5 Scriptures to Keep in Your Battle Shout Arsenal

Last week's devotion explored a battle between Judah and Israel, at a time when King Jeroboam led the people of Israel away from God's ways.

Even though Judah was outnumbered, King Abijah didn't back down. The enemy had him surrounded from the front and back. But with God on His side, he marched boldly into war.

God defeated Jeroboam when Judah raised their battle shout. (Click here if you didn't get a chance to read last week's lesson.)

Sometimes I can get so blindsided by the unexpected that I forget to cry out for God's help. By having key verses from God's Word in my mind and heart, I can be ready when challenges happen.

Let's develop a battle shout arsenal filled with powerful proclamations today. I've shared a few here to get us started.

Below are 5 Scriptures we can call out when we feel surrounded, just like Abijah. These words represent different times in the Bible when men faced insurmountable odds. The words held power then, and they still do today.

 

1. "But as for us, the Lord is our God, and we have not forsaken Him." 2 Chronicles 13:10 ESV

(Spoken by the king of Judah in the battle against King Jeroboam.)

2. "Help us, O Lord, our God, for we rely on you..." 2 Chronicles 14:11 

(Spoken by Asa, king of Judah, in war against Ethiopia.)

3. "Do not be afraid...for the battle is not yours but God's." 2 Chronicles 20:15

(Spoken by Jahaziel, son of Zechariah, when Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir came against Judah.)

4. "Believe in the Lord your God, and you will be established; believe his prophets, and you will succeed." 2 Chronicles 20:20

(Spoken to the people of Judah by King Jehoshaphat before going to battle against Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir.)

5. "Shout, for the Lord has given you this city." Joshua 6:16

(Spoken by Joshua at the battle of Jericho, before the walls came down.)

 

Do you have any other power-packed verses you like to call out when facing challenges in your own life? I'd love to hear about them. Feel free to share your favorites in the comments below.

Kristine

 

 

God Hears Your Battle Shout

Last week’s devotion looked at the importance of surrounding ourselves with warriors willing to stand by us in battle. If you did not get the chance to read it, I encourage you to click here and read about the other giants in David’s life.

 

Even when we have our warriors with us, sometimes the enemy has us surrounded.

 

We feel them closing in, and we can’t find an escape.

 

This is what happened to Abijah when his kingdom of Judah was at war with Israel. Abijah stood for what was right in the eyes of God. And even though he was outnumbered by Jeroboam and his armies, Abijah did not back down from battle.

 

"But as for us, the Lord is our God, and we have not forsaken him." 2 Chronicles 13:10 ESV (Tweet this.)

 

At the time, Jeroboam wasn’t leading the people of Israel in the ways of God. So he didn’t listen when Abijah sent his warning.

 

“...do not fight against the Lord, the God of your fathers, for you cannot succeed.”

 

Abijah faced troops in front of them, and Jeroboam sent an ambush to attack from behind. Judah was surrounded by the enemy.

 

There will be times in life when the enemy closes in, when we don’t see a way out, when there seems to be no hope. Because we know those times will come, we need to have a battle shout ready, just like Abijah did.

 

“And when Judah looked, behold, the battle was in front of and behind them. And they cried to the Lord, and the priests blew the trumpets. Then the men of Judah raised the battle shout. And when the men of Judah shouted, God defeated Jeroboam and all Israel before Abijah and Judah.” 2 Chronicles 13:14-15 ESV

 

When the men of Judah saw that the situation looked bleak, they cried to the Lord. God hears our cries of anguish. He is there, even when we feel like the battle lines forged a chasm between us. Nothing can separate us from His love. (Romans 8:35)

Knowing God will never leave us in battle helps us trust Him in every circumstance.

 

That’s a beautiful thought, but when a desperate situation comes crashing into our lives, it’s hard to hold onto that promise.

 

That’s why we should know our battle shout, so we’re ready when hardship happens.

 

When God heard the battle cry, He defeated Judah’s enemy, right in front of them. Sometimes, like in Abijah’s situation, we see God work immediately, taking down the enemy right before us. Other times, it doesn’t look the way we think it will. It’s during those times we need to trust God to take care of it, regardless of what we see happening in the moment.

 

 

We must trust that God hears our battle shout. (Tweet this.)

 

Are you facing a situation that seems hopeless? Have you questioned whether God hears you at all? Let’s commit together today to develop a battle shout. Let’s stand side-by-side, warriors believing and trusting in the God who loves us. And if doubt or fear threatens to take over, we will be ready.

 

Kristine

 

Want to find your battle shout? Do you long to be ready when opposition comes? Next week we will look at 5 Scriptures to have in your battle shout arsenal.