In conversation with a military friend, our conversation swung to readiness
actually being mentally as well as physically and spiritually prepared.
John pointed out all of these features are interrelated in a warrior. However, he related the following event which occurred at the turn of the 19th Century and I am going to use it as an illustration of improper information affecting the engagement of an army going into battle.
The gist of the story goes as follows, the battleground was set, the buildup had occurred, and the actual time for the attack to take place was determined. To fully comprehend why the result happened as it did, the battle was over in 15 mins. and the attacking force of seasoned warriors was totally wiped out. There were 500 souls taken in that span of time, The 500 were armed with shields of hard-faced leather and 5 foot Spears (2 per man) along with a machette style blade, and daggers.
The defending force of 50 troops well-positioned and heavily equipped with repeating rifles, machine guns, mortars, grenades and sidearms. Stood their ground and within 15 mins wiped out the charging 500.
Some suggest it was a suicide mission on the part of those who were slaughtered, and in hindsight it was. In retrospect, when we analyze the preparation of the 500 for battle, it will show how they did not lack in the areas of Physical, Mental, or positional preparation. But most importantly it was their weaponry or lack of it which caused their downfall and demise.
Father in heaven we have heard your warnings and are preparing for what is ahead. You Lord know our needs and requirements, We plead with you Father to bring into our lives your leadership skills, strengthen our determination, deepen our ability to discern, plan, and execute according to Your will Father. Identify our spiritual weapons and send through the Holy Spirit the knowledge to maintain and use our weapons effectively Lord. In all of this Lord, we pray in your name Yeshua, Amen and Amen.
God is “a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness” (Psalm 86:15). Like all of God’s attributes, His compassion is infinite and eternal. His compassions never fail; they are new every morning (Lamentations 3:22-23).
When you have faith and courage of an obedient [child of God] to lead in Yeshua’s name, without fear, many will follow your light.