Scriptures For Meditation: Heb 10:35-39; Isa 40:27-31

A few years ago at the peak of the Gulf War, I remember listening to a US Army General give an interview after his forces had suffered some casualties in the hands of the insurgents.

The interviewer had wondered why the allied forces in spite of their superior numerical, tactical and weaponry advantages, were still finding it difficult to contain the enemy forces.

The answer that he gave the interviewer in response to the question had stuck in my mind ever since that day.

He said:

“The most dangerous enemy that you can face is an enemy that has no escape plans or an exit strategy.”

He explained that one of the core elements of warfare strategy and planning is to ensure the safe return of the forces from any course of action that is pursued. So the overall consideration of viability of a plan would not just be based on what you are able to achieve, but was oftentimes, also assessed with an eye on the potential loss of lives necessary to achieve that objective —You want to be able to lead your men into battle but also, to bring them safely back home.

He went on to make the point that there is an inherent weakness in every battle plan, when you also have to keep an eye on the exit strategy; and when you encounter an enemy on the battle ground who has come on a one-way suicide mission and has no distractions about thinking of escaping, you really are up against it!

He would take risks that you wouldn’t consider, go places that you won’t go and do things that many “right thinking” people would not even countenance.

What’s Your Exit Strategy?

As this came to my mind again today, I realise that perhaps one of the reasons that many believers face an uphill battle against the enemy is because some of us are fighting with an eye on an exit strategy!

In our relationships, careers, marriages, ministry engagements, and different areas of our lives, we may have unwittingly programmed failure into our endeavours because we have made room for an “if this doesn’t work I’ll try that” or maybe “if this doesn’t work , I’m out of here” attitude in our planning. We have a built-in exit strategy ready to go!

When Esther faced the king on behalf of her nation, she went in without an exit strategy. When Jesus was confronted with the cross, He had no exit strategy. When Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego faced the fiery furnace, they had no exit strategy.

My dear friend, it is time for you to let the enemy know that you have no exit strategy in pursuit of God’s call on your life and your God-given vision. There will be no retreat, there will be no surrender!

May God bless, refresh and strengthen you as wait on Him in Jesus’s Name.


Pastor Wale Ola

Prayer Focus

Following on from yesterday, God is calling us to a place of enduring commitment to the advancement of His purposes.

Make a declaration of your faith in God by recommitting yourself to the fulfilment of His plans concerning your life.

Confess and repent of any doubts or slackening of your faith or commitment to the assignment that God has given you or generally in your walk with Him.

Let’s pray for grace to hold on firmly to the promises of God concerning our lives.

Let’s pray for the release of a fresh anointing for breakthrough in the season that we are in.

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