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. In Acts 16:22 – 26, the apostle Paul recounts the story of he and Silas being thrown into prison for preaching the gospel. PRAISE YOUR WAY TO VICTORY. 1. Address 4001 Fair A., St. Louis, MO 63115 Tel: 314-652-2650 Here are our Start times: Praise the LORD! This is a way in which His Word and victory gets sealed in our hearts when we ( Log Out /  Has injustice, financial problems, or health problems silenced your praise? Find Praising Your Way Through Sermons and Illustrations. Lift up your hands in the sanctuary and praise … What a difficult situation! Creflo A. It was God who had transformed his pastoral life, into a war zone! In those days, wealth was measured by servants, cattle and livestock. When you feel at your lowest, praise your way through! The apostle Paul in the same sense is sharing in the sufferings of Jesus Christ. Thank Him for His goodness because your praise will stop the enemy and move the hand of God. This is the song Bishop Morton sang before he preached the closing sermon for the conference. Job hit bottom, cursing the day he was born! We see Job's humanity and weakness throughout the book. Now what do you do? Only YOU can praise Him in the way you do it! He was a wealthy man. Most important of all, Job lost his reputation, his standing in the community. Praise is a powerful force against the enemy, because God inhabits the praises of His people. But then a strange thing happened. So lift up the mighty shield of faith, for the battle must be won. You can turn a problem into an opportunity to praise God. Instead, David took refuge in God. "Praise the LORD, all you servants of the LORD who minister by night in the house of the LORD. Have you ever said, "Things can't get any worse," and they do?" And Samuel feared to shew Eli the vision. I Thessalonians 5:16-18. (Luke 17: 15-19) Praise Your Way to a Breakthrough!Dr. It could be David? 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. Life is a struggle. Has the pain of rejection from a child or parent silenced your praise? Here we learn that praise is warfare! As we discovered in Psalm 22, He sent the Messiah to die for our sins. Parenting is a humbling experience. One day while he and his warriors were away, the Amalekites took advantage of his absence, and raided Ziklag, taking spoil, including family members. 17 Pray without ceasing. 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.". Thank God….All glory to Him!!! Be careful what you say when you are in the midst of pain and suffering. "Rejoice evermore. We often hear it said that as long as we have our health, we have everything. In Psalm 22 we read that God inhabits the praises of His people. Russ Taff's song Praise The Lord, is about Tough Praise. Hear me when I say that it is not just enough to thank God and honor Him only when you've received a blessing. God informed Samuel that his guardian, mentor, and father in the Lord, was soon to reap a bitter harvest. Then in verses 17-18, Paul reveals the address of his choice! 4. For our God inhabits praise. The last thing Samuel wanted to do was share this message with Eli! 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." Praise and worship can act as a form of warfare, to the point that it confuses the enemy. Praise the Lord! Remember, praise is the birth position. Job's precious family was taken by a series of tragic events. Living in the Praise Zone is not for sissies, it is not easy. It is also a time for us to acknowledge who we are in Christ. 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." "Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you. 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. Because he has revealed himself to you through his word. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. Perhaps the answer to that question is another question. I Samuel 3:15-18 reads, "And Samuel lay until the morning, and opened the doors of the house of the LORD. Introduction: What a challenge it is to live our lives in the Praise Zone. Praise transports us into the realm of the supernatural and into the power of God. Dollar Do you need God to make a way out of no way? What trouble taught me? Just what David said to God is hidden from us. Is it Job? Dr. Walter Malone, Jr. Tough praise testimony four: Paul and Silas are imprisoned and beaten for fulfilling God's commandment and call upon their lives. Song is amazing. I will praise you as long as I live, and in your name I will lift up my hands" (Psalm 63:3-4). The message however turned out to be more of a burden than a blessing to young Samuel. Luke 19:40 I tell you that if these should keep silent, the stones would immediately cry out. 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. Notes for sermon 4/24/13. As I let my mind wander over the pages of God's Word, I retrieved several examples of Tough Praise to consider. Psalm 150: 6 Let everything that has breath praise the LORD. For the chains that seem to bind you, serve only to remind you, that they drop powerless behind you, when you praise Him. Our focus passages speak of continual, uninterrupted praise to God. Also featuring the Voices of Peace Mass Choir of Raleigh, NC. If you want God to accept your praise, and to come down for your help, you must first do away with sin. Create a free website or blog at WordPress.com. MAIN TEXT: JOSHUA 6:1-6 Now the gates of Jericho were securely barred because of the Israelite. Praise the Lord! We had technical difficulities during today’s sermon recording. Praise is directed to God. This is the beginning of our victory, through Christ who came to set us free from all form of oppression. In I Samuel 30, David takes refuge in a place called Ziklag. As believers, we ought to consider it a privilege to suffer hardship and pain for the sake of the gospel! Remember, God inhabits our praise. Don't let the faith your standing in, seem to disappear. Something happens when we praise God, especially when we are going through a really tough time. Every day as believers in Jesus Christ, we contend with our fleshly selves, a godless culture, and Satan's attacks. And your hope's been cruelly crushed, by Satan's manifested scheme. 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. We must learn to praise God through all storms of life. Can we praise God when the going gets tough? "I will bless the LORD at all times: His praise shall continually be in my mouth." Listen to him in II Corinthians 4:8-9. It was in Eli's quiet spirit of acceptance of God's judgment, that he offered his praise to God. 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. He can work through those who praise Him. Give your life to Christ, and He will give you a new heart from which heavenly ordained praises can come (Acts 3:19). Paul and Silas had every right to throw a pity party, but instead, they threw a praise party! Mt. (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. In a short period of time, Job lost everything that he treasured. Eli was a faithful priest, but a failure as a parent in that he was too lenient. Peace Baptist Church Raleigh, NC. No matter how you feel, no matter what is coming down, God is worthy of our praise. Notice the lyrics of this great song: When you're up against a struggle, that shatters all your dreams. More important to Job, who was a godly man, was his relationships. 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. Tough praise testimony two: Eli suffers the consequences of his failure as a parent, as well as the moral failures of his children. He can work through those who praise Him. ( Log Out /  ( Log Out /  The story of Job is the ultimate "it can get worse" story! Please click on the image below to play today’s sermon. Praise the Lord! Jesus Himself said that when we give to the least of His children, we are giving to Him. What about Paul and Silas? David chose to live in the Praise Zone! Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. When Paul grew irritated by her incessant cries, he cast the demonic spirit out of her in the name of Jesus. 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. Obviously their friend Job, has hiding something from them! As we saw in Psalm 139, He formed you while you were in the womb, and ordained all the days of your life. Oddly enough, the message of God's judgment was delivered by a little boy named Samuel. Paul goes on to identify his suffering as an opportunity to participate or share in the sufferings of Jesus Christ. 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?" God said, I. For our God inhabits praise. The Power of Worship - Psalm 40, John 12 4. Praise Your Way Out!!!! It turned when Paul and Silas entered the Praise Zone! Can you praise the Lord in the tough times? Your faith has saved you. 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. Where do you turn? David spent years as a young man running from a mad man. He had been content to shepherd his father's sheep! As Paul and Silas were in Philippi, they encountered a possessed slave girl, who was being used by her owners for profit. 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. Praise Your Way Through (Bishop Paul Morton) - Ministry Videos At the Full Gospel Fellowship International Conference in 2006 in New Orleans, LA. Through a heart of praise, we realize that God doesn’t just change our situations and work through our problems, He changes our hearts. Which tough praise testimony speaks to your heart and life? We praise out of obedience to God. 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. What are the tough times and situations facing you today? Praise the Lord! Awesome sermon…. Psalm 23 shows us His providing for our every need as our good Shepherd. Our text verses are easy to read, but hard to live! Praise the Lord! I will sing your praise before the heavenly beings. 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! Do you see the conscious choice Paul makes in these verses? This good man did not get angry or bitter at God, but instead he accepted His judgment as just and right. Has man's judgment on your life silenced your praise? They lost their "cash cow," so to speak. Job asked, "Why not me?" Are we going to listen to the voice of our flesh, or the voice of God's Holy Word and Spirit? 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”. All the people that brought down the presence of God through praise in the bible were people of God. I will bow down toward your holy temple and give thanks to your name for your constant love and truth. There were plenty who believed in David's future and were willing to follow him to the ends of the earth. 1-10). He can work through those who praise Him. His two sons, Hophni and Phinehas were a disgrace, bringing shame to their father, and damaging the credibility of the priesthood. Anyone can praise the Lord when things are good, but what about the times when things are not so good? 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 the Israelites had no where else to go, the LORD gave Moses a plan…and reassured him in Exodus 14:3-4. 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. This good deed brought severe persecution upon Paul and Silas, who were soon beaten, cast into prison, and placed in stocks. 17 And he said, What is the thing that the LORD hath said unto thee? 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