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TWO TWO THUMBS UP!

In the Lord will rejoice, And will exult in Jesus my God. Is any among you afflicted let him pray:
Is any sick among you? Let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him

There you have it! It can't get any easier than that. What is to be the believer's response when trials and difficulties enter their lives? PRAYER AND PRAISE!

Habakkuk declares;
Though the fig tree do not blossom, nor fruit be on the vines, the produce of the olive fail and the fields yield no food, the flock be cut off from the fold and there be no herd in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation. GOD, the Lord, is my strength; he makes my feet like hinds' feet, he makes me tread upon my high places  -  To the choirmaster: with stringed instruments

The word REJOICE means to exult:--be joyful, rejoice, triumph, to jump for joy. Now I know this is not the first thing that comes to our minds while going through hardships, but it is possible, yea even expected.

We read in Matthew, "Blessed are ye when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely for my sake. Rejoice and be exceeding glad for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets, which were before you."

Do you know what the words "EXCEEDING GLAD" mean here? That right you guessed it right, "to jump for joy, i.e. exult:--be (exceeding) glad, with exceeding joy, rejoice (greatly).

And the reason we can rejoice or praise God while undergoing difficulty is that He alone is our strength and portion. There is nothing else in this life that we derive our satisfaction from. Listen to the following testimonies of those who have gone before us.

Though He slay me, yet will I trust in him: This will be my salvation - And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them - We will rejoice in thy salvation, and in the name of our God we will set up our banners the LORD fulfill all thy petitions. This is the day which the LORD hath made we will rejoice and be glad in it.

Yes the LORD has called us to a different way of thinking, to a different way of responding to difficulties. And why do you think this is so? Because, as the Book of Acts so clearly points out to us, "other people are watching, other people are listening"


Not only are we to offer up the "sacrifice of praise" in times of difficulty, but also we are to pray as well. The Book of Thessalonians puts it this way; Rejoice always, pray constantly, Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. And then in James we read again, "Is any among you afflicted let him pray." The word "PRAY" means to, "supplicate, worship."

There you have it. The two are inseparable. PRAISE AND PRAYER GO HAND IN HAND. You might say they're as important to our spiritual life as is our two thumbs or to our hands. Jonah knew this to be true for we read of him;

Then Jonah prayed unto the LORD his God out of the fish's belly, And said I cried by reason of mine affliction unto the LORD, and he heard me; out of the belly of hell cried I, and thou heardest my voice. But I will sacrifice unto thee with the voice of thanksgiving; I will pay that that I have vowed Salvation is of the LORD. And the LORD spake unto the fish, and it vomited out Jonah upon the dry land.

How about you? What will be your response to your situation today? Will it be one of Praise and Prayer, or will it be one of Complaint?

By the way, if your choice is to complain about your circumstances you might want to hear what David experienced when he chose to complain
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I remembered God, and was troubled
I complained and my spirit was overwhelmed.

THINK ON THESE THINGS ACT ON THESE THINGS

 

May God grant you His peace 
If I can be of any assistance
please don't hesitate to drop me a line.

Dan

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