Pastor Kent 10/2018

Worship Matters This past Sunday night Pastor showed us the video “The Insanity of God.” In it there is a story about a Russian man who was placed in prison for teaching the Word of God. Each morning he would get up and sing his salvation song to the Lord.
 
He found peace and strength in the midst of his persecution by singing his song to the Lord. Praise in the midst of persecution shows a heart that is focused on Christ. We are going to face multiple attacks form the enemy as we go through our Christian journey. Praise is a valuable weapon that can be used to overcome our enemy. Another of my favorite stories in scripture was when Paul and Silas were beaten and thrown into prison for their preaching of the gospel in Acts 16. Paul and Silas had been harassed for days by a demon possessed girl. Finally Paul had had enough. He cast out the demon, and the men who were making money off this girl’s demonic ability became enraged. He had Paul and Silas beaten and arrested. In Acts 16:25 it says, “But at the midnight hour Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them. (26) Suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened and everyone’s chains fell off.” Obviously it was not Elvis who had the first Jail House Rock! Even in the midst of their suffering Paul and Silas were able to pray and praise the Lord. The result was that God shook them loose form the shackles!
 
God can use praise to set you free from any shackle that binds you! No matter what battle you are facing, give a shout to the Lord and watch your enemies become defeated! Remember that “God inhabits the praise of His people” Psalm 22:3!
 
Yours In Worship,
Pastor Kent Wilson

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Pastor Kent 9/2018

Worship Matters
We learn in Ephesians 6:12 that we do not wrestle with flesh and blood, but against principalities. We are at war with the demonic forces in this world. They are out to destroy the people of God. Throughout scripture we see the people of God continually engaging these forces of spiritual wickedness. We also see that many times God’s people won through praise! We will look at how praise is used in spiritual warfare over the next few letters. The Bible is full of examples where the people used praise to overcome their enemy’s!
 
One of my favorites in scripture is in 2 Chronicles 20. Jehoshaphat was about to face three different armies. He was going to be out numbered. It seemed there was no hope. But Jehoshaphat sought the Lord! God spoke through Jahaziel the Levite on how to win the battle. Jehoshaphat proceeded with the instruction to appoint a group of men to sing praises and say, “Give thanks to the Lord, for His love endures forever” 2 Chronicles 20:21! Jehoshaphat lined up his armies by rank and then put the singers on his left. They were also ahead of the armies of Judah! The Choir of praisers was the front line of the army! Jehoshaphat knew who God was going to use that day! Off they went to war singing God’s praises! As the choir sang God put ambushes around the men of Ammon, Moab, and Mt. Seir. Each of the armies turned against each other and totally annihilated the other. When Jehoshaphat and the armies of Judah got there, they only saw dead bodies lying in the dessert! The Bible says it took them three days to collect the spoils! All they did was sing the praises of God, and their enemies were brought to ruin!
 
What a great lesson for us today! When we sing the praises of our God, our enemies are brought to ruin! Satan and his demonic cronies cannot stand in the presence of God’s people when they are singing His praises. Remember Psalm 100:1 “Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth!” Praise will bring the power of God to your situation and you will see the Victory!
 
Yours In Worship,
Pastor Kent Wilson

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Pastor Kent 8/2018

Worship Matters August 2018
I heard the story about a little boy who said to his father, “Let’s play darts. I’ll throw and you say “Wonderful!'” We all love to receive praise. But so does our Heavenly Father. Over the last few months we have been looking at praise. Last month we looked at why we should praise. Now we will look at when we should praise.
 
In James 5:13 it says, “Is anyone happy? Let him sing songs of praise.” First of all, we should praise when we feel like it. There is never a wrong time to praise our Father in Heaven. Second, we also need to praise even when we don’t feel like it. If we only praise when we feel like it, then it becomes emotionalism. Emotionalism is when our emotions dictate our response. True praise comes regardless of our emotions. Praise should never be emotionalism, although it is emotional. God created us to be emotional. And praise is a way of showing those emotions. I can remember when my mother was fighting cancer, and was in pain one night. I know she did not feel like praising, but she began to praise the Lord anyway. And as she lifted her voice in praise the pain began to subside and she was able to sleep. Even in the valleys it is good to praise the Lord.
 
Third, early in the morning is a great time to praise. In Psalm 57:8 the psalmist says, “Awake, my soul! Awake, harp and lyre! I will awaken the dawn.” I have found that my sweetest times are found in the morning before my day gets started. It is in those times there is no distraction and I can fellowship with and praise my Savior! In the night time is also a great time to praise. In Psalm 119:62 it says, “At midnight I rise to give you thanks for your righteous laws.” The Levites were known to spend twenty-four hours a day in praise to the Lord during the time of David. What a job! To work the midnight shift praising our Lord and Savior!
 
The key to this is that we are to praise the Lord at all times (Psalm 34:1). There is never a bad time to go before your Father in Heaven and praise Him for who He is and what He does! Even now as your reading this, take time to praise Him! I know He is waiting!
 
Yours in Worship,
Pastor Kent Wilson
 

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