During WWII, General Bernard Montgomery was a brave, confident leader for the British. He had fought and been wounded in WWI three times, and was decorated for bravery. His experience in WWI taught him to approach battle with stronger planning and organization. He became a master of the “set-piece” approach to battle, which is a highly organized approach, planning out every detail possible. Because of Montgomery’s commitment to this strategy, his responses in battle were often delayed longer than others would have liked. According to an article in Wikipedia:
“He was determined not to fight until he thought there had been sufficient preparation for a decisive victory, and put into action his beliefs with the gathering of resources, detailed planning, the training of troops—especially in clearing minefields and fighting at night…”
Challenging times are upon us all. The body and bride of Christ should be alert and prepared:
“So, humble yourselves under God’s strong hand, and in his own good time he will lift you up. You can throw the whole weight of your anxieties upon him, for you are his personal concern.Be self-controlled and vigilant always, for your enemy the devil is always about, prowling like a lion roaring for its prey. Resist him, standing firm in your faith and remember that the strain is the same for all your fellow-Christians in other parts of the world. And after you have borne these sufferings a very little while, God himself (from whom we receive all grace and who has called you to share his eternal splendour through Christ) will make you whole and secure and strong. All power is his for ever and ever, amen!” – 1 Peter 5:6-11
How can we prepare ourselves for battle each day? We can learn from the battle ready General Montgomery:
1 . Gather our resources each morning by reading God’s word and being transformed by the renewing of our minds.
2. Make a detailed plan for the day to seek out problems ahead of time and to look for opportunities to be Christ’s hands and feet.
3. Train our spirits to be sensitive and growing with the fruits of the spirit that we may clear minefields in our struggles with darkness.