Have you ever been through a dark period in your life? Maybe a sickness, or loneliness in your marriage, or a wayward child, or getting laid off from work, or betrayal from a friend? I’m sure you have. We all have. But God has an answer.

In the Book of Acts chapter 16 we see two men who ended up beaten and in prison for doing nothing more than sharing their faith in Jesus and setting a demon-possessed girl free. This was unjust, uncalled for, and could have been very unsettling for these guys. But it wasn’t. Do you know why?

They knew that doing the will of God creates conflict and attracts the enemy.

Jesus calls the enemy, “the evil one” (Matthew 6:13). Paul calls him “the god of this age” (2 Corinthians 4:4), and he tells us that we are to,

“Put on the whole armor of God so that you will be able to stand against the schemes of the devil.” (Ephesians 6:11)

The enemy strategizes for your demise, especially when you are working towards his. You have to know this and recognize that you aren’t just fighting a natural battle, but a supernatural one!

And one of the mightiest weapons you have against the enemy, especially in times of despair, is praise. This is exactly what Paul and Silas did when they were thrown in prison. They praised in their darkness, God heard it and set them free! It’s exactly what you need to do too!

Now I know you don’t feel like praising God – especially in your darkness! BUT if you will just make yourself start doing it something is going to break!

And join me this coming Saturday night at GPC for our Regional Praise Gathering. This will be a great opportunity for you to cry out to God, giving Him an opportunity to break some mental, emotional, spiritual, and even some physical strongholds in your life. It’s going to be a night of FREEDOM!

 “I will praise You, O Lord, with my whole heart. I will tell of all Your marvelous works. I will be glad and rejoice in You. I will sing praise to Your name, O Most High. When my enemies turn back, they shall fall and perish at Your presence.” Psalm 9:1-3

I hope you will choose to praise in your darkness and join me this Saturday night so we can do it together!

John