Despite all of that, I’ve never lost my faith. The subject of my message this evening is praise. Here's the sermon I'm preaching on Sunday, September 21, 2008. But you still have your joy—the Word says consider it joy when you’re going various trials. It's still his major tool, and he still uses it on God's people today. Our God Strong And Mighty 9. When Praises Go Up His attack upon Job was designed to cause him to question the goodness of God. Despite intense unexplained suffering Job refused to curse God and he continued to worship and praise Him. At the 4pm service the youth and college-aged adults led an unrehearsed Christmas pageant featuring angels, shepherds and their sheep, and a real, live baby Jesus. Shall we receive only pleasant things from the hand of God and never anything unpleasant?” (The Living Bible) Job had a few friends who gave their unneeded advice as well but Job still maintained his faith in God. Job passed the test by holding on to his praise, now we need to hold to ours. And the song of praise we sing, you know, the one that begins, “Praise God from Whom all Blessings Flow,” it is a doxology. And why art thou disquieted within me? Job had everything a man could ever want, he was successful, but he didn’t let his success go to his head. It is unawareness of the presence of beauty, unconcern for the needs of our fellowman, and unbelief in the promises of old. I Want To Say Thank You 6. And praise is just faith turned inside out…in other words, show me how much you praise God and I’ll tell you how much faith you have. [��%B�)q��T%+� He had a hand in discouraging Elijah, “But he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a broom tree. (Ill. 22 If I am to go on living in the body, this will mean fruitful labor… 4 0 obj I believe that Lloyd Cory was right when he said, "The chains of habit are too weak to be felt until they are too strong to be broken!" Didn’t say be happy about it, but consider it joy—why? contending for our souls. He will constantly remind you of the things you’ve done, the things you’ve said; and the places you’ve been that was against God’s will. You still don't have total victory, even after all these years. Blessed is He who Cares for the Poor … 4 These things come to mind as I pour out my soul: how I walked with the multitude, leading the procession to the house of God with shouts of joy and praise. It is God, who brings Job to Satan’s attention, but apparently Satan already knew about Job, and he reasoned that Job was only faithful towards God because he had a hedge of protection placed around him and if He would only remove this hedge Job would in affect curse Him to His face. The devil’s efforts to discourage us often involve the ones we really care for and/or respect. III. Used to be a time when the only thing you downsized was soda and an order fries. I was just telling my husband that I feel God is up to something! Praise regardless of your circumstances. Look at you, singing and praising God, acting so … But now you have downsize everything the car, the house or apartment you live, the clothes you wear, the food you eat almost everything has to be down-sized because you lost some things. He will steal your job (livelihood), try his level best to shame you, and destroy your children. In Job 2: 9 we read, “Then said his wife unto him, Dost thou still retain thine integrity? my loving husband of almost 19yrs told me after she left this world ,”everything your mama was lives on inside of you, for she poured her life out into you, and everyone her life ever touched, and i know today this is what i long to do, i want to touch the world with the love of god, not that they would remember me but, that they would remember they would loved….. There are people around us wearing grave-clothes. As bad as things can get, I really don’t think any of us will ever go through what Job had to go through. 20 Then Job arose, tore his robe, and shaved his head; and he fell to the ground and worshipped. He Will Do It For You 4. The Lord Himself gave me all that I have acquired throughout this life’s journey, and the Lord Himself can take it away so therefore it is my concern or my purpose because my purpose is to praise to the Lord. And so prayer time should always begin and end with praise. Some people, when they lose something or somebody—their faith is challenged. As blood bought believers in God, we are not always going to hear God’s voice, but from Job we can learn a few practical things to do when God seems silent, and that is to keep on praising Him! 22 In all this Job did not sin nor charge God with wrong. 21 And he said: “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, And naked shall I return there. All of the Glory 2. He is a busy creature; who is also known as a thief, and what he loves to steal from us the most, is our joy and our praise towards God. 5 Why are you downcast, O my soul? But Job helps us to understand something about discouragement doesn’t he? Amen. You can take off the "Ha" and you still have "bit." "WORTHY OF PRAISE" First Corinthians 16.15-18. 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Turn It Around: 11. He ignited in me an even greater passion for the ministry into which I’m called and gave me a whole new perspective and understanding of Jesus’ birthday. You're putting it on -- it's all an act! Standing Firm in the Struggle Philippians 1:21-30 NIV 21 For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." When we consider the topic of praise, we need to first come to the realization that praise is the highest work carried out by God’s children. The devil also managed to discouraged King David, the man after God’s own heart, “Why art thou cast down, O my soul? The redeemed still have their old natures and that old nature is still controlled by its old desires and lusts. Now, could it be that King David and Job knows something that we all should learn? How important is praise? It has made us wonder, does He really care? Job was very familiar with God’s silence, as we read this great book of Job we will see that Job in all his pain, suffering, and agony, cried out to God continuously. He will use those people who you are around or close to be insensitive towards you, with words that will wound and leave you bleeding in your heart. 1 0 obj And this is the devil’s primary objective, to get us to concede to ever living our life for God and in short to become disenchanted with God and the things of God. I Still Have A Praise Inside Of Me: 5. I hope you have a wonderful day at your church. Put Your Trust In God 10. Georgia Mass Choir - I Still Have a Praise Album Lyrics; 1. (Won’t he throw you for a loop?) 1. Here is devil’s strategy, if he could just convince you that God doesn’t really love because He didn’t bless in the time you thought you should have been blessed he will in turn cause you to believe that you are not worthy of a blessing from God at all. God used my pastor at the time to ask me to preach, He used my delivery of this sermon, and really He used this entire Christmas eve service as a whole to affirm this call to the pastoral role. Life is a struggle, not just a struggle but let me add it is a daily struggle. But if their words are allowed by you to discourage you from serving God the devil could not be more pleased with them and you and I don’t know about you but I don’t want to ever please the devil by giving in to his schemes and lies. Georgia Mass Choir - I Still Have a Praise Album Lyrics; 1. We must remember that we do not live to ourselves but as members of the family of God. At least he had the courage to come to me and be honest about it. And let that man be like the cities which the Lord overthrew, and repented not; and let him hear the cry in the morning, and the shouting at noontide, because he slew me not from the womb; or that my mother might have been my grave, and her womb to be always great with me. I have made many mistakes in my life and I still have much to learn about God and his nature and his will for me. However, words can often be quite an effective weapon in bringing others down. I still worry way too much and pray too little, but I do truly look forward to the times that I spend with him by myself and at worship each week and my love … You don't have to look back over your life, just look at the last 9 months of your life. All of the Glory 2. Curse God, and die.” Now let’s not become too angry with Mrs. Job because her counsel to her dear husband might have been born out of her deep feelings of pity and compassion. He praised God twiced as much as he prayed to God. If you have your Bibles with you, turn to the book of Habakkuk in the Old Testament. If he can get you to believe this lie it will be much easier for him to get you to become very discouraged with God. Now let me tell you something about the devil if you don’t know already. He will use what you care about in order to break you down. God still uses damaged goods like me. We’ve lost some things, we lost some people, some possessions, some positions, and some of us have lost our pride. Indeed, as often as I have spoken against him, I certainly still remember him; Therefore My heart yearns for him; I will surely have mercy on him," declares the LORD. It was a really great Christmas Eve here at the church this year. At the 8pm service the choir sang and the hand bells played and I … Take a look at your bulletin. They must have loved Lazarus a whole lot to have been willing to endure all it took to remove his grave-clothes. The lost of anything can be painful, overwhelming, and overbearing. Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise Him for the salvation of His presence. Have you ever been discouraged by people? 1 8. There is still a hunger within the flesh for “ the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eye and the pride of life. New Day 8. endobj Because “Knowing that the testing of our faith produces endurance. When we work hard, without any progress, when we give it our all but still lose every game, discouragement eats a hole in heart and makes us want to quit. Now you may not be happy, because to happy depends on what’s happening. And then we need to realize that God’s throne is the highest point in the entire universe, and so the praises that we lift to Him actually reaches up to the highest point possible—the throne of God. He’s an expert when it comes to discouragement. habkakkuk who serves as the 4th out of gods 11 minor prophets. The New year 21. Now don’t you think that’s enough to damage anyone’s self-esteem? You can see below where I still have a bone spur compressing my spinal cord at C5-C6. He knew that whatever he had and whatever he achieved was only because of God’s grace and mercy. But here in the text, the devil actually bargains with God to allow him to take away all of these blessings in order to cause Job to become discouraged. William Ward, the four-star army general who served as Commander, U. S. Africa Command once said, “Discouragement is dissatisfaction with the past, distaste for the present, and distrust of the future. I’ve been up and I’ve been down, I’ve gained and I’ve lost, but I didn’t lose everything because I still have my praise. 2 Cor. He wanted Job and he wants us to deny God, and there is no extent to how far he will go to accomplish his devilish mission. Some of us (especially nowadays) have lost homes, cars, money & relationships. You do not have to front for me because I am a living witness I know the Devil will throw you for a loop! Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. endobj <>/ExtGState<>/ProcSet[/PDF/Text/ImageB/ImageC/ImageI] >>/MediaBox[ 0 0 612 792] /Contents 4 0 R/Group<>/Tabs/S/StructParents 0>> I much rather him call me … And when the time comes for me to leave this world I will leave without anything. Although I’ve been through the storm and the rain, I’ve with heartaches and pain, I’ve had some ups and some downs, and I’ve been leveled to the ground. You see all he really wants to do is to get you to the point of exhaustion until you doubt almost everything you’ve heard concerning the love of God for you. We have all heard the expression, “If it weren’t for bad luck, I’d have no luck at all.” But this is not about luck and few things really are; neither is this a coincidence. The devil will steal, kill, and destroy your blessings just to discourage your heart. It’s not because you’ve anything wrong, it’s just that life can throw a curve at us sometimes. Now, who told them that? Even worst, he wants you to believe that God’s delay in your life or silence is directly due to His lack of love for you. Many times we are discouraged with our own selves, I’ve had many people come to me and say that they’ve sin so greatly that God would never forgive them and they even gave in to the thought that they were automatically headed for the eternal fires of hell because of all their indiscretions. Cursed be the man who brought tidings to my father, saying, A man child is born unto thee; making him very glad. He is the “father of lies”; he is the foremost expert when it comes to lies and lying. And let endurance have its perfect result, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” Somebody here can say, “I’ve lost some things, but I never lost my joy! I Still Have A Praise Inside Of Me: 5. We must remember that we live here as citizens of heaven. But inspite of his despondency and his discourage he concludes that he will continue to praise God. Look at the text in verse one: “I will extol thee, O LORD; for thou hast lifted me up, and hast not made my foes to rejoice over me.” The psalmist reminds us, just in case you may not know it – that in this life you will not only collect family members, not only collect friends and acquaintances – but because you are a child of God, you have the potential to acquire enemies or foes. We must remember we have an unseen adversary. Now once I get inside, I can make him do what I choose. And he prayed that he might die, and said, "It is enough! I am not married because I’m not good looking enough or my spouse wants a divorce because he or she wants a newer model, or my parents got divorce and it’s all because of me, etc. God Is A Right Now God: 3. Now I wasn't happy about it, but I got to thinking, praise God. Psalm 27:6b says … I will sing, yea, I will sing praises unto the LORD. Our God Strong And Mighty 9. 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