1. We have been looking at joy, one of the most important weapons we have in the fight of faith.
2. The Bible tells us that when trouble strikes, we are to be joyful, not feel joyful. Hab 3:17,18; James 1:2,3
a. To be joyful means to respond to your situation with praise.
1. The praise we are talking about is not based on emotions or music. 2. When you respond to trouble with joy, praise to God means to speak out His virtues and His accomplishments. Isa 12:4
b. Your praise is not based on how you feel, but on the fact that praise is always the appropriate response to God.
1. Praise for who and what He is.
2. Praise for what He has done, is doing, and will do.
3. In order to respond with joy in the difficulties, two things are necessary:
a. You must have knowledge from God’s Word — knowledge of what He has done, is doing, and will do.That information is found in the Bible.
b. You must choose to look at or consider your situation in terms of / in light of God’s word. II Cor 4:18
4. In the last lesson, we looked at a major key to using joy as a weapon in the fight of faith — you must praise God before you see His help, while you are feeling bad.
a. Praise in this case is an expression of faith — praising God for what you can’t see based solely on His Word, His promise of help.
b. You’re praising God before / without any physical evidence.
1. That is faith, and faith opens the door to God’s help. Heb 6:12
2. Ps 50:23 — Whoso offereth praise glorifieth me (KJV), and he prepares the way so that I may show him the salvation of God. (NIV)
5. In this lesson, we want to look further at the idea of praising God before you see results.