Could it be that even when we become discouraged with our own self it shouldn’t diminish our praise of the Most High? "i still owe god praise" the name of habkakkuk means: one who embraces: or to cling to! 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! It has made us wonder, does He really care? 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. The devil took away his children, his livelihood, and his health simultaneously. God Is A Right Now God: 3. stream endobj It's a badly worn tool, because I use it on almost everyone since few people know it belongs to me." 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. It is interesting to note that Mrs. Job acted in a fashion similar to that of Eve, who encouraged Adam to sin against God. 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 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. <> 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. 20 Then Job arose, tore his robe, and shaved his head; and he fell to the ground and worshipped. 22 In all this Job did not sin nor charge God with wrong. In fact, at the close of this great book of Job, the Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before (42:10). I surely have and I am quite sure that I have discouraged a few people myself somewhere down the line. Now I wasn't happy about it, but I got to thinking, praise God. I believe that all of us, primarily those of us that have reached the age of adulthood have lost some things. INTRODUCTION:. It was nobody but the devil himself who geared their thoughts to that end. 6 O my God, my soul despairs within me. 2 0 obj And why art thou disquieted within me? 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. I love the Word of God, and I truly love to preach but I’ve had some horrible things said to me and about me behind my back by a few preachers most of whom I dearly respect. When Praises Go Up Their accusations never let up: "You have no right to praise a holy God. Now you may not be happy, because to happy depends on what’s happening. Because “Knowing that the testing of our faith produces endurance. 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”. 4 0 obj Used to be a time when the only thing you downsized was soda and an order fries. habkakkuk who serves as the 4th out of gods 11 minor prophets. Job had everything a man could ever want, he was successful, but he didn’t let his success go to his head. 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. 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. 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. Discouragement comes most often when we do the right things but experience poor results. I have never heard of this before, I’m in total AWE! 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). Our God Strong And Mighty 9. Praise regardless of your circumstances. I'm Holding On 7. It is ingratitude for the blessings of yesterday, indifference to the opportunities of today, and insecurity regarding strength for tomorrow. Job went from riches to poverty all at once. The redeemed still have their old natures and that old nature is still controlled by its old desires and lusts. Now once I get inside, I can make him do what I choose. 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. It seemed as if Job had sinned greatly answered God, don’t think that the devil won’t elevate this belief by whispering to you that God’s delay is solely because of your sins. Just ask King David, in the Psalms he says that he prayed to God three times a day, but also in the Psalms he said that he praised God seven times a day. 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. <> How important is praise? They must have loved Lazarus a whole lot to have been willing to endure all it took to remove his grave-clothes. 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. Some of things they’ve said could have caused me to give up the pulpit all together, until I placed it in my heart that I am not preaching for their approval nor am I preaching for them to embrace me. The devil also managed to discouraged King David, the man after God’s own heart, “Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and I still have a praise inside of me; Yes, I still have a praise inside of me. Why the unease within me? And if you feel me everyday, they should be a praise on the inside of you that no water can quench that no fires can burn there should be a joy because you're still here and they're still here to be to if you're here for a … It was a really great Christmas Eve here at the church this year. He is the “father of lies”; he is the foremost expert when it comes to lies and lying. 2 Cor. There is a praise in my spirit a praise down in my soul a glory hallelujah that cannot be controlled and I still have a praise inside of me As bad as things can get, I really don’t think any of us will ever go through what Job had to go through. 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. Sometimes God appears to be silent while you’re going through a trial. 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. The devil's price for Discouragement was so high, he never sold it. Your joy is phony. 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. (Won’t he throw you for a loop?) Hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God.” (Psalm 43: 5) However, I notice one thing here in the words of David; let’s look at it again, “…for I shall yet praise Him…” Here he is questioning his own soul, and he wants to know why he feels so desponded and so discouraged. 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. Didn’t say be happy about it, but consider it joy—why? 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. This is what he is trying do with Job here in out text. Think about it, Job had everything he needed and then lost everything in a moment’s notice. 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. And so prayer time should always begin and end with praise. 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. We must remember that we live here as citizens of heaven. He will use all these circumstances in order to get you to condemn your own self. 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. Look at you, singing and praising God, acting so … At the 8pm service the choir sang and the hand bells played and I … I Still Have A Praise Inside Of Me: 5. 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. EM he has used all of you to bring me too this moment of “self discovery”. Jeremiah 31:35 Thus says the LORD, Who gives the sun for light by day And the fixed order of the moon and the stars for light by night, Who stirs up the sea so that its waves roar ; The LORD of hosts is His name: You do not have to front for me because I am a living witness I know the Devil will throw you for a loop! God Is A Right Now God: 3. 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….. Amen. 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. However, Job reacted differently than Adam, look at his response in verse 10 of the second chapter, “You talk like some heathen (foolish) woman. %���� Turn It Around: 11. One of his most powerful weapons is the weapon of discouragement. 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. I realized that I was called by God to preach and not by them. We’ve lost some things, we lost some people, some possessions, some positions, and some of us have lost our pride. This is what God has called us to do. Look what he says (and I’m paraphrasing), I came into this world without anything, and I was naked! Even when life itself just doesn’t make any sense. And when the time comes for me to leave this world I will leave without anything. 21 And he said: “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, And naked shall I return there. <>/ExtGState<>/ProcSet[/PDF/Text/ImageB/ImageC/ImageI] >>/MediaBox[ 0 0 612 792] /Contents 4 0 R/Group<>/Tabs/S/StructParents 0>> The devil’s efforts to discourage us often involve the ones we really care for and/or respect. 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. 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. endobj But how many will stand with me today and say I am going to be like David and say, (Psalms 34:2) I will bless the Lord at all times and his praise shall continually be in my mouth.- How many will stand and say I refuse to let the devil take my Joy away If we were to take a moment this morning and conduct a brief inventory of our lives I know that we would come to the conclusion that we have experienced possibly some great lost in our lives. At least he had the courage to come to me and be honest about it. Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. Some people, when they lose something or somebody—their faith is challenged. 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! Sometimes we do get discouraged, discouragement is a part of life. Now let me tell you something about the devil if you don’t know already. He praised God twiced as much as he prayed to God. Job passed the test by holding on to his praise, now we need to hold to ours. You're putting it on -- it's all an act! You have to get to a place where you respond properly in a negative situation. (Ill. Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise Him for the salvation of His presence. 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! Life is a struggle, not just a struggle but let me add it is a daily struggle. 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. Our God Strong And Mighty 9. 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! The devil loves to make us think that we are worthless, he wanted to Job to feel worthless. The subject of my message this evening is praise. We must remember that we do not live to ourselves but as members of the family of God. Some people have a knack for hurting others with their words even when they are not actually trying to hurt you. Despite intense unexplained suffering Job refused to curse God and he continued to worship and praise Him. Despite all of that, I’ve never lost my faith. 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. Psalm 27:6b says … I will sing, yea, I will sing praises unto the LORD. Standing Firm in the Struggle Philippians 1:21-30 NIV 21 For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. 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. However, words can often be quite an effective weapon in bringing others down. Turn It Around: 11. 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. He will steal your job (livelihood), try his level best to shame you, and destroy your children. here in the third chapter we find habakkuk's prayer of praise! Georgia Mass Choir - I Still Have a Praise Album Lyrics; 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. 1 0 obj In Job 2: 9 we read, “Then said his wife unto him, Dost thou still retain thine integrity? All of the Glory 2. And, you can take off the "Hab" and you still have "it." God still uses damaged goods like me. Let me move on now from what praise is and how praise is expressed, to what praise can do. 2 9. 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. 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. 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 … His attack upon Job was designed to cause him to question the goodness of God. But Job helps us to understand something about discouragement doesn’t he? 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. What? endobj 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'. I much rather him call me … 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. The devil is a liar? It’s not because you’ve anything wrong, it’s just that life can throw a curve at us sometimes. All of the Glory 2. 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. Losing something or someone has caused many people to go into what is known as clinical depression. 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. I just believe [deep down in my heart this morning] there’s somebody here that can say although I’ve lost some people and some things. You can take off the "Ha" and you still have "bit." <>>> [��%B�)q��T%+� AMEN!!!! You don't have to look back over your life, just look at the last 9 months of your life. 12:7-10 To keep me from becoming conceited because of these surpassingly great revelations, there was given me a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. New Day 8. But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." 22 If I am to go on living in the body, this will mean fruitful labor… You still don't have total victory, even after all these years. Some of the things just in the last year, other people going through the same thing has lost their mind and some even tried to take their own lives—but you’re here this morning with less than what you used to have, but you still have your praise! But, I hate to think of what would have happened to Job had he followed her advice. 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. the first part of this four part prayer deals with god's mercy!… That the Father has something on the inside of me that’s Good … 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�. 3 0 obj Put Your Trust In God 10. I Want To Say Thank You 6. God has done something on the inside, he's breathed life into them, given them purpose, but they're still bound on the outside. 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. contending for our souls. We must remember we have an unseen adversary. 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. The lying spirits try everything to sabotage your worship. III. %PDF-1.5 And the song of praise we sing, you know, the one that begins, “Praise God from Whom all Blessings Flow,” it is a doxology. 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’ve lost some serious love connections like our fathers, our mothers, a wife or a husband, a child, a sister or a brother—a very close relative or friend, through the years we’ve lost them one by one. 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