First, I listened to a radio program a few years ago when a former Army Sergeant talked about IEDs (Improvised Explosive Devices) in the Iraqi War. The IEDs were planted on roads and then usually set off by a cellphone when a Humvee drove over them. IEDs killed hundreds of American soldiers during the war.
“I can tell you how to stop IEDs,” said an Iraqi to the Sergeant.
“All you have to do is tie an Iraqi kid to the grill of each Humvee. IEDs will no longer be a problem for you.”
The Sergeant shook his head. “That won’t work. We won’t fight like that.”
“Sadly, IEDs will continue to be a problem for you,” said the Iraqi citizen.
Then, last week’s Inside Israel had an eye-opening testimony from a wounded Israeli soldier in the Gaza conflict:
“We went into Shuja’iya, to discover and destroy the Hamas’terrorist tunnels…The Hamas fighters started sending towards us 13- and 14-year-old Palestinian children, running at us, wearing explosive-laden suicide-bomber belts. Those children were death-trapped, and became human bombs…We were trained to fight adult soldiers or any other skilled adults, enabling us to defend our families and countrymen. But this? We had no other option but, in self-defense, to shoot them at as far a range from us as we could, before the adult that sent them used his mobile phone to detonate the belts, and kill us.”
Whoa Nellie! We don’t think like they do.
This has been coming to me over and over again over the last few weeks about how we believers don’t think like our enemies think. And because of that, we Americans are prisoners of the kingdom of darkness. Hey! We’re at war, with lives at stake. How we pray and act may determine what happens in our cities and regions in the near future.
But first of all, we need to change our thinking.
Today, I prayed:
Lord, help us American believers in our battle against the kingdom of darkness so that Satan does not outsmart us. Help us, Lord, to be familiar with Satan’s plans and schemes. (Based on 2 Corinthians 2:11)
What do you think and has the Lord talked to you today?
(Just to let you know: I will be taking a vacation from my blog
until after Labor Day. See you then.)