When the king of Ai saw [the Israelites], the men of the city hurried and went out early in the morning, so that he and all his people could engage Israel in battle at a suitable place facing the plain [of the Jordan]. But he did not know there was an ambush [waiting] for him behind the city. – Joshua 8:14
It is not unusual for an army to approach an enemy (or a sports team to face a previous rival, for that matter) using the same tactics that they deployed in previous conflicts. They deduce that since they had defeated the opposition once, then why not again? Where I grew up, we might even say, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” Yet, this was the mistake that lost the king of Ai his life and his city. Having defeated Israel once, he figured he could just do it again … the same old way.
Most enemies don’t like to lose … and this is certainly true of a Christ-follower’s spiritual opposition. If you defeat the Devil and his hordes one way, he will just change his tactics and try something else. He desires your total destruction and wishes to remove your influence in this world. He will stop at nothing to make it happen. He is also deceptively wicked and a frontal attack is rarely his approach. He may be evil, but he isn’t stupid.
Watch your back and walk with others who will watch it for you.
We must remember that Satan has his miracles, too. – John Calvin
Dr. David Pope is President and Founder of POPE Initiatives, a non-profit organization committed to providing executive-level management and support services for major global mission efforts.
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