11 Teach me thy way, O Lord, and lead me in a plain path, because of mine enemies.
– Psalms 27:11
8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:
– 1 Peter 5:8
In military tactics, a good offense and defense involves not just the willingness to take or hold ground.
A typically successful assault generally needs to have a 3:1 advantage in numbers, and that is only for frontal assaults. The more numbers the better in order to completely surround the target to prevent their enemy from escaping.
Not only that, the offensive force must know where they are, scout for best avenue of approach, look for strengths and weaknesses in the line in terms of numbers, assets, leadership. They do this by observation of the defenders themselves, listening to radio communications, and gathering local intelligence, and capturing a defender himself, etc..
Before the main attack they may also conduct probing raids to test the defenses of their enemy. The attack will likely be proceeded by mortar, artillery, and/or airstrikes to soften the defenses, or… fool the defenders so that their focus will gravitate to area(s) targeted. Psychological means will likely be used throughout the offensive operation to weaken the resolve of the defenders.
When the time is right, the enemy will attack with overwhelming numbers. When the line is breached, other enemy units will follow to widen the breach, sustain the offensive, and to destroy anything that supports the defense.
In Spiritual Warfare this is what Satan does all the time. He knows you thoroughly, tempts you to laxity, exploits what you lack, waits for the opportunity, and then strike from nowhere. His attack(s) like any good offense will be hard, fast, and deep.
Thus, to have success in defense involves more than the will to stand firm. From a military standpoint it involves the following:
1. Use of natural obstacles to mitigate the enemy’s advantage of numbers such as defending narrow passes, use of rivers, swamps, and height to slow down the enemy’s movement, and see in almost all directions.
2. Then dig trenches, foxholes, and fortify existing structures if any. Clear firing lanes, place assets, preset mortars, and other indirect assets, etc
3. Conduct reconnaissance missions to know where the enemy is located, know his strengths and weaknesses concerning assets, supplies, and supply lines; and if possible, attack and destroy his assets to blunt his offense as much as possible. Also attack place the staging point, etc.
The first is sure defense to make the taking of your ground difficult, the second adds to the defense, and the third is what is commonly called, Active Defense. Active Defense involves the blunting and eliminating the enemy’s offensive capabilities by attacking him.
In Spiritual Warfare, a good defense and active defense can be done by first, establishing a good defense by:
#1. Reading and memorizing scripture (Psalms 63:6)
#2. Studying and meditating on scripture (Psalms 1:2)
#3. Prayer (Psalms 63:1-4)
#4. joining a good Fellowship group (Hebrews 10;29)
#5. Removing all sources of temptation (Matthew 5:29-30)
#6. Have an Accountability Partner (Proverbs 27:6)
#7. Trust in the Lord (1 Corinthians 10:13)
By doing just the above you’re not only readying your defenses but already conducting Active Defense (#5). Now when under attack:
1. Remove yourself from the “Kill Zone” [when suddenly faced with a temptation (Genesis 39:12-13)]
2. Pray until the attack stops, and/or
3. Call your accountability partner
4. Recall and repeat scripture verbally, and mentally for tempting thoughts to stop
5. Trust in the Lord (Psalms 23:3)
PS. I am not an expert in the field of warfare, nor have I served, but I have had an interest in learning about about those things. A near perfect video to illustrate Active Defense is the following video from a Youtuber named “Invicta”:
The Siege of Jerusalem (70 AD) – The Great Jewish Revolt [FULL DOCUMENTARY August 11, 2019