it Job? You ought to be shouting your way to work and shouting your way back home! Praise the Lord! Instead they will be in times of stress and strain. 23 And when they had laid many stripes on them, they threw them into prison, commanding the jailer to keep them securely. Something happens when we praise God, especially when we are going through a really tough time. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. I. When did it turn? You can turn a problem into an opportunity to praise God. 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." If there’s anything the devil can’t stand, it’s praise. Address 4001 Fair A., St. Louis, MO 63115 Tel: 314-652-2650 Here are our Start times: Will we open our mouths in complaint, or in praise? Tough praise testimony one: Job experiences life at it's worst. Just what David said to God is hidden from us. Second Chronicles chapter twenty is the story of a man named Jehoshaphat who encountered a problem and was able to praise his way to victory. Creflo A. We know that Jesus Christ is risen, so the works already done. 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. David is the king of Israel, who had a great choir and orchestra, but David didn’t leave the praising up to them, nor did he want them to praise himself, the king, as his predecessor Saul often had him do as a boy. When you praise, dreams come to pass. God brought judgment upon Eli and his family. God informed Samuel that his guardian, mentor, and father in the Lord, was soon to reap a bitter harvest. Praise the Lord! Don't you love that phrase in verse 25a. The enemy comes to strip us of all our joy, tries to intimidate and oppress us and keep us bound up in lies about ourselves, to the point where we may feel beat down and worn out. Good things happen to good people and bad things happen to bad people. 17 And he said, What is the thing that the LORD hath said unto thee? GOD WILL MAKE A WAY OUT WHEN YOUR BACK IS AGAINST THE WALL (vv. Also featuring the Voices of Peace Mass Choir of Raleigh, NC. 4. Jesus Himself said that when we give to the least of His children, we are giving to Him. 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. 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. Job clung to his innocence and righteousness, but the suspicion of wrong doing among his friends and in his community was obvious. Instead, David took refuge in God. God showed up and that jailhouse began to rock! Guess what? There are lessons in every experience God allows us to go through… One day while he and his warriors were away, the Amalekites took advantage of his absence, and raided Ziklag, taking spoil, including family members. Have you ever said, "Things can't get any worse," and they do?" Mt. PRAISE YOUR WAY TO VICTORY. Lift up your hands in the sanctuary and praise … Right now make your choice to turn your pain, failure, disappointment, loss into praise. We often hear it said that as long as we have our health, we have everything. 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. This was good news for the girl, as well as for our evangelistic team, but it was bad news for her owners. 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." Tough praise testimony three: David faces the terror of a king made crazy by jealousy and hatred. Jesus Himself said that the servant is not above his master. But then a strange thing happened. 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. Jesus was the perfect Son, yet Mary was told that her relationship to Him would bring a sword that would pierce her heart. Job lost it all to thieves and fires! Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. Luke 19:40 I tell you that if these should keep silent, the stones would immediately cry out. The message however turned out to be more of a burden than a blessing to young Samuel. It was God who had transformed his pastoral life, into a war zone! 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. 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 … 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”. 89:15). Most important of all, Job lost his reputation, his standing in the community. As we saw in Psalm 139, He formed you while you were in the womb, and ordained all the days of your life. "Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you. Paul and Silas had every right to throw a pity party, but instead, they threw a praise party! This can be linked to how the enemy tries to make us feel every now and then. To his three amigos, the equation was simple enough. Job's precious family was taken by a series of tragic events. It was in Eli's quiet spirit of acceptance of God's judgment, that he offered his praise to God. ( Log Out /  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. Delivered by Bishop Walker . Find Praise Your Way Out Sermons and Illustrations. We must learn about Tough Praise. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. David turned to the Lord. Which tough praise testimony speaks to your heart and life? Paul goes on to identify his suffering as an opportunity to participate or share in the sufferings of Jesus Christ. Living in the Praise Zone is not for sissies, it is not easy. 16 Then Eli called Samuel, and said, Samuel, my son. This is a way in which His Word and victory gets sealed in our hearts when we Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. "I will bless the LORD at all times: His praise shall continually be in my mouth." He can work through those who praise Him. (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, all you servants of the LORD who minister by night in the house of the LORD. 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