Title: Praising Despite the Predicament "It's not the predicament that determines our praise, or the lack of, but how we respond to the predicament that will determine our praise" 1 Samuel 2:1-10 Then Hannah prayed and said: “My heart rejoices in the Lord; in the Lord my horn[a] is lifted high. My mouth boasts over my enemies, for I delight in your deliverance. 2 “There is no one holy like the Lord; there is no one besides you; there is no Rock like our God. 3 “Do not keep talking so proudly or let your mouth speak such arrogance, for the Lord is a God who knows, and by him deeds are weighed. 4 “The bows of the warriors are broken, but those who stumbled are armed with strength. 5 Those who were full hire themselves out for food, but those who were hungry are hungry no more. She who was barren has borne seven children, but she who has had many sons pines away. 6 “The Lord brings death and makes alive; he brings down to the grave and raises up. 7 The Lord sends poverty and wealth; he humbles and he exalts. 8 He raises the poor from the dust and lifts the needy from the ash heap; he seats them with princes and has them inherit a throne of honor. “For the foundations of the earth are the Lord’s; on them he has set the world. 9 He will guard the feet of his faithful servants, but the wicked will be silenced in the place of darkness. “It is not by strength that one prevails; 10 those who oppose the Lord will be broken. The Most High will thunder from heaven; the Lord will judge the ends of the earth. “He will give strength to his king and exalt the horn of his anointed.” 1 Samuel 1:1-10 There was a certain man from Ramathaim, a Zuphite[a] from the hill country of Ephraim, whose name was Elkanah son of Jeroham, the son of Elihu, the son of Tohu, the son of Zuph, an Ephraimite. 2 He had two wives; one was called Hannah and the other Peninnah. Peninnah had children, but Hannah had none. 3 Year after year this man went up from his town to worship and sacrifice to the Lord Almighty at Shiloh, where Hophni and Phinehas, the two sons of Eli, were priests of the Lord. 4 Whenever the day came for Elkanah to sacrifice, he would give portions of the meat to his wife Peninnah and to all her sons and daughters.5 But to Hannah he gave a double portion because he loved her, and the Lord had closed her womb. 6 Because the Lord had closed Hannah’s womb, her rival kept provoking her in order to irritate her. 7 This went on year after year. Whenever Hannah went up to the house of the Lord, her rival provoked her till she wept and would not eat. 8 Her husband Elkanah would say to her, “Hannah, why are you weeping? Why don’t you eat? Why are you downhearted? Don’t I mean more to you than ten sons?” 9 Once when they had finished eating and drinking in Shiloh, Hannah stood up. Now Eli the priest was sitting on his chair by the doorpost of the Lord’s house.10 In her deep anguish Hannah prayed to the Lord, weeping bitterly. How do we continue praising despite the predicaments? POINT #1: Remember the Source Revelation 22:13- "I am the Alpha and the Omega, First and the Last, the beginning and the End." John 1:1-2- "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. 1 Samuel 2- "My heart rejoices in the Lord. My mouth will boast of the Lord. The Lord has given me life." "When society looked at her one way, God saw her a different way." "She was able to Praise in what God HAD given her, and not wait for what He COULD give her." **When the enemy tries to serve you the knock-off, remind him that you serve the real-thing! Romans 8:31- "What then shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us who can be against us?" POINT #2: Disregard our Rival 1 Samuel 1:7b- "Her rival provoked her until she wept and would not eat." *Hannah had to disregard her rival in order to receive what God had for her. Proverbs 3:5-6- "Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight." "Our rivals don't measure up with God's royalty** "When we trust God through our praise, we are turning our rival's TAUNTS into God's TRIUMPHS." Romans 11:33-"Have you ever come on anything quite like this extravagant generosity of God, this deep, deep wisdom? It’s way over our heads. We’ll never figure it out. Is there anyone around who can explain God? Anyone smart enough to tell him what to do? Anyone who has done him such a huge favor that God has to ask his advice? Everything comes from him; Everything happens through him; Everything ends up in him. Always glory! Always praise!" Yes. Yes. Yes. "Hannah's rival kept provoking her in order to irritate her. But, instead of irritating her, it compelled her to remain obedient" POINT #3: Remain in Obedience 1 Samuel 1:11- "And she made a vow, saying, "Lord Almighty, if you will only look on your servant's misery and remember me, and forget your servant but give her a son, then I will give him to the Lord for all the days of his life, and no razor will ever be used on his head." v.21- "After the boy is weaned, I will take him and present him before the Lord, and he will live there always." v.28- "So now I give him to the Lord. For his whole life he will be given over to the Lord." Hannah recognized God's faithfulness to her and in return she remained obedient to Him. She made a vow and kept it. "We walk despite of what we are stepping in" 1 Samuel 15:22- "To obey is better than sacrifice" Genesis 12:1- "Go where I will show you." Job 1:21- "At this, Job got up and tore his robe and shaved his head. Then he fell to the ground in worship and said: "Naked I came from my mother's womb, and naked I will depart. The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; may the name of the Lord be praised." "Let the enemy taunt you WHILE YOU'RE STILL PRAISING!!!"
Praising Despite the Predicament
November 5, 2017 • Jason Smith
Armed and Dangerous
November 19, 2017 • Albert Almore
When you decide to go after God with everything, Satan will come after you with everything. The one that you are chasing after, is greater than the one that is chasing after you. Greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world. 1 John 4:4 There is no less than situation that is greater than your God! I WILL PRAISE YOU, for I am FEARFULLY and WONDERFULLY made... -Psalms 139:14 You have been perfectly created by the perfect one. You don't have to live in fear because you were created to be feared. Armed & Dangerous You are ARMED & DANGEROUS with a secret weapon by the name of PRAISE & Worship!!! About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing praises to their God... Acts 16:25 • Lean Into Worship At Your Darkest Hour. Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember the name of the Lord our God. Psalms 20:7 About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing praises to their God, AND THE OTHER PRISONERS WERE LISTENING TO THEM. Acts 16:25 • Choose To Be A Worshipper Instead Of A Spectator. AND THE OTHER PRISONERS WERE LISTENING TO THEM. Acts 16:25 NIV • Abandon Your Reputation. But Jesus MADE HIMSELF OF NO REPUTATION, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: Philippians 2:7 And David danced before the Lord with all his might, wearing a priestly garment. 2 Samuel 6:14 David retorted to Michal, “I was dancing before the Lord , who chose me above your father and all his family! He appointed me as the leader of Israel, the people of the Lord , so I celebrate before the Lord. 2 Samuel 6:21 NLT Yes, and I am willing to look even more foolish than this, even to be humiliated in my own eyes! 2 Samuel 6:22 NLT Live your life with nothing to prove, knowing that you have been pre-approved by God! Suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the prison were shaken. Acts 16:26 NIV At once ALL the prison doors flew open, AND EVERYONE'S ’S CHAINS CAME LOOSE. Acts 16:26 NIV • Your Worship Isn't Just For You. The jailer woke up, and when he saw the prison doors open, he drew his sword and was about to kill himself because he thought the prisoners had escaped. Acts 16:27 NIV But Paul shouted, “Don’t harm yourself! We are all here!” Acts 16:28 NIV The jailer called for lights, rushed in and fell trembling before Paul and Silas. Acts 16:29 NIV He then brought them out and asked, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” Acts 16:30 NIV HE THEN BROUGHT THEM OUT... • Your Worship Has The Power To Bring You Out. Satan wants your worship to STAY IN because he knows that your worship has the power to BRING YOU OUT. Satan knows that when you OPEN your mouth to worship your God, that you CLOSE your ears to his lies. Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed. John 8:36 NKJV They replied, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved—you and your household.” Acts 16:31 NIV For “whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.” Romans 10:13 NKJV Refuse to allow your predicament to determine your praise. How long will you keep your weapon concealed?
Praise Is The Cure
November 12, 2017 • Jason Smith
Title: Praise Is The Cure Psalm 42 1-3 A white-tailed deer drinks from the creek; I want to drink God, deep draughts of God. I’m thirsty for God-alive. I wonder, “Will I ever make it— arrive and drink in God’s presence?” I’m on a diet of tears— tears for breakfast, tears for supper. All day long people knock at my door, Pestering, “Where is this God of yours?” 4 These are the things I go over and over, emptying out the pockets of my life. I was always at the head of the worshiping crowd, right out in front, Leading them all, eager to arrive and worship, Shouting praises, singing thanksgiving— celebrating, all of us, God’s feast! 5 Why are you down in the dumps, dear soul? Why are you crying the blues? Fix my eyes on God— soon I’ll be praising again. He puts a smile on my face. He’s my God. 6-8 When my soul is in the dumps, I rehearse everything I know of you, From Jordan depths to Hermon heights, including Mount Mizar. Chaos calls to chaos, to the tune of whitewater rapids. Your breaking surf, your thundering breakers crash and crush me. Then God promises to love me all day, sing songs all through the night! My life is God’s prayer. 9-10 Sometimes I ask God, my rock-solid God, “Why did you let me down? Why am I walking around in tears, harassed by enemies?” They’re out for the kill, these tormentors with their obscenities, Taunting day after day, “Where is this God of yours?” 11 Why are you down in the dumps, dear soul? Why are you crying the blues? Fix my eyes on God— soon I’ll be praising again. He puts a smile on my face. He’s my God. Praise- The expression of approval or admiration for someone or something. *When we praise, our focus shifts from our predicaments and it refocuses us on God's solutions.* Depression effects over 15 million people. About 7% of the US population. *Our depression suppresses our praise and our praise cures our depression* *Where laughter may be good medicine, praise is the complete cure. *Yet- even still, despite my situation, regardless of my happenings...I WILL STILL PRAISE HIM* *Praise shouldn't be a temporary FIX. It should be a permanent FIXTURE in the believer's life.* Praise is an AFFRONT to depression! -praise is an insult to depression -praise is offensive to depression -praise is outrage to depression -praise brings injury and defeat to depression -praise is a slap in the face and a kick in the teeth to depression *Your praise reaches the root of your depression and it destroys its poison. How do we continue making praise the CURE? Point #1: LONG FOR MORE OF GOD Psalm 42:1- "As the deer pants for the satisfying, thirst quenching last of water...so my soul longs after thee." 2 Corinthians 10:5- "We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ." Proverbs 23:7- "As a man thinks, so he is." POINT #2: STOP Rehearsing and START Participating Psalm 42:4- "These are the things I go over and over, emptying out the pockets of my life." -I was always the head of the worshipping crowd, right in front, leading all of them. -I was eager to arrive and worship, shouting praises, singing thanksgiving-celebrating. **Stop revisiting yesteryear and start praising without fear. PRAISE IS THE CURE!!!