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Morning Prayer, Tuesday, October 25, 2016 - WORD(S) OF THE DAY:  HOLD ONTO YOUR PRAISE

Father God, on the battlefield, in the pit or in my own prison, I don't want to stop giving you praise.  Amen

Genesis 41:1-44; Job 1; Job 42:10

"Until God opens the next door, praise him in the hallway."  This is true in any situation.  Life is rather unpredictable sometimes.  Some days are good.  Some days are not so good.  Some days you step over a bump and some days that bump is a mount.  Some days you are energized and some days you are weary.  Our attitude about self should never change no matter the state we are in each day.  Everything you want never comes to you when you want or expect it to but that is no reason for you to give up.  Just because everyone around is getting theirs and nothing is happening for you is no reason for you to drop your shoulders, your head or you smile.  As my pastor said on Sunday morning, "If no one else is willing to encourage you, encourage yourself."  We have to wake up each morning with a made up mind that no matter what state my life ends up in today, I'm going to stay encouraged.  I'm going to keep my praise.  The devil will use people to try to break your spirit and it is possible but only if you are open to being broken. Don't ever forget that Joseph was in a pit and a prison before he came into his own.  The Israelites were in bondage for 400 years waiting on their Promise.  Job had to go through hell before he got his double for his trouble.  Let's learn a lesson from all of them.  What Joseph's brothers meant for his harm God used for his good.  Read his story.   The Promise Land that the Israelites missed out on was a glorious place.  The Bible says it was overflowing with milk and honey.  Job may have lost everything in the beginning but in the end he got double for his trouble.  There is something in trusting God through the rough patches of your life.  You may be lied on, forgotten, taken the long route to the Promise and even lose everything but if you can just hang in there and hold onto your praise, it will be alright.       

For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son that whosoever believed in him would not perish, but have everlasting life."  John 3:16         

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