Advice for leaders during warfare

The following are (edited) notes from a Chinese army general. Read them and pray for wisdom to apply them as a believer in spiritual warfare. Judge your self, man of God! Let the light of the Holy Spirit shine in your heart to expose hidden ‘pockets’ of sin. Even if the sin is small, repent BIG time! The weakness of a leader is more dangerous than the strength of the enemy outside! Be filled with the Holy Spirit and be strong in the Lord!

‘There are five dangerous faults which may affect a general of the army:
1-Recklessness (desire for fame, adventure and entertainment during warfare), which leads to division in the camp and destruction;
2-Cowardice (fear of death), which leads to capture;
3-A hasty (hot, impatient) temper, which can be provoked by insults;
4-A delicacy of honor (pride, self love) which is (over-)sensitive to shame (embarrassing situations); (Remember: a wise and humble man overlooks an insult!)
5-Over-solicitude for his men (pleasing men too much, pampering his soldiers), which exposes him to worry and trouble.
These are the five besetting sins of a general, a leader of men and it is ruinous (a disaster) to the conduct of war.
When an army is overthrown and its leader slain, the cause will surely be found among these five dangerous faults.
Let these words be a subject of meditation’
(Excerpts from the oldest manual on warfare: The art of war, by Sun Tzu, 1910)

4 comments on “Advice for leaders during warfare

  1. Ljbendele says:

    Lia,  so true!  think I’ve allowed myself to be victim of all of them over the years…thank you for showing me some of vulnerability to enemy, which can start in my own flesh…”bringing every thought captive to Christ”  Linda

  2. Ljbendele says:


       NEW FOOTPRINTS IN THE SAND This new version of the ‘footprints’ story really caught me off guard at the end…What a blessing. JUST READ IT! 

    FOOTPRINTS… A New Version 

    Imagine you and the Lord Jesus are walking down the road together. For much of the way, the Lord’s footprints go along steadily, consistently, rarely varying the pace. 

    But your footprints are a disorganized stream of zigzags, starts, stops, turnarounds, circles, departures, and returns. 

    For much of the way, it seems to go like this, but gradually your footprints come more in line with the Lord’s, soon paralleling His consistently. 

    You and Jesus are walking as true friends! 

    This seems perfect, but then an interesting thing happens: Your footprints that once etched the sand next to Jesus’ are now walking precisely in His steps.

    Inside His larger footprints are your smaller ones, you and Jesus are becoming one. 

    This goes on for many miles, but gradually you notice another change. The footprints inside the large footprints seem to grow larger. 

    Eventually they disappear altogether. There is only one set of footprints. They have become one. 

    This goes on for a long time, but suddenly the second set of footprints is back. This time it seems even worse! Zigzags all over the place. Stops. Starts. Gashes in the sand. A variable mess of prints. 

    You are amazed and shocked. 

    Your dream ends. Now you pray: 

    ‘Lord, I understand the first scene, with zigzags and fits. I was a new Christian; I was just learning. But You walked on through the storm and helped me learn to walk with You.’ 

    ‘That is correct…’ 

    ‘And when the smaller footprints were inside of Yours, I was actually learning to walk in Your steps, following You very closely.’ 

    ‘Very good…. You have understood everything so far.’ 

    ‘When the smaller footprints grew and filled in Yours, I suppose that I was becoming like You in every way.’ 


    ‘So, Lord, was there a regression or something? The footprints separated, and this time it was worse than at first.’  There is a pause as the Lord answers, with a smile in His voice..  ‘You didn’t know? It was then that we danced!’ 

    To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven: A time to weep, a time to laugh, a time to mourn, and a time to dance. 

    Ecclesiastes 3:1,4. 

    Funny how you can send a thousand ‘jokes’ through e-mail and they spread like wildfire, but when you start sending messages regarding the Lord, people think twice about sharing. Funny, isn’t it? Are you laughing? Are you thinking? Spread the Word and give thanks to the Lord for He is good!

    Funny, isn’t it, when you go to forward this message, how many on your list are not receiving it because you’re not sure they believe in anything? 


    It’s not WHAT you have in your life, but Who you have in your                              life that counts… Think about that. 


    I asked for a flower,  He gave me a garden. 

    I asked for a tree,  He gave me a forest. 

    I asked for a river,  He gave me an ocean. 

    I asked for a friend,  He gave me ‘YOU.’ 

    Send this to whomever you think of as a friend… 

    I did!






    Sent with the Samsung Galaxy Exhilarate™, an AT&T 4G LTE smartphone.

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