For though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh.
For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. 2 Corinthians 10:3-4
September 20, 1863 – Chickamauga, GA
The scene: Union Colonel John T. Wilder’s mounted infantry brigade, known as the “Lightning Brigade”, armed with Spencer repeating rifles, was about to advance upon the enemy in a sweeping flank attack move, when suddenly, Assistant Secretary of War, Charles Dana appears. Dana, newly arrived at the battlefield, and finding himself separated from the Union leadership, orders Colonel Wilder to not make the attack, but to retreat and escort him back to Chattanooga. Unsure of Dana’s authority for such an order, Colonel Wilder concedes, and the opportunity for a successful attack was lost. The hardest hitting and most effective Union unit is pulled from the battlefield.
Have you ever found yourself in a similar spot in life, where you are positioned and poised for success, only to be derailed by a surprise situation, causing you to have to change direction and abandon your position, leaving you disappointed and wondering “what if?”
Kingdom men, similar to Colonel Wilder, we have been armed with powerful weapons. Not weapons of the flesh, but of the Spirit. The weapons of God’s Word, Prayer, Worship, Fasting, Communion, and Fellowship. But, like Colonel Wilder, how often are we unsure of whose authority to heed on the battlefield of life? When temptations come, and we give in to selfishness and give ground to the enemy. Leaving the battlefield, more comfortable with defeat than with victory? Wondering what would victory have looked like?
Remember Whose you are. Remember Who gave you weapons that “have divine power to destroy strongholds.” Strongholds are prisons. Prisons are built strong to keep people inside; to keep them from having freedom.
“For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.” Galatians 5:1
Daily Battle Order:
Our God destroys the strongholds, the prisons in our life, through the weapons of spiritual warfare that He has given us. In the words of singer song writer Zach Williams, our God is a “pain taker…way maker…prison shaker…chain breaker”.
Kingdom man challenge:
When temptations come, instead of giving ground to the enemy, give heed to God’s Word; submit to the Lord in Prayer; Worship in the midst of the circumstances; Biblically fast to focus and seek God’s direction; Do not forsake the Communion of the Saints (the Church body) and the sharing of Communion in remembrance of Christ’s sacrifice for you; and Fellowship with fellow believers, reaching out to your wingman or wingmen, asking them to come alongside you.
Join us tomorrow as we focus on another core lesson from the Battlefield at Chickamauga when we find ourselves in the situation of being “Pinned Down”.