“This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua then commanded the officers of Israel, “Go through the camp and tell the people to get their provisions ready. In three days you will cross the Jordan River and take possession of the land the Lord your God is giving you.” Joshua 1:9-11 NLT
“You have not gone up to the breaches in the wall to repair it for the people of Israel so that it will stand firm in the battle on the day of the Lord.” Ezek 13:5
Yesterday we learned of an historic miscommunication during the battle of Chickamauga. Before that large gap could be filled, Longstreet’s launched his multi-division assault, which happened to be centered at that point. The result was a breakthrough that routed at least a third of Union General Rosencrans’s army. (Yes, the same Longstreet that oversaw “Pickett’s Charge” 3 months earlier at Gettysburg.)
This particular point in the battle stood out to me. It struck me that there were lessons for us as kingdom men on both sides of this battle.
As a kingdom man I must close the gaps in my spiritual defenses if I am going to avoid the defeats that have come too often in my life. I must strengthen my relationship with my commanding officer (God the Father) so our lines of communication are clear. I have to know the right place to be and then actually be there, not being pulled away by a false command. Think about how a scene in a movie you probably shouldn’t be watching takes your mind (and maybe even your internet browser) to a place you didn’t even want to go. When we get “out of place” we open up gaps in our spiritual defenses that can allow the enemy through and create the opportunity for defeats in our own lives. So Kingdom Man, pay attention to your gaps. Avoid them first of all and close them quickly when they happen.
But what about the other side of the battle? If we switch our perspective it looks different. When our commander gives an order because He knows our enemy has a gap in his defenses we need to be ready to break through on the way to victory. This is a great part of being a Kingdom Man. Our general has the full view of the battle and always knows where to send his warriors to gain ultimate victory. We just have to have confidence to follow His orders.
Daily Battle Order:
Take a few minutes to think about places you open up gaps in your spiritual defenses – write them down. Consider a plan for closing each of those gaps with the help of your General. Ask Him for help (that means pray). Then follow His instructions. We will all still lose some battles along the way, but remember that we already know the final outcome of the war.
Join us tomorrow as we learn the role of Truth in our lives as part of the Armor of God..
Kingdom Men: Join us the weekend of 10 April, on the Chickamauga battlefield in northern Georgia to construct what Victory is for you and your family.