The Importance of Accurate Intelligence in War

Intelligence failures have caused great difficulties in war. Let me give you three examples from World War II:

  • The Germans failed to properly anticipate the D-Day landings at Normandy. They believed a lie that the Allies fed them, that the landings would be at Pas-de-Calais.
  • Just preceding the Battle of the Bulge, the Allies misunderstood the information from the front lines that there was great enemy movement of forces.
  • In Operation Market Garden, the Allies dismissed clear intelligence that told them strong tank forces were in the areas of parachute drops critical to mission success.

As a result of being deceived, by accepting a lie as truth, the Germans failed to stop the invasion of France and eventually lost the war. As a result of misunderstanding information, the Allies almost lost the Battle of the Bulge, and many soldiers were wounded or lost their lives. And by dismissing truth as a lie, Operation Market Garden in the Netherlands failed, the war continued for many more months, and many more soldiers died.

Oh Beloved, I wonder if we are aware of the warfare on the horizon. God clearly tells us that the last days will be difficult days, overrun with difficult people. People who are deceived—and deceivers. Open enemies of Jesus Christ. We cannot go into battle unprepared. We must know Truth for ourselves.

One of the reasons for the dark, almost 400 years of defeat in Israel’s time of the judges was because there arose a generation “who did not know the Lord, nor yet the work which He had done for Israel” (Judges 2:10).

Therefore, the Lord left some nations in the land of Canaan after Joshua’s death “to test Israel by them (that is, all who had not experienced any of the wars of Canaan; only in order that the generations of the sons of Israel might be taught war, those who had not experienced it formerly)” (Judges 3:1–2).

Why don’t you look up Judges 3:1–2 in your Bible and underline these words.

Now, Beloved, have you been taught war? Do you know your enemy, as well as your weapons? Take a few minutes and list the things that you know about spiritual warfare and how you know them.

What I Know. . .

How I Know It. . .

This blog post is excerpted from the out-of-print 30-day devotional “How to Stand Firm Against the Five Deadly D’s” by Kay Arthur.

Additional Bible study resources on Spiritual Warfare.

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