Instead, David took refuge in God. We gain respect and learn from Eli as he responds to God's bad news. "I will bless the LORD at all times: His praise shall continually be in my mouth." We must learn about Tough Praise. This can be linked to how the enemy tries to make us feel every now and then. This message is about Tough Praise. Praise Your Way Out!!!! Which tough praise testimony speaks to your heart and life? A. Satan wants you to believe that there's no way out and the walls are closing in (v. 3-4). Those closest to you, can say some very hurtful things, when they are hurting! In I Samuel 30, David takes refuge in a place called Ziklag. It was God who had transformed his pastoral life, into a war zone! He compares his present temporary situation, to the eternal reward what awaits every child of God! Praise the Lord! He can work through those who praise Him. Has the pain of rejection from a child or parent silenced your praise? Every day as believers in Jesus Christ, we contend with our fleshly selves, a godless culture, and Satan's attacks. David chose to live in the Praise Zone! Paul had inflected his share of pain and suffering on the followers of Jesus Christ as a lost man. Now listen carefully: you cannot have access without it! Jesus Himself said that the servant is not above his master. 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. 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. 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. His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light. He had been content to shepherd his father's sheep! 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 … Living in the Praise Zone is not for sissies, it is not easy. 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. Paul and Silas had every right to throw a pity party, but instead, they threw a praise party! 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. Instead of asking, "Why me?" When you praise, supernatural doors open. Jesus Himself said that when we give to the least of His children, we are giving to Him. 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. We have all heard the story of the jailhouse rock. 16 Then Eli called Samuel, and said, Samuel, my son. This is the beginning of our victory, through Christ who came to set us free from all form of oppression. You can turn a problem into an opportunity to praise God. Life is a struggle. As we discovered in Psalm 22, He sent the Messiah to die for our sins. Think your way through the Psalms and you will be reminded of some of the great things God has done. Praise is directed to God. Has injustice, financial problems, or health problems silenced your praise? It was no doubt redeeming for Paul to take some of the same medicine he had dished out! Tough praise testimony two: Eli suffers the consequences of his failure as a parent, as well as the moral failures of his children. 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. Now what do you do? Praise has a way of pushing you into the spiritual realm, and that where worship is. We often hear it said that as long as we have our health, we have everything. More important to Job, who was a godly man, was his relationships. That they drop powerless behind you, when you praise Him. Will we open our mouths in complaint, or in praise? Right now make your choice to turn your pain, failure, disappointment, loss into praise. Tough praise testimony four: Paul and Silas are imprisoned and beaten for fulfilling God's commandment and call upon their lives. 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. Russ Taff's song Praise The Lord, is about Tough Praise. Something happens when we praise God, especially when we are going through a really tough time. Thank Him for His goodness because your praise will stop the enemy and move the hand of God. 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. 3 March around the city once with all the armed men. Job's precious family was taken by a series of tragic events. Upon returning, David and company were overcome by the loss. 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. The message however turned out to be more of a burden than a blessing to young Samuel. Trouble is often didactic. Our focus passages speak of continual, uninterrupted praise to God. There were plenty who believed in David's future and were willing to follow him to the ends of the earth. Job's three friends, Eliphaz, Bildad and Zophar, showed up to cross examine him, to discover what warranted such calamity! Why? Your faith has saved you. 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. Praise God at the midnight hour! The bible says: “But at midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them. Praise transports us into the realm of the supernatural and into the power of God. Parenting is a humbling experience. Eli left him no choice! Instead they will be in times of stress and strain. Praise the Lord! Jesus was the perfect Son, yet Mary was told that her relationship to Him would bring a sword that would pierce her heart. 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. As we saw in Psalm 139, He formed you while you were in the womb, and ordained all the days of your life. (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. 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?" Praise the LORD! It would be easy to turn our backs or blame God during the storm. "Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you. Remember, praise is the birth position. Praise Your Way to a Breakthrough!Dr. As I let my mind wander over the pages of God's Word, I retrieved several examples of Tough Praise to consider. We choose ourselves whether or not to worship God. 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. After all, it was the Lord through the prophet Samuel who visited his father's home that day and anointed him as the next king of Israel. Don't you love that phrase in verse 25a. What about Paul and Silas? You got to go through it! Do you see the conscious choice Paul makes in these verses? Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. This was good news for the girl, as well as for our evangelistic team, but it was bad news for her owners. The Presence of Worship - Exodus 33 2. He can work through those who praise Him. Thank Him for His goodness because your praise will stop the enemy and move the hand of God. Most important of all, Job lost his reputation, his standing in the community. Words hurt and are remembered! 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. 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. What a difficult situation! For our God inhabits ... "And at midnight," or "But at midnight?" All the people that brought down the presence of God through praise in the bible were people of God. We must learn to praise God through all storms of life. One day while he and his warriors were away, the Amalekites took advantage of his absence, and raided Ziklag, taking spoil, including family members. In Psalm 22 we read that God inhabits the praises of His people. What are the tough times and situations facing you today? If we are going to live in the Praise Zone, then we had better be ready to praise God in the tough times. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. Create a free website or blog at WordPress.com. Choosing praise, we turn our thoughts away from the pain and problems at hand, to consider all God has promised to us. 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! Through a heart of praise, we realize that God doesn’t just change our situations and work through our problems, He changes our hearts. When experiencing life at it's worst, Job praised the Lord. Introduction: What a challenge it is to live our lives in the Praise Zone. And that opportunity is just a few steps away. The Power of Worship - Psalm 40, John 12 4. “In His presence, there is fullness of joy.” Psa. Can you praise the Lord in the tough times? Praise the Lord! ( Log Out /  Obviously their friend Job, has hiding something from them! Notes for sermon 4/24/13. Has man's judgment on your life silenced your praise? Praise the Lord! Because he has revealed himself to you through his word. Give your life to Christ, and He will give you a new heart from which heavenly ordained praises can come (Acts 3:19). Someone said that growing old is not for sissies. 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. I will bow down toward your holy temple and give thanks to your name for your constant love and truth. He came out Ugly, but he came out. Only YOU can praise Him in the way you do it! Your sword is like a laser beam able to cut through solid steel, and you are a weapon that God can use to … This passage is one of those painful moments in the life of a parent. When you feel at your lowest, praise your way through! For the chains that seem to bind you, serve only to remind you, that they drop powerless behind you, when you praise Him. When did it turn? Please click on the image below to play today’s sermon. For our God inhabits praise. If there’s anything the devil can’t stand, it’s praise. Dollar Do you need God to make a way out of no way? "Praise the LORD, all you servants of the LORD who minister by night in the house of the LORD. Praise the Lord! GOD WILL MAKE A WAY OUT WHEN YOUR BACK IS AGAINST THE WALL (vv. It was in Eli's quiet spirit of acceptance of God's judgment, that he offered his praise to God. And he said, It is the LORD: let Him do what seemeth Him good." We can choose to dwell in the darkness and despair, becoming angry or bitter, or we can choose to live in the Praise Zone. Song is amazing. Can we praise God when the going gets tough? The story of Job is the ultimate "it can get worse" story! So lift up the mighty shield of faith, for the battle must be won. But then a strange thing happened. When things aren’t going right, praise your way through! "Rejoice evermore. 1-10). 18 In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.". In a short period of time, Job lost everything that he treasured. Instead of crying and complaining, give God praise because you know He has a plan for you that includes deliverance, restoration and peace. 23 And when they had laid many stripes on them, they threw them into prison, commanding the jailer to keep them securely. and why art thou disquieted in me? Change ). Praise Your Way Through (Bishop Paul Morton) - Ministry Videos At the Full Gospel Fellowship International Conference in 2006 in New Orleans, LA. "Blessed are the people who know the joyful shout. 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. Notice the lyrics of this great song: When you're up against a struggle, that shatters all your dreams. Psalm 22:23 You who fear the Lord, praise Him! 4. Praise is a powerful force against the enemy, because God inhabits the praises of His people. 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." Our text verses are easy to read, but hard to live! All we know is that David was encouraged in his conversation with the Lord. They began to sing praises to God, right there in prison. But if praise flows from your mouth you reveal a heart filled with love, joy, and peace in the Lord. When tough times come, and they always do, we have a choice. Job clung to his innocence and righteousness, but the suspicion of wrong doing among his friends and in his community was obvious. Also featuring the Voices of Peace Mass Choir of Raleigh, NC. "Rejoice evermore. 89:15). Find Praise Your Way Out Sermons and Illustrations. Peace Baptist Church Raleigh, NC. As Paul and Silas were in Philippi, they encountered a possessed slave girl, who was being used by her owners for profit. God informed Samuel that his guardian, mentor, and father in the Lord, was soon to reap a bitter harvest. Dr. Walter Malone, Jr. 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. Praise the Lord! ( Log Out /  This good man did not get angry or bitter at God, but instead he accepted His judgment as just and right. The way into God's presence is through praise and thanksgiving. If the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. Creflo A. Praise Your Way Through It – Acts 16:16-26. This is a way in which His Word and victory gets sealed in our hearts when we v. 1 “I” will bless the Lord, His praise will be in “My” mouth. 17 And he said, What is the thing that the LORD hath said unto thee? Here we learn that praise is warfare! Good things happen to good people and bad things happen to bad people. 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 … Perhaps it is all of the above! When you praise, dreams come to pass. Guess what? Job hit bottom, cursing the day he was born! God showed up and that jailhouse began to rock! He can work through those who praise Him. We praise out of obedience to God. 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. 25 And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them." 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." If you want God to accept your praise, and to come down for your help, you must first do away with sin. It might encourage you to learn that others have! Then in verses 17-18, Paul reveals the address of his choice! Where do you turn? As parents, we love our children, but when we love, we open ourselves to pain and deep hurts. What trouble taught me? Job kept his relationship with the Lord unspoiled. Find Praising Your Way Through Sermons and Illustrations. Eli was a faithful priest, but a failure as a parent in that he was too lenient. 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. 1. 16:11 Pardon us. In every thing give thanks.". Focus verses: Psalm 34:1. Remember, God inhabits our praise. God said, I will sing your praise before the heavenly beings. 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. Listen to him in II Corinthians 4:8-9. Job asked the question, "Who am I to take the good from God's hand, and not receive the bad?" Not everyone was influenced by King Saul however. In Acts 16:22 – 26, the apostle Paul recounts the story of he and Silas being thrown into prison for preaching the gospel. 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”. We have gotten to a point where we want God to work everything out. When the Israelites had no where else to go, the LORD gave Moses a plan…and reassured him in Exodus 14:3-4. Perhaps the answer to that question is another question. Anyone can praise the Lord when things are good, but what about the times when things are not so good? There's a Christian song that was written years ago and performed by Russ Taff, that describes the struggle that is often involved when praising God is not easy. You are as ineffective as one trying to slice cheese with a golf club. Because your victory is in your praise. Lift up your hands in the sanctuary and praise … Have trials and problems associated with living your life for Jesus Christ silenced your praise? 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.” God always responds to the praises of His people. Thank God….All glory to Him!!! Oddly enough, the message of God's judgment was delivered by a little boy named Samuel. Awesome sermon…. Text: Psalm 42:5 Why art thou cast down, O my soul? Eli helped Samuel recognize God's voice and respond to His message. Job lost his health. "I will bless the LORD at all times: His praise shall continually be in my mouth." We had technical difficulities during today’s sermon recording. He was a wealthy man. 18 And Samuel told him every whit, and hid nothing from him. When Jonah Came out of that whales belly he wasn't pretty, but he was free, he was out. Praise the Lord! In the midst of the night, God spoke not to Eli, but to the child Samuel. In those days, wealth was measured by servants, cattle and livestock. And he answered, Here am I. 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. Tough praise testimony one: Job experiences life at it's worst. Psalm 150: 6 Let everything that has breath praise the LORD. ( Log Out /  ( Log Out /  I will praise you as long as I live, and in your name I will lift up my hands" (Psalm 63:3-4). God blesses those who do good, and curses those who do bad! Praise Your Way Through featuring Patrika Worthan. It could be David? Psalm 23 shows us His providing for our every need as our good Shepherd. No one went out and no one came in. 17 Pray without ceasing. MAIN TEXT: JOSHUA 6:1-6 Now the gates of Jericho were securely barred because of the Israelite. His two sons, Hophni and Phinehas were a disgrace, bringing shame to their father, and damaging the credibility of the priesthood. hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him for the help of his countenance. We know that Jesus Christ is risen, so the works already done. (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. Be careful what you say when you are in the midst of pain and suffering. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. And Samuel feared to shew Eli the vision. 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. They lost their "cash cow," so to speak. This is the song Bishop Morton sang before he preached the closing sermon for the conference. When Paul grew irritated by her incessant cries, he cast the demonic spirit out of her in the name of Jesus. Instead of crying and complaining, give God praise because you know He has a plan for you that includes deliverance, restoration and peace. Paul goes on to identify his suffering as an opportunity to participate or share in the sufferings of Jesus Christ. 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." 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.". 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. Luke 19:40 I tell you that if these should keep silent, the stones would immediately cry out. I Thessalonians 5:16-18. Well done! "And at midnight," or "But at midnight?" David turned to the Lord. This good deed brought severe persecution upon Paul and Silas, who were soon beaten, cast into prison, and placed in stocks. Is it Job? 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. PRAISE YOUR WAY TO VICTORY. But while locked behind bars, they begin to sing songs of praise … Satan was having his way, having his day, with these faithful servants of the Lord, but at midnight, the tide began to turn! Just what David said to God is hidden from us. The apostle Paul in the same sense is sharing in the sufferings of Jesus Christ. David spent years as a young man running from a mad man. Address 4001 Fair A., St. Louis, MO 63115 Tel: 314-652-2650 Here are our Start times: 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. 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. II Corinthians 4, Paul verbalizes this choice to turn our hearts and minds toward praise. The Protocol of Worship - Psalm 100 Scriptures: Psalm 40:3; John 12:32 Delivered by Bishop Walker . To his three amigos, the equation was simple enough. Hear me when I say that it is not just enough to thank God and honor Him only when you've received a blessing. For our God inhabits praise. Is it is Eli? And your hope's been cruelly crushed, by Satan's manifested scheme. It is also a time for us to acknowledge who we are in Christ. 22 In all this Job sinned not, nor charged God foolishly." I Samuel 3:15-18 reads, "And Samuel lay until the morning, and opened the doors of the house of the LORD. I. No matter how you feel, no matter what is coming down, God is worthy of our praise. The Preparation of Worship - Ecclesiastes 5 3. 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. ... ” And he told him, “Get up and go on your way. It is through praise that God wants us to acknowledge Who He is and what He has done for us. We see Job's humanity and weakness throughout the book. "Praise Your Way Through"2 Chronicles 20 : 1 - 25Rev. For the chains that seem to bind you, serve only to remind you. He loved his children and family. It is not that he ignores his present situation, he simply chooses not to live at that address! Have you ever said, "Things can't get any worse," and they do?" The swiftness and surety of your deliverance starts with how you respond to hard times and difficult situations. As believers, we ought to consider it a privilege to suffer hardship and pain for the sake of the gospel! In Colossians 1:24 speaks of the sufferings or afflictions that are left behind by Jesus Christ. There are lessons in every experience God allows us to go through… Praise and worship can act as a form of warfare, to the point that it confuses the enemy. They walk, O Lord, in the light of Your presence" (Ps. Job lost it all to thieves and fires! Find Us. The last thing Samuel wanted to do was share this message with Eli! David could have acted in kind toward the Lord. 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. Job asked, "Why not me?" 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. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. Mt. (Luke 17: 15-19) God brought judgment upon Eli and his family. And you feel the urge within you, to submit to earthly fears. 2 Then the Lord said to Joshua, “See, I have delivered Jericho into your hands, along with its king and its fighting men. Job ended up praying for his friends who had hurt him, and never stopped praising the Lord. Tough praise testimony three: David faces the terror of a king made crazy by jealousy and hatred. 24 Having received such a charge, he put them into the inner prison and fastened their feet in … 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." You ought to be shouting your way to work and shouting your way back home! Are we going to listen to the voice of our flesh, or the voice of God's Holy Word and Spirit? Don't let the faith your standing in, seem to disappear. It turned when Paul and Silas entered the Praise Zone! 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.

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