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DEVO 07.10.24


"But giving thanks is a sacrifice that truly honors me. If you keep to my path, I will reveal to you the salvation of God.” (Psalms 50:23 NLT)

- All week, our mission camp focus is on revival!

- Today, our scripture starts with Paul & Silas, in prison.

- These 2 literally started a prison revival!

- But, how?

- They began giving God thanks and praise before they saw the breakthrough!

- Instead of complaining about what they didn't have, they thank God for what they did have!

- They had a personal revival happen within them which caused them to praise.

- Psalm 50:23 in the Amplified version reads like this, “He who brings an offering of praise and thanksgiving honors and glorifies Me."

- By choosing to thank God and Praise Him, it both honors Him and brings glory to Him.

- Can you praise Him in the middle of difficulty?

- Can you thank Him when you haven't seen the breakthrough?

- In Acts, chapter 16, we have the story of Paul & Silas, who were severely beaten and thrown into the "Inner Dungeon".

- The Inner dungeon is the deepest darkest place.

- The place of No Escape!

- But look at what they chose to do.

- (vs.26) "Around midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening. Suddenly, there was a massive earthquake, and the prison was shaken to its foundations. All the doors immediately flew open, and the chains of every prisoner fell off!"

- They did not sing and praise God in order to get a breakthrough.

- They didn't praise God so that He would release them from prison.

- They didn't praise in order to receive anything.

- They simply praised Him for who He is.

- Matt. 12:34 says, "For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks."

- Their hearts were full of love and adoration for God and out of the overflow of that, they praised!

- Despite their Circumstances!

- They chose to not focus on the temporary but the eternal.

- And as God was honored - He then brought the breakthrough.

- He revealed His salvation over their current circumstance.

- Can you choose to praise God and thank God today DESPITE your circumstances?

- Praise Him not in order to receive anything from Him, but just because He is worthy of it!

- The person who praises Him, Psalm 50:23 says, "I will reveal to you the salvation of God.”

- When you Honor Him, He will reveal and demonstrate what true salvation is!

- He will come in and invade your circumstances, today!

- Praise Him & Honor Him today, simply because of who He is!

- Then leave room for Him to demonstrate His salvation.

- Have a great Wednesday!


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