June 09, 2019: Waiting For the Picture to Develop

Presented by Casey Kluver (00:42)

Developing a picture in years past took time and a “dark room”.  During the process, we could only wait and hope the pictures would turn out well.  Pastor goes on to share how his great grandfather planted a tree that he, Casey, and his family now enjoy. He planted during drought and depression. This is what faith looks like. Praising God before breakthrough, before we know how it will come out.

In Acts 16, we see Paul patiently enduring the slave girl possessed with a spirit of divination, calling out for many days, waiting, before he took action. The ensuing uproar found Paul and Silas in prison. While in the darkness of the prison, in pain from a beating, they sang and prayed. It may be easy to pray or praise when things are going well. What happens with us when life is tough, days are dark?  Pastor Casey points out that we must predetermine our response to life regardless of the situation.

When Paul and Silas experienced breakthrough- chains falling off, prison doors opening, people getting saved-it was no longer a sacrifice of praise. Pastor goes on to encourage us to determine to offer God a sacrifice of praise before breakthrough. Morning will come! Ps 30:5


Scripture references: Acts 16:16-34


This is a short testimony by Stephanie Crook


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