Yes, saints, with everything happening in just the last couple of years, the enemy has tried over and over to silence us in many ways...but NO MORE!
This short and powerful word from Craig Cooney will empower you in this hour as he says this:
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On a recent Sunday in church, as we sang the song "Gratitude" (by Brandon Lake), I strongly sensed that many of God's people have lost their roar. I was especially thinking about these lyrics in the song:
So come on, my soul
Oh, don't you get shy on me
Lift up your song
'Cause you've got a lion inside of those lungs
Get up and praise the Lord
For some, that lion inside has become a kitten. The roar has become a purr or a "meow." You need to reclaim your roar!
Several years ago, after a very difficult time in my life, I was constantly praying: "God, I want to hear Your voice."
One day, as soon as I had said this, I clearly heard God say back to me: "Craig, I want to hear your voice again."
I hadn't realized it, but over time, weariness, discouragement, opposition and fear of other's opinions had silenced me.
God was calling me to UNMUTE myself, and to start speaking out what He had put within me. I needed to reclaim my roar!
Reclaiming Our Roar
In 1 Samuel 17:52, we are told that when David killed Goliath, the people of Israel raised their voices and shouted: "Then the men of Israel and Judah surged forward with a shout and pursued the Philistines..."
For 40 days, God's people had been silenced by the shouts of the enemy Goliath – his lies, threats and intimidation. Fear had caused them to muzzle their mouths, so they wouldn't draw attention to themselves. But when David won the victory on their behalf, they raised their voices once again. Their silence was broken. Their tongues were loosed. They let out a roar! (Photo via Pixabay)
A girl I know once told me that, as a child, she had always been labeled by her mum as "shy." From that point on, she had taken on this identity, and for many years she hid from others, never expressed an opinion and was rarely noticed.
However, one day, her heavenly Father gave her a revelation through a powerful prophetic word that she wasn't shy. She was confident, bold, fearless and fierce. This word broke the lies of the enemy that she had been living out for many years. She is now a great leader, speaker and influencer among her peers. She found her voice.
Have You Been Silenced? It's Time to Let Out a Shout!
I wonder if you have come into agreement with the lies that have been spoken over you. Have you allowed others to define you, rather than living out and fully expressing the unique person God made you to be? Have you been silenced or shut down by something that happened in your past? Maybe shame or regret over a failure? Maybe you compare yourself to others and think that anything they say is much more important or interesting than what you can express.
Over the past few years, many have been physically muzzled by masks. We have been isolated and distanced. And perhaps we have become too insulated and have opted for a safe, quiet life.
God is calling you out of hiding. Remove the muzzle. Break free of containment. Step into your space. Express all that He has placed inside of you. Reclaim your roar!
You are on the victorious side. The battle is won. The enemy is defeated. Therefore, the Lord wants you to let out a SHOUT!
Maybe today you need to go somewhere and let out a HUGE SHOUT – a shout of victory; a shout of battle; a shout of defiance; a shout of boldness; a shout of praise.
Sometimes I do this in my car when I'm driving. It feels so good! Try it. It will let the enemy know that you will not be silenced any longer. The Lion of Judah lives inside you.
It's time to reclaim your roar.
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HOPE Church | Daily Prophetic
Craig Cooney has been in ordained ministry for 15 years, leading churches in the north and south of Ireland. He is married to Becky and they have a very active nine-year-old son called Elijah, as well as a labradoodle puppy called Henry. Craig is the author of four books: "The Tension of Transition," "SPIRIT SPEAK," "I Hear Yahweh," and "When the Lamb Roars." His passion is to help Believers to hear God's voice for themselves and apply God's wisdom as they navigate through the transitions of life.
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