Morning Coffee with Jesus - January 18, 2010
Greetings loved ones. Welcome to Monday.
Today’s “Morning Coffee with Jesus” comes from Ephesians 6:11-13. “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”
Last evening on the History channel, I watched a program about the Civil War and Sun Tsu’s “The Art of War.” In this program, several learned men examined the battle of Gettysburg and Robert E. Lee’s blatant disregard for Sun Tsu’s military tactics documented in “The Art of War,” which Lee studied at West Point.
“The Art of War” clearly defines when it is appropriate to attack the enemy and when it is inappropriate. The entire battle at Gettysburg should have been avoided but Lee disregarded what he had learned because he put too much emphasis on what was occurring at the moment rather than remaining focused on his original strategy. Because he disregarded all of the training and the good sense he had up to that point in the war (and won every major battle up to that point) Lee lost not only the battle but the war too. Although deemed a stalemate, the battle at Gettysburg was a pivotal point in the war resulting in the Army of Northern Virginia’s ultimate surrender.
In the Introduction in “The Art of War”, written by Brigadier General Thomas R. Phillips, he writes, “The Art of War teaches us to rely not on the likelihood of the enemy’s not coming, but on our own readiness to receive him; not on the chance of his not attacking, but rather on the fact that we have made our position unassailable.”¹
As part of the army of Jesus Christ, have we relied on the likelihood that the enemy is not coming? Trust me, the enemy of your soul is waiting for the opportunity to devour you. We need to be ready to fight the enemy when he rears his head and be so well prepared to do battle that we, too are unassailable.
Jesus was assailed during the 40 days in the wilderness but because he had knowledge of the scriptures he was able to stand strong. If Jesus used the Word of God to make himself unassailable, how much more should we be ready to defend ourselves when (not “if!”) the enemy comes to strike us down?
Have an awesome day in Jesus. Go MAD in someone’s life today!
stay His !