I knew a lady one time, who was a minority with no education. She got pregnant, had three kids, then got saved. She told me that God did not want her to live on welfare. She had made some bad decisions, had three kids before she was 18. Her momma had kids before she was 18. She said it was the only thing she knew, but now that she was saved, she wasn’t going to live on welfare. I told her, if she wanted God to bless her, she couldn’t just live on welfare, she had to get a job. So, she got a job working at a restaurant. She worked so hard they promoted her to shift manager. Then she worked so hard they put her at the rush times and gave her a big raise because she did the work of two to three people. Then they gave her the position of the rush shift manager. She was doing so well they made her the assistant store manager. After some time, they promoted her to the store manager. Then, she started getting bonuses off the performance of the store. She at that time, started making $150,000 a year. She was tithing, giving offerings, and going to church. The store owner came to her and made her regional manager over all eight of his stores. One day the owner called her in and told her they were making more money then they had ever made, and they wanted to sell her all eight of their stores.
Since she had started working, no matter what shift she was on, it would prosper and be blessed. They even carried the note for the lean because her credit was bad from when she was young and had made bad credit decisions. She had them paid off in five years, she owned all eight of those stores, and she has opened eleven more. She owns a total of nineteen stores. Why? Because when she went out and got a job, she didn’t complain that it was only a minimum wage job. She just started being faithful in that minimum wage job. Now, she is a multimillionaire and owns nineteen stores. Why? Because God gave her the spoil.
You don’t know where God’s miracle is coming from, but don’t you give up that God’s miracle is coming. That is His guarantee plan. I will never forget her first tithe check when she got a job at the restaurant. She came up to me and said to me, “Will you help me? I’m never going back to welfare, but I work full time now, and I make less than I did on welfare, and I’m going to tithe, and I’m scared.” I explained to her to believe God. I remember watching her in church just praising and worshiping and watched how God started using people in the church to bless her, and now she is the blessing. Why? She praised her way out of it. I never once after that first time heard her complain. Some of you spend so much time crying and whining and living in emotions and feelings that you cannot get out of your struggle. This is when you need to put on praise and worship music and start praising! This is part of God’s victory plan.
Before Paul’s conversion, he was an Old Testament Scholar. He knew this story in Chronicles. Now, understanding that Paul knew this story look at the book of Acts, chapter 16. This is Paul and Silas who have been thrown in jail for preaching the gospel. It says;
“The crowd rose up together against them, and the chief magistrates tore their robes off them and proceeded to order them to be beaten with rods. When they had struck them with many blows, they threw them into prison, commanding the jailer to guard them securely; and he, having received such a command, threw them into the inner prison and fastened their feet in the stocks. But about midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns of praise to God, and the prisoners were listening to them, and suddenly there came a great earthquake so that the foundation of the prison house were shaken, and immediately all the doors were opened, and everyone’s chains were unfastened.” Acts 16:22-26 NASB
Let me explain what the prisons were like. I’ve seen one from this era. They were floors, and each floor had holes in it. So, as the prisoner would defecate, urinate, vomit, or bleed, it would go down through the holes. The first floor is where you would go if you were a minor criminal and you wouldn’t be in stockades. Then each floor down is for a little worse of a crime. The 5th floor, the bottom floor was the inner prison. It would have anywhere from six inches to two feet of waste. It stunk, and it was miserable. There were flies and maggots. Paul and Silas are down in this prison, and they are in stocks. They had been beaten, and they were in pain. I once heard a doctor talk about this scripture, telling about the urine, flies, and maggots on their beaten flesh that was open, and how it was just a breeding ground for infection. And here are Paul and Silas; all they were doing was being obedient to preaching the gospel. All they were doing was following the Lord. Have you ever done what you thought God wanted you to do and you got in trouble for it? Everyone in that prison was mad and upset, and at about midnight, from the bottom of the prison, Paul sings, “O Victory in Jesus, My Savior Forever.” He didn’t feel like it, He didn’t want to, but he just kept on singing. Silas hears him and jumps in singing with him. They probably vomited, bled some more, wishing they could get the flies off them. I bet Silas then said; “Paul, there is power, power, wonder-working power, in the blood, of the Lamb.” Then they maybe sang, “What can take away my sin, nothing but the blood of Jesus, what can make me whole again? Nothing but the blood of Jesus.” They went from being down on themselves to Paul reminding himself of the story in Chronicles, and they began to praise.
Can you feel the momentum, as faith comes by hearing, as they heard those verses? Then as they sang those songs and faith began to rise, I’m sure Paul, because he was an Old Testament scholar, says to Silas, “Do you remember when Joseph was in prison, and he ended up in a palace?” Silas says, “Yes, I do, why?” Then Paul says, “Because we are coming out!” See, when you are sick, the devil will say to you, “Oh you’re sick, lay there and take a nap, you don’t have to deal with the pain of sickness or loneliness if you take a nap.” These guys in prison were like, no, no, no, and they began to pick it up, singing faster, louder, and the guys above them were yelling at them to be quiet. The faster and louder they sang, faith began to grow. Can you imagine praising like this at the bottom of a prison? In the moment of their singing, in the middle of the poop, pee, vomit, the middle of the blood, flies, and maggots they were praising! All of a sudden Paul says, “Silas, did you just feel something move?” Paul was probably still singing. They forgot where they were, and they were having church! You can be sick in bed alone, home because your spouse is off fighting for our Country, or your checkbook is empty, start singing and having a praise service! All of a sudden, the devil says, I’m not going to attack her or him anymore because when I do, it turns into a faith service, then their faith gets stronger, and they do more for Him! Then the earthquake comes and sets them free because this is God’s guarantee success plan for your time of trouble! 2 Chronicles 20:1-25 and Acts 16:22-26 friends, these are your two sets of verses for your success plan today.