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Broken Hallelujah: Praising from a difficult place

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1 Thessalonians 5:18 in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

If I had a dollar for every time I’ve quoted that scripture I’d have a lot of dollars!

1 Thessalonians 5:18 changed my outlook on life and increased my trust in God. Recognizing that everything that happens in my life can only happen because God is allowing it to, has given me a peace that I can’t begin to adequately explain. It’s helped me to look for the good in bad situations and it’s the motivation I need to muster up praise when trials come. It’s allowed me to be in an attitude of expectancy when the enemy starts attacking because I know that something great is in the working. When God doesn’t stop an attack from coming it means that like Job, God knows that this thing is not enough to remove my trust, faith and belief in Him. It has helped me to understand that I’m strong in Christ and the only reason I go through difficult situations and persecution is because I have, in me, the strength to endure and overcome them.

I know all of this sounds fantastic and would make for the perfect motivational speech. It might give the impression that my spirits are always high and that I don’t have moments of brokenness and sorrow. It would probably convince some that I’ve never felt like throwing in the towel. That, my friend, would be the furthest thing from the truth.

I have days when I get up and for reasons unknown to me I feel depressed. I’ve had days when I felt like there’s a brick wall inside my head that stops me from thinking clearly, praising and at times even talking to God. People upset me, situations annoy me and sometimes I wish I had an island I can go to and get away from everyone and everything. That’s when 1 Thessalonians 5:18 helps. In those times of unexplainable depression and frustration when my world comes crashing down around me and nothing seems to be going my way I remember that if these things are happening it’s because God is allowing it and it is His will for my life.

When things are going great it’s very easy for me to sing, dance and offer praises unto God. The problem is finding a way to offer praises unto my Father when I’m surrounded by difficulties and when I feel spiritually weak. In those moments of brokenness my hallelujah comes from a different place. It comes from a place of brokenness but just as The Afters sang in their song Broken Hallelujah, “When all is taken away, don’t let my heart be changed. Let me always sing hallelujah. When I feel afraid, don’t let my hope be erased. Let me always sing hallelujah.”  

I won’t always have the strength or the zeal to worship the way I usually do, but as broken as I feel I will always offer hallelujah unto my father even if it’s a broken one. I believe in Christ and I desire to live by every word written in the bible. His word says that everything that happens in my life is His will for me. If His word says it, I believe it and I will live by it, understanding that it is true.

Your praise may not always come from a joyful place but give it anyway, because as broken as it may seem God deserves it and He will accept it.

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Daily Dose – An Ounce of Goodness

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1 Thessalonians 5:18 In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

Last night I had the most incredible revelation from God: No matter the situation, there’s always something to be thankful for.  Think of the most negative, hurtful, terrible situation that has ever happened to you or someone you know or think of someone who really, really gets you on your wrong side (we all know somebody). Ponder on any of the two and I’m certain you’re going to find at least one ounce of goodness in that situation or person that you can be thankful for. 

Most nights I have a list of people or situations that God would have placed in my heart during the day, that I pray for. Last night as I was about to pray for the persons on my list God told me to thank him for specific things in each person or individual.

At first I was reluctant, because I knew these people were going through some tough situations and I wanted to present those situations before the throne of grace. Past experiences however, has thought me not to argue with God, so I obeyed His command and began to thank Him for each person; not asking for anything at all.

While praying persons and situations that weren’t on my list began to come to mind and I thanked God for specific things in them as well.  Soon enough, persons and situations that I didn’t like or wasn’t pleased about started to come to mind and I realized I had things to thank God for where those things were concerned as well.

When I rose from praying God said to me, “there is good in everything and everyone, it’s up to you to focus on the good and be thankful for it”.  

This morning as I climbed off my bed Hitler came to mind. What could I thank God for where Adolf Hitler was concerned? The man who attempted to destroy an entire race of people because their physical features did not please him. It took a little while before I found something and then I thanked God that Hitler was only up set with one race of people. 

I realize now that sometimes we get so caught up looking at the negatives and the trials, and frustrations of life that we neglect to truly thank God for the ounce of good that dwells in bad situations. I’ve decided to dedicate this month to giving thanks rather than complaining. I am going to activate my faith and stand on God’s promise that ALL things will work together for my good because I love Him and I’m going to find peace in knowing that whatever is taking place in my life is His will for me. 

What do you say, are you up for such a challenge?

 

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