This weekend I picked up and read The Art of War by Sun Tzu(722–481 BC). Neapolitan Bonaparte, Winston Churchill and most every significant military mind have studied the pages of this book.
From it I immediately drew application as a pastor, leader and Christ follower. This week I will discuss the 5 essentials for victory as laid out by Sun Tzu.
1. He will win who knows when to fight and when not to fight.
There are a multiplicity of variables that go into the readiness of a soldier to fight. Is he healthy or sick? Is he well fed or malnourished? Is he in a good or poor mental state? Is he well trained or deficient on training? On and on the list can go.
As a leader we must know when to deploy those under our care. It isn’t ALWAYS the time to get into a heated battle, i.e. start a new project, confront, change course ect. We must first ask are those in our care healthy spiritually, well fed with the Word, in a positive mental state and are they clear on the vision (why we fight)?
As an individual we must know when is the right time to fight. It says in Ecclesiastes 3:3 there is a time to kill and a time to heal. A time to tear down and a time to build up. We would be wise to know the season God has us in. Are we in a season of healing and building up or are we in a time of engaging the gates of hell.
Never is there a time in our spiritual lives to be doing “nothing”. But rest, healing, grieving or reflection are not passive but active and vital seasons of our soul.
Let me say this in closing. When we engage the right enemy at the right time, with the right motives, with a right heart, empowered by the Holy Spirit we are unstoppable and we WILL see a great victory.
May God grant you the wisdom to know when to fight and when to wait to fight.
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