Learning from Battlefields

I’m in Gettysburg this weekend, and last night, I learned again the critical value of that first glance of terrain. The army that secures the high ground gains certain victory; they win clear vision, gravity’s assistance, time, and morale.

I consider what it means to gain the high ground in spiritual battle. I think about the high ground of understanding a view from eternity, about knowing scripture well, about seeing how the enemy advances, and about taking decisive, confident steps forward.

So much about the course of the three day battle of Gettysburg hinged on vantage point. So much depended on gaining high ground. One of my counselors told me the value of studying warfare tactics in our battle against the enemy of our souls. Nothing compares to seeing clearly, with the mind of Christ, from the high ground of scripture.

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