Protecting the Established

Final Rule of War by Alexander Bevin:

Destroy the enemy’s already established line of supply and communications.

For those of us who are avid sports-fans, we understand the importance of protecting what has been established. Most of the time these establishments take the form of an all-star player who has the ability to and the track record of leading his team to victory. When this player gets injured, we panic and yell at the other members of the team. How could they leave him open like that? Why didn’t they guard him better?

We’ve personally seen and heard of this player’s effectiveness. We know the power of his potential, and we want him to be kept in the best of health. That way, we feel somewhat more sure of a victory. We trust his ability.

Bevin’s final rule of war applies a very similar philosophy to the battlefield. Protect what’s established from the enemy. Communication lines. Supplies. Arsenal. Guard what will make a difference when the time for combat arises.

Sometimes we may be tempted to forget how significant these things are until we are left without them in the heat of a battle. Then we begin to realize the importance of guarding them with our lives. Not begrudgingly, but with the belief that we will reap later what we sow now.

That’s why Proverbs 4:23 warns, “Watch over your heart with all diligence, For from it flow the springs of life.” The priest understood that if you don’t protect what is established from the enemy, you leave yourself vulnerable and at a major disadvantage. In Matthew 24:11, Jesus informs His followers that in the last days there will be false prophets who will deceive many. Why would these false prophets be interested in deceiving non-believers? I believe their target won’t be those outside of the church but rather those in it. Their mission will be to manipulate Christians into believing their lies from the pit of hell.

That’s why in 1 Timothy 6:20 Paul implores Timothy to protect what’s been entrusted to him and not to be swayed when others come to him with things that are not the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Don’t you see, brothers and sisters? If you aren’t confident and wholeheartedly sure of who Jesus Christ is and who you are in Him, the enemy is going to have a field day with you. Like James 1:6 says, you will be like a wave in the sea, driven and tossed by every wind. We have got to know who Christ is and who we are through Him. An identity crisis now could mean our eternities later.

I feel the Lord telling me to share how much He loves you and desires an intimate relationship with you. That doesn’t mean that life will suddenly become the perfect paradise you’ve been praying for, but rather that you will have a Friend with whom you can tackle the world with. God has a plan and a purpose. He calls you by name. Defend your foundation of faith and do not allow circumstances, the flesh, or the enemy to mislead you.

Hebrews 13:8 reminds us that Jesus Christ never changes. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Live by this truth and live as a conqueror.

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