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Shut Your Pie Hole – Week 4

person Mike Wilson

Shut Your Pie Hole – Week 4

Worship Enthusiastically

In our journey of spiritual growth, we encounter two types of habits: vices and virtues. Vices, such as isolation and anger, hinder our progress, while virtues, like generosity and study, propel us forward. Today, we delve into an action that can either be a vice or a virtue: worship.

Understanding Worship as a Habit

True worship transcends fleeting emotions; it perseveres even when circumstances are bleak. It’s easy to praise when life is good, but authentic worship arises when faced with adversity. This habitual worship, practiced in both highs and lows, cultivates virtues within us.

Worship in the Midst of Pain

When life throws us into pits of despair, our response determines our spiritual trajectory. Like my wife, who worshipped amidst her grief, we must learn to lift our eyes to God even in the darkest moments. Pain is inevitable, but will we choose to worship God amidst it?

Offering a Sacrifice of Praise

Praising God during trials requires sacrifice. It’s easy to praise in abundance, but true worship emerges when we offer praise amidst scarcity and suffering.

Drawing Inspiration from Acts 16:16-31

16 One day as we were going down to the place of prayer, we met a slave girl who had a spirit that enabled her to tell the future. She earned a lot of money for her masters by telling fortunes. 17 She followed Paul and the rest of us, shouting, “These men are servants of the Most High God, and they have come to tell you how to be saved.”

18 This went on day after day until Paul got so exasperated that he turned and said to the demon within her, “I command you in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her.” And instantly it left her.

19 Her masters’ hopes of wealth were now shattered, so they grabbed Paul and Silas and dragged them before the authorities at the marketplace. 20 “The whole city is in an uproar because of these Jews!” they shouted to the city officials. 21 “They are teaching customs that are illegal for us Romans to practice.”

22 A mob quickly formed against Paul and Silas, and the city officials ordered them stripped and beaten with wooden rods. 23 They were severely beaten, and then they were thrown into prison. The jailer was ordered to make sure they didn’t escape. 24 So the jailer put them into the inner dungeon and clamped their feet in the stocks.

25 Around midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening. 26 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! 27 The jailer woke up to see the prison doors wide open. He assumed the prisoners had escaped, so he drew his sword to kill himself. 28 But Paul shouted to him, “Stop! Don’t kill yourself! We are all here!”

29 The jailer called for lights and ran to the dungeon and fell down trembling before Paul and Silas. 30 Then he brought them out and asked, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?”

31 They replied, “Believe in the Lord Jesus and you will be saved, along with everyone in your household.”

The story of Paul and Silas in Acts 16 exemplifies worship in adversity. Despite facing persecution and imprisonment, they sang hymns and prayed fervently. Their unwavering worship captivated the attention of their fellow prisoners.

Resisting Spiritual Distractions

Amidst pain and adversity, Paul and Silas resisted distractions and focused solely on worshipping God. Similarly, we must eliminate anything that hinders our worship and devotion to Him.

God’s Response to Worship

In response to Paul and Silas’ worship, God performed a miraculous earthquake, demonstrating His power in the midst of suffering. Just as on the cross, where Jesus’ worshipful sacrifice led to redemption, our worship amidst pain invites divine intervention.

Finding Purpose in the Pit

Even in our deepest pits of despair, God can turn our pain into purpose. Rather than succumbing to despair, let us embrace our trials as opportunities for growth and service.

Embracing Life’s Challenges

When faced with suicidal thoughts or overwhelming pain, remember that your life has inherent value and purpose. Don’t isolate yourself; instead, run to the church and seek support from your community.

The Transformative Power of Worship

Ultimately, worship transcends circumstances and transforms lives. It’s not about how we look or feel; it’s about wholeheartedly surrendering ourselves to God in every season of life.

As we navigate life’s challenges, may we learn to worship unreservedly, trusting in God’s perfect plan and finding solace in His presence. Let our lives be a testimony to the enduring power of worship, even in the midst of pain.


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