Grace Bible Church
Robert R. McLaughlin
Sunday, July 7, 2013

The word for is the subordinating conjunction “hoti” which could also be translated because.

You may think that it is against people because you live by sight, but ultimately it is not.

The Christian soldier has his warfare appointed to him and his enemies are made known to him by the Scriptures.

REV 17:14 “These will wage war against the Lamb, and the Lamb will overcome them, because He is Lord of lords and King of kings, and those who are with Him are the called and chosen and faithful.”

1JO 2:15-17, Do not love the world, nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world. And the world is passing away, and also its lusts; but the one who does the will of God abides forever.

The things of the world, the pleasures or the profits of the world take the believer away from the plan of God.

LUK 9:25, “For what is a man profited if he gains the whole world, and loses or forfeits himself?”

MAT 13:22, “And the one on whom seed was sown among the thorns, this is the man who hears the word, and the worry of the world, and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful.

2CO 2:11,  we need to live in order that no advantage be taken of us by Satan; for we are not ignorant of his schemes.

1. The principle of objective.
2. The principle of offensive action.
3. The principle of mass.
4. The principle of economy of force.
5. The principle of movement.
6. The principle of surprise.
7. The principle of security.
8. The principle of simplicity.
9. The principle of cooperation.

Cooperation within a command is attained when everyone interprets his orders in an intelligent manner, and executes them in accordance with the Spirit and the intent of the authority issuing them.

Cooperation is attained by each working for a common objective without reference to individual ambition.

This is revealed by the nine principles of warfare.

1. The principle of objective.
JOH 15:16 “You did not choose Me, but I chose you, and appointed you, that you should go and bear fruit,
and {that} your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask of the Father in My name, He may give to you.

2. Offensive action.

3. The principle of mass.

The concept of mass includes the numbers, weapons, tactical skill, fighting ability, determination, discipline, morale, & the leadership which are all part of the power in the military principle of mass.
Success in warfare is attained by the employment of mass in a main effort at the proper time at the proper place for the accomplishment of a definite purpose.

4. The fourth principle of war is called the principle of economy of force.

Economy of force is the means by which military mass is deployed or arranged in a main effort.

5. The fifth principle of warfare is the principle of movement. The term “movement” is a technical, military category referring to the maneuver of combat arms and their support units.

The principle of movement means to bring military mass into close contact with the enemy to secure a decisive result.

6. The sixth principle of warfare is called the principle of surprise. Surprise in some form is essential to obtain maximum effect in battle with minimum loss.

Surprise occurs in many categories of military activity:  Time, place, direction, force, tactics, and weapons.
The surprises to Satan during the Church-age are the tactical victories of believers from varying races, cultures, mentalities, talents, and handicaps.

And no greatness by any old testament saint has so shocked, surprised, and defeated Satan like the most “insignificant” of believers attaining maturity in the PPOG.

Every factor related to the PPOG, the unique life, the lifestyle of wisdom, has taken Satan completely by surprise.

In every generation of the Church-age, Satan counterattacks with his cosmic system.

Cosmic one is Satan’s exploitation of believers through their own arrogance.

Cosmic two is Satan’s propaganda and indoctrination college to educate and promote antagonism toward anything related to God.

The cosmic system exists now in the church age as Satan’s greatest genius in order to distract, to counterattack, and to neutralize the effectiveness of God’s power on earth inside the PPOG.

Today Satan’s counterattack is effective because of lack of believers’ cognition of B.D., because of the failure of the believer in spiritual childhood to establish and continue the habit of perception, metabolization and application of B.D.

7. Number seven, or the seventh principle of war is the principle of security.

Security is defined in military science and tactics as all measures which are taken to guard against observations, surprise, and hostile interference with effective maneuver.

The analogy for us not only includes eternal security for every believer at salvation, but also emphasizes the fantastic problem solving devices.

PRO 21:31 The horse is prepared for the day of battle, but victory belongs to the Lord.

EXO 14:14  “The Lord will fight for you while you keep silent.”
The principle is that until God makes the decision, nothing will remove the believer from this life.

Because God’s wisdom and decision is perfect, we must accept God’s decision in the time, place, and manner of the death of someone we love, or in our own death.

While we think of life in terms of longevity, God thinks of life in terms of his wisdom, love, integrity, and grace.

8. The principle of simplicity. “Simplicity” is used in a technical sense in the subject of military science.

Simplicity means that all military plans, at any level of command, must be simple and free from complicated maneuvers.

Frequent changes of plans should be avoided, and the unity of command should be observed.

The “unity of command” is in the hands of God the Father, who authorized the plan.

Then God the Son who provided our entrance into the plan by His work on the cross.

God the Holy Spirit, Who provides the power for our execution of His plan.

PRO 30:5 Every word of God is tested; He is a shield to those who take refuge in Him.

9. The ninth principle of war is the principle of cooperation.
By cooperation is meant that all elements of a mission work together for the accomplishment of that operation.
Cooperation within a command is attained when everyone interprets his orders in an intelligent manner, and executes them in accordance with the Spirit and the intent of the authority issuing them.
Between independent commanders, cooperation is attained by each working for a common objective without reference to individual ambition.

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