The Navy is bombarding the enemy territory with heavy artillery for long hours; the Air Force comes after to blank the theater of campaign with thousands of potent bombs; the enemy retreats, looking for protection to escape the massacre. As soon as the bombardment ends, the enemy leaves their caves and bunkers to take back the control over their lost terrain. Their return to the previous position repeats itself every time when there are no “boots on the ground.”
The most essential war strategy is to occupy the territory the enemy left unattended by its retreat. It is only possible when soldiers walk through the field and secure positions to avoid the enemy forces coming back. Occupying the vacating area is a tactical advantage in favor of the invading Army, but is it possible when the special force is distracted and the soldiers are frightened to move ahead?
The same occurs in our spiritual realm. The Holy Spirit is working overwhelmingly to breach the resistance of the devil’s grip in our families, to secure the eternal decision of our colleagues, and to control hearts and minds of our friends for His Kingdom. His power of breaking down walls and creating an open field for the advancement of the gospel is in effect all the time, everywhere. However, the angels are limited in their actions. Reaching the unreached and the occupation of the territory demands human intervention. As soldiers of the Kingdom, we must be bold to move forward and courageous to engage the enemy. There is a special place for our leadership in home, workplace, and church. We need to awake from the lethargy of a culture of disengagement and valiantly secure our life and the lives of others to Jesus. “…Occupy till I come” (Luke 19:13) is the express order of General.
Boots on the Ground is the theme of the 2017 Florida Conference Men’s Convention. You cannot miss this convocation from our Commander-in-Chief. Make your plan to be with us March 10–12, 2017 at Camp Kulaqua. See you there.
—Ronaldo da Cunha, Florida Conference Men’s Ministries Director
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