scripture: Habakkuk 3: 17. Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines; the labour of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls: 18. Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation. 19. The LORD God is my strength, and he will make my feet like hinds’ feet, and he will make me to walk upon mine high places. To the chief singer on my stringed instruments.
Beloved, it was established yesterday that ministering to the Lord is our duty as a child of God! But today we are examing hindrance to this noble assignment!
From our anchor scripture above we discovered Habakkuk swing mood from a complaints to praise. Why was he not praising before? Answer: because of sorrow of the heart. So the number one thing that can hinder a man from executing his assignment of ministering to God is sorrow!
*How does sorrow affect praises?* _Proverbs 15: 13. A merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance: but by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken_ .
A man’s spirit is broken when sorrow enters the heart! And it takes a man’s spirit to minister to the Lord who is also a Spirit.
*What are the things that could bring sorrows?*
1. When expectation are defeated . _Proverbs 23: 18. For surely there is an end; and thine expectation shall not be cut off._
As you are reading this chat this morning, your heart may be heavy because your expectations for the year 2019 has not been met and the year is fast running out! Perhaps you expect by now you should get married and yet no relationship in view. I have a good news for you as you switch from the complaining group into praises, there will be a turnaround story for you this year. Are you expecting a good job, a baby, a business boom, a good contract, admission to school, a good health e.t.c stop complaining switch to praise.
2. Lost hope: _Proverbs 13: 12. Hope deferred maketh the heart sick: but when the desire cometh, it is a tree of life._
When your hope is injured your heart will be sick. There are so many sick heart in our congregation! Infact the only reason they are still coming is because they don’t want people to ask them why didn’t you come to church? Are you here you have been wounded emotionally? I have a good news for you, your time to be favour has come! So cheer up! Your time to be heal has come. The balm of Gilead is set to heal you now if only you can let go the issue that is causing that pain! Hand it over to God and switch to praise.
*Prayer* :
Father, have mercy on me, heal this pain in my heart, take away this sorrows of my heart and I will praise you for ever in Jesus name.
*Prophetic Declaration:*
– Every heaviness in your heart is lifted now in the name of Jesus!
-Recieve healing for that your emotional torture right now in the name of Jesus
– That burden in your heart is lifted now! Received your heart desire now as you engage in the ministry of praise and thanksgiving to God.

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