I Samuel 17:20,40 Early in the morning David left the flock with a shepherd, loaded up and set out, as Jesse had directed him. He reached the camp as the army was going out to its battle positions shouting THE WAR CRY. Then he (David) took his staff in his hand, chose five smooth stones from the stream, put them in the pouch of his shepherd’s bag and, with his sling in his hand, approached the Philistine.

The battle is on…In the morning you arrive at work as usual after passing through the heavy traffic. The boss meets you at the door and asks you to come into his office. He has some bad news, he says. We are making losses, the budget is tight and we can’t afford to keep you anymore. As you step out of the door, you walk out from what had become a second home for you. The future seems grim…you are too young to retire but too old for anyone to consider re-hiring you. In the afternoon, you pass by the doctor’s to pick up your medical report which is long overdue. To your greatest shock…the results are positive…Yes, you have CANCER.

By the time you get through your driveway, there is only one reality passing through your mind…DEATH and a funeral awaiting your family, friends and acquaintances. Without a word to anyone, you quickly go into the store to fetch out for your violin which has gathered dust for a couple of years. Before your family gets to hear the bad news…they hear the sound of the music and suddenly the house comes alive with purpose and promise.

Like David, the shepherd boy, our lives may seem like business as usual…a predictable routine. Then one single day changes everything. The battle cry sounds outside your doorstep…boys don’t go for war you were told but privately, like David you long become a man…you have the lion and the bear for your witness. You know without a shadow of doubt its time to stand out and be counted as a man…THE TIME FOR YOUR PUBLIC BATTLE HAS COME…DRESS UP FOR BATTLE for the LORD IS WITH YOU!

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