While we are in the midst of a trial, we must remember to trust God and to not waver by unbelief. In the Bible, it says that as Silas and Saul (Paul) sang—in persecution, suffering, rejection and people coming against Paul—the prison doors flew open and there was an earthquake. When you can praise your way through your trial, you know you have overcome and have the full victory.
About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them. 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. (Acts 16:25-26)
When you no longer give Satan your joy and peace, you will rest within Christ, in whatever valley and affliction. We know the season of refining will pass, based on God’s Word and faithfulness. Don’t let temporary situations dictate your future. Don’t compromise your faith because of emotions or because you aren’t getting results in your time. Rather than complain, worship! Worship can and will produce miracles, but that’s not why we worship. We thank God, glorify Him and praise Him because He is worthy, but also when we put Him first, all things fall into the right place. (Matthew 6:33)
You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you. (Isaiah 26:3)
Worship always turns the situation around and glorifies God. Make sure that you keep your eyes fixed on Jesus when you are falsely accused, when people persecute you or when people hurt you. Christ is the prize and heaven is our goal. We know that when we focus on God, He will add it all unto us and we know that perfect peace will guard our hearts and minds.
I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 3:14)
When we lay down our burdens, pain, worry, shame, blame and fear, and break ties with the lies of the enemy, we will have supernatural joy and peace and can worship God through any season of life. Just like Job had that strong faith, we too can say the Lord gives and the Lord takes away, but blessed be the name of the Lord.
Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will depart. The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away; may the name of the LORD be praised. (Job 1:21)
Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me. Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me. (Psalm 23:4)
PI Girls, have you been through a trial but put on a smile anyway? Don’t you feel more at ease when you praise God even in the midst of the storm? Where is your faith level when you are tested? Comment below! We are praying for you!