By Pastor Steve Kelly / Books /


(adapted from Prosper: Live with Generosity, Live in Blessing by Steve Kelly)

Have you ever found yourself in a difficult situation? Perhaps someone around you misled you and you found yourself in a challenging financial position. Maybe it was your own decision that led to a tough spot. Regardless of how you arrived in a difficult situation, the real question is how do you get out? How we react to tough times is the crucial element in overcoming and becoming more of who God wants you to be.

It is crucial that in every circumstance we face, we keep Christ at the center of our lives. This begins with our praise. When we praise Him, we keep our eyes on Him. When we complain and whine, we take our eyes off Him. We can either focus on Him or we can focus on our troubles, but we cannot do both.

I’m not encouraging you to neglect your real responsibilities or bury your head in the sand. That would be foolish. What I am encouraging is to praise Him – to offer a sacrifice of praise. Hebrews 13:15 (NIV) reads, “Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise – the fruit of lips that openly profess His name.”

Professing His name in the midst of stormy times (and sunny times) means speaking life, abundance, hope, fulfillment, and peace of God to your situation. Declare your agreement with God in praise, and you will prosper, even as your soul prospers. In the midst of all sorts of difficulties this week, month or year, are you still praising God?