PRAISE IS THE TURNING POINT

2019 – SATURDAY 12 JANUARY

PRAISE IS THE TURNING POINT

Genesis 29:31
When the Lord saw that Leah was unloved, He opened her womb; but Rachel whom Jacob loved – was barren. So Leah conceived and bore a son, and she called his name Reuben; for she said, “The Lord has surely looked on my affliction. Now therefore, my husband will love me.”
Then she conceived again and bore a son, and said, “Because the Lord has heard that I am unloved, He has therefore given me this son also.” And she called his name Simeon. She conceived again and bore a son, and said, “Now this time my husband will become attached to me, because I have borne him three sons.” Therefore his name was called Levi. And she conceived again and bore a son, and said, “Now I will praise the Lord.” Therefore she called his name Judah. Then she stopped bearing.

And God listened to Leah, and she conceived and bore Jacob a fifth son. Leah said, “God has given me my wages, because I have given my maid to my husband.” So she called his name Issachar. Then Leah conceived again and bore Jacob a sixth son. And Leah said, “God has endowed me with a good endowment; now my husband will dwell with me, because I have borne him six sons.” So she called his name Zebulun.

The six sons born by Leah – became the signs of her struggle to put God on top of her circumstance.

REUBEN – THE LORD HAS LOOKED ON MY AFFLICTION
SIMEON – THE LORD KNOWS I AM UNLOVED
LEVI – THIS TIME MY HUSBAND WILL BECOME ATTACHED TO ME
JUDAH – NOW I WILL PRAISE THE LORD
ISSACHAR – GOD HAS PAID ME BACK
ZEBULUN – GOD HAS GIVEN ME A GOOD INHERITANCE

Consider the power of praise.
PRAISE STOPS YOU TRYING TOO HARD
Leah kept begging for just one more child – hoping everything may change.
PRAISE IS THE TURNING POINT
Once Judah arrived Leah turned her attention from self toward God.
PRAISE CHANGES YOU – SO EVERYTHING IS CHANGED
Once Leah was able to praise the Lord – despite a bad marriage – and being unloved – etc etc – she knew she was changed – and all else would change.

WHEN YOU CAN PRAISE GOD IN THE MIDST OF ……….
GOD CAN BRING GOOD OUT OF …….

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