Dose of Encouragement

Church Family, over the next 40 days I will send you period updates and challenges; some of my own creation and some borrowed from various sources. This word of encouragement comes from Tom Doty and is part of the 40 Day Prayer Challenge issued by the ARKANSAS BAPTIST STATE CONVENTION.

 “Raise the Battle Cry” – Tom Doty

He arrived at the perimeter of the camp as the army was marching out to
its battle formation shouting their battle cry.
1 Samuel 17:20 (HCSB)

God is calling us to a very real battle over the next 40 days.
The story of David and Goliath in 1 Samuel 17 is one of the
most familiar in the Bible. For forty days, the enemy
presented himself day and night; we too will face an enemy
for forty days. Every day we will see and feel the effects of
the enemy as we seek God.

During this time of asking God for revival, the battle lines
have been drawn. God’s people are taking their stand. God
is calling His people to battle for the cause of Christ.

God assured David that He would deliver a victory (1 Samuel
17:37). Like David, we do not battle the enemy alone. God is
with us and goes before us preparing the way. God
prepared David with a sling and a handful of stones, and He
will surely prepare us. God always equips those He calls.

Our greatest defense in this battle is our battle cry. It is not
the size of the church, it is not the ability of the people, but it
is the battle cry of His people. The battle is not ours. The
battle is God’s (1 Samuel 17:47).
“Father, as I enter into the great battle for the church and for lost
souls, I acknowledge that the battle is yours. Hear my battle cry!”