On January 15, Elevation Church started something called Code Orange Underground. This is kind of like a revival for the people of Elevation Church that are leaders and volunteers. Pastor Steven Furtick wanted to take eight nights, spread out over the next year and invest in and reward the leaders and volunteers of Elevation Church with uplifting, encouraging, and inspiring messages from different Preachers.
And let me say, the first of the eight Underground experiences was AMAZING!!! We had a double-header; Pastor Perry Noble of New Spring Church in Anderson, South Carolina and Pastor Jentezen Franklin of Free Chapel in Gainesville, Georgia. They were both on fire that night; however, I want to talk about what Pastor Franklin shared with us that night.
Pastor Franklin was sharing with us about praising God during our storms and why we should do so. He said that when we are praising God in our pain, in our storms, in our sorrows, that angels are watching us. That when we worship God it is not about “look at me”, it is about Him and to use our lives as a form of worship in everything we do as well.
But what does it matter that angels are watching us, you might ask? Good question, because it is one I had never though about until Pastor Franklin brought it up. Pastor Franklin talked about how angels were made to worship God, that they really don’t have much of a choice. But we humans, on the other hand, have a choice. Everyday of our lives, from the moment we wake up to the second we lay our heads down to go to bed, we have a choice of choosing to praise and worship God in everything we do. I mean if we wake up in the morning then that is the first thing we can thank God for because we never know when our time will end. And if we have a job, even if we don’t like it, we should praise Him and thank him because there are people out there who have college degrees and cannot find work. At the same time if we have a bed to lay our head on we should be praying for those who are on the streets with no roof over their head while they rest. If we think about it, there is so much to thank and praise God for. And if we learn to praise God when we are not in a storm then it will be much easier to do so when we are in the storm.
We go to the book of Job where a man, named Job, had been blessed by God greatly. He had a wife, seven sons and three daughters, friends, he had plenty of live stock and servants; so much so, that his children would throw feasts and the next morning just in case his children had sinned and/or cursed God, Job would sacrifice a burnt offering for each of his children to purify them.
But while all this was happening, Satan went to God and God was telling Satan how Job was upright and blameless and feared God. Satan began to explain that Job was not as wonderful as God thought. That the only reason Job feared God was because God had given Job everything and put a hedge around him. So God told Satan that he could do what he wanted to Job except touch his flesh and that Job still would not curse God. Of course, Satan disagreed and thought Job would curse God, so he gladly accepted the challenge.
Then the unthinkable happened. Job’s live stock died, he lost pretty much all of his servants, and all of his children died in a house fire. How would you feel if you lost everything you had? What did Job do? He tore his robe off, shaved his head and fell to the ground and began to worship God saying:
“Naked I came from my mother’s womb,
and naked I will depart.[c]
The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away;
may the name of the Lord be praised.” (Job 1:21)
And then God let Satan inflict more pain on Job as long as he did not take Job’s life. So Job was afflicted with painful sores and his wife wanted him to curse God, but Job refused.
WOW! I just mean WOW!!!! This man loses his live stock, his servants, his children, and his wife ended up leaving him, his friends were not much comfort, and in all of that he praised God knowing that God was in control and that God would take care of him. I go into all of this because sometimes we have things happen in our lives that are not as bad as what Job went through and sometimes things are worse. But you know, Job believed in the word of God. Not in the sense that we believe in the word of God. We have the Bible to guide us, and yes I believe that people today still hear God speak too. But all Job had was hearing from God. Job did not have the Bible, but he believed. He chose to live his life for God no matter what came into his life or was taken away from him.
But here is what I really learned that night.
So in case you did not know, Satan used to be an angel called Lucifer. But not just any angel; in Ezekiel 28:14 he is called the mighty angelic angel. He got to be in God’s presence everyday, he had beautiful clothes with different types of jewels on them. Lucifer had a life of peace, of praising and worshiping God everyday, in a perfect environment, with no sin, no Satan to tempt him, and no fallen angels. Interesting isn’t it. We fear Satan because he tries to condemn us by showing us that we are fallen, that we are not perfect and can never be perfect. But what about him huh? He couldn’t do it either and he got to be with God in Heaven. We are still here on earth, trying to follow Jesus by faith. At least we are trying. When Satan keeps bringing up your past, it’s because he is running out of new material. So the next time you feel condemned by Satan, because God won’t condemn you He will convict you so you can repent, remind him that he couldn’t even live for God before there was even sin. Mind blowing huh!!!! That you are trying to live for Jesus when Satan couldn’t.
So let Satan tempt you, let the storms of your life come. Lift your hands high, praise Jesus for laying down His life for yours. If that is all you can think of to praise Him for, then that is a good start. Show those angels around you what it looks like when we GET TO CHOOSE to praise and worship God. Trust me, I have been through some storms that I have had a hard time praising through, and it can be hard, so I am preaching to myself. But God is there with you. Praise Him as much as you can because He does love you.
I hope this gives some encouragement to someone. Be blessed and keep PRAISING HIM!!!!!