Have you ever been in a group setting outside of church, maybe at work or a school, and heard someone come up with and or use a biblical principle…convincing themselves that they came up with it on their own, but in all reality it coming directly from God’s Word? For instance…The Golden Rule, Serve Others, Love Others, Respect Others, etc.
Today’s concept / principle is just that…a term or phrase that the military forces take pride in maybe without even knowing that it originated in scripture.
Today’s Title: Biblical/Spiritual Actionable Intelligence
Imagine with me that you are in Bogota, Columbia. While there, you’re a mission commander as part of a counter-narcotics operation for the US government…you're fighting the war on drugs…each day attempting to put bad people out of business. You take a plane ride to get to your next destination, but while on your way there something goes wrong with the plane…your pilot does his best to land the plane…you land and realize you’re alive and have some broken ribs…you look up and see that the pilots have died in the accident, and as you’re helping a few others get to their feet, you hear gunshots…just then you realize that the plane has crashed deep in the Columbian jungle and you’re surrounded by the communist FARC guerrillas…some of the very people you’ve been trying to put behind bars. What do you do? Do you fire back with very little ammunition available to you? Or do you surrender and face the unknowns?
This is exactly the situation former Marine, Keith Stansell, found himself in. At that moment, he said that all of his actionable intelligence couldn’t have prepared him for what he was about to face. After being used as currency and held hostage for over 5 years…he was finally rescued by his own people.
Today I’d like to share with you the concept of Actionable Intelligence…more specifically Biblical/Spiritual Actionable Intelligence.
First of all, from a military point of view, what is Actionable Intelligence?
“Broadly defined, actionable intelligence is all about having the necessary information immediately available in order to deal with the situation at hand.”
- From the Article...Actionable Intelligence: How U.S. Forces can Stay One Step Ahead
For followers of Christ…Biblical/Spiritual Actionable Intelligence, then, is “actionable faith – the act of doing what you see God do, and Intelligence is the understanding of what’s placed before you to do. Using as your guide, the Word of God and His Holy Spirit. I am calling the Word application actionable intelligence because spiritual power can only be obtained by means of expecting, believing, understanding and obeying the Word heard, and then receiving it’s benefits by faith in God. Faith is acting on the Word of God to effect change in the world. When you believe and understand the Word heard, you then take action on it by DOING SOMETHING.”
In other words…DOING is the same as APPLICATION. There are some who are so heavenly minded that they’re no earthly good…and there are others who have no godly knowledge but do good. Where’s the balance? Where are those who do good because of their godly knowledge?
Three truths to take into consideration when discussing Biblical/Spiritual Actionable Intelligence.
First of all, Trust your God-given Arsenal.
Secondly, Never cease Preparing.
Lastly, Take Action.
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Nate Smith is a college baseball and football coach, a husband, a father of 6 girls, grandpa to 3 granddaughters, a police chaplain, and has a passion to see men grow in Christ.
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