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Army Arise

ByAngie Schott

Army Arise

Two weeks ago we had our launch party. As unorganized as I was, it was great and we all had a lot of fun. We were all excited leading up to the launch in the Women On The Warpath Facebook Battalion. We had fellowship, prizes, and a lot of laughs at my expense. We had fun! I loved it… but the launch wasn’t all it. We had our launch, now it is time to soar.

A few days before, God gave our battalion MARCHING ORDERS. I will come back to those in another post, but He also said that He would give us more time and time again. He built us to be an Army.

Our name and theme are not an accident! It is not just to go with the trendy old phrase of prayer warriors or to hop on the war room bandwagon. He wants us to be a battalion for Him! He didn’t send us through boot camp and launch us to just sit. He wants us to soar! He wants us to learn new skills and tactics to take the enemy out. He wants us to train new recruits!

What happens when a new recruit goes to boot camp? They are trained, and they are waiting for that graduation; excited to move on. But then what? Then they are off to fight, to train more, and do all that they were trained to do.

It is time for the army to arise!

Many times when I am praying and studying about this ministry I am taken to the book of Joel. When God revealed this word to share with you all the night of the launch party, He gave me two sources of scripture. One from Joel and one from Esther. I want to leave these passages with you to pray over.

Joel 1:14

Consecrate a fast, Call a sacred assembly; Gather the elders And all the inhabitants of the land
Into the house of the Lord your God, And cry out to the Lord.

Ladies, it is time for us to cry out! It is not the time for us to just sit back and say, “Well, we got to launch so now we can sit back and relax as a battalion and just see all of our prayers answered because we worked hard this last year. We know all that there is to know, so now we can just take it easy.” It’s not going to happen that way! We have to keep training! Soldiers, after basic training, they go on to learn more and undergo more training. That’s how they move up the ranks… and if we want to move up the ranks in the Kingdom of Heaven then we are going to have to keep fighting, learning, and training. We are going to have to fast longer, pray harder, and fight even more.

You don’t ever reach a point where you just sit back and your prayers are answered.

Esther 4:13-16

13 And Mordecai told them to answer Esther: “Do not think in your heart that you will escape in the king’s palace any more than all the other Jews.
14 For if you remain completely silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?”
15 Then Esther told them to reply to Mordecai:
16 “Go, gather all the Jews who are present in Shushan, and fast for me; neither eat nor drink for three days, night or day. My maids and I will fast likewise. And so I will go to the king, which is against the law; and if I perish, I perish!”

Ladies… This needs to be where our mindset is right now. If we have to fast and give things up that we adore. If we have to pray until our eyes are completely dry. If we have to stay on our knees until we can’t get up, then so be it. We will beseech the Lord and we will fight for what is right!

If those scriptures I quoted above don’t describe what our Battalion and prayer days are about, I don’t know what does. Buck up, warriors. Time to pull up our boots, plaster on some war paint, and hit the fields. It’s time for war! ARMY ARISE!

He’s looking for a few good women. Women that will rise up an army and fight for Him. Women that are not afraid to take out the enemy. Women willing to fast and pray as if everything depends on that one prayer… because it may.

Now… Will you fight with us?

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