GOD’s RULES OF ENCAGEMENT FOR LIFE… our problem is not seeing the forest for the trees!!!

Let us learn God’s Rules of Engagement for War!

This is where it starts:

” For My thoughts are not your thoughts,
Nor are your ways My ways,” says the LORD.
9 ” For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
So are My ways higher than your ways,
And My thoughts than your thoughts.”

(Isa 55:8-9)

In the Book of Judges we learn the story of Gideon:

God’s ways are truly not ours, as we can learn from the lesson of Gideon and his army, as found in Judges 6-8.

This was a time when Israel, like the United States, had fallen into sin and idolatry and as a judgment against her, God permitted Israel’s enemies (the Midanites) to invade her land.

And the Angel of the Lord appeared unto Gideon, as he was hiding in fear of the Midanites, in the winepress threshing wheat, and the angel said “The Lord is with you mighty man of valor;” to which Gideon said, “Who me?”

Obviously the Lord saw Gideon much differently than how he viewed himself!

From there God takes Gideon on a process where he is to raise an army to fight against the Midanites; but all he had was 32,000 against 135,000 Midanites; and yet God tells him he has too many people on his side! God’s ways again are not ours.

So the Lord starts by telling Gideon to send away all who are fearful and afraid; and the Bible says that 22,000 men departed that day; and Gideon was left with only 10,000 men.

Then God tells Gideon to bring his men to a watering hole, so that he might test them there in the way they would drink.

All those who went down on both hands and knees and drank were automatically eliminated.

Only those who lapped the water hand to mouth, with their eyes to their surroundings passed the test.

This left Gideon with a grand total of only 300 men to fight against an army of 135,000; and these are the odds God considers fair!!??

I believe there is a definite lesson for us to learn here; in that it is not the numbers and power of the enemy that we have to be afraid of; because as God’s covenant children there is no power or enemy that we can face, who is more powerful than the Power of the God who backs us up!!! Selah

Also you will note that in the final selection it was those who were alert to their surroundings, with an eye on the enemy; who kept their shield in hand, and their sword at their side; these were the ones who made the final cut in God’s army.

The ones who knelt down and lapped the water as dogs, who were oblivious to their surroundings and to what was going on around them, were automatically disqualified.

Take a note here, for what I have just described to you is the exact attitude of much of the church today in America!

Jesus then tells His disciples, as we read in the New Testament, to be wise as serpents and harmless as doves; and then the Apostle Paul instructed us in no uncertain terms to NOT be ignorant of Satan’s devices, his strategies and his modes of operation!

We are at war folks, and we are to maintain the attitude of a soldier, who is on a mission; and not be as so many are today, with their minds on everything else, but the Great Commission and the battle for the souls of men.

As members of God’s army, and as His covenant children, we are to be about our Father’s business first, and not our own!

With that said, let’s move on down to our present day, and the problems that we are facing today, as a nation.

From the first day we are born into this world, without exception, we ALL have been immersed into a certain value system and culture, depending on where we are raised.

This culture has become our status quo, of what we have been conditioned to expect from life; and it has defined for us what the meaning of life is to be; not to mention it has also defined our value system; and the meaning and purpose for why we are even here.

For those of us who have been born into the Westernized culture of this last century, I believe as a society we have suffered and we have lost ground, having first evolved from a mostly agrarian culture, where families once lived off the land, and literally depended upon God day by day for their very livelihood and sustenance; to where families were eventually forced to sell their family farms or lost them to the banks, as society changed and evolved through the industrialization of that culture.

Then as families were forced to close down their farms, and went to live in cities, and therefore became dependent upon each other, rather than God; and to the extent we have lost our connection with the land, we as a society have also lost our daily connection with God as our Source and Provider; and we as a society have lost out and we have suffered severely because of that fact.

Where once so many families grew up around a farm, where families and neighbors worked together and supported one another, living off the fruit of the land; and where children were mentored and raised into adulthood by the good example and hard work of their parents; today all that has changed.

Our once agrarian culture was changed into an industrialized culture, and has today progressed to high tech; and a good deal of the industry that once provided employment to so many people in the inner city, has today moved overseas, where the wages and standards of living are less expensive; as large industrialized manufacturers and corporations have sought to be more competitive; and again, our society has suffered.

We no longer have the family farm, so along with that families have lost the knowledge of how to live off the land; and where once we had even mom and pop businesses in our communities, even that has long ago changed, as the constant devaluation of our currency and the subsequent inflation over the years, has made it impossible for smaller businesses to be able to compete with larger ones; and so they have been swallowed up by larger corporations; who have in turn been swallowed up by even larger ones; to where the competition within our society today has grown less and less over the years; to where today we have more people out of work than probably since the Great Depression.

I believe we started where God wanted us, as our original parents started out in a garden that God gave to them to manage.

You see Adam and Eve also started as farmers, and in that lifestyle they also were very dependent upon God; but when we lost our connection with the land, along with it went our connection to God; to where society has evolved away from God; and for more than a half century now we have raised our children under a public education system that has left the teaching about God and the Bible out completely.

Instead children were first taught to look to industry, and to education (to Knowledge) as their source and provider; but in the greed and disintegration of what is now a very materialistic culture, and with jobs becoming fewer and fewer, it is now to big government that so many are looking to to be their provider and to take care of them… and this is all by design, and is a part of a master plan! Howbeit, it is NOT by God’s design!

Folks my point is, none of this that I have just described is by God’s design, it was never his will; and none of it is what God has ordained for His creation!

Not only that, but believe it or not, He is still God, and we are still His creation! And that is still true despite what some would have you to believe, to the contrary… among those who would imply that we each are the masters of our own destiny, as though we created ourselves!

However in the effort of some to seek for evidence of a missing link, of those who say that we have descended by chance, through natural selection, from apes, I’d have to say that possibly I’d have to agree with them, in that I think we have found that elusive missing link, among some of our leadership in Washington DC; among those who have sold their soul to the Devil, via a Globalist agenda, to make a buck; and in the process have betrayed their oath of office and are currently selling our Constitutional Republic down the river, for what they call a “New World Order!”

What they didn’t tell you, but what is slowly now being admitted, is that their New World Order is a dictatorial One World Government, that will put the people of the earth under two classes, with the Globalists Bankers and Industrialists as our masters, and everyone else as their slaves, where we and our children will then have to live our lives and make our way by their permission, and by their leave.

Folks, this is the system Obama is trying to sell you; and Bush before him; and Clinton before him; and the list goes on.

This diabolical plan was conceived literally in the pit of hell, and is today being implemented by the aforementioned people, and a goodly portion of our present leadership in Congress as well.

What our forefathers warned us about is today happening before our very eyes:

“If the American people ever allow private banks
to control the issue of their money,
first by inflation and then by deflation,
the banks and corporations that will
grow up around them (around the banks),
will deprive the people of their property
until their children will wake up homeless
on the continent their fathers conquered.”

~ Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826), US Founding Father, drafted the Declaration of Independence, 3rd US President

On this very subject, here’s another quote that I’d like to bring to your attention; that shows a very real pattern of history, that we today are repeating:

Alexander Fraser Tyler, Cycle Of Democracy (1770)

A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse (gifts) from the public treasury.
From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits from the public treasury with the result that a democracy always collapses over lousy fiscal policy, always followed by a dictatorship.

The average of the world’s great civilizations before they decline has been 200 years. These nations have progressed in this sequence:

  • From bondage to spiritual faith;
  • from faith to great courage;
  • from courage to liberty;
  • from liberty to abundance;
  • from abundance to selfishness;
  • from selfishness to Complacency;
  • from complacency to apathy;
  • from apathy to dependency;
  • from dependency back again to bondage.

The forces of evil in our country are well entrenched, folks, and there’s no doubt about it. They have been working their evil web of deception for multiplied years, really going all the way back before even the beginning of our nation; and the people who are pulling the strings of our politicians today, who are these Globalist International Bankers, their strings are being pulled by their god, who is the Prince of Darkness, the Devil; and all of this is in preparation for his Antichrist to take over and rule the world.

Can you not read the handwriting on the wall?

Is this what you really want for your future and for the future of your children?

Read your Bible folks… because it is all there! And we are seeing it all unfold before our eyes.

So what’s the answer? How are we to turn this mess around, or are we (as Christians) even to attempt to turn it around?

I mean are we to have the attitude of some Christians today, who say it is all inevitable and that we have to accept it?

Folk, I don’t read anywhere in the Bible where we are ever told to acquiesce to evil, and give way to Satan’s plans!

In fact, Jesus said just the opposite, when He said that He would build His church and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it! That’s what I read in my Bible anyway!

The church is always to be on the offensive, and never on the defensive, as it is today.

But with that said, the answer is, we by ourselves can’t do it… we need to turn back to God!!!

We need to learn the lesson from Gideon in the Bible, that God’s ways are not ours, and His ways and means of doing things are definitely not ours!

We need to once again learn that He alone is God in Heaven, and as such ONLY He is our Source and Provider; and that what the culture, our society, and the world has told us about how Mammon (this world system) is our god, and that we are to serve him, is all a lie!!!

We need to repent and go back to the same Operations Manual (the Holy Bible) that our forefathers built this Constitutional Republic around; and we also need to be reenergized and directed by the POWER of the Holy Spirit in our individual lives… for that is why we are created, and that is why we are here! Selah


Skip Barland


This is an open forum where we look into and investigate the Rhema Mysteries of God's Word; and also other issues of importance for our day and time.

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