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July 25, 2016, 6:33 AM

Praise you in this Storm...


When we go through a challenging time it is hard to give thought to praising God, we are generally left with the idea of questioning God or at least asking Him to deliver us from our situation.

Trials are hard, valleys are low but Jesus can bring us through them if we are committed to seeking Him, and we are focused during our time of need. One thing that is true is that we will all face a challenging situation in our life, and when we do we will have a choice to make, we will give a "Reaction" the the event that just took place in our life.

I love the story in Acts of Paul and Silas, they were chained and secured in prison following and upset business man, who's slave girl that could earn him money telling fortunes. Seeing that the girl was following him, Paul became annoyed and cast the Demon out, “In the name of Jesus Christ I command you to come out of her!” (Acts: 1618). Long story short they ended up in jail following the incident... What makes this story unique is that the boys in jail, beaten with rods and not truly knowing what would happen next. It says that they began to start praying and praising God... Now lets be real here... How many of us can say that, that would be us and we could honestly praise during that dramatic time. Me? Well I would probably be in a corner in the fetal position crying sucking my thumb (lol) or begging God for my life...

You See, Paul and Silas chained up (physically), and bound down, locked up or physically stuck in there situation.. Many of us have a situation in our lives that we feel stuck in, or imprisoned to. We feel chained down, burdened with things that our in our lives that are affecting our spiritual walk... We can make a reaction to these chains... a "Chain Reaction" so to speak about these situations... And that reaction should be seeking God and choosing to praise our way out of our situation.

When Paul and Salas prayed and praised God in this terrible situation, the Bible says that their chains were loosed, and not only where their chains loosed it says that everyone with them their chains were too loosed, all the prisoners had been listening to the reaction, the prayers and praise of Paul and Salas. Every door was opened on all the cells and the "foundation" of the jail (situation) was affected... What an incredible testimony that took place on this day, and a great example of what God can do in our lives!

God wants to move in your life and deliver you from what ever you are facing, it doesn't matter how big or small, God can be in control if you will put Him in control of your situation. Choose to Pray through, and Praise during your situation. Your praise could affect the foundation of your problem, free you from what is holding you down, and on top of that the example that you lead during that time, will in one way or the other affect those around you... 

Pastor Jonathan W. Pannell III

 

Acts 16:16-40 (NIV)

Paul and Silas in Prison

16 Once when we were going to the place of prayer, we were met by a female slave who had a spirit by which she predicted the future. She earned a great deal of money for her owners by fortune-telling. 17 She followed Paul and the rest of us, shouting, “These men are servants of the Most High God, who are telling you the way to be saved.” 18 She kept this up for many days. Finally Paul became so annoyed that he turned around and said to the spirit, “In the name of Jesus Christ I command you to come out of her!” At that moment the spirit left her.

19 When her owners realized that their hope of making money was gone, they seized Paul and Silas and dragged them into the marketplace to face the authorities. 20 They brought them before the magistrates and said, “These men are Jews, and are throwing our city into an uproar 21 by advocating customs unlawful for us Romans to accept or practice.”

22 The crowd joined in the attack against Paul and Silas, and the magistrates ordered them to be stripped and beaten with rods. 23 After they had been severely flogged, they were thrown into prison, and the jailer was commanded to guard them carefully. 24 When he received these orders, he put them in the inner cell and fastened their feet in the stocks.

25 About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them. 26 Suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the prison were shaken. At once all the prison doors flew open, and everyone’s chains came loose. 27 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. 28 But Paul shouted, “Don’t harm yourself! We are all here!”

29 The jailer called for lights, rushed in and fell trembling before Paul and Silas. 30 He then brought them out and asked, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?

 

Matthew 11:28-30 (NKJV)

28 Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”

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