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700 Club Interactive : Powerful Praise - June 20, 2014

What happens when we decide to praise God? How powerful praise can change your life. Read Transcript


Gordon: KIDNAPPED, IN

HIS OWN FRONT YARD.

I ALWAYS THINK THAT GOD

IS WITH ME EVERYWHERE I GO.

I PRAISE THE LORD.

HE HAS HELPED ME IN

MYSTERIOUS WAYS.

Gordon: HOW HE WAS SET

FREE WITH A SONG ON TODAY'S

"700 CLUB INTERACTIVE."

ON "700 CLUB INTERACTIVE,"

WE USE TECHNOLOGY TO PRAY

FOR EACH OTHER AND EXPLORE

TOPICS THAT MATTER TO YOU.

WATCH WHAT GOD IS DOING IN

THE WORLD TODAY.

WELL, WELCOME TO THE SHOW.

HE IS JUST 10 YEARS OLD, AND

HE WAS SNATCHED OUT OF HIS

OWN FRONT YARD.

AS HE WAS LOCKED IN A CAR,

WILLIE UNLEASHED HIS SECRET

WEAPON.

AND AS CHARLENE AARON

REPORTS, THE STAR OF GOD'S

POWER HAS SPREAD WORLDWIDE.

Reporter: 10-YEAR-OLD

WILLIE MYRICK LOVES PLAYING

THE DRUMS, SOMETHING HE

HOPES ONE DAY TO DO AT HIS

CHURCH.

BORN TO ATHEIST PARENTS,

WILLIE WAS RAISED BY HIS

GODMOTHER, WHO TOOK HIM TO

CHURCH.

IT WAS THERE THAT HE LEARNED

ABOUT GOD AND DEVELOPED A

PASSION FOR THE BIBLE.

THE PASTOR, HE TALKS

ABOUT, LIKE, DIFFERENT

SCRIPTURES.

AND WE'RE ON GENESIS 31

NOW.

BUT HE TELLS US A LITTLE

STUFF ABOUT HIM, AND HE GOES

OVER IT EVERY SUNDAY.

Reporter: CODETTA SAYS

SHE HAS SEEN WILLIE'S FAITH

BLOSSOM OVER THE YEARS.

FAITH IS IMPORTANT TO

THIS HOUSE AND EVERYTHING

AND BELIEVING IN GOD IS

IMPORTANT.

IN THIS HOUSE WE GO TO

CHURCH.

WE KNOW GOD.

WE KNOW JESUS.

Reporter: WHILE MOST

KIDS HIS AGE ARE BUSY

PLAYING VIDEO GAMES, WILLIE

SPENDS HIS FREE TIME

STUDYING THE WORD OF GOD.

HIS FAVORITE SCRIPTURE?

PSALMS 23: "THE LORD IS

MY SHEPHERD, I SHALL NOT

WANT."

Reporter: HE SAYS THE

LORD IS HIS BEST FRIEND.

I ALWAYS THINK THAT GOD

IS WITH ME WHEREVER I GO.

LIKE, WHEN I'M IN BED, HE

HAS A CHAIR AND HE SITS,

WATCHING.

Reporter: CBN NEWS GOT

A TASTE FOR HIS LOVE OF

MEMORIZING THE BIBLE.

GENESIS, EXODUS,

LEVITICUS, JOSHUA, JUDGES.

Reporter: IN APRIL,

WHILE PLAYING WITH HIS DOG

IN THE FRONT YARD OF HIS

ATLANTA HOME, WILLIE CAME

FACE TO FACE WITH A

KIDNAPPER, PUTTING HIS

CHILD-LIKE FAITH TO THE

TEST.

SOME GUY CAME UP IN A

SILVER OR GRAY HONDA

ACCORD.

AND THE MAN TOUSLED ME INTO

THE CAR.

Reporter: WILLIE SAYS

HE WANTED TO YELL FOR HELP,

BUT THE MAN COVERED HIS

MOUTH.

TRAUMATIZED, WILLIE FEARED

FOR HIS LIFE.

HE WAS CURSING AND

CURSING AND CURSING.

I WAS THINKING THAT HE'S

GOING TO HURT ME BAD, REAL

BAD.

Reporter: THROWN INTO

THE BACK OF A LOCKED CAR,

WILLIE'S FEAR SOON GAVE WAY

TO FAITH IN THE FORM OF A

GOSPEL SONG HE LEARNED AT

CHURCH.

HE BEGAN SINGING IT IN THE

BACK SEAT.

* GOD IS MY DELIVERER

* YES, HE IS

* YES, HE IS

* EVERY BREATH, EVERY BREATH

IS TO OUR GOD *

Reporter: THE POPULAR

SONG "EVERY PRAISE," BY

HEZEKIAH WALKER, IS ONE OF

WILLIE'S FAVORITES.

I KNEW IT IN MY HEART.

I COULD SING THE WHOLE THING

BY HEART.

AND GOD -- PRAISE THE LORD,

HE HELPS YOU IN MYSTERIOUS

WAYS.

Reporter: DESPITE

REPEATED THREATS, WILLIE

SANG NON-STOP WHILE THE MAN

DROVE AROUND FOR THREE

HOURS.

I WAS JUST SINGING WITH

PASSION AND PRIDE.

SO I DEPUTY CAR DIDN'T CARE

WHAT WAS HAPPENING.

Reporter: AGITATED BY

THE CONSTANT SINGING, THE

MAN EVENTUALLY LET WILLIE

OUT OF THE CAR.

HE WAS SHAKEN, BUT

UNHARMED.

I GUESS HE WAS MAN, SO HE

DROPPED ME OFF.

Reporter: THE POLICE

HAVE NO LEADS IN THE CASE,

BUT HAVE RELEASED THIS

SKETCH OF THE MAN WHO

KIDNAPPED WILLIE.

WHILE SHE REJOICES OVER HIS

SAFE RETURN, WILLIE'S

GODMOTHER CONTINUE TO PRAY

FOR THE CAPTURE OF THE

KIDNAPPER.

HE NEED TO BE CAUGHT.

HE GOT TO BE CAUGHT.

Reporter: WILLIE'S

STORY MADE HEADLINES AROUND

THE WORLD, LEADING TO TALK

SHOW APPEARANCES LIKE "ARS

"AARSINIO HALL."

HE SAYS HE SERVES AN

EXTRAORDINARY GOD.

IT REALLY DOESN'T MATTER

TO ME.

AS LONG AS I STILL HAVE

JESUS, AND HE IS WORKING AND

DOING HIS MAGIC -- WEM, IT

IS NO WELL, IT'S NOT MAGIC;

IT'S POWER.

Gordon: IT'S NOT MAGIC;

IT'S POWER.

SO OFTEN IN LIFE WHEN BAD

THINGS HAPPEN TO US, WE

DON'T WANT TO PRAISE THE

LORD.

WE WANT TO START

COMPLAINING.

AND WE WANT TO SAY, GOD,

YOU'RE NOT DOING A GOOD JOB

RUNNING THE UNIVERSE TODAY.

AND WE START THINKING, OH,

NO, HE HAS ABANDONED ME.

HE NO LONGER LOVES ME.

I'VE DONE SOMETHING WRONG.

OR WE START BLAMING HIM FOR

IT.

WE EITHER BLAME OURSELVES OR

WE BLAME HIM.

THE BIBLE IS QUITE CLEAR

THAT IF WE DO THAT, WE'RE

GOING TO SEPARATE OURSELVES

FROM HIM, AND SEPARATE

OURSELVES FROM THE

DELIVERANCE THAT HE HAS FOR

US.

THINK OF THE STORY OF PAUL

AND CYRUS.

HERE THEY ARE IN PRISON.

THEY'VE BEEN BEATEN WITH

RODS, AND THEY'RE BLEEDING.

THEY'RE IN STOCKS.

BUT THEY FIND THE STRENGTH

TO PRAY.

AND THEY COUNT THEMSELVES

WORTHY.

THEY WONDER, HOW ARE WE

WORTHY TO SUFFER FOR OUR

LORD BECAUSE HE SUFFERED FOR

US.

NOW, LET'S LOOK AT WHAT

HAPPENS IN SORT OF THE CHAIN

OF EVENTS IN PRAISE AND HOW

IT EVOLVED.

FIRST LET'S LOOK AT THE

PSALM OF MOSES, AND THIS IS

FROM EXODUS 15: 2.

THIS IS RIGHT AFTER THE LORD

HAS DELIVERED THEM FROM THE

ARMIES OF PHARAOH.

THE RED IS SEA PARTED.

THEY CROSSED OVER AND THEN

THE RED SEA SWALLOWED UP ALL

OF PHARAOH'S ARMY.

AND HERE IS THE SONG OF

MOSES: "THE LORD IS MY

STRENGTH AND SONG AND HE HAS

BECOME MY SALVATION.

HE IS MY GOD AND I WILL

PRAISE HIM.

MY FATHER'S GOD, AND I WILL

EXALT HIM."

WHEN YOU HAVE GREAT

VICTORIES, IT IS EASY TO

PRAISE.

IT IS EASY TO SAY GOD HAS

BECOME MY SALVATION.

BUT LET'S LOOK TO JESUS,

BECAUSE JESUS, AS THE

PROPHET FORETOLD BY MOSES,

SOMEONE LIKE ME IS GOING TO

COME AND HE WILL DELIVER

YOU.

WHAT ABOUT GOD WHO BECAME

OUR SALVATION?

WHAT DID HE DO?

IN THE GOSPEL OF MATTHEW, AT

THE LAST SUPPER, IT IS

RECORDED THEY SANG A HYMN

AND THEY WENT OUT.

AND FOR YEARS I WONDERED

WHAT WAS THAT HYMN?

WHAT WERE THEY SINGING AT

THAT POINT IN TIME.

WELL, TO ANYBODY WHO

UNDERSTANDS JUDAISM AND

UNDERSTANDS THE PASSOVER,

YOU KNOW AUTOMATICALLY THE

PSALM IS THAT THEY'RE

SINGING, THE HYMN THEY'RE

SINGING.

IT IS PSALM 118, THE LAST

HYMN IN THE HALAL.

HALLELUJAH MEANS PRAISE

GOD.

SO IT IS THE PRAISES TO GOD

THAT ARE SUNG BY THE JEWS AT

EVERY ONE OF THE MAIN

FESTIVALS.

AT PASSOVER, THIS WOULD HAVE

BEEN THE CONCLUDING SONG,

THE CONCLUDING HYMN TO THAT

LAST SUPPER.

I'LL JUST READ YOU A COUPLE

OF VERSES FROM IT.

I ENCOURAGE PEOPLE TO READ

PSALM 118.

I'LL START WITH VERSE 19-21:

"OPEN TO ME THE GATES OF

RIGHTEOUSNESS.

I WILL GO THROUGH THEM AND I

WILL PRAISE THE LORD.

THIS IS THE GATE OF THE

LORD, TO WHICH THE RIGHTEOUS

SHALL ENTER.

I WILL PRAISE YOU FOR YOU

HAVE ANSWERED ME AND HAVE

BECOME MY SALVATION."

AND THEN VERSE 24: "THIS IS

THE DAY THE LORD HAS MADE.

WE WILL REJOICE AND BE GLAD

IN IT."

AND VERSE 27-29: "GOD IS THE

LORD, AND HE HAS GIVEN US

LIFE, BIND THE SACRIFICE

WITH CORDS TO THE HORNS OF

THE ALTER.

YOU ARE MY GOD AND I WILL

PRAISE YOU.

YOU ARE MY GOD AND I WILL

EXALT YOU.

OH, GIVE THANKS TO THE LORD,

FOR HE IS GOOD.

FOR HIS MERCY ENDURES

FOREVER."

NOW, JUST IMAGINE FOR A

MOMENT THAT YOU'RE THERE,

AND YOU'RE WITNESSING JESUS

SING A SONG OF PRAISE.

"THIS IS THE DAY THE LORD

HAS MADE.

I WILL REJOICE AND BE GLAD

IN IT."

KNOWING THAT HE IS GETTING

READY TO GO TO THE GARDEN OF

GETHSEMANE AND POUR OUT HIS

SOUL.

KNOWING THAT HE IS ABOUT TO

BE ARRESTED, THAT HE IS

GOING TO BE PUT IN PRISON

ALL NIGHT.

HE IS GOING TO BE DELIVERED

OVER TO THE ROMANS.

THEY ARE GOING TO SCURGE

HIM.

THEY'RE GOING TO PUT A CROWN

OF THORNS ON HIS HEAD.

THEY'RE GOING TO SPIT ON

HIM.

ALL HIS DISCIPLES WILL

ABANDON HIM.

ONE OF HIS DISCIPLES IS

GETTING READY TO BETRAY HIM

WITH A KISS.

AND THEN ULTIMATELY HE IS

GOING TO BE NAILED ON A

CROSS, AND HE IS GOING TO

GIVE UP HIS SOUL AS A

SACRIFICE FOR THE SIN OF ALL

OF US.

KNOWING THAT, JESUS STILL

SINGS, AND HE SINGS "THIS IS

THE DAY THE LORD HAS MADE.

I WILL REJOICE AND BE GLAD

IN IT."

IT GOES EVEN FURTHER, WHEN

YOU LOOK AT PSALM 22, AND

THIS IS THE PSALM THAT JESUS

QUOTES ON THE CROSS, "MY

GOD, MY GOD, WHY HAVE YOU

FORSAKEN ME?

WHY ARE YOU SO FAR FROM

HELPING ME AND FROM THE

WORDS OF MY GROANING.

OH, MY GOD, I CRY IN THE

DAYTIME, BUT YOU DO NOT

HEAR.

AND IN THE NIGHT SEASON AND

I'M NOT SILENT, BUT YOU ARE

HOLY, ENTHRONED IN THE

PRAISES OF ISRAEL."

EVEN IN HIS FINAL CRIES, "MY

GOD, MY GOD, WHY HAVE YOU

FORSAKEN ME," IT'S STILL A

PSALM OF PRAISE, THAT GOD IS

ENTHRONED IN THE PRAISES OF

HIS PEOPLE.

SO NO MATTER HOW BLEAK IT

LOOKS TO YOU, NO MATTER HOW

YOU THINK GOD'S ABANDONED

YOU, REALIZE THAT IT'S IN

OUR PRAISES THAT WE ENTER

IN.

THAT'S THE DOOR PSALM 118 IS

TALKING ABOUT.

THE DOOR IS ALSO JESUS.

AND THAT DOOR, WHEN HE

CREATED THAT DOOR, HE HAD A

SONG OF PRAISE ON HIS LIPS.

SO LET'S ENTER INTO HIS

COURTS WITH THANKSGIVING AND

WITH PRAISE.

AND REALIZE THE GREAT GIFTS

THAT HE HAS GIVEN TO US.

WHAT JESUS SUFFERED AND DIED

FOR, WE GET TO WALK INTO.

SO WHEN WILLIE WAS SINGING

SONGS OF DELIVERANCE AND

SONGS OF PRAISE IN THE BACK

SEAT OF THAT CAR, HE WAS

WALKING THROUGH THAT SONG OF

DELIVERANCE.

HE WAS IDENTIFYING WITH WHAT

JESUS HAS ALREADY LAID DOWN

FOR US.

AND THAT'S THE KEY TO BEING

DELIVERED.

THAT'S THE KEY TO BEING

SAVED.

THAT'S THE KEY TO BEING SET

FREE.

IT'S THE KEY TO HEALING.

BEGIN TO THANK HIM, NOT FOR

WHAT'S GOING ON, BUT FOR

WHAT HE IS DOING TO DELIVER

YOU, TO SAVE YOU, AND TO SET

YOU FREE.

JESUS WASN'T PRAISING FOR

ALL OF THE THINGS THE ROM

ROMANS WERE GOING TO DO TO

HIM.

HE WAS PRAISING THAT THIS

WAS THE WAY OF SALVATION.

THIS WAS THE DOOR THAT GOD

HAD OPENED UP FOR YOU AND

ME.

WELL, WE'RE GOING TO HAVE

SOME PRAYER LATER IN THE

SHOW.

BUT RIGHT NOW, COMING UP, A

TEEN WHO JUST WANTED TO

WORSHIP.

I WAS DEVASTATED BECAUSE

HERE I AM IN A FAMILY FULL

OF MUSICIANS, MY DAD WAS A

WORSHIP LEADER, AND MY MOM

HAD HER BACHELOR'S IN MUSIC,

AND I WAS BEING DIAGNOSED AS

BEING LEGALLY DEAF.

Gordon: HOW HIS DREAM

CAME TRUE, AFTER THIS.

Gordon: ON THE SURFACE,

RAYMOND GREGORY IS LIKE MANY

OTHER CHRISTIANS, HE LEADS

WORSHIP AT HIS CHURCH, AND

HE HAS A TOP 100 SONG

ON iTUNES.

WHAT SETS HIM APART IS NOT

THAT HE TAUGHT HIMSELF TO

PLAY, BUT THAT HE DID IT

WHILE HE WAS CLINICALLY

DEAF.

IT IS FUNNY HOW YOU CAN

TAKE FOR GRANTED JUST

HEARING THE TREES RUSTLE OR

THE BIRDS TWEETING.

THOSE THINGS STARTED TO GO

AWAY.

I WAS FOUR WHEN I FIRST GOT

TESTED.

MY DAD WAS ACTUALLY

SKEPTICAL.

HE SAID, I THINK HE IS JUST

NOT LISTENING.

AND MU MY MOM WAS THE ONE

WHO SAID, NO, I THINK THERE

IS SOMETHING WRONG.

SO THEY TOOK ME INTO THE

AUDIOLOGIST, AND THEY DID A

SERIES OF TESTS WITH BEEPS

AND CLICKS, AND REPEAT AFTER

ME.

AND THE DOCTOR CAME OUT AND

SAID, THERE IS A SIGNIFICANT

LOSS IN THE HIGHER

FREQUENCIES HERE.

WE WANT TO KEEP AN EYE ON

THAT.

AND AT ABOUT SEVEN WAS WHEN

HE SUGGESTED I ACTUALLY

START WEARING HEARING AIDS.

AND HE GOT ME A BIG HEARING

AID THAT GOES ALL THE WAY

AROUND THE EAR.

THE PROBLEM WITH THAT IS I

WOULD GO TO SCHOOL, AND THE

KIDS WOULD MAKE FUN OF ME A

LOT.

THEY WOULD CALL ME METAL

EAR.

I WAS IN DENIAL.

NO, I DON'T NEED THIS.

I CAN STILL HEAR OKAY.

I WAS DIAGNOSED WITH A

DEGENERATIVE HEARING LOSS

AND PROGRESSIVE HEARING

LOSS.

I WAS PROGRESSIVELY GETTING

WORSE.

THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE, THERE

IS A LOT OF SYMBOLS TO IT,

AND IT WAS HARD TO

UNDERSTAND PEOPLE WHEN THEY

TALKED.

IT IS ALMOST AS IF YOU WERE

TO PUT YOUR HAND OVER YOUR

MOUTH AND TALK TO ME.

SO THAT'S WHEN I STARTED TO

REALLY NOTICE THE GRAVITY OF

THE LOSS.

I WAS DEVASTATED BECAUSE,

YOU KNOW, HERE I AM IN A

FAMILY FULL OF MUSICIANS.

MY DAD WAS THE WORSHIP

LEADER.

AND MY MOM HAD HER

BACHELOR'S IN MUSIC, AND MY

GRANDPA PLAYED GUITAR A

LOT.

I LOVE MUSIC.

TO LOSE A SENSE, TO KNOW

THAT'S NOT GOING TO BE THERE

IN THE FUTURE THE WAY THIS

ROUTE IS TAKING ME IS JUST

COMPLETELY DEVASTATING.

I WAS DIAGNOSED AS BEING

LEGALLY DEAF.

WHEN A TRAGEDY COMES OR YOU

WANT SOMETHING, YOU GO TO

THE LORD IN PRAYER, RIGHT?

I WENT TO HIM IN PRAYER

FIRST.

I SAID, LORD, I REALLY WANT

TO DO MUSIC WITH MY LIFE.

IT'S A DESIRE I HAVE.

PLEASE GIVE ME MY HEARING

BACK.

BUT, AGAIN, WITH FAITH LIKE

A CHILD, SO I WILL ALSO TACK

ON TO THAT, AND GIVE ME

SUPER FLYING POWERS, IF IT

IS WITHIN YOUR WILL.

ONCE I STARTED PRAYING, I

BELIEVED WHOLEHEARTEDLY IT

WAS GOING TO HAPPEN.

AND I THOUGHT IF HE DOESN'T

HEAL ME, I'M GOING TO FIGURE

OUT A WAY TO DO MUSIC.

I ALWAYS LOOKED AT THE

GUITAR AS THE COOLEST

INSTRUMENT ON EARTH BECAUSE

IT IS THE COOLEST INSTRUMENT

ON EARTH.

I WENT TO A PAWN SHOP AND

BOUGHT A REALLY CHEAP

GUITAR.

AND THEN I WENT TO MY SCHOOL

LIBRARY AND BOUGHT A BOOK ON

HOW TO PLAY THE GUITAR.

I PLUGGED IT INTO MY DAD'S

KARAOKE MACHINE, AND I

TURNED IT UP LOUD.

AND THEN MY DAD SAID, WHY

DON'T WE GET RAYMOND TO COME

AND PLAY FOR US.

IT WAS IRONIC, BEING ABLE TO

SERVE THE LORD THAT WAY.

AT THAT MOMENT, IT REALLY

GAVE ME A DESIRE NOT JUST TO

PLAY MUSIC, BUT TO SERVE THE

LORD WITH THE GIFT HE HAD

GIVEN ME.

NOT LONG AFTER I STARTED

PICKING UP THE GUITAR, I

ACTUALLY STARTED TO NOTICE

THINGS I HADN'T NOTICED IN A

LONG TIME, LIKE THE LEAVES

RURUSTLEING, AND THE CARS

DRIVING BY.

AND SO I WENT TO MY PARENTS

AND SAID, I THINK I'M

HEARING BETTER.

AND THEY WERE, LIKE, YOU'RE

JUST GETTING USED TO IT SO

YOU'RE LEARNING HOW TO

COPE.

AND I SAID, NO, I THINK I'M

ACTUALLY GETTING BETTER.

CAN YOU HUMOR ME, AND LET'S

GO IN AND TEST IT.

SO WE WENT INTO THE

AUDIOLOGIST AND DID THE SAME

TESTS WE'VE DONE IN THE

PAST.

AND HE SAID, WOW, HE'S

SHOWING SOME SIGNIFICANT

IMPROVEMENT THIS TIME.

IN THESE HIGHER

FREQUENCIES.

THAT'S PRETTY INCREDIBLE.

WE CAME BACK A FEW MONTHS

LATER, AND HE'S SHOWING MORE

IMPROVEMENT.

WHAT'S GOING ON HERE?

THIS DOESN'T HAPPEN.

AFTER THAT I WAS OUT OF THE

REALM OF LEGAL DEAFNESS.

NOW WHERE IT WAS

PROGRESSIVELY GETTING WORSE,

IT WAS NOW PROGRESSIVELY

GETTING BETTER.

AROUND AGE 16, I JUST THREW

MY HANDS UP AND SAID, ALL

RIGHT, I'M HEALED.

I'M MOVING ON FROM THIS.

WHEN I WAS 21, JUST OUT OF

CURIOSITY, I WENT BACK IN.

AND THIS WAS A NEW

AUDIOLOGIST.

AND THEY SAID, WHY DO YOU

WANT TO TEST YOUR HEARING,

THERE IS NOTHING REALLY POOR

ABOUT IT.

AND THAT'S WHEN I KNEW THE

LORD HAD CLOSED THE DOOR ON

THAT CHAPTER OF MY LIFE.

AND NOW HE IS ALLOWING ME TO

MOVE ON.

I BETTER SERVE HIM WITH

THIS.

AND GOD HAS REALLY GIVEN ME

A MUSIC MINISTRY.

IT IS INCREDIBLE TO TAKE A

GUY WHO IS LOSING HIS

HEARING AND NOW HE HAS A

MUSIC MINISTRY.

I RECENTLY WROTE A SONG

CALLED "YOU ARE FAITHFUL,"

AND IT KIND OF OUTLINES

THAT.

THROUGH TRIAL AND TRAGEDY,

THROUGH PROSPERITY, GOD WILL

BE FAITHFUL.

HE HAS TAKEN THAT YES ANSWER

FROM THAT PRAYER FROM A

LITTLE BOY, AND HE IS USING

IT TO GIVE HOPE TO OTHERS.

NOT JUST THE FACT THAT HE

ANSWERS YES, BUT THAT HE

ANSWERS AT ALL.

AND HE DOES CARE ABOUT US,

AND WE CAN COME TO HIM

WITHOUT OUR REQUESTS.

BUT NO MATTER WHAT, WHETHER

IT IS A YES ANSWER OR A NO

ANSWER, HE WILL REMAIN

FAITHFUL TO WALK WITH US AND

HOLD US IF NECESSARY.

* LORD, YOU ARE FAITHFUL

* GOD, YOU ARE FAITHFUL

Gordon: HE IS

FAITHFUL.

REGARDLESS OF THE OUTCOME,

GOD REMAINS FAITHFUL.

WHAT I LOVE ABOUT THAT STORY

IS RAYMOND SAID, REGARDLESS

OF THE OUTCOME, I'M GOING TO

LEARN HOW TO PLAY MUSIC.

EVEN IF I'M DEAF, I STILL

WANT TO PRAISE HIM WITH MY

MUSIC.

IT WAS THAT ACT OF BUYING A

GUITAR AND SAYING, I'M GOING

TO LEARN THIS.

I'M GOING TO LEARN HOW TO DO

THIS, THAT LED TO AN IN

INCREDIBLE MIRACLE.

FAITH IS AN ACTION.

AND YOU SHOW YOUR FAITH BY

THE ACT OF PRAISE.

AND WHEN YOU PRAISE HIM, YOU

OPEN THE DOOR TO MIRACLES.

WELL, WE'VE RECEIVED YOUR

PRAYER REQUESTS.

LET'S GO OVER TO JESSICA TO

FIND OUT WHAT IS HAPPENING

ONLINE.

TIFFANY POSTS, "PLEASE

PRAY FOR MY 13-YEAR-OLD

DAUGHTER, SAVANNAH.

SHE HAS BONE CANCER AND IS

HAVING PAINFUL CHEMO

TREATMENTS.

MY HUSBAND WORKS OUT OF

STATE, SO I AM TAKING CARE

OF HER AND OUR TWO OTHER

CHILDREN ALONE.

PLEASE PRAY."

LEE WRITES IN, "I AM EIGHT

MONTHS PREGNANT AND I HAVE

DIABETES.

AND THE DOCTORS SAY MY SON

WILL ONLY HAVE ONE KIDNEY.

PLEASE PRAY FOR ME AND FOR

MY BABY TO BE WELL."

GORDON?

Gordon: LET'S PRAY AND

LET'S JUST REALIZE PRAISE IS

THE PATHWAY.

LORD, WE PRAISE YOU FOR WHAT

YOU'RE ABOUT TO DO.

AND WE PRAISE YOU THAT THE

GLORY OF THE LORD IS GOING

TO BE REVEALED.

AND SO WE ASK FOR LEE, THAT

YOU WOULD TAKE AWAY ALL OF

THE DIABETES, YOU WOULD

RESTORE THE MISSING KIDNEY,

AND EVERYTHING WOULD BE

NORMAL.

AND FOR SAVANNAH, TAKE AWAY

THIS CANCER.

AND ALL OF HER PAIN, NOW, IN

JESUS' NAME.

AND WE ASK FOR SUPPORT TO

COME ALONGSIDE THAT FAMILY,

THAT SHE WOULD BE CENTERED

IN A COMMUNITY OF BELIEVERS

WHO WOULD HELP HER AND PRAY

WITH HER AND BE WITH HER.

FOR WE ASK IT IN JESUS'

NAME.

AMEN.

IF YOU NEED PRAYER, GIVE US

A CALL.

1-888-777-1999.

WELL, STILL AHEAD, A COUPLE

WITH FINANCIAL PROBLEMS

DISCOVERS THE UNIQUE

INVESTMENT PLAN.

FIND OUT HOW IT BROUGHT THEM

RICHES, AFTER THIS.

Gordon: WHEN J.D. LOST

HIS JOB A FEW YEARS AGO, THE

BILLS PILED UP AND HIS

SAVINGS DISAPPEARED.

THAT'S WHEN J.D. AND HIS

WIFE TOOK AN UNUSUAL STEP TO

PAY OFF THEIR DEBTS.

Reporter: FOR YEARS

J.D. WORKED LONG HOURS AS A

REGIONAL SALES MANAGER IN

TEXAS.

SHE AND HIS WIFE, JANICE,

ALWAYS PAID THEIR BILLS ON

TIME AND WERE EVEN ABLE TO

PUT A LITTLE MONEY INTO A

RETIREMENT ACCOUNT.

BUT THEN J.D. LOST HIS JOB

IN THE STOCK MARKET CRASH OF

2008.

I NEVER SAW THIS COMING.

I WAS TERRIFIED.

I DIDN'T KNOW WHAT I WAS

GOING TO DO.

Reporter: AFTER SIX

WEEKS, J.D. STILL COULDN'T

FIND A JOB AND HIS SEVERANCE

PAY HAD RUN OUT.

SHORTLY AFTER THIS, HIS CAR

BROKE DOWN AND HE FOUND A

MAJOR LEAK IN THE FOUNDATION

OF HIS HOME THAT NEEDED

IMMEDIATE REPAIR.

IN JUST A FEW WEEKS, THE

COUPLE FELL $9,000 INTO

DEBT.

JANICE'S INCOME COULDN'T

COVER THE BILLS, SO J.D. HAD

TO DIP INTO HIS RETIREMENT.

WHEN HE GOT INTO THE

401K, THAT'S SCARY.

YOU THINK, THAT'S ALL WE

HAVE.

WHEN THAT'S GONE, THAT'S

GONE.

THEN WHAT?

IT REALLY BEGAN TO WEAR

ON ME.

I COULDN'T SLEEP AT NIGHT.

I COULDN'T EAT WELL.

THERE WAS WEIGHT LOSS.

I WOULD HAVE PANIC ATTACKS

AT TIMES BECAUSE IT FELT

LIKE THE WHOLE WORLD WAS

CLOSING IN ON ME.

Reporter: J.D. AND

JANICE BEGAN PRAYING

TOGETHER FOR THE FIRST TIME

IN THEIR MARRIAGE.

AND J.D. STARTED WATCHING

"THE 700 CLUB."

THE LORD REACHED OUT TO

ME THROUGH A TESTIMONY ON

CBN, ABOUT A WOMAN WHO HAD

EXPERIENCED SIMILAR

CIRCUMSTANCES, AND SHE JUST

PRAYED THAT THE LORD WOULD

GIVE HER A SECOND CHANCE.

AND THE INSTANT THAT I SAW

IT, I KNEW THAT THAT WAS

WHAT I NEEDED.

AND THE LORD JUST SPOKE TO

ME AND SAID THAT WAS WHERE I

NEEDED TO GIVE.

Reporter: THE COUPLE

HAD BEEN FAITHFUL TITHERS AT

THEIR CHURCH, EVEN DURING

J.D.'S UNEMPLOYMENT.

IT WAS DIFFICULT TO

EXPLAIN TO MY WIFE HOW I WAS

GOING TO DONATE MONEY AND I

DIDN'T HAVE A JOB.

BUT IT ALSO PUT ME OVER THE

MARK.

YOU CAN'T JUST SAY YOU HAVE

FAITH.

AND YOU CAN'T JUST SAY THAT

YOU TRUST.

I NEEDED TO TAKE ACTION.

Reporter: JANICE

AGREED, AND THE COUPLE

BECAME CBN PARTNERS.

EVEN WHEN MEDICAL BILLS

BROUGHT THEIR DEBT UP TO

$15,000, J.D. AND JANICE

CONTINUED TO GIVE.

I JUST SAID, NO MATTER

WHAT, NO MATTER WHAT HAPPENS

TO ME NEXT, NO MATTER HOW

BAD IT GETS, I'M GOING TO

CONTINUE TITHING AND GIVING,

LIKE I SAID I WOULD, AND GOD

IS GOING TO DELIVER ME ONE

WAY OR THE OTHER.

Reporter: J.D.

STRUGGLED THROUGH FOUR

MONTHS OF UNEMPLOYMENT AFTER

THAT, BUT HE WAS FINALLY

HIRED AS A REGIONAL SALES

MANAGER, MAKING 10% MORE

THAN HIS LAST JOB.

AND THEN HE LAND A JOB

MAKING 50% MORE THAN HE EVER

HAD BEFORE.

I THOUGHT, WOW!

I THINK THAT'S ALL I KEPT

SAYING, WOW!

Reporter: J.D. AND

JANICE PAID OFF THEIR

$15,000 DEBT, AND TODAY THEY

SAY THEY'RE FREER THAN THEY

HAVE EVER BEEN BEFORE.

WE KNOW BY GIVING HE

BLESSES US.

YOU CAN SEE IT.

GOD WANTED ME TO TRUST

HIM.

HE WANTED ME TO PUT MY FAITH

AND TRUST THERE, RATHER THAN

WORSHIPPING HARD WORK,

WORSHIPPING MY COMPANY,

WORSHIPPING MONEY,

WORSHIPPING ALL OF THOSE

THINGS.

I NEEDED TO SURRENDER AND

WORSHIP HIM.

AND YOU JUST HAVE TO STEP

OUT BY FAITH.

YOU HAVE TO DO WHAT HE TELLS

YOU TO DO?

Gordon: YOU HAVE TO DO

WHAT HE TELLS YOU TO DO.

AND WHEN YOU STEP OUT IN

FAITH, THAT'S WHEN THE

BLESSINGS COME.

AND HERE HE HAS IT RIGHT.

I HAD TO WORSHIP HIM.

SO OFTEN WE DON'T THINK OF

WORSHIPPING GOD WITH OUR

MONEY.

BUT THAT'S WHAT THE BIBLE

SAYS.

IT'S AN ACT OF WORSHIP.

IT'S AN ACT OF TRUST, TO SAY

LORD, I TRUST YOU.

I TRUST YOU WITH MY

FINANCES.

I KNOW YOU HAVE MY FUTURE.

IF I LIVE IN ACCORDANCE WITH

YOUR LAW AND YOUR RULES,

THEN THE BLESSINGS WILL

COME.

IF YOU WANT TO START A

LIFETIME OF GIVING, A HABIT

OF GIVING -- THIS ISN'T AN

ON AGAIN/OFF AGAIN THING --

JOIN "THE 700 CLUB."

JUST SAY, YES, I WANT TO BE

A PART OF IT.

I WANT TO BE A PART OF

PREACHING THE GOSPEL AROUND

THE WORLD.

I WANT TO BE A PART OF

HELPING PEOPLE AROUND THE

WORLD.

IT IS ALL MADE POSSIBLE WHEN

PEOPLE LIKE YOU GIVE.

SO GIVE US A CALL.

1-888-777-1999.

WE LEAVE YOU WITH THESE

WORDS FROM PSALM 71: "LET MY

MOUTH BE FILLED WITH YOUR

PRAISE AND WITH YOUR GLORY

ALL THE DAYS."

SO TODAY RESOLVE, LET MY

MOUTH BE FILLED WITH YOUR

PRAISE, THAT THE GLORY OF

THE LORD WOULD BE ALL AROUND

YOU ALL DAY LONG.

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