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Summary: To motivate the hearers to RECEIVE their powerful deliverance through PRAISE by accepting and TRUSTING GOD (without UNDERSTANDING HIM).

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U.S. Army Chaplain (MAJ) Ken Harris

CP Walker, Taegu South Korea

BIG IDEA: A believers’ ATTITUDE of PRAISE AND SITUATIONAL ACCEPTANCE leads to IMMEDIATE DELIVERANCE because it COMMUNICATES to God that HE IS TRUSTED without being UNDERSTOOD.

REFERENCES: In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you – 1 Thessalonians 5:18; 2 Samuel 22:3; Matthew 14: 22-33; Water for Jehoshaphat’s army in the Land of Moab- 2Ki 3:16-20; 1 Thessalonians 5:18 (KJV); Psalms 121; 2 Chronicles 20 (Jehoshaphat defeats Judah enemies); Hebrews 13:15 (By him therefore let us offer the SACRIFICE OF PRAISE to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name – KJV);

I. ANNOUNCE THE PERICOPE: 1 Thessalonians 5: 16-18

II. READ THE PERICOPE: 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (KJV & MSG)

III. READ THE TEXT: Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. 1 Thess 5:16-18 (KJV)

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Be cheerful no matter what; pray all the time;

thank God no matter what happens. This is the way God wants you who belong to Christ Jesus to live. 1 Thess 5:16-18 (MSG)

IV. PURPOSE: To motivate the hearers to TO RECEIVE their powerful deliverance through PRAISE by accepting and TRUSTING GOD (without UNDERSTANDING HIM).

V. SERMONIC THEME: “The POWER of Praise”

INTRODUCTION:

(In my preparation for today, I came across an article by one the greatest pulpiteers of our times – Reverend Doctor Billy Graham. Dr. Graham’s write-up addresses the NEED for CHRISTIANS to CARRY a “SERVANT ATTITUDE” of THANKSFULNESS in all of life’s circumstances.

In fact, he says “Taking a ’servant’ attitude of thankfulness in all of life’s circumstances will help us to react as OLD MATTHEW HENRY did regarding his mugging MATTHEW HENRY said ... and I quote:

"Let me be thankful first because I was never robbed before; second, although they took my purse, they did not take my life; third, because although they took my all, it was not much; and fourth, because it was I who was robbed, not I who robbed").

Likewise, Paul (in Philippians 2:5 of the GOD’S WORD Translation) encouraged believers in Philippi to “Have the same ATTITUDE Christ Jesus had”.

The WORD ATTITUDE comes from an Italian word – Aptitude. In psychology, it’s defined as a MENTAL POSITION with regards to a FACT OR CIRCUMSTANCE ...

Paul (in Ephesians 4:23 of GOD’S WORD Translation) reminded the believers in Ephesus ... that they TOO ... “were taught to have a NEW ATTITUDE.”

I’ve said it before, so I’ll go on record today as saying it again, “AS BELIEVERS – OUR ATTITUDES DETERMINES OUR ALTITUDES”: our spiritual growth in God.

********************TATE 5 BEATS*******************

MOVE 1: But, that’s NOT ALL. Our attitude can also determine the outcome or the results of a situation or circumstance that we’re CURRENTLY IN.

a. For example, I firmly believe that a believers’ ATTITUDE of PRAISE AND SITUATIONAL ACCEPTANCE leads to IMMEDIATE DELIVERANCE ...

b. BECAUSE it COMMUNICATES to God that GOD IS TRUSTED without being UNDERSTOOD.


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