The Shout in My Toolbox, Part 2 by Larry W Peebles

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The “shout” is a tool God has given us.  In Part 1 of this two part series I talked about how it helps us live a victorious Christian life, defeat the devil and accomplish the purpose and destiny God has planned for our lives.  It is not the only tool we have been given, but it is definitely one of the tools we must learn to use.  I encourage you to read Part 1, but by way of short review, it covered three circumstances or situations from the Bible where the shout was used to obtain such a victory:

  1. Shout when you have the victory.  This is the easy one.  The shout is a way to praise God for giving us the victory.
  2. Shout when you need the victory.  When it seems the devil’s winning, and he’s taking your joy and draining your energy, the shout turns the momentum in your favor.
  3. Shout when you need to encourage/help yourself.  Shouting and crying out to the Lord is a good way to remind yourself and the devil of who is on your side—God Himself.

Now in Part 2, let’s cover three more circumstances where the shout is used in the Bible.  In doing so, we will be building the case for the shout as a formidable tool in our toolbox.

  1. Shout when you need to be heard.  In Matthew 20:29-34, we find the story of two blind men sitting by the roadside who had heard that Jesus was going by.  They shouted “Lord, son of David, have mercy on us.”  The crowd told them to be quiet, but they shouted all the louder.  Jesus stopped and asked what He could do for them.  They asked for and immediately received their sight.

These men had heard of Jesus’ miracle working power.  They were desperate to not only gain their sight, but also knew this might be their only opportunity to encounter the one they had heard could help them- Jesus, the son of God.  They were not going to miss their chance.  People around them tried to quiet them; they tried to tell them there was no hope.  They said the men should accept their lot, not try to change it, and keep quiet.  Those gathered were trying to see and hear Jesus; the two men needed to be more reverent and respectful.  Perhaps they were saying the local style or the flow is a bit more conservative, please control your enthusiasm.  But the men only grew more desperate.  They believed Jesus was their only answer and hope, and this was their only shot.  They shouted all the louder so He would not pass them by.  Jesus knew their faith was great by the volume of their shout, and granted their miracle.  He heard their cry.  Shout when you need to be heard.

  1. Shout when you need to scare or chase away the threat or opponent.  My wife and I enjoy hiking in the mountains.  The forest rangers encourage us to talk loudly, sing and make a lot of noise when walking through bear country to alert the bear we are coming.  So long as we are not hiking with raw meat in our back packs, this is the best measure to keep the bears away.  The last thing we want to do is to walk up on a bear and surprise it, or get between a momma bear and her cub.  If we were to walk up on a bear, we were told to make ourselves stand as tall as possible and yell (shout) loudly.

In 1 Samuel 4:4-8, we learn that when the ark of the Lord (the presence of the Lord) came into the camp, all Israel raised such a great shout that the ground shook.  Their enemies, the Philistines, were camped nearby, having just handed Israel a stinging defeat.  The Israelites had hoped to rally their troops and turn the outcome of the battle by bringing the ark into the camp.  When the Philistines heard the shout, and felt the ground shake from the roar, they concluded (v.7) “A god has come into the camp…we’re in trouble!  Nothing like this has happened before.  Woe to us!”  To shout when one is challenged or threatened is almost instinctive.  The purpose is to scare the threat away.  It is a God-given tool.

  1. Shout when help arrives/when the Lord comes.  The shout occurs naturally when an important person walks into the room.  One year, our company held a partner’s meeting in the newest and nicest hotel in Dallas.  We were advised to wear a suit and tie, as pictures would be made following the meeting.  We gathered in the auditorium of the hotel, drinking coffee and waiting for the first session to begin.  Suddenly, the doors at the back of the auditorium burst open, and a group of men in dark suits wearing shades and talking into their coat lapels started down the aisle, followed by the President of the United States.  Instantly, the whole atmosphere of the meeting changed.  We burst into a shout and applause to welcome this important person to our meeting.  He had come at the invitation of our senior partner, who was a significant contributor to the political party.  For the next hour, we sat before the President, and were afforded the opportunity to ask him questions, and hear his informal answers.  The press was not present.  I will never forget the instinctive reaction to shout when an important person walks into the room.

When Jesus comes down again from heaven to rule and reign on this earth, as described in 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17, He will come “with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet call of God.”  He does not come unnoticed or unannounced.  His arrival is marked with a loud command (shout), and the booming voice of the archangel, and a blast of the trumpet.  So it is when an important person arrives, and it is natural and instinctive.

If you only remember one thing from this article and the one preceding it, I encourage you to remember this:  Jesus comes in the shout.  When He steps into your life, into your circumstances, and into your heart, everything changes.  The atmosphere changes, and so does the outcome.  Your life has been changed.  Help is here.  Victory is here.  His kingdom is here.  The devil’s work is defeated.  This is something to shout about.

I want to conclude this series on the shout with a story.  My wife and I had traveled with our pastor to Kenya in 2009 to teach and preach at a week-long church leaders and pastors’ conference.  Kenya and East Africa were in a two year drought.  The agricultural economy was shut down, and food was scarce.  Corn (what they call maize) was a staple, but the corn stalks everywhere were brown and dead.  Fruit and fresh vegetables of all types sold or were traded in the local market, but there were no bananas on the trees this trip.  Rice normally grew in the mountain valleys where the rivers flowed, but the rivers were dry.  People were dying, as were the wild animals and livestock.

I had taught part of this series on the shout at one of my morning conference sessions with the men, and had promised them we would finish it after lunch.  During lunch, the Lord spoke to me and said to have the men shout for rain.  I told my interpreter what we would do, but he said he did not think the men would shout, as they were of a “bit more conservative style.”  I had to obey the Lord.  I finished the teaching on the shout after lunch, then told the men we would shout for rain.  On the count of three, they eagerly let out a shout that was heard all over the boys’ school campus where the conference was being held.  I don’t know how long they shouted, but it lasted several minutes.  They stood in their chairs and shouted a deafening roar that left everyone hoarse and out of breath.  The room vibrated.  They were literally shouting for their lives, and the lives of their families and friends.  I could feel the power in the release of their shout.

Nothing happened, although a few drops of rain fell later that afternoon when we went down to the nearby village for evangelistic outreach.  A few more drops fell on the last day we were in Kenya, the night before we boarded the plane.  It was late August when we went back to the U.S.  Then in December, the report came the drought had broken.  They had much rain.  They knew, and I knew, Jesus had heard their shout.  They were desperate, and this was their time to change the outcome by shouting (crying) out to the Lord who was present in their conference.  Drought, hunger, poverty and death were defeated by the power of their shout.

Shout when you have the victory.  Shout when you need the victory.  Shout when you need to encourage yourself.  Shout when you need to be heard.  Shout when you need to chase away the threat.  Shout when the Lord comes.  Isaiah 26:19 says “But your dead will live, their bodies will rise…wake up and shout for joy.”

How God Speaks Part 2 by Kay Keith Peebles

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God Speaks Through His Word

There was a black cloud emanating from my own heart.  It was hatred, and it scared me.  I had allowed ugly thoughts to seep into my mind for a few years and now that I was in Bible Study classes, they had become exposed by the Word of God.

I was sitting in our Bible Study assembly as the teaching leader expounded upon the week’s scriptural text to cement it into our hearts.  She was reading Exodus 20:12, “Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the LORD your God is giving you.”  (New King James Version).  I proudly thought, ‘I do honor my father and my mother’ however, the sword of the Word of God pierced my proud heart and exposed my sin.

The next thought I had was, ‘You do honor your parents, but you do not honor your husband’s parents’.  Quickly my thoughts responded to the “silent” voice inside, ‘But they are his parents, not mine’.  The Lord’s rebuke was swift and sure.  I immediately remembered Genesis 2:24, “Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and shall become united and cleave to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.”   If we were one flesh, then his parents were also mine!  I was guilty and had nowhere to hide.  My pride had made me defenseless to the Truth of God’s Word.

My husband and I married at a young age.  Our households growing up were very different.  Being insecure, unsaved and prideful, I had “issues” with his family’s way of doing things.  In addition, I felt his mother detested me and therefore, I never felt comfortable when around his family.

As the tension grew between my mother-in-law and me, I began to seethe with a hatred inside.  I was religious, but not a true Christian at the time, although I attended church regularly.  Not fully understanding the Word of God in regard to forgiveness, I felt entirely justified in my feelings and thoughts until the Word of the Lord pierced my heart.

I sat in that assembly of 400 women feeling entirely vulnerable, but grateful for the opportunity to hear the Word of God and humble myself before the Truth that stared me in the face.  It was like looking into a mirror that showed my flaws.  I prayed a silent prayer based on my new revelation, ‘I do not have the faith for the ability to love right now, but I ask you for the ability to be tolerant of my husband’s parents’.  I knew honor must come but at the moment, love and honor seemed impossible to me.

I began to walk out my challenge with the Lord’s gracious help, having asked Him to show me why my husband’s mother seemed so against me from the beginning.  I prayed about how to show his parents honor and not allow our differences to bring division.  I especially worked on guarding my tongue when around my mother-in-law by not trying to defend myself when I felt accused or alienated.  One glorious day, I heard the answer to my prayers come forth from my mother-in-law’s own mouth.  She quoted a phrase I had heard years before which I realized she had believed regarding marriage; “Have a daughter, gain a son; have a son, lose a son.”  She disliked me and considered me her enemy because she thought I was stealing her son from her!

Truly, I had never intended to do that.  I had wanted our families to be close and enjoy being around one another.  That day I knew my task was to prove to my mother-in-law that I was not interested in “stealing” her son, but I wanted to blend into their family as he had with mine.

God humbled my prideful heart and enabled me to reverse the curse of hatred by changing my heart and making it possible for me to love her and my father-in-law.  A couple of years before my mother-in-law died, my husband and I were visiting the nursing home where she and my father-in-law were living.  I felt the need to make sure all was right between us so I asked her to forgive me for anything I may have done over the years that was hurtful to her or disrespectful.  I had grown to love her and knew her time was drawing near to pass on from this world.  Her reply was amazing.  She said to me, “There’s nothing to forgive, to me you have been the daughter I never had!”  My eyes filled with tears and I left that day humbled, knowing God spoke to me many years before through the reading and hearing of His Word.

“For the Word that God speaks is alive and full of power [making it active, operative, energizing, and effective]; it is sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating to the dividing line of the breath of life (soul) and [the immortal] spirit, and of joints and marrow [of the deepest parts of our nature], exposing and sifting and analyzing and judging the very thoughts and purposes of the heart”.  Hebrews 4:12 Amplified Version.

There have been many times in my life when I sat down to read the Word of God (Bible) and received the answers for which I had been praying.  I have also had many experiences when I received revelation of the deeper meaning of a scriptural passage I had read many times before.  God was expounding and clarifying His Word to me.

Because the Word of God speaks, it has the capability to change our mindset, convict us of sin and reveal truths previously unknown to the reader (seeker).  The Spirit of God is active and working on behalf of those who read and study the Word of God.  The Word of God builds our faith while strengthening our resolve.  “So faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”  Romans 10:17 New King James Version.

The Word of God speaks to us and directs our path.   Through His Word, God illuminates our Christian walk, leading us in the way we should go.  It sheds light when we are in darkness and gives us answers to our questions.  “The entrance and unfolding of Your words give light; their unfolding gives understanding (discernment and comprehension) to the simple.”  Psalm 119:130 Amplified Version.

The Word of God is a powerful instrument used by God for the saving of our souls (mind, will and emotions).  It not only washes us clean from sin as it did me, it also transforms our thinking and world view, enabling us to stand in times of extreme persecution and darkness because it has become engrafted into our hearts.  “Therefore lay aside all filthiness and overflow of wickedness and receive with meekness the implanted word which is able to save your souls.  But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves”… “But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does.”  James 1:21-22, 25 New King James Version.

God speaks to His people in many ways.  In How God Speaks Part 1, I showed that God speaks through His creation.  In Part 2, I am teaching that God speaks to us through His written Word.  We must also remember that Jesus is the precise manifestation of God and the written Word of God contains the spoken Word of God.  His Word was not only given to His messengers, but was spoken through Jesus himself.  These are not only words to guide our lives and build our faith, they are words which have the power to change the entire course of our destiny and eternity.

“If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him.  He who does not love Me does not keep My words; and the word which you hear is not Mine but the Father’s who sent Me.”  John 14:23-24 New King James Version.  We must never become numb to the Word of God nor think we know it all.  Pride and a disregard of God’s Word breeds deception and eventually apostasy.

What a privilege it is to be loved by God and to have the God of all creation desire to not only have a relationship with us, but to speak to us directly.  He uses many ways to open dialogue with Him, but His Word is something we can experience every day, any time we open the pages and read with a seeking heart.  God truly speaks; are we listening?

The Shout in My Toolbox, Part 1 by Larry W. Peebles

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Where I grew up, it was said a good horse will find its way back to the barn.  It does not require directions or a GPS, it just knows the way back home.  I think my wife believes me when I jokingly tell her my pickup truck knows the way to Home Depot.  I have always enjoyed building things, and over the years have gathered no small collection of tools in my toolbox with which to build.  Home Depot loves to see me coming. Nothing makes the project go easier and faster, and gives the best finished look than the right tool.  A pocket knife, a hand saw, and a power saw will all cut wood.  The question is which one will cut faster, cut straighter, and give the best look to the finished project?  I not only appreciate having the right tool for the job, but also tools of good quality that will perform over a long period of time without breaking or wearing out.

I once watched a crew of masons install a granite counter top in a kitchen.  The head of the crew was an older gentleman, who obviously was quite experienced in working with stone.  He did all the detail work at every joint and seam to ensure the finished product was of the highest quality.  His tools were simple yet so specialized, and were worn slick with use.  He had just the right tool to move each piece of the heavy granite into just the right position to form seamless joints and connections.  The impact of the beautiful granite would have been minimized without the right tools in the right hands to perfectly complete the installation.

God has given us a number of tools to live a victorious Christian life, defeat the devil and accomplish the purpose and destiny He has planned for our lives.  Here are some, but not all of them:

  1. His Word-Hebrews 4:12-13 says “For the Word of God is living and active.  Sharper than any double-edged sword…”  The Scriptures say His Word is Truth, Fire and Light.  Jesus quoted the Word of God when confronted by the devil in the desert in Matthew 4.  His Word is full of promises He says He is diligent to perform, as He puts His Word above His name.  John 1:4 says “the Word became flesh and dwelt among us” in the person of Jesus.  In Ephesians 6:17, the Word of God is called the sword of the Spirit.  The Word of God is a very powerful tool.
  2. His Spirit- In John 14, the Holy Spirit is described as the Counselor, the Spirit of Truth, and the teacher.  In Romans 8:11, the Bible says the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead lives in me, and gives life to my mortal body.  Romans 8:26 says the Spirit himself intercedes for us.  The Spirit of God is with us today, and living inside us.
  3. Prayer- John 14:14 says “you may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.”  John 16:23 says “my Father will give you whatever you ask in my Name…ask and you will receive”.  I do not know how we could make it through this life without prayer as a tool.
  4. The Church, the Body of Christ- the corporate gathering of believers for support, sharing, worship, accountability, and encouragement.  Ephesians 5:23 says Jesus Himself is the head of the church, and Colossians 1:24 says the church is the body of Christ.  This is a significant tool.

These are probably the obvious tools, but there are other tools God has given us to live a victorious life.  I want to examine the “shout” as a key tool.  The Hebrew word is ru’a, and it means to raise a battle cry; sound a trumpet blast; shout in triumph or exaltation.  I consider the best approach is to look at the circumstances under which the shout was used as a tool in Scripture, and apply it to our lives today.  I found six such circumstances in my study.  Here again, these may not be all, but these do present creditable evidence of the shout as a tool.  We will cover three of these in this article, and the final three in my next article.

  1. Shout when you have the victory.  (Shout when you’re ahead.)  This is the easy one.  Everyone knows how to act when you have the victory: we do the dance, give high fives, spike the ball, and shout at the top of our lungs.  In 2 Samuel 6: 14, 15 David danced before the Lord.  He had defeated the Philistines, and had brought the Ark of the Lord (representing God’s presence) back into Jerusalem.  David danced before the Lord with all his might while he and the entire house of Israel brought up the Ark of the Lord with shouts and the sound of trumpets.  This was uncontrollable, joyful bedlam.  Psalm 100:1 says “Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth.”  The shout is a tool to say thanks to God for giving us the victory.
  2. Shout when you need the victory.  (Shout when you’re behind.)  This one is more difficult.  If the visiting team gets ahead, and the hometown fans go quiet, the hometown fans are said “to have been taken out of the game.”  Great fans shout when their team is ahead, because they have the victory, but they also shout when their team is behind, because they need the victory.  In Judges, chapters 6 and 7, consider the story of Gideon.  The Israelites were doing evil in the eyes of the Lord.  For seven years, God turned them over to the Midianites, who ruined their crops and killed their livestock.  The Israelites were living in mountain clefts and caves.  They were quite desperate for a long period of time.  They needed a breakthrough, a victory over their oppressors.  The angel of the Lord (Jesus) appeared to Gideon and told him to rescue Israel, and said “I am sending you”.  The Spirit of the Lord came upon Gideon.  He raised a large army that had to be trimmed back 99% to only 300 men.  The Lord was going to give them the victory; it would not come from the size or strength of the army.  In Judges 7: 18, they received their instructions.  They were to surround the Midianites at night, blow their trumpets, smash the jars they carried containing torches (light), and shout “For the Lord and for Gideon”.  The Midianites were routed, and the head of their king was brought to Gideon.  With eyes of faith, it is very important to see the victory before the battle.  In 2 Kings 6: 15-17, Elisha’s servant wakes up one morning very concerned that he and Elisha are surrounded by the army of the king of Aram.  Elisha was not concerned at all, but it did occur to him that his servant could not see what Elisha saw.  Elisha prayed that the eyes of his servant would be opened to see the horses and chariots of fire (of the Lord) all around them.  Elisha could see that “Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.”  When we are outnumbered and surrounded, and the devil is ruining everything we are working for, our shout and our cries to the Lord can be the tool that brings victory.
  3. Shout when you need to encourage/help yourself.  The story in 1 Samuel 30: 1-8 tells of a time when David encouraged himself and found strength in the Lord.  The Amalekites attacked the unattended camp of David at Ziklag and captured and carried off the women, children and all the possessions of David and his men.  David and his men wept aloud-they bitterly wailed, sobbed and cried out (amplified-they “lifted up their voices” and wept until they had no more strength to weep).  Crying about the situation is not nearly as productive as crying out to Lord about the situation.  In doing so, we are in effect telling the situation that we are taking the matter to a higher authority.  David turned his cries to the Lord.  He inquired of the Lord to know if he should go after the raiders.  God told him to pursue them and overtake them.  He told David he would be successful in rescuing his people and possessions.  In verse 18, we learn that David and his men recovered everything-nothing was missing.  His cries to the Lord turned a heart-breaking situation into a complete victory.  Expressing grief over a situation may be an initial and natural human response, but ultimately the question becomes what does God have to say about the situation?  What does He want to do about the situation?

These three instances all talk about a shout and/or a trumpet blast, or a loud cry out to the Lord.  One was after the victory, and was more of a celebration.  The other two were before the victory was certain, but ultimately preceded or precipitated the victory that was handed to those involved by God Himself.  We are created in the image of God, who created all things by the words that came out of His mouth.  Could it be that the shouts that come from our mouth create an outcome that otherwise would not be expected?  In these instances, the shout was a key tool in turning around a dire situation.  Check out Part 2 of this article as we continue to examine the Biblical evidence.

 

How God Speaks Part 1 by Kay Keith Peebles

 

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God speaks through creation:

“THE HEAVENS declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows and proclaims His handiwork.  Day after day puts forth speech, and night after night shows forth knowledge.  There is no speech nor spoken word [from the stars]; their voice is not heard.  Yet their voice [in evidence] goes out through all the earth, their sayings to the end of the world”…  Psalm 19:1-4

I grew up in a home with a family that went to church regularly and I believed God existed.  My parents were great people and they taught me integrity, servanthood and a deep love for family, friendship and belonging.  During a family crisis several years after I was married, I gave my entire family to the Lord by choosing to put all my trust in Him.  It was at that point I heard the internal voice of the Lord for the first time.

Years later my parents’ health was beginning to decline and I became concerned about their relationship with the Lord.  I needed to know they were secure for eternity before it was too late.  I fasted and prayed for 5 days and felt an assurance that God would take care of their full salvation and I would know before their time to pass away arrived.

Several more years passed.   At the age of 81 my dad was having tests for shortness of breath and weakness when I got the call.  My mom was frantic, explaining that dad had a massive heart attack during an angiogram and the doctors told her if he did not have triple bypass surgery he would surely die. They could not guarantee however, that he would make it through the surgery.  He had a “do not resuscitate” clause in his living will and did not want to be placed on life support.  An hour before that phone call, I had been praying and I clearly heard the Lord speak to me internally, “He shall live and not die!”  When the call came, I instructed my mom to allow the doctor to do the surgery, and immediately made arrangements to fly home.

My dad lived two more years and I kept praying for the confirmation of my parent’s salvation.  Five months before dad died, I rushed home to take care of both my mom and dad who were sick with pneumonia.  I had cooked, cleaned, taken them to doctor’s appointments as well as cared for the yard.  At the end of the week, my mom rose one morning. I was already up and had the coffee prepared for them.  She walked into the room and sat down beside me.  She had always been a proud woman but she looked into my eyes and said, “I don’t know what you have in your church, but I want it!”  I replied to her, “Mom, it’s not my church, I have Jesus in my heart; would you like to ask Him to come into your heart?”  She replied, “Yes.”  I prayed with her and the Lord filled her heart and the room with His peace.

A few minutes passed and my dad walked down the hall to join us.  My mother said to my dad, “Roy, Kay Karen just prayed for me and I feel better, why don’t you let her pray for you too?”  I then had the privilege of praying for Jesus to come into my dad’s heart also.  It was a glorious day.

Five months afterward, my father died.  We were in Texas that week visiting friends and family.  We had left my mom and dad’s home the day before to see friends in Rockwall when I got the call.  We rushed home.  After leaving the funeral home that afternoon, I began to feel fear thinking, “What if I was wrong or he wasn’t secure with God?”  Prayerfully, I asked the Lord to please confirm to me that my dad’s soul was safe with Him in heaven.  As soon as I said amen, I looked out of the automobile window and saw a beautiful double rainbow in the sky!  The Lord spoke to me inside saying, “I have put My rainbow in the sky as my promise to you.”  It wasn’t just a rainbow, it was two rainbows.  His promise was double-sure!  His peace flooded my heart and I could celebrate that my dad was in heaven and I would see him again one day.  That was the first time I realized that the Lord speaks to us through Creation.

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In 2004 we were in Yosemite on vacation and planned a picnic so that we could stay at Half Dome until the sun went down.  A distant shower moved over the valley and I was able to capture a picture of a beautiful double rainbow in front of Half Dome.  It reminded me of the promise the Lord had given me eight years earlier.

Each opportunity I have to go into nature and walk on mountain paths winding through creeks and waterfalls that are lined by majestic trees excites me.  Every walk is a new adventure in which the Lord speaks through those things He has created.  I have received many profound lessons walking among His handiworks.

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This picture speaks of perseverance in the time of trouble; and steadfastness when trusting in the Lord.  “GOD IS our Refuge and Strength [mighty and impenetrable to temptation], a very present and wellproved help in trouble.  Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change and though the mountains be shaken into the midst of the seas, Though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble at its swelling and tumult.”  Psalm 46:1-2  In this picture, the earth had obviously washed away from the valley floor during a torrential rain.  The trees, unmoved, extended large roots downward to establish a secure hold keeping them upright and strong.  The storm did not destroy them, but gave them the opportunity to plant their roots deeper in their foundation so that they could continue to stand.

When we are weak, He is strong, enabling us to bear up under any and every circumstance that comes our way, supporting and sustaining us until we are able to stand again.  When we have made the Lord our foundation, we will remain steadfast although everything around us is shaken and falls away.  He will cause us to succeed when others fail because we have put our trust in Him!  We will not only hold on, we will grow and prosper blessing others, while always pointing to Him as the answer.

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Looking at Yellowstone’s “Grand Canyon”, we stood in awe.  The Majesty and Glory of God can be seen in the beauty and power of creation.  The powerful force created by the waterfall causes a deafening roar that is astounding.  Huge boulders are carved and changed by the mighty surge of water pouring over high mountain cliffs.  The sight and sound is both beautiful and terrible at the same time.  “Gird your sword upon Your thigh, O mighty One, in Your glory and Your majesty!  And in Your majesty ride on triumphantly for the cause of truth, humility, and righteousness (uprightness and right standing with God); and let Your right hand guide You to tremendous things…Your throne, O God, is forever and ever; the scepter of righteousness is the scepter of Your Kingdom.”  Psalm 45:3, 4 and 6.  (Emphasis mine).

Whether we are looking at a huge waterfall gushing into a valley floor or watching violent waves crash into cliffs at the ocean’s edge, the power of God is evident.  The One Who created power is All Powerful.  He has the Power to defend and deliver us from all our troubles.  He has the Grace to carry us, and the Love and Mercy to sustain us.  He abundantly supplies all we need and lavishly blesses us with His presence and His love.  He has an unlimited supply so that we are never wanton because we trust in Him.

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Peering down at Alaska’s glorious glacier-laden mountains from 30,000 feet above, one can imagine the Mountain of the Lord where He is high and lifted up above the clouds and all creation.   “ADONAI!  Our Lord!  How glorious is your name throughout the earth!  The fame of your majesty spreads even above the heavens!  From the mouths of babies and infants at the breast you established strength because of your foes, in order that you might silence the enemy and the avenger.  When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and stars that you set in place—what are mere mortals, that you concern yourself with them; humans, that you watch over them with care?”  Psalm 8:1-4 (Complete Jewish Bible).

The Lord is worthy to receive all honor and praise for Who He is.  There is only One God, One Truth and One Way.  He is higher than all.  He is the King of all kings, He is the Lord of all lords.  He is Supreme Majesty, Splendor and Glory although His attention is upon us, His children.  He calls us the apple of His eye, and He has carved our name upon the palm of His hand.  He has created such beautiful and awesome wonders for us to enjoy.  It is His delight to show us the works of His hands because in them, we can see the possibilities of God in our lives!  Of everything He has made, we are His greatest joy and His love for us fulfills us and empowers us to shine for Him.  Our hearts swell at the knowledge of His love for us.

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Yellowstone’s Old Faithful rises out of the earth every hour like clockwork.  The park rangers at Yellowstone can tell each day exactly when Old faithful will spew forth steam from within the earth.  Hour by hour, day by day, year by year and decade by decade Old Faithful has released its flume of steam high into the air for visitors’ amazement.  It is a testimony to the faithfulness of God.  “I will proclaim the name [and presence] of the Lord.  Concede and ascribe greatness to our God. He is the Rock, His work is perfect, for all His ways are law and justice.  A God of faithfulness without breach or deviation, just and right is He.”  Deuteronomy 32:3-4.  The sun rising every morning and the moon at night testify to the faithfulness of God.  The seasons each have their specific purpose, and all declare the unswerving faithfulness of the Lord.  They confirm His unfailing love, because every morning His mercy toward us is new and fresh.  His love is never ending and His Word is established in all the earth!  He is not slack and He cannot fail.

“For ever since the creation of the world His invisible nature and attributes, that is, His eternal power and divinity, have been made intelligible and clearly discernible in and through the things that have been made (His handiworks)”…  Romans 1:20

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The Lord speaks to His people through His creation.  The mysteries of God are revealed by what He has made.  The wonders of creation confirm God exists and He loves us.  They teach us mighty truths, and the lessons learned are eternal.  Can you hear Him speaking?