Every day as believers in Jesus Christ, we contend with our fleshly selves, a godless culture, and Satan's attacks. More important to Job, who was a godly man, was his relationships. And you feel the urge within you, to submit to earthly fears. We had technical difficulities during today’s sermon recording. Someone said that growing old is not for sissies. Praise transports us into the realm of the supernatural and into the power of God. I will praise you as long as I live, and in your name I will lift up my hands" (Psalm 63:3-4). Can you praise the Lord in the tough times? Eli was a faithful priest, but a failure as a parent in that he was too lenient. 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." "Blessed are the people who know the joyful shout. (Luke 17: 15-19) 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. 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?" Life is a struggle. A. Satan wants you to believe that there's no way out and the walls are closing in (v. 3-4). In Acts 16:22 – 26, the apostle Paul recounts the story of he and Silas being thrown into prison for preaching the gospel. Lift up your hands in the sanctuary and praise … This message is about Tough Praise. ( Log Out /  You can dance your way out You can run your way out You can fill your pit with praise, and when that pit gets filled with praise, it will spit you out, Just like the whale spit out Jonah. Job hit bottom, cursing the day he was born! Psalm 22:23 You who fear the Lord, praise Him! Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Now listen carefully: you cannot have access without it! 1-10). When tough times come, and they always do, we have a choice. 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. Please click on the image below to play today’s sermon. 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. Instead they will be in times of stress and strain. GOD WILL MAKE A WAY OUT WHEN YOUR BACK IS AGAINST THE WALL (vv. 4. For the chains that seem to bind you, serve only to remind you. 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. In I Samuel 30, David takes refuge in a place called Ziklag. Praise and worship can act as a form of warfare, to the point that it confuses the enemy. I will sing your praise before the heavenly beings. The swiftness and surety of your deliverance starts with how you respond to hard times and difficult situations. Praise the Lord! Choosing praise, we turn our thoughts away from the pain and problems at hand, to consider all God has promised to us. Don't you love that phrase in verse 25a. Instead of crying and complaining, give God praise because you know He has a plan for you that includes deliverance, restoration and peace. What trouble taught me? And Samuel feared to shew Eli the vision. Living in the Praise Zone is not for sissies, it is not easy. We have all heard the story of the jailhouse rock. The message however turned out to be more of a burden than a blessing to young Samuel. Guess what? Only YOU can praise Him in the way you do it! God always responds to the praises of His people. Instead of crying and complaining, give God praise because you know He has a plan for you that includes deliverance, restoration and peace. Paul had inflected his share of pain and suffering on the followers of Jesus Christ as a lost man. Satan was having his way, having his day, with these faithful servants of the Lord, but at midnight, the tide began to turn! As we discovered in Psalm 22, He sent the Messiah to die for our sins. We have gotten to a point where we want God to work everything out. It was God who had transformed his pastoral life, into a war zone! Our text verses are easy to read, but hard to live! They walk, O Lord, in the light of Your presence" (Ps. Here we learn that praise is warfare! Jesus was the perfect Son, yet Mary was told that her relationship to Him would bring a sword that would pierce her heart. The story of Job is the ultimate "it can get worse" story! 23 And when they had laid many stripes on them, they threw them into prison, commanding the jailer to keep them securely. 18 In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.". “In His presence, there is fullness of joy.” Psa. Why? And that opportunity is just a few steps away. As I let my mind wander over the pages of God's Word, I retrieved several examples of Tough Praise to consider. Peace Baptist Church Raleigh, NC. It was in Eli's quiet spirit of acceptance of God's judgment, that he offered his praise to God. He can work through those who praise Him. 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. (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. It is through praise that God wants us to acknowledge Who He is and what He has done for us. Right now make your choice to turn your pain, failure, disappointment, loss into praise. 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. This good man did not get angry or bitter at God, but instead he accepted His judgment as just and right. For our God inhabits praise. Well done! v. 1 “I” will bless the Lord, His praise will be in “My” mouth. And your hope's been cruelly crushed, by Satan's manifested scheme. and why art thou disquieted in me? Awesome sermon…. Thank God….All glory to Him!!! Eli left him no choice! 16 Then Eli called Samuel, and said, Samuel, my son. When you praise, supernatural doors open. Praise is directed to God. Obviously their friend Job, has hiding something from them! Paul goes on to identify his suffering as an opportunity to participate or share in the sufferings of Jesus Christ. He can work through those who praise Him. Create a free website or blog at WordPress.com. His two sons, Hophni and Phinehas were a disgrace, bringing shame to their father, and damaging the credibility of the priesthood. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. When you praise, chains are broken, and some of you are in tough times, but you got to dig your heels in like Freddy and learn to offer … 17 Pray without ceasing. They began to sing praises to God, right there in prison. 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. God brought judgment upon Eli and his family. For our God inhabits ... "And at midnight," or "But at midnight?" And he said, It is the LORD: let Him do what seemeth Him good." Do you see the conscious choice Paul makes in these verses? 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 showed up and that jailhouse began to rock! 24 Having received such a charge, he put them into the inner prison and fastened their feet in … ( Log Out /  Paul and Silas had every right to throw a pity party, but instead, they threw a praise party! So lift up the mighty shield of faith, for the battle must be won. (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. David turned to the Lord. MAIN TEXT: JOSHUA 6:1-6 Now the gates of Jericho were securely barred because of the Israelite. Praise Your Way Through (Bishop Paul Morton) - Ministry Videos At the Full Gospel Fellowship International Conference in 2006 in New Orleans, LA. Those closest to you, can say some very hurtful things, when they are hurting! But while locked behind bars, they begin to sing songs of praise … When Jonah Came out of that whales belly he wasn't pretty, but he was free, he was out. "Praise the LORD, all you servants of the LORD who minister by night in the house of the LORD. The Protocol of Worship - Psalm 100 Scriptures: Psalm 40:3; John 12:32 Change ). It is not that he ignores his present situation, he simply chooses not to live at that address! This was good news for the girl, as well as for our evangelistic team, but it was bad news for her owners. Praise Your Way Out!!!! Delivered by Bishop Walker . hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him for the help of his countenance. When did it turn? 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. There are lessons in every experience God allows us to go through… When experiencing life at it's worst, Job praised the Lord. "Rejoice evermore. If we are going to live in the Praise Zone, then we had better be ready to praise God in the tough times. Job's precious family was taken by a series of tragic events. There were plenty who believed in David's future and were willing to follow him to the ends of the earth. The bible says: “But at midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them. 25 And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them." When you feel at your lowest, praise your way through! 22 In all this Job sinned not, nor charged God foolishly." You got to go through it! Anyone can praise the Lord when things are good, but what about the times when things are not so good? Where do you turn? Trouble is often didactic. Job's three friends, Eliphaz, Bildad and Zophar, showed up to cross examine him, to discover what warranted such calamity! It turned when Paul and Silas entered the Praise Zone! Pardon us. As Paul and Silas were in Philippi, they encountered a possessed slave girl, who was being used by her owners for profit. Has injustice, financial problems, or health problems silenced your praise? Thank Him for His goodness because your praise will stop the enemy and move the hand of God. Job lost his health. Oddly enough, the message of God's judgment was delivered by a little boy named Samuel. Will we open our mouths in complaint, or in praise? 16:11 "I will bless the LORD at all times: His praise shall continually be in my mouth." Tough praise testimony three: David faces the terror of a king made crazy by jealousy and hatred. He can work through those who praise Him. Praise the Lord! 89:15). Find Praising Your Way Through Sermons and Illustrations. ( Log Out /  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. 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 spent years as a young man running from a mad man. We gain respect and learn from Eli as he responds to God's bad news. 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." We must learn to praise God through all storms of life. PRAISE YOUR WAY TO VICTORY. We must learn about Tough Praise. Job asked the question, "Who am I to take the good from God's hand, and not receive the bad?" Creflo A. When Paul grew irritated by her incessant cries, he cast the demonic spirit out of her in the name of Jesus. It was no doubt redeeming for Paul to take some of the same medicine he had dished out! Mt. As we saw in Psalm 139, He formed you while you were in the womb, and ordained all the days of your life. 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. What a difficult situation! 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