Friday, June 30, 2017

"A Time To Shout"

"To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.... A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak".  Ecclesiastes 3:1,7

When the Lord had the children of Israel march around the walls of Jericho, He told them to keep silent and not say a word.  On the seventh day He told them to march around Jericho seven times and on the seventh time they were to shout.  When they shouted, the walls came down and they were able to go into the city and destroy their enemy.

There is a time for us to keep silent, but there is also a time for us to speak.  When it comes to petitioning the Lord, it is time for us to speak and make our request known.  After we have asked there is a time for us to keep silent and give Him a chance to speak to us. 

When we are in the presence of our enemies, there is a time to keep silent-- like the Israelites did for seven days.  But there comes a time when we can't keep silent before our enemies and we have to "shout unto God with the voice of triumphant" for giving us victory over our enemies. 

Some of us need to do more "shouting".  We need to shout at the enemy.  We need to shout at the mountain.  We need to shout at the storm.  We need to open our mouths and "do/say something".  Jesus spoke to the devil in the time of temptations in the wilderness-- He spoke God's Word.  He shouted at the sea to "shut up and hold its peace". 

There is something "therapeutic" about a shout.  There is something freeing about a shout.  There is deliverance in a shout-- deliverance from pride, interbitions, intimidation and hurt.  There is something that brings victory in a shout.  When the Israelites shouted, God intervened, did something supernatural in bringing the walls down, and gave them the victory.  It happened when they shouted, not before.    

Have a great day.  Your victory is in the shout!

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