stream 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. Now don’t you think that’s enough to damage anyone’s self-esteem? 2 9. It’s not because you’ve anything wrong, it’s just that life can throw a curve at us sometimes. x���[o�6�� �?�Qf�wJ[` q���k6`����r�U�����sh)St� �u#u���sS��{r~~�n��a�9�|� �7���'\�ܐ��t� �?N��L(b����ü���n�Fn�p=�|Lަ*!vU��DR�7E:S�cI.ҙL�����b��LR��v�ղ$͊��,yW���������<=��4��!�DŽ�:�'LN�.q.�,#m9����N��wBk���Ex� �S�T��_��be�Xc�V݂�����,�$��������ݕ$5ɪB�! Some of us (especially nowadays) have lost homes, cars, money & relationships. Now I wasn't happy about it, but I got to thinking, praise God. Put Your Trust In God 10. The devil will steal, kill, and destroy your blessings just to discourage your heart. 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. He praised God twiced as much as he prayed to God. 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. Cursed be the man who brought tidings to my father, saying, A man child is born unto thee; making him very glad. And why art thou disquieted within me? 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. here in the third chapter we find habakkuk's prayer of praise! Put Your Trust In God 10. I believe that all of us, primarily those of us that have reached the age of adulthood have lost some things. But through it all God blessed me through it all God kept me and I still have a praise inside of me (Leader) Let me tell you what my praise is. He knew that whatever he had and whatever he achieved was only because of God’s grace and mercy. You do not have to front for me because I am a living witness I know the Devil will throw you for a loop! He’s an expert when it comes to discouragement. What? There are people around us wearing grave-clothes. A discussion between Satan and God ensued concerning Job and it is interesting to note that Satan didn’t bring Job’s name up, God brought Job’s name up! All of the Glory 2. But you ought be able this morning while you’re sitting here in God’s house to say that I may have lost some people, some possessions, a position, or a privilege, but through it all—I never lost my praise! Wherefore came I forth out of the womb to see labor and sorrow, that my days should be consumed with shame?” (Jeremiah 20: 14-18). 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. Look what he says (and I’m paraphrasing), I came into this world without anything, and I was naked! I have never heard of this before, I’m in total AWE! 21 And he said: “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, And naked shall I return there. Anyone who says otherwise is selling something to you that you really cannot afford to buy! He hopes that you will come to the conclusion that I didn’t get that job because I did not work hard enough or I’m too old to do the work effectively. Under the heading of “Offering”, we have an offering invitation, we give our tithes and our offerings, and then we have something called a “Song of Praise”. Job had everything a man could ever want, he was successful, but he didn’t let his success go to his head. The devil is a liar? He Will Do It For You 4. Now let me tell you something about the devil if you don’t know already. 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. It's a badly worn tool, because I use it on almost everyone since few people know it belongs to me." A lot of other kids would have gotten scared and ran into their room and hid or when confronted about it, lie about it, etc. 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. The devil is very crafty because he will use your very own family or your most dearest of friends to crush your faith, your trust, and your praise for the most High God. God Is A Right Now God: 3. Verse 1: Choir I been through the fire I been through the flood Broken in pieces and left all alone (Chorus 1) But through it all God blessed me through it all God kept me and I still have a praise inside of me (CHORUS 2) There is a praise … It is interesting to note that Mrs. Job acted in a fashion similar to that of Eve, who encouraged Adam to sin against God. 2 0 obj 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. However, Job reacted differently than Adam, look at his response in verse 10 of the second chapter, “You talk like some heathen (foolish) woman. (Won’t he throw you for a loop?) He will steal your job (livelihood), try his level best to shame you, and destroy your children. Sometimes we do get discouraged, discouragement is a part of life. 2 Cor. <> But, I hate to think of what would have happened to Job had he followed her advice. God has done something on the inside, he's breathed life into them, given them purpose, but they're still bound on the outside. He will use what you care about in order to break you down. The devil's price for Discouragement was so high, he never sold it. I was once told by a lady named Bea Shirk, who was one of the most effective first grade teachers I have ever had the experience to pastor, that praise … Why the unease within me? III. If you have your Bibles with you, turn to the book of Habakkuk in the Old Testament. And when the time comes for me to leave this world I will leave without anything. Life is a struggle, not just a struggle but let me add it is a daily struggle. 1 0 obj We should not only pray to God but also all the more learn to praise God, and one thing for sure—we need to learn how to praise Him when life has become a struggle, when we are afflicted by one thing after the other. It was nobody but the devil himself who geared their thoughts to that end. endobj The devil took away his children, his livelihood, and his health simultaneously. God Is A Right Now God: 3. He will use all these circumstances in order to get you to condemn your own self. I much rather him call me … the first part of this four part prayer deals with god's mercy!… It is impatience with time, immaturity of thought, and impoliteness to God.” And he is right; it is indeed impolite for us to be discouraged with the One who knows all about us. Despite intense unexplained suffering Job refused to curse God and he continued to worship and praise Him. 22 In all this Job did not sin nor charge God with wrong. I can hear Job say, “I never lost my praise” remember that whatever is happening in your life, no matter how gloomy or discouraged you may feel, even when you’re faced with what feels like the silenced of God—God is always aware of and concerned about what you’re going through. The redeemed still have their old natures and that old nature is still controlled by its old desires and lusts. And that’s normal [believe it or not] it is normal. Now you may not be happy, because to happy depends on what’s happening. Their accusations never let up: "You have no right to praise a holy God. He was a man who tried his best to avoid evil, Job was a family man; he was blessed with seven sons and three daughters. Have you ever been discouraged by people? One of his most powerful weapons is the weapon of discouragement. New Day 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. Georgia Mass Choir - I Still Have a Praise Album Lyrics; 1. The New year 21. I surely have and I am quite sure that I have discouraged a few people myself somewhere down the line. "i still owe god praise" the name of habkakkuk means: one who embraces: or to cling to! 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. 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….. Some people have a knack for hurting others with their words even when they are not actually trying to hurt you. 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. The late great Dr. E. K. Bailey used to say, “Faith is acting like it is so, even if it ain’t so, in order for it to be so” –praise & thanksgiving in the midst of adversity. I believe that this blasphemy would have resulted in the immediate death of Job and at the same time it would have given the devil some bragging rights. EM he has used all of you to bring me too this moment of “self discovery”. We must remember that we do not live to ourselves but as members of the family of God. %���� Losing something or someone has even caused some of us to question God. Our God Strong And Mighty 9. Don’t allow your prayer life to just be a laundry list of needs and wants. 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. Turn It Around: 11. We’ve lost some things, we lost some people, some possessions, some positions, and some of us have lost our pride. The devil loves to make us think that we are worthless, he wanted to Job to feel worthless. At least he had the courage to come to me and be honest about it. All of the Glory 2. 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. 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 … M�m�T�ZO L큤����Kg��K*dQI厛��f*�!I�/)���n�?&�z�-�.W��;�BQ�0��Y�6�OVD����b@�}i�j�pݸ}�T�\���tO��6a�Q�}�1�LP��*'�})7�nx�Ji���)e4Z����ZgHQ�xD㸍C�M[�e����s#�zC��pY+r���c��Z*�V����㞩�{�oAvo��ʹ�(%d@��=jz ��JIsh�Cq1{HF�Sr�ͻ���@��g�y�vCtW�PxjY��ѮrC�. Our God Strong And Mighty 9. You don't have to look back over your life, just look at the last 9 months of your life. The devil’s efforts to discourage us often involve the ones we really care for and/or respect. But if you walk completely away from God, you didn’t have any faith in the first place. 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!" Job was a man who actually lived on this earth (he was not a mythical character), he was a man of great devotion to God; he was also a very rich man. And so prayer time should always begin and end with praise. But Job helps us to understand something about discouragement doesn’t he? It is ingratitude for the blessings of yesterday, indifference to the opportunities of today, and insecurity regarding strength for tomorrow. Didn’t say be happy about it, but consider it joy—why? Let me move on now from what praise is and how praise is expressed, to what praise can do. I was just telling my husband that I feel God is up to something! In fact, for the first 37 chapters of the book of Job, his cries for God’s help went totally unanswered. Take a look at your bulletin. 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. Now once I get inside, I can make him do what I choose. You still don't have total victory, even after all these years. In fact, at the close of this great book of Job, the Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before (42:10). Someone has well said, "You can take off the "H" and you still have "abit! They have addictions. 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. 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. and I still have a praise inside of me; Yes, I still have a praise inside of me. I was made to praise Him it is in my DNA. Turn It Around: 11. It's still his major tool, and he still uses it on God's people today. However, words can often be quite an effective weapon in bringing others down. AMEN!!!! 6 O my God, my soul despairs within me. 20 Then Job arose, tore his robe, and shaved his head; and he fell to the ground and worshipped. 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! 5 Why are you downcast, O my soul? Amen. We Have the Victory 12. 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. Now, LORD, take my life, for I am no better than my fathers!" I Still Have A Praise Inside Of Me: 5. Before just entering into that, let me say this: the Bible says, 'In the multitude of words, there wanteth not sin', 'Be not rash with thy mouth, and let not thine heart be hasty to utter any thing before God: for God is in heaven, and thou upon earth: therefore let thy words be few'. 4 0 obj We must remember that we live here as citizens of heaven. 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. <>>> We must remember we have an unseen adversary. 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. He didn’t understand it, it confused him, it baffled him, but after he wrestled ha, with his thoughts uh huh, for 3 chapters, ha, he comes to the conclusion, ha, in verse 17, and prays to god, and he says basically, even though I’ve lost everything, I might not understand what in the world’s going on, and I might be confused, about ready to lose my mind, I’ll still praise him! 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 realized that I was called by God to preach and not by them. It has made us wonder, does He really care? "WORTHY OF PRAISE" First Corinthians 16.15-18. You have to get to a place where you respond properly in a negative situation. Think about it, Job had everything he needed and then lost everything in a moment’s notice. He is the “father of lies”; he is the foremost expert when it comes to lies and lying. endobj 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. And now you have to settle for that measly unemployment check from the state. He Will Do It For You 4. When Praises Go Up Look at you, singing and praising God, acting so … 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. 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. (1 Kings 19: 4) He was there to assist Jeremiah with his momentary bout of discouragement, “Cursed be the day on which I was born; let not the day on which my mother bore me be blessed. Psalm 27:6b says … I will sing, yea, I will sing praises unto the LORD. 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.

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