Yesterday family and friends gathered to celebrate me - an awesome occasion. Thank you, Lord, for these you have blessed me to surround myself with!

Douglas Miller said it best when he sang...

Though the storms keep on raging in my life

And sometimes it’s hard to tell the night from day

Still that hope that lies within is reassured

As I keep my eyes upon that distant shore

I know he'll lead me safely to that blessed place,

He has prepared

And if the storms don’t cease

And if the winds keep blowing in my life

My soul has been

Anchored in the Lord

I realize, sometimes in the this life

We're going to be tossed

By the waves and the currents that seem so fierce

But in the Word of God, I've got an anchor

And it keeps me steadfast, unmovable

Despite the tide

And if the storms don’t cease

And if the winds keep blowing in my life

My soul has been

Anchored in the Lord

Job - not sinless, not a God-man, yet an example of a perfect and upright man and an example in his journey to the “yet will I” (Job 13:15). David - an example of a man after Gods own heart and an example in his journey to the “praises of confidence” (Psalms 27:1-8). Jesus - our perfect example and an example in His journey to the “Never the less” (Luke 22:42).

God has blessed us though trials, tribulations, valley experiences, mountain climbing, and problems. We know this because if we never had a problem we wouldn’t know that God could solve them. We know Him as a problem-bearing God and as a way-making God. But to those who might be in a midnight hour in your life right now, there is a Word from the Lord to you.

Your midnight hour is that time between the negative days which happen in your life and the promises of a new day. Your midnight hour is that time which is darkest - and you travail in prayer but you still can’t see the break of day. In Acts 16, Paul and Silas were on their way to prayer and interference was in their way. Now, whenever you set your sights on doing the perfect will of God (prayer, fasting, ministry, giving, obedience, sanctification) then Satan throws in his interferences - disbelief, doubts, discouragement - he sets up distractions in your life. And this did she many days. But Paul, being grieved, turned and said to the spirit, I command thee in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her. And he came out the same hour. This distraction was going on for many days. That demon acted up for many days - and Paul hesitated. Paul delayed. But then again, his midnight hour was only beginning. Satan attempts to change that which you seek after at that midnight hour. At that midnight hour, Satan attempts to change the desires and the cravings of God’s people. At the midnight hour, things happen to you that are so devastating that you feel you will never make it to the dawn. But Acts 16 goes on - And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them. See, Paul and Silas are witnesses here for us that midnight doesn’t have to be a dark time and for believers it can be our time of prayer and praise.

At your midnight you can make great discoveries of hope, faith, the promises of God, and the ability of God’s performance. At midnight you have blessed assurance that His promises are sure and when God stands ready for your decision. So, what do you do at your midnight: You stand; you pray always; you sing praises because He’s worthy. So who do you talk to - at your midnight? (And this is a very important piece because sometimes we just talk too much - too the wrong people...TO ANYONE) You talk to Him! The Lord powerfully continues to teach us through the pages of His Word that He Is In Control.

(Psalms 23)

The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.

As you go through your midnight hours (and regardless of where you are right now - THERE WILL BE MIDNIGHT HOURS) allow God’s PRESENCE to be your dwelling place, because midnight only lasts for 60 seconds. After that, it’s not midnight anymore but it is always a time for HOLINESS!

See you next Sunday morning, if the Lord says the same and delays His coming.

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