The Battle Cry


(original photo from the youth service)

These are the speaking notes for a youth service I preached for TN District North American Missionary Nathan McCrury on this past Friday night, Sept. 19th, in Parker’s Crossroads, TN. The service was in an outdoor amphitheater at the city park. They have their weekly services in a community building in the park. Pray for the Parker’s Crossroads United Pentecostals as they lift a battle cry over the community of their calling!

Click here for an audio recording of the message.

The Battle Cry- not a shout of praise and worship. A shout of aggression, determination, a declaration.

2 functions of a battle cry according to Wikipedia- arouse aggression and induce intimidation.

We’ve come tonight to commit spiritual warfare, to break the back of the devil, to take dominion over spiritual wickedness in high places. Be prepared to be attacked by the enemy. But do not be afraid.

Judges 7:9-15 Gideon saw

And when Gideon was come, behold, there was a man that told a dream unto his fellow, and said, Behold, I dreamed a dream, and, lo, a cake of barley bread tumbled into the host of Midian, and came unto a tent, and smote it that it fell, and overturned it, that the tent lay along. And his fellow answered and said, This is nothing else save the sword of Gideon the son of Joash, a man of Israel: for into his hand hath God delivered Midian, and all the host. And it was so, when Gideon heard the telling of the dream, and the interpretation thereof, that he worshipped, and returned into the host of Israel, and said, Arise; for the Lord hath delivered into your hand the host of Midian. (‭Judges‬ ‭7‬:‭13-15‬ KJV)

The enemy declared its own doom.
There is a spirit out there, slinging its head, flinging its venom. The devil stalks like a lion seeking who he can devour. But it is toothless, clawless, and powerless. Gideon had to see that before he could go into battle.

Judges 7:15-18 Gideon stood

And it was so, when Gideon heard the telling of the dream, and the interpretation thereof, that he worshipped, and returned into the host of Israel, and said, Arise; for the Lord hath delivered into your hand the host of Midian. And he divided the three hundred men into three companies, and he put a trumpet in every man’s hand, with empty pitchers, and lamps within the pitchers. And he said unto them, Look on me, and do likewise: and, behold, when I come to the outside of the camp, it shall be that, as I do, so shall ye do. When I blow with a trumpet, I and all that are with me, then blow ye the trumpets also on every side of all the camp, and say, The sword of the Lord, and of Gideon. (‭Judges‬ ‭7‬:‭15-18‬ KJV)

Arise, he said. He placed them and he placed himself. There they all remained.

Judges‬ ‭7‬:‭19-2 Gideon shouted the battle cry. The sword of The Lord and of Gideon.

So Gideon, and the hundred men that were with him, came unto the outside of the camp in the beginning of the middle watch; and they had but newly set the watch: and they blew the trumpets, and brake the pitchers that were in their hands. And the three companies blew the trumpets, and brake the pitchers, and held the lamps in their left hands, and the trumpets in their right hands to blow withal: and they cried, The sword of the Lord, and of Gideon. And they stood every man in his place round about the camp: and all the host ran, and cried, and fled. (‭Judges‬ ‭7‬:‭19-21‬ KJV)

The battle cry is passed down through generations. What we accept slowly creeps into our generations. What we preach does too. What we practice is more powerful still. But what we war against with our battle cry says more about us than all the rest of it- what our children will take up war against will be a testament to us or a judgment against us.

Satan is writhing. Shout him down. Bruise his head. That’s our legacy. We get to bruise him.

Jesus delivered the enemy to us. He lead captivity captive. All we have to do is take dominion. 

There are things that grieve my spirit going on in this world. When I see what the devil and the culture is making out of our youth, I get angry. When I hear the lies that the world is deceiving so many with, I get beside myself with anger. The way everything is accepted and nothing is rejected. There’s some things we need to reject. The culture is inoculating our kids against the shock that sin is supposed to cause. They’re used to gay classmates and teachers. They hear the stories of premarital sex. They learn how to be tolerant. There are things we aren’t supposed to tolerate.

We, and our students, don’t do the world any good by being tolerant of sin. We need to see that The Lord is on our side. We need to plant our feet and stand in the right. And we need a blood-curling battle cry!

Click here for an audio recording of the message.

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