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The Life of Faith

Why Demons Tremble When You Call on the Name of the Lord

When you call on the name of the Lord, He hears you! That is clear from His Word. (Psalm 34:17) And the Lord responds immediately, according to His will and the promises in His Word. (John 14:13-14) Even if you don’t immediately see what He is doing or understand the plan, the Lord is always moving and working to perform His will! (Jeremiah 1:12)

“In this world you will have tribulations,” Jesus said. (John 16:33) There have been plenty of tears in the Bible shed by great people of faith, including Jesus, but even amid hard times, God’s faithfulness is seen over and over- and you will see it in your situation too.

“…call on Me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you will glorify Me.” (Psalm 50:15 MEV)

God hears the prayers of the righteous and He can hear you, even if your cry is hidden in your heart. When the righteous cry for help, the demons tremble because they have seen God’s power since the beginning of time and they know He wins every battle.

What Does it Mean to Call on the Lord?

In 2 Chronicles 13, the king of Judah was ambushed and surrounded on every side during a civil war by the king of Israel who had rebelled and was trying to overtake the land. However, the king of Judah, Abijah, stood and proclaimed that he would never abandon the Lord and would continue to worship God and, even in battle, he declared his faith that “God is with us as our leader”. (2 Chronicles 13:10-12)

But King Abijah’s faith in the Lord didn’t stop the battle from coming and as things became more desperate, they did the only thing that they knew could help.

“…Then Judah turned and saw that the battle was both in front of and behind them. Then they cried out to the Lord, and the priests sounded their trumpets…” (2 Chronicles 13:14)

Calling on God means your desperation for His intervention has reached a place that goes beyond your desperate attempts to fight or even survive.

Calling on God means your desperation for His intervention has reached a place that goes beyond your desperate attempts to fight or even survive.

~Alicia Purdy

Yes, God hears the cries of your heart, (Psalm 44:21), but when you lift up your voice and cry out to the Lord, the demons no longer laugh at your exhausted whispers, they hear the sound of battle coming.

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What Does God Hear When you Cry Out to Him?

When you cry out to God, He hears your heart, your mind, your soul, and your spirit. His understanding of your need goes well beyond your own understanding. Does God need you to cry out to Him before He steps in and intervenes? No.

However, when you call on the name of the Lord, you are inviting Him into yourself and into your situation through complete surrender. You don’t ever need to surrender to any enemy – you need to surrender to the Lord and He’ll deal with the enemy.

You don’t need to surrender to any enemy – you need to surrender to the Lord and He’ll deal with the enemy.

~Alicia Purdy

There are no limits to God’s power, resources and authority. And even though you may be in the refiner’s fire or you may not immediately see how He is working, you must stand in faith that the Lord is working on your behalf, for your benefit and good, according to His Word and His good will and the future and hope He has for you.

When you cry out to God with the voice of desperation, He hears your faith, too.

What Happens When You Call on God?

You can always call upon the Lord in troubled times and when the righteous cry out – God answers. The many tears in the Bible that were shed in the darkest hours of people’s lives did not diminish their faith. As their tears streamed down, their voices were raised in a cry to God.

The Bible is clear: The Lord is faithful. He provides. He heals. He sends laborers into the harvest for your loved one. He guides. He shows mercy over judgement. He turns morning into dancing. He forgives. He is slow to anger. He reveals all truth. He comforts. He never leaves you. He comes. He will not be silent.

  • David wrote, “I will call on the Lord, who is worthy to be praised, and I will be saved from my enemies.” (Psalm 18:3 MEV)
  • Psalm 50:15 says, “Call on me when you are in trouble, and I will rescue you. (NLT)
  • Psalm 34:17 says when the righteous cry out “The Lord hears His people when they call to Him for help. He rescues them from all their troubles.” (NLT)
  • Jeremiah 33:3 says, “Call to Me, and I will answer you, and I will show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.” (NKJV)
  • Romans 10:13 says, “For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
  • Psalm 145:19 says, “He fulfills the desire of those who fear Him; he also hears their cry and saves them.” (ESV)

In Psalm 40:1-3 David wrote, “I waited patiently for the Lord, and He turned to me, and heard my cry…” and:

  • He brought me up out of a horrible pit
  • He withdrew me out of the miry clay
  • He set my feet on a rock
  • He established my steps He has put a new song in my mouth, even praise to our God; many will see it, and fear, and will trust in the Lord.” (MEV)

Don’t let the enemy tell you that the Lord didn’t answer just because you’re waiting to see it. When you call on the name of the Lord, He responds immediately.

Daniel 10:12 (NLT) says,Since the first day you began to pray for understanding and to humble yourself before your God, your request has been heard in heaven. I have come in answer to your prayer…” 

Why do demons tremble when you call on the name of the Lord? Your enemies fear your cry to God because they know you’re going to lay down your weapons and let the Lord fight your battles from now on.

How Do You Call on the Name of the Lord? Three Ways to Cry out to God

God doesn’t just want to rescue you, He wants to make sure your enemies are scattered and obliterated, and that the place of your captivity is brought to utter ruin and those who held you captive are completely destroyed.

Your enemies fear your cry to God because they know you’re going to lay down your weapons and let the Lord fight your battles from now on.

~Alicia Purdy

Paul wrote, “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor has it entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him.” (1 Corinthians 2:9, MEV) You can trust the Lord to come to your rescue- don’t be afraid. In fact, CRY OUT to the God who hears! (1 John 5:14)

CRY OUT TO THE LORD IN PRAYER

According to Psalm 34:15, “The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and His ears are open to their cry.” (NKJV)

Jesus prayed earnestly and poured out His heart to God. Jesus wept when He prayed. He went off alone to pray. He prayed with His disciples. Jesus’ modeled a life of prayer and He cried out to God during His time on earth.

God can hear your thoughts, and your whispers, but there is power in the sound of your prayer because “faith comes by hearing.” (Romans 10:17) Sometimes your mind needs to hear – out loud – the prayers of your spirit.

It is a faith-strengthening strategy to lift up your voice and call upon the name of the Lord in prayer!

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CRY OUT TO GOD IN WORSHIP

True worship “in spirit and in truth” is completely God-centered. What praise and worship do is minister to the Lord in gratitude. The Lord “dwells within the praises of His people.” (Psalm 22:3. NKJV) You need to remain very close to the presence of God because “in His presence is fullness of joy” (Psalm 16:11) and “the joy of the Lord is your strength.” (Nehemiah 8:10)

Worship is gratitude to the Lord for what He has done, but it is also an action of faith for what God will do. When you present your body as a living sacrifice to the Lord, you are showing the enemy, the world, and yourself that you believe God heard your cry, that He has sent the answer, and that deserves the glory before, during and after.

Worship is gratitude to the Lord for what He has done, but it is also an action of faith for what God will do.

~Alicia Purdy

David wrote, “I believe I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.” (Psalm 27:13 MEV) And you will too! “He put a new song in my mouth,” David said. (Psalm 40:3)

Your testimony is being written, so cry out to the Lord in praise!

Demons tremble when people of faith worship in faith because demonic principalities lose their power and their position of authority in your life as you lift up the King of Kings!

CALL ON THE NAME OF THE LORD THROUGH HIS WORD

There is no greater power on earth than the Word of God.

  • Hebrews 4:12 says, “For the word of God is alive, and active, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, of joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intents of the heart.” (MEV)
  • Psalm 138:2 says, “You have exalted Your word above all Your name.”
  • Jeremiah 1:12 says, “For I will hasten My word to perform it.”

Do you see what the Lord is speaking here?

You need to be daily in the Word of God and as you are, the Holy Spirit will “quicken” His Word to provide you with a relevant and current Scripture to stand on – that He intends to see through in your life. Stand on that Word! Cry it out in faith!

Jesus had an “IT IS WRITTEN!” to fight the enemy and you need one too. GOD. HONORS. HIS. WORD.

Calling out to the Lord using His own Word has more power than your own words (or anyone else’s) ever could.

Thought for today: The Righteous Cry Out to a Living, Loving God!

Psalm 118:15-17 says, “The voice of rejoicing and salvation is in the tents of the righteous: ‘The right hand of the Lord is valiant! The right hand of the Lord is exalted. The right hand of the Lord is valiant!’ I shall not die, but I shall live and declare the works of the Lord.” (MEV)

The fact is – if you’re not calling on the name of the Lord for your life, your situations, your concerns and problems, in gratitude, in faith, with tears, pouring out your anger, questions, fears and doubt… Do you really believe He’s able?

“In the day I cry to You, then my enemies will turn back,” David wrote. (Psalm 56:8-9)

You must pour out your heart daily in prayer, in worship and cry out through His Word and empty yourself so the Lord can fill you. There isn’t anything that you can’t take to God. You are calling upon the name of the Lord who lives and He will revive you, sustain you, and see you through. CALL ON THE NAME OF THE LORD!

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