The Importance of Communication
Another key to success in warfare is communication. If you aren’t in communication with your commander or the forces on your left or right, your front or rear, you can’t coordinate your actions. Receiving a message late, not receiving it at all, or receiving a garbled message can all lead to tragic results.
You can be cut off from others in your fight. You can go into the battle alone, too early or too late, or in the wrong place. You can attack when you should defend or defend when you should attack. You need to know what the commander wants you to do.
When George Armstrong Custer and the Seventh Cavalry discovered a large encampment of American Indians, he didn’t communicate with General Crook, his commander, who had many more forces with him. He charged in alone. When he was surrounded by overwhelming numbers of his enemy, he sent a message to one of his subordinate forces some distance away, but help never came, more forces and ammunition never arrived, and the message was misunderstood. All of his command were killed.
When our Lord tells us to “be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might” and to “put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil” (Ephesians 6:10-11), you and I can rest assured that everything we need in order to be more than conquerors is ours, if we will only respect and heed these principles of warfare.
Therefore, fellow soldier, remember to stay in communication with “Headquarters.” After listing the various pieces of armor, God through Paul tells us in Ephesians 6:18, “With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints. . . .” I used to tell my students, use your “walkie-talkie”—as you walk, keep talking to the Lord.
How do we do this? You’ll discover how, my friend, as we do our study. Simply keep in mind what you have learned and think of how you can apply these principles in your warfare with your adversary the devil.
It might help for you to summarize what you’ve learned about. . .
Principles of War. . .
How They Apply to Spiritual Warfare. . .
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.