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Hallelujah Anyhow!

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Sermon shared by La Juana Morris

July 2002
Summary: Don’t Allow your situation to hinder your souls salvation!
Denomination: Methodist
Audience: General adults
Sermon:
In a world where each corner holds some potential danger. In a society where just going to work can end in total tragedy. In a community where drugs run rampant and hope is fleeting. It is essential that Christians look past the circumstance and cling to the cross. James encourages us to just count each trial as a learning experience. Count each tribulation as a stepping stone.. Count every troublesome occurance as Joy.... Rejoicing in the midst of our suffering. Praising God in the midst of our pain. Oh somebody ought to be willing to shout this morning "Hallelujah Any How!"
Hallelujah is the highest form of exhortation or praise. It is a proclamation of confidence to the one who sits high but has the ability to see down low. And we shout it because we recognize that even though it may appear that our burdens are overbearing - we shout victoriously because we understand that God is Awesome, God is Mighty, God is wonderful and he can do anything but fail. So we can each shout - Hallelujah Any How.

There are many things that may occur in life that causes you to be knocked about a bit. There are many situations that make it hard for us to be certain that God is in control. But these seeds of doubts are simply tools that Satan has put into play to cause the children of God to turn away from the master. However, when we just take the time to contemplate on the goodness of Our God. When we allow our minds to matriculate on everything that he has done - everything he is doing - and oh everything he is going to do - Our Souls ought to be crying out in the midst of our trials "Hallelujah Any How!"
Trials and tribulations are a part of life. You might as well prepare yourself to deal with it. Christianity is not a shield from hardships. Being saved is not a get out of trouble free pass. Knowing God will not keep tragedy from knocking on your door. Throughout the word of God we find that we should expect them to come. Mark 13:12 tells us we will be betrayed. Luke 11:49 tells us some will be persecuted and slain. John 15:20 tells us that Jesus himself endured ridicule and we should expect no less. - 2 Corinthians 4: beginning at the 8th verse we are told we endure trials because we are Christians - why you may ask - well trials and tribulations - problems and perplexities - circumstances and situations are our living testimony that God is good all the time and all the time God is good. The command that God has given us is not to praise Him because of but to praise Him in spite of! Hallelujah Any How!
Praise - giving honor and approval. A form of laudation. A joyful tribute rendered to the God that has done it before and will certainly do it again. Praise is rendered by believers because they understand that the word has promised weeping may endure for a night but joy comes in the morning - Hallelujah anyhow. Praise is offered up by those who have a personal relationship and not a part time acquaintance to God. Allowing us to endure difficulties because we know that trouble don’t last always - Hallelujah any how. Praise is given because we in this Christian journey are Standing on the promises of God! Hallelujah Any How! The doxology we sing every Sunday morning is based upon the knowledge that God is deserving of our praise - Praise God from whom all blessings flow. Every blessing that comes our way is a derivative
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