The Christian walk is often compared to warfare. The Apostle Paul defines it as spiritual warfare declaring in 2 Corinthians 10: 3 For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. 4 The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. For effective warfare, a soldier, like a civilian has some basic life necessities such as food, shelter, clothing and medical supplies. In addition, however, the soldier must also have munitions, repair parts and fuel. The Bible warns us that being ignorant of the devices of our avowed archenemy, Satan, means he can take advantage of us ( see 2 Corinthians 2:11).
The greatest warriors throughout the history of warfare, have always diligently planned their strategies around logistics. Merriam-Webster defines logistics as; 1 : the aspect of military science dealing with the procurement, maintenance, and transportation of military matériel, facilities, and personnel; and 2 : the handling of the details of an operation. As an illustration,according to Dr. Cliff Welborn, supply chain management and production expert, early in the history of the United States, military leaders focused on maintaining an efficient supply chain. The position of Quartermaster General was created the day after George Washington accepted command of the Continental Army in June 1775. The Quartermaster General was responsible for acquiring provisions and distributing them to the troops. His major concerns were finances and logistics”. In fact, legendary German Field Marshal Erwin Rommel is reputed to have claimed that “The battle is fought and decided by the quartermasters before the shooting begins.” “NOT BY MIGHT, NOR BY POWER…” The ultimate goal of supply line warfare is to discourage your opponents on the battlefield so much that their hands are weakened. In the Revolutionary War of 1775-1783, although the British had a larger and better trained army than the Americans, they had to transport soldiers and supplies across the Atlantic Ocean. However, the effective strategic supply line warfare waged by the Americans, cut off the British from rescue or resupply, while the Continental Army and their French allies benefited from plenty of troops and supplies. This led to the Battle of Yorktown, the surrender of Cornwallis’s army, and the ultimate defeat of the British forces in America. Similarly, Napoleon Bonaparte who famously declared that ” an army marches on its stomach”, lost more soldiers because of spoiled food than from battle.
PROVISION VERSUS SUPPLY
It is critical that we as believers recognise that there is a big difference between provision and supply. The devil is aware that he cannot hinder, limit or stop the Providence of our great God. In several texts in both Old and New Testaments, God makes it clear that the heavens and the heaven of heavens are His (Deuteronomy 10:14; Psalm 115:16). In Psalm 50:10 He declares that all fowls and the cattle on a thousand hills are His. Paul intimates also that the earth and everything in it belong to The Lord. The Prophet Haggai quotes The Lord of hosts as saying “the silver is mine, and the gold is mine…” (Haggai 2:8). These facts would only have been relevant for worship except for the fact that God declares that He has given dominion and authority upon the earth to man(see Genesis 1:26; Psalm115:16 etc). Abraham caught the revelation of God as his source and called Him Jehovah Jireh, making it clear that in the mountain of obedience, God’s provision will always be manifested (Genesis 22:14). The New Covenant stipulations include every spiritual blessing in the heavenlies and an assurance that His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of Him (Ephesians 1:3; 2 Peter 1:3). Paul even tells us that all things are ours. Not only are we heirs of the Father, we are also joint-heirs with His Son, our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. Let us also be very clear that God delights in our having what He has made available. Psalm 35:27 says “Let the Lord be magnified, which hath pleasure in the prosperity of his servant.” Jesus Himself tells us in Luke 12:32 “Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.” The reality is that your Source is unchanging, His resources inexhaustible and your provision unfailing. No one, least of all the devil, can do anything about God’s love and provision for His children.
SUPPLY LINE WARFARE
Knowing this, your adversary tries to cut off your supplies, by planting mines, hijacking your heralds, diverting your caravans, distracting your emissaries and harassing your harbingers. Daniel was told in Daniel 10 that from the moment he started to pray, God heard and answered and sent angelic assistance. The 21-day delay was the result of the enemy trying to prevent the “supplies” from reaching their intended destination. Happily, Daniel did not stop praying because there was a delay. His importunity secured more potent angelic military intervention that guaranteed ultimate victory. Jesus Himself taught that men always ought to pray and not to give up. In another example, Jesus gave commandment to His disciples to go with Him to the other side of the lake. It would later be discovered that the sole purpose of this expedition was to heal a demoniac in Gadara. Satan was aware that if the Solution crossed paths with the dereliction, there would be a provision explosion that would result in a revolution. The ensuing storm therefore was, by all indices, an unnatural one stirred up by the enemy as a supply line ambush. One version of the Bible calls it a “furious squall”. A squall is a sudden violent wind usually accompanied by rain or snow.
STRATEGIES FOR VICTORY
Our Heavenly Father warns us that ignorance is not just devastating but could also be fatal (Hosea 4:6), “but the people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits”(Daniel 11:32). The first thing to note in supply line warfare is that you do not pray for provision. The death of The Lord Jesus secured limitless provision as it did forgiveness of sins and salvation etc. Now, for example, when we sin or fall short of God’s righteous standards, we do not ask for forgiveness. Rather, we acknowledge our sins, repent of them, do a u-turn and receive God’s forgiveness. Similarly, when you face lack, you go to the root of the problem which is a sabotaged supply line. Please understand the spiritual principle that every time you pray for what is already yours, you lose it! Remember, Adam and Eve were already gods and already like God but once they fell for the beguiling, they lost their exalted status. The wisest first step is acknowledging God as your Source and praising, worshipping and thanking Him for who He is. At Lazarus’ grave Jesus did not panic and pray amiss. Rather , He gave God thanks for hearing Him and always doing so. 1 Thessalonians 5:18 gives the template: “In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you”. Little wonder then that the Psalmist admonishes us to enter God’s gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise. Having engaged with our Source in this manner, we invite Him into the situation being assured that He inhabits the praise of His people. Sometimes, this is all we need to do to secure victory as with the Wall of Jericho. Jehoshaphat caught this revelation when three great nations came against him in battle. He appointed singers to precede Israel’s army. As they sang God’s praises, the enemies turned on each other and annihilated one another. Awesome! Next, we take authority over whatever is holding back our resources. In Daniel’s case, he fasted and prayed till the supply lines were forced open by angelic reinforcements. Jesus on His part, went to the root of the problem. Most of us, who did not give up in similar situations, would have rebuked the waves. Jesus, however, recognised that the winds were responsible for the disquiet of the sea. He thus rebuked the winds first and then calmed the raging waters. We are assured that whatever we bind on earth is bound in heaven and whatever we loose on earth is loosed in heaven. Nothing can stand against us when we realise who we are and walk in our God-given authority. Sometimes, the supply lines are blocked because the enemy has succeeded in frightening us into disobeying some instruction our dear Father has given us. In such cases we have to return to our first love. We retrace our steps to where we went astray. It is instructive that Mary told the servants at that first miracle at the Cana wedding to do whatever Jesus instructed them to do. She was advising that He is Lord and deserving of our allegiance, fidelity and worship. Our obedience, as with the servants, will ensure that we see the provision of The Lord. Samuel told Saul that God valued obedience above religious observances and animal sacrifices. If the enemy can get you to focus on religion, tradition and culture to the detriment of your personal relationship with the Most High, then he really can cut you off from your supply lines.
There is no provision problem. There is no problem with the Provider’s willingness. There is no relationship problem nor is there an issue with our right standing with the Source. There isn’t even a problem with supply, after all it is written in Philippians 4:19 “But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus”. 1 Peter 5:8, Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: Now that we know the supply lines are being severed, we must stand up , open our mouths wide and speak to the enemy, speak to the situation and profess our expected outcome. We pray for favour which is of more value than money. We pray in the things we need rather than for money. We pray for wisdom which is the principal thing and in all our getting, we procure understanding. God supplies our need, not money. Do not fail to pray for your Cyruses, releasing them from the shackles of the evil one and that you maintain your favour with them (see March 2014 Message for more details). Pray for your benefactors and that they will “shout for joy, and be glad, that favour my righteous cause: yea, let them say continually, Let the Lord be magnified, which hath pleasure in the prosperity of his servant” (Psalm 35:27). The 60th chapter of the book of Isaiah gives a phenomenal insight to the location of many of your resources. Regularly confessing it should form part of your arsenal for battle against your adversary. Finally, in Supply Line Warfare, your strategy could be defensive meaning that you protect your own supply line; or It could be offensive implying that you inhibit the supply chain of your enemy. It is time to plunder the Kingdom of darkness, to depopulate hell and repopulate God’s Kingdom. Do not wait for the enemy to attack you before you take your place as a son of the King. The Prophet Isaiah talked of these times: 5 In that day the LORD Almighty will be a glorious crown, a beautiful wreath for the remnant of his people. 6 He will be a spirit of justice to him who sits in judgment, a source of strength to those who turn back the battle at the gate. Shalom, precious saint. As always you are loved and invaluable.
O M EFUEYE (Pastor O) Aslan Life Ministries