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Below is the message for Week 43 from the book Glorious Messages About God & Freedom. Please use this message as your inspirational devotional message this week for the UNLEASH GOD'S FULL POWER TRAINING PROGRAM and visit this page whenever you need to read the message that goes along with each week of the year as you proceed thorough this training program to UNLEASH GOD'S FULL POWER IN YOUR LIFE AND IN OUR WORLD!

THIS WEEK'S MESSAGE:
God Fought For Us: The Power Of Faith & Prayer On Display At The Battle Of Agincourt!

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On this glorious Sunday of our Lord Jesus I would like to recall a special moment in history that took place on a late October day like today in 1415 in a field in France known as Agincourt. Two great armies met on this field in battle however only one army had put their complete trust in God through their prayers as they were led by their devout King Henry V. The overwhelming victory by the English at the Battle of Agincourt is a shining example of what faith and prayer can do and a reminder that no matter what we are up against or how imposing the odds may be our God can always give us victory when we go to Him for help and put our complete faith in Him just as King Henry V did at Agincourt.
The most famous account of this legendary battle is none other than Shakespeare’s famous play Henry V which is not only a theatrical masterpiece but is also an excellent historical rendering of all that transpired. Shakespeare was obviously impressed by Henry V and his devotion to God and Shakespeare used his immense talent to display just how much King Henry relied upon God in scenes like the King’s prayer the night before the battle:
“O God of battles! steel my soldiers' hearts;
Possess them not with fear; take from them now
The sense of reckoning, if the opposed numbers
Pluck their hearts from them. Not to-day, O Lord,
O, not to-day, think not upon the fault
My father made in compassing the crown!
I Richard's body have interred anew;
And on it have bestow'd more contrite tears
Than from it issued forced drops of blood:
Five hundred poor I have in yearly pay,
Who twice a-day their wither'd hands hold up
Toward heaven, to pardon blood; and I have built
Two chantries, where the sad and solemn priests
Sing still for Richard's soul. More will I do;
Though all that I can do is nothing worth,
Since that my penitence comes after all,
Imploring pardon.”
Whether it is the words of Shakespeare or the actual words of Henry V as recorded by eyewitnesses in the historical records the great faith of King Henry is evident in all that he did during the battle. At a key moment when many of his advisors were urging him not to fight because they were so vastly outnumbered and in such poor condition to be able to engage in battle King Henry told them: "Do you not believe, that the Almighty, with these His humble few, is able to overcome the opposing arrogance of the French, who boast of their great numbers and their own strength? As if to say He can if He wishes. And, as I myself believe, it was not possible, because of the true righteousness of God, for misfortune to befall a son of His with so sublime a faith, any more than befell Judas Maccabeus...”
As inspiring as these words of Henry V are to read it is Shakespeare who gives us an even greater appreciation of the huge impact that King Henry’s faith in God had upon his men facing such overwhelming odds. In what is now famously known as the “Band of Brothers” speech in Shakespeare’s Henry V it is impossible to hear the words of King Henry and not be inspired as his men were to charge into whatever battle is before us trusting God for victory just as Henry V did:
“WESTMORELAND: O that we now had here
But one ten thousand of those men in England
That do no work to-day!
KING HENRY: What's he that wishes so?
My cousin Westmoreland? No, my fair cousin.
If we are marked to die, we are enough
To do our country loss; and if to live,
The fewer men, the greater share of honor.
God's will, I pray thee, wish not one man more.
By Jove, I am not covetous for gold,
Nor care I who doth feed upon my cost;
It yearns me not if men my garments wear;
Such outward things dwell not in my desires.
But if it be a sin to covet honor
I am the most offending soul alive.
No, faith, my coz, wish not a man from England.
God's peace, I would not lose so great an honor
As one man more, methinks, would share from me
For the best hope I have. O, do not wish one more!
Rather proclaim it, Westmoreland, through my host
That he which hath no stomach to this fight,
Let him depart; his passport shall be made
And crowns for convoy put into his purse.
We would not die in that man's company
That fears his fellowship to die with us.
This day is called the Feast of Crispian.
He that outlives this day and comes safe home
Will stand a-tiptoe when this day is named
And rouse him at the name of Crispian.
He that shall see this day and live old age
Will yearly on the vigil feast his neighbors
And say, "Tomorrow is Saint Crispian."
Then will he strip his sleeve and show his scars,
And say, "These wounds I had on Crispin's Day."
Old men forget; yet all shall be forgot,
But he'll remember with advantages
What feats he did that day, Then shall our names,
Familiar in his mouth as household words -
Harry the King, and Exeter,
Warwick and Talbot, Salisbury and Gloucester -
Be in their flowing cups freshly remembered.
This story shall a good man teach his son;
And Crispin Crispian shall ne'er go by,
From this day to the ending of the world,
But we in it shall be remembered -
We few, we happy few, we band of brothers.
For he today that sheds his blood with me
Shall be my brother; be he ne'er so vile,
This day shall gentle his condition.
And gentlemen in England now abed
Shall think themselves accursed they were not here,
And hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks
That fought with us upon Saint Crispin's Day.”

Even when the battle was over and King Henry had won a spectacular victory he does not forget to immediately thank God proclaiming: "Praised be God, and not our strength, for it." He goes so far as to forbid his men on penalty of death "to boast of this or take that praise from God which is His only" and orders that Non Nobis & Te Deum be played to honor God. When one of King Henry’s commanders asks him: “Is it not lawful, an please your majesty, to tell how many is killed?” Henry’s response echoes exactly what God’s people proclaimed in Joshua 10:14 after another great victory where God had dramatically delivered His people: “Yes, captain; but with this acknowledgement, That God fought for us.”
As Christians we can and must draw inspiration from our glorious heritage of faith and learn from those who did it right like King Henry V. When everything looked hopeless King Henry humbly appealed to God for help, he then had complete confidence that God would give him help, and finally King Henry thanked and praised God for winning the battle. THIS is how the power of God can be unleashed in our world against the enemies of God. Let us, therefore, always remember the Battle of Agincourt and what is possible with God and let us go forward in faith because GOD WILL ALWAYS FIGHT FOR US! (Joshua 10:25)


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