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Dressed to Win
During World War II’s Battle of the Bulge, a group of German soldiers, dressed in the uniforms of the Allies, used American military vehicles as they traveled the countryside changing road signs. When American troops came to various crossroads, they were often deceived to go off in the wrong direction. This deception almost gave the Germans victory in this decisive battle.
Deception in warfare dates back to early history. The Art of War, an ancient Chinese military treatise, puts great emphasis on the tactic. In one of history’s most important battles, the invasion of Normandy, the Allies deceived the German High Command into thinking that she would be attacked in another place helping the Allies achieve tactical surprise.
The practice of deception is as old as time. It first spoke through the hiss of a serpent and it continues to speak with that hiss today. It tries to convince us that we are equipped to do life in our own strength. Certainly, life will have its challenges but nothing we can’t handle. Any idea of a battle taking place for which we need to be alert and prepared is something for novels and movies. Great entertainment but certainly far removed from what we will experience as we drive to work or what we continually face in our home or workplace.
But the Bible warns, “We wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, and powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” It’s worth noting that this warning comes in close proximity to God’s instructions about how we live with one another
Not recognizing the ground on which the battle is being fought, many of us continue to be deceived. Our battle dress is packed away just waiting for some advance warning of where and when the enemy will show his face.
It’s time to get unpacked.
Now may the God who gives endurance and encouragement grant you harmony with one another in Christ Jesus, so that with one mind and one voice, you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring glory to God. Rom 15:5-7