Hallelujah Anyway Faith
We began a new sermon series yesterday from the book of Philippians titled Hallelujah Anyway. The heartbeat of this series boils down to a simple fact: We have to come to the point in our spiritual life journey where we refuse to have our “hallelujah” stolen from us. We need to develop an attitude that no matter what comes our way in life, we are going to be people who have a hallelujah in our hearts, anyway.
You may be thinking, “Oh, Pastor Steve, that’s too much for me to do that!” Let me answer you quickly—no it isn’t. All of the great believers in Jesus, throughout human history, had this kind of hallelujah anyway faith and we’ll look at many of them as the series progresses.
Without question the apostle Paul had this attitude and in his letter to the Philippian church, he desperately wanted them to embrace it as well.
Paul visited Philippi for the first time (Acts 16:12-40) during his second missionary journey (approximately 50 A.D.) First, Paul finds Lydia, a seller of purple-dyed cloth, by the “riverside where prayer was customarily made.” Paul shared the good news of Jesus with Lydia. She, “and her household” received Him.
After a time they (It is believed by many that Silas, Dr. Luke, and Timothy accompanied Paul on this journey) met a slave girl “possessed with a spirit of divination.” She was a fortuneteller and she “brought her masters much profit” from her demonic powers.
She followed Paul saying, for many days, “These men are the servants of the Most High God, who proclaim to us the way of salvation.” Even though she was speaking the truth, she was a distraction to what they were trying to accomplish.
Paul went to prayer and came out and said, “I command you in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her.” He delivered her from this demonic, fortune telling spirit that ruled and reigned in her. He set her free.
Unfortunately “when her masters saw that their hope of profit was gone, they seized Paul and Silas and dragged them into the marketplace and to the authorities.” The crowd rose up against Paul and Silas and they beat them with rods!. They threw them in prison—in the “inner prison”—in the deepest, darkest belly of a horrible prison, and then put their feet in stocks. Why? All for serving Jesus and doing the right thing.
Scripture goes on in Acts 16:25 and says “but at midnight.” At midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God and the other prisoners heard them. As Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns, as they were having their hallelujah anyway moment, God does a miracle: He sends an earthquake. The chains fall from them, and the prison doors open.
As the guard of the prison awakes. he is convinced that everybody has escaped. He knows that he is going to be executed for losing the prisoners. He begins to commit suicide. Paul, sitting inside his prison cell says, “Do yourself no harm, for we are all here.” The prison guard then went into the prison, brought Paul and Silas out of the prison cell and looked at them and said, “What must I do to be saved?”
There is power in hallelujah anyway type of faith. What must I do to be saved? Paul said, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household.” Their hallelujah anyway attitude brought saving grace to this man
Pastor Jack Hayford wrote, “Paul and Silas rejoiced in the face of their terrible circumstances. As he later wrote back to the church he had planted in this very city of Philippi, Paul commanded from another prison cell, “Rejoice in the Lord always” (Phil. 4:4).
Do you need to develop a Hallelujah Anyway attitude about any particular circumstances in your life today? Imagine what God can do despite your circumstances.
 Hayford, J. W. (Ed.). (1997). Spirit Filled Life Study Bible (electronic ed., Ac 16:25). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson.