PRAISE IN THE PROBLEMS

06/19/2011

 

   In the everyday problems of our lives we grumble, cry, fuss, murmur and complain about our problems. Any lost person can carry on like that. The crying and carrying on only makes us feel worse and the people around us don't want to hear it either.

 

PRAISE GOD

 

   Genesis 50:20 Joseph suffered for years in silence while never losing his love or praise for God.

   Deuteronomy 32:3-4 No leader that ever lived went through the trials that Moses did but he still praised God even though God would not let him go into the Promised Land with Israel.

   Daniel 6 Throughout Daniels life he was a captive and a slave to others but never doubted that God was his Lord and always kept his integrity and praise for God in the midst of severe trials.

   II Timothy 4:6, 18 In his final hours before being killed Paul took time to praise God.

   Luke 19:40 Jesus said that the stones that He created want to cry out praises to Him.

   Psalms 100:4 Take note of this entire Chapter and we can see that if we are to be able to enter into

   the courts of God's house we are commanded to enter with praise.

   Hebrews 13:15 Praising God continually is a acceptable spiritual sacrifice that we are to offer God.

   I Peter 2:9 Peter gives us four reasons why we should continue to praise God (1) we are a chosen generation (2) we are a royal priesthood (3) we are a holy nation (4) we are a peculiar people.

   James 1:2-3 Notice that James didn't say “if” but he said “when” the many trials come, count it all joy. The joy that we are to have is the praise to God that he is looking for.

   Acts 5:41 The Apostles praised God for allowing them to suffer for Jesus sake.

   Acts 16:23-24 After being beaten and put in stocks in a cold dungeon Paul and Silas praised God and sang songs of praise to the glory and much pleasure of God. 

 

BE THANKFUL

 

   Ephesians 5:20 Our God wants us to be “always thankful for all things” not just for good things.

   Colossians 3:17 When Christians live according to this verse our lives can take on new meaning.

   Hebrews 13:15 The acceptable continuing sacrifice that God wants from us is for us to be thankful.

 

   WHY DOES GOD WANT US TO PRAISE AND THANK HIM IN OUR TOUGHEST TIMES?

 

   ** BECAUSE IT PROVES TO HIM THAT WE TRUST HIS PROMISES TO CARRY US**

   I Peter 1:6-7 The trials that we go through are to prove our faith and it also gives Him honor.

   Isaiah 55:8-9 The Christian does not always see why God allows trials and problems in our life.

   Isaiah 57:1-2 A wonderful passage for those who have seen loved ones taken from this earth.

   I Corinthians 10:13 When we choose to believe God’s promise we can be confident that if we will “walk by faith and not by sight” He will always be faithful and help us get out of possible trouble.

   Romans 8:28 We can have the victory over all our trials when we trust this promise from God as did General Stonewall Jackson.

   *** Corrie and Betsy Ten Boom***