"Don't Fear the Shaking!"
By Ruth Hendrickson
As I was spending time with the Lord, He said, "Tell My people not to fear the earthquake. The ground is shaking all around, but that does not mean that I am not at work. Through the shaking, I am exposing weak foundations."
As the Lord continued to speak, He took me to Matthew 7:24-27 (NLT):
"Anyone who listens to My teaching and follows it is wise, like a person who builds a house
on solid rock. Though the rain comes in torrents and the floodwaters rise and the winds beat against that house, it won't collapse because it is built on bedrock. But anyone who hears My teaching and doesn't obey it is foolish, like a person who builds a house
on sand. When the rains and floods come and the winds beat against that house, it will collapse with a mighty crash."
Realignment and Rebuilding of Foundations
The Lord says, "There are many who thought they built their homes (beliefs) on the solid rock. However, as the shaking has come, their foundation has cracked, and for some, it has crumbled."
saw people sitting around looking at the ruins. Hopelessness was lurking about, and for some, it was sitting right beside them. Some were sifting through, trying to find treasures and memories that they could hang on to. However, they were not looking forward;
they were stuck in the moment. Others were angry and demanding an explanation for the shaking. And yet, all they heard was silence.
To this group, the Lord is saying, "It is time to shift your focus.
Your eyes must look to Me and not to human wisdom and understanding. Since when does man limit Me? I am not confined to a time frame. As you refocus, you will find your ruined foundations are rebuilt and built on the bedrock of My faithfulness, rather than
on the foolishness of man."
The Lord then took me to Nehemiah 4:17: "...The laborers carried on their work with one hand supporting their load and one hand holding a weapon." The Lord says, "As you are
rebuilding your foundation, you need to take up your weapon at the same time."
Rock Solid Foundations
As I continued to look around, I also saw people
who were standing steadfast and secure. The ground was shaking, but they were unshakable. They were more like the watchmen on the wall (see Isaiah 62:6, Ezekiel 3:17-19; 33:6), ever vigilant. Some were calling out what they saw, encouraging others, and helping
rebuild. However, others remained silent. They were looking, watching, and waiting but hesitant to speak.
To this group, I hear the Lord sounding a battle cry. I see the Captain of the army sounding the
battle cry and rallying the troops. To those that have been silent, the Lord says, "Open your mouth, and I will fill it" (see Psalm 81:10). It is time for the watchmen to take up their battle positions.
Crescendo of the Roar
I see a picture of the Lord striking the ground with a sword. Each time He hits the ground, the roar of the warriors increases. Those who have been silent are beginning to roar. The
voices are joining together in a crescendo.
Again, the Lord says to remind the people, "Do not despair! Am I not the great I AM? Is anything too difficult for Me? Your focus must be on Me. I am the one
that set the moon and stars in the sky. I am the one who created the earth and everything in it. Is anything too difficult for Me? Why are you discouraged and downcast? Why do you doubt My word? What I have decreed will come to pass. Trust Me with the timing.
Trust Me with the outcome."
How to Find Alignment:
• Spend time with Holy Spirit, and inspect your foundation and the land on which you
• Make the necessary repairs and adjustments (be sure to repent).
• Adjust your wardrobe. Dress for work and battle.
• Remove the tape from over your mouth. Look to God, listen to His direction, follow His lead.
• Enter into His presence with thanksgiving.
• Begin to release your roar as you worship, and let that roar spill over into the core of your being.
Heavenly Father, we ask Your forgiveness for the areas of our lives where our foundation has been unsteady and faulty. Thank You for Your truth and that You put us back on track. At this very moment, we shift our focus back on to You, and we pick
up our weapons of warfare.
We commit not to battling according to the world's standard, but to listening to our Commander in Chief and doing battle from Heaven's perspective. We hear the call to be in
the War Room, and we will strategize with You. We decree and declare that nothing is impossible for our God. The war has not been lost. There is a massive victory in the air.
Ruth Hendrickson Ministries
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