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Similarities of being a soldier and the Art of War; Prt 1.

Sunday, February 24, 2013

1. The principle of objective = plan.
2. The principle of offensive = victory.
3. The principle of mass = power.
4.The principle of economy of force = execution
5. The principle of movement = momentum
6. The principle of surprise = attack.
7. The principle of security = support.
8. The principle of simplicity = accuracy.
9. The principle of cooperation = teamwork.

There are many believers who will sit through the Bible course but will not metabolize the lesson, or if they do, they will fail to apply it at the appropriate time.

A soldier is known by his discipline, his armor, and his weapons so the Christian soldier must be disciplined, have his armor on and know how to use his weapons, EPH 6:10-17.

In Eph 6, among all the armor that Christians should take upon themselves, we read of no back-piece; for if they turn their back, they are unprotected.

HEB 10:38 But My righteous one shall live by faith; And if he shrinks back, My soul has no pleasure in him.

A soldier is greatly encouraged in all his encounters and sharp conflicts with the enemy by considering the reward and honor he shall receive if he holds out and gets the victory.

Although every champion be a soldier, not every soldier is a champion.

This leads us to an analogy between the PPOG and what is known in the military as the nine principles of the art of war.

In the military sense, strategy is defined as the science and art of military command to meet the enemy in combat under advantageous conditions.

God’s strategy is found in the divine power and divine assets which he has prepared for us in eternity past.

This includes His plan, which we call the PPOG, and His method which is to use His power which we call divine omnipotence.

2CO 6:7 In the word of truth, in the power of God; by the weapons of righteousness for the right hand and the left,

The strategy of God for our spiritual warfare is found in the PPOG and His method is operating in divine power. Tactics refers to a device for accomplishing an end or a method of employing forces in combat. We could call tactics the ability to put strategies into operation. Strategies refers to His method and His plan. Tactics refers to putting into operation that method and plan.

Our Lord Jesus Christ won the strategic victory over Satan in the angelic conflict during His first advent and His saving work on the cross.

Never has so much been given to so many as in the Church-age.
One writer makes this statement, in essence, the art of war is the art of life.

Sun Tzu is a Chinese general who lived approximately around 500 BC
The most fundamental of Sun Tzu’s principles for the conduct of war is that “All warfare is based on deception”.

The opposite of deception is actually loyalty, something that is very hard to find.

Sun Tzu – “The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting.”

EPH 6:11 “hold your ground against the strategies of the devil.”
EPH 6:13 “hold your ground in the day that evil attacks you”
JAM 4:7 “Submit therefore to God [execute the PPOG]. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.”
1PE 5:9 “But resist the devil by being firm in your doctrine”

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