If You’re Being Shaken, Here’s How to Respond
Some of you are being shaken right now. You may have had an enemy attack come seemingly out of nowhere. You might be holding on for dear life, wondering why on earth this happened, and what you did to deserve it. If this is you, I have a word for you today.
First, I want you to know this: if you’re being shaken, it’s very likely that you didn’t do anything to deserve it. But if we stop there, we miss the whole point. When God allows shaking in your life, it’s not about “deserving” or not deserving. The “deserving-ness” of it all is really pretty immaterial in the big picture.
Here’s what shaking IS about:
If you’re being shaken, God only allowed it because He wants to prepare a table before you in the presence of your enemies.
Psalm 23:1-6 says:
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters. He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; my cup runs over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”
This passage is key because it says that Papa, the GOOD SHEPHERD, occasionally walks us right through the valley of the shadow of death.
No, really. On purpose.
He allows us to go through this place. Not alone; never alone. He’s right there with His rod and His staff to comfort us.
And by the way, lest you have a bad picture of what the rod and staff are: the shepherd doesn’t use the rod and staff to beat the sheep. The rod is to protect the sheep from wolves and other attackers, and the staff is used to guide the sheep. 🙂
So Papa’s protection and guidance comfort us during our trek through the valley of the shadow of death.
But what’s on the other side of this valley? The table He has prepared for you.
That table is filled with good things. That table is filled with all the meats and desserts and sweet treats you could ever have imagined. He made it for you before the foundation of the world.
But see, in order to get you to that table, He needed a Kingdom-legal victory for which He could reward you.
Nothing is ever free except the free gift of the blood of Jesus and salvation through His name. Promotion comes at a cost. Advancement comes at a cost. There is ALWAYS a price to be paid for growing and advancing in the Kingdom.
And, just like David, the sweet Psalmist of ancient Israel …
In order to promote you, Papa needed a giant for you to kill.
So He looked around and got one out of His wallet. He picked an enemy of His, so He could kill the proverbial two birds with one stone. He thought, “BAM! I can eliminate this giant away from my people PLUS elevate My servant at the same time.”
And He dumped that enemy right in your lap …
… because He trusted you with it.
So Papa has given you this giant to kill, and here’s how to slay it:
Be faithful. Be so faithful it annoys the fight out of your enemies. Be obnoxiously faithful.
Hebrews 12:26b-29 tells us this key to winning the battle if you’re being shaken:
… but now He has promised, saying, “Yet once more I shake not only the earth, but also heaven.”
Now this, “Yet once more,” indicates the removal of those things that are being shaken, as of things that are made, that the things which cannot be shaken may remain.
Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us have grace, by which we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear. For our God is a consuming fire.”
Here’s the thing: when you are fighting a giant, if you will pray, that giant’s actions will expose their true character.
But it works both ways. You will have to show your true character too. And that showing of your true character may hurt a little for some period of time. Jesus was reviled and insulted, but He did not revile or offer insult in return (1 Peter 2:23).
But you know what? If you will be obnoxiously faithful–
If you will REFUSE to be shaken off your post–
If you will refuse to be shaken out of your calling–
If you will stay right where you are, serving God “acceptably with reverence and godly fear”–
then our God who is a Consuming Fire will utterly obliterate your adversaries.
Why? Because the Lord loves justice (Isaiah 61:8), and He will not suffer His holy ones to see corruption. It was true for Jesus, and it’s true for you. It’s the Word of God.
So if you’re being shaken, be obnoxiously faithful:
- Press into God.
- Pray more than you’ve ever prayed.
- Worship more than you’ve ever worshipped.
- Honor and love and pray some more.
- Refuse to abandon the tasks to which God has called you.
- Refuse to abandon the people to whom God has called you.
- Refuse to abandon anything good and holy.
Be so faithful you just annoy the heck out of the devil. Use the grace God has given to you to stay hidden in Christ and outlast your enemies.
And GOD will see you through. HE will bring you to the table He has prepared for you, right in the presence of your enemies. And YOU will be one of those things which cannot be shaken–one of those things which will remain and be a credit and a glory to Jesus Christ, and a crown for the heads of your spiritual mothers and fathers.
Beloved, the battle is very personal. Don’t let the enemy of your soul, the accuser of the brethren, shake you off. GOD is allowing this in your life because He plans to use it to promote you. Hang in there, and He will walk you right on through to victory.
Are you being shaken right now? Does this word speak to you today? If so, please leave a comment below. I’d love to hear your thoughts!
Thank you so much for this! I am really encouraged. It has been a bit difficult at my workplace. I am an grow-up, the truth is I don’t need a lot of friends in a workplace. But it’s always nice to have people to talk to, right? The problem is my workplace is not an easy place to work at. People come and go which shouldn’t happen, however, it happened. Most of my friends I worked closely with and had good relationships, they all left. Then, there is one person still here, she used to be a good friend of mine, somehow something changed, her whole attitudes and her way acting towards me are not the same. I don’t really know what the problem is and I doubt I would ever find out. I remain polite and nice to her. It has been difficult, because I am working overseas. I don’t have a lot of friends, and I don’t go out and make friends all the time, plus with my busy schedule I cannot make many friends. I have been trying to find a church or join a cell group, but I got other work arrangment that I need to attain. I just cannot cancel that. It makes fellowshiping with others more difficult. I do feel like shaken up a bit, and I wonder what is happening. All of these happened only last month or so. I might have one more year contract with this place, and I don’t think it is going to get any better in the near future. (I mean the workplace.) But I do thankful that God is with me all the time and He allows me to get to know Him much more. I praise Him for His protection and His grace. I spend a lot of my free time with Him now. It has been good. I really enjoy it and I have so much to learn about Him. And, I want more of Him.
Sorry for my long message!
Thank you again for your obedience and your work! It is really helpful and empowering. I love reading your blog amd your word of encouragement.
May God bless you abundently!!
Hi Nicole. I empathize with your work situation. I pray that Papa would lead you to a church and small group where you can really make close friends with brothers and sisters in the Lord. Papa didn’t create us to be alone. We need the companionship of our family in Christ in order to stay strong and encouraged and live successfully. May Papa lead you and guide you today with all His divine wisdom, hope, strength, and the encouragement of the Holy Spirit.
Wow! And I mean wow!
Jamie, I believe this is speaking to me! I have a problem within my home, trust has been broken several times. I am having a difficult time with this, trust is everything to me and my past has encountered this before. I am not sure how to handle it? It has been addressed, acknowledged, and presented in a loving way. I find myself being sneaky, snooping non trusting, which I hate!!!
I have felt God’s immense presence….
Denise, thank you for being so honest and transparent. I pray Papa would help you and heal your heart. I feel like I just heard Papa tell me to encourage you to read Psalm 91. Meditate on that chapter until you really get it in your heart. It will help you know how safe you are in Father God’s arms.
Thank you Jamie. A year ago today, I was passed on for a promotion. A position that I was already performing. I felt so betrayed. Although it’s hard everyday here at work, I believe that God will use this unfair situation for my good. Bless your heart Jamie.
I felt an impression the other day from the Lord, I have had some turmoil when I know there should be peace, but I felt like He has started shaking off demonic oppression throughout my family.
That kind of shaking is definitely good, Rebecca! Amen!
Ah Jamie, what a brilliant and biblical encouragement. My daughter has a dark curse over her life (a medically hopeless genetic syndrome) and so our family is walking through the valley of the shadow of death. But, my husband and I are slowly learning how to pray persistently, how to stand on the word of God, and how to declare His healing and destiny over our tiny girl. I am looking forward to that table prepared for us – and longing to invite others in to the feast. Bless you.
Amen. Don’t give up, Amy. Never give up! He watches over His Word to perform it. I pray Papa would give you courage and hope to continue standing in faith this very hour.
Thank you Jamie for this rhema word after a day of great trials. It’s 1:30am in the morning and this encouraged my soul before I go to bed. Thanks for being so faithful with your blogs. I really needed this word. Sorry I missed the Furnace. Blessings in abundance!
We missed you, Norma. I’m so glad Papa used this word to encourage you. May you never be shaken! He is your Rock! 🙂
Hi Jamie I would like to say a big thank you.Your messages have revealed a gift I have been asking God for .I now have a healing gift through your prayer points. Can I please have some healing prayer points. I am praying for my husband for his salvation as well. God greatly bless you.
Hi there, Jacky. Here are the two articles I’ve written that cover healing the most:
Enjoy! I’m so glad Papa is blessing you, and I pray He will continue to POUR out His Spirit and fire on you today! May you sense His love and affection all day, and may He guide you and lead you in everything you do! In Jesus’ name.
Dear Jamie.. What a word… I have been going through a lot… I suspect that the Lord is wanting me to surrender more… It has been tough… This is a great word… I hope to go through and not stay in the same place… It’s been rough… Thank you for your wonderful ministry! You are a blessing to me…
Hi Janet, thank you so much for sharing that. I will pray for you. Yes, Papa is taking us all to new levels of surrender! And making us like Jesus in the process. I pray our Comforter would minister to your heart, soul, body, and spirit today and show Himself to you as your Glory and the Lifter of your head. In Jesus’ name.
Yes Jaime, this is a good word and one that will bear reading over and over in the future. Personally, I hate the shaking times, but looking back I see how God used each one to push and promote me and bring forth the fruit that might not otherwise mature and ripen. I do want you to know that I am learning a lot through your posts- keep pressing in.
Thanks so much, Leah. I don’t like the shaking either. It always feels like it will never end, and I’m always surprised when it does! I pray Papa will multiply His grace and peace today in whatever you are going through. He’s so good and He loves you so much. If it’s a shaking time, may you hang on, hang on, hang on! <3
This word you have given blessed me tremendously. God really used you in doing so he spoke directly to me. Please continue to allow God to use you. May God continue to bless you and your family:)
Wow!! This sure explains a lot. In fact it explains it all. Im already doing this but will do it better now with your guidance here. Thank you Jamie from the bottom of my heart..Bless you!!!!
Hi Jamie, Your letter here is much inline with my thoughts on spiritual attacks and why they come ! And yes I believe God allows, and even iniciates trials for our growth ! And yes, I have been under attack in my body and finances, and even in some church matters since the begining of this new year 2020 !. I am faring through it all with faith, but you have encouraged me to up my faithfulness game ! And that is just what I am going to do, up my prayer, up my worship and up my thankfulness ! Thanks Jamie for holding me accountable !The Lords blessings on you !
Thank you for this prophetic word and encouragement for me and my family to press on. We are so close but not yet there. I can see the finish line but there is such a battle in the spiritual realms. Need to fortify the fortress. Keep on praying and leaning in to God’s plan for us.
Thank you for this word. It is an encouragement since I have been going through the valley for over a year. I’m not giving up because the other side is close at hand. Thanks again for the encouragement.
I so needed this. Thank you!!
Husband and myself falsely accused!! I pray God’s mercy and grace will prevail.
Thank you for the encouragement.
Dear Jamie, I praise and thank our Abba for this encouragement. It gives me greater clarity on a situation in my life and strategy to move forward. As always our Lord is so faithful. Thank you for your obedience and faithfulness and for Michael for reposting. Eph 1:3
Jamie,and Micheal Thank-you! this is so needed right ,now just before I read this I was praying an read ,back what I was asking god ,this is confirmation,Thank-you!
I am going through it right now,Sis Jamie.Thank you so much for encouraging me.
Hi there. Definitely this word speaks to me . Holy Spirit has definitely been encouraging me through your posts as I’ve been reading and praying through them . I have been waiting on my promises to manifest . Have heard Holy Spirit say giant slayer . Definitely not easy , just have to continue seeking God and pressing into him as I know He has already won my battle and the battle belongs to him . Thanks for being faithful to the lord as it’s a blessing to us