I have been praying over this post all day. Praying that God will lead me in the right direction with what I have to say. Originally I had another idea of what I wanted to talk about
(maybe next week)...but after this weekends life changing experience...God had other plans.
See, this weekend I had the opportunity to attend a local Fall Conference. As Tiffany talked about on Mondays post. There were amazing Pastors from all over the country who spoke.
Quite frankly...it was life changing!
I am talking, walking in one way...and leaping and turning cartwheels for Christ when we left.
My heart was beating out of my chest. I was and still am on a spiritual high.
I would like to consider this conference a Prayer, Strength and Renewal.
I prayed my little heart out, strengthened my relationship with Christ and I am renewed!
The church was standing room only, the alter was flooded with people refilling and giving themselves to Christ. It was so AMAZING! *gooseies just thinking bout it*
One Pastor who really touched me was Carl Lentz from Hillsong NYC.
His words...well Gods words that flowed through him...
they took hold of my heart and literally whip lashed it. Shaken and stirred.
A message that is worth sharing. I will do my best to portray what Carl Lentz said...or how the Lord spoke to me through this message. I promise to be short and to the point...Stay with me.
"A problem called Praise"
(source) Sorry no original creditor to link to
Funny how we only praise God when our life is good. What about all those other times when life's storms are weighing us down? Are our arms outstretched towards the heavens giving praise?
Easier to say "yet will I trust and praise him" right?
How are we supposed to praise God when we are dwelling in sickness,
financial strain, relationship troubles...Come on...
What if we praised him through the storm?
Your PRAISE can be a problem for your PROBLEM.
Do you hear what I am saying...
All those problems and tribulations the enemy is throwing at you...
Praising God through them will cause a problem for your problem.
See Satan wants you to feel like there is NO HOPE. There is NO light at the end of tunnel.
You can not worship God when you are burdened down with trials. This is why he bombards our life.
Don't ask God to pull you out of the storm...ask God to push you through it! Praise him!
Paul and Silas were thrown in prison after being badly beat...
Acts 16:25-26 (NIV)
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.
Rejoice in the Lord always...Paul and Silas were in such a bad situation...what did they do...praising and singing...through their prayers, ALL...chains came loose. Our prayers and praise are SO POWERFUL...not even the chains of life can stand a chance. Our God is THAT ABLE! Not Limited! Awesome in Power!
Psalms 34:1 (AMP)
1 I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth.
An old hymnal that comes to mind with this scripture...
I will bless Thee, O Lord, I will bless Thee, O Lord, With a heart of thanksgiving,
I will bless Thee, O Lord. With my hands lifted up, And my mouth filled with praise,
With a heart of thanksgiving, I will bless Thee, O Lord.
Christ wants to bless us abundantly. Christ is using our PRESENT storms in life to STRENGTHEN us for the future. He is testing our will...our faith in him. Yet I will praise him in the storm.
I too have fallen prey to Satan and allowed him to seduce me in with problems. Causing me to fall off my walk with Christ. Dwelling on my problems got me no where. I lost out on a great blessing. Christ was trying to teach me something...to TRUST him. Praise him at all times. When all resolve seemed lost...he was there, waiting for me to reach out. Did I seek him and praise him, thank him for everything else that was positive in my life? Sadly I have to shake my head in shame. This message really got to me. I am human...I make mistakes and I too have problems. But from here on out...I will praise him in the storm. I am so thankful for strong Christian women that I have in my life. These 3 ladies here on GOGH...I know I can count on them to intercede for me in prayer if I ever need it.
This is what our Blog is about...Praying and Praising God right along with you...even in the storm. If you need prayer please just contact one of us...private message us. We would love to speak with you. We are about encouraging each other. On Christ the solid rock we will stand...but it is also nice to have a pillar to lean on.