War against COVID-19 and other warfare – Part 8
Study Of Nation’s Historical Lessons, Experience Of Wisdom Gleaned For Security And Good Welfare And Wellness
Deuteronomy 20 offers us sound principles to conduct successful welfare of any sort. It shows the sacred role of God’s priests, their inspiration, charge, their trustworthiness and release of spiritual power to both the officers of all categories and citizens.
 When thou goest out to battle against thine enemies, and seest horses, and chariots, and a people more than thou, be not afraid of them: for the LORD thy God is with thee, which brought thee up out of the land of Egypt.
 And it shall be, when ye are come nigh unto the battle, that the priest shall approach and speak unto the people,
 And shall say unto them, Hear, O Israel, ye approach this day unto battle against your enemies: let not your hearts faint, fear not, and do not tremble, neither be ye terrified because of them;
 For the LORD your God is he that goeth with you, to fight for you against your enemies, to save you.
It also portrays the role of high quality officers with insight and good well of experience, understanding, battle-readiness and state of mind of would-be combatants. Thus, such insightful officers provide these wise checklists:
• Those who have just built a new house and have not dedicated or inhabited it.
• Those who have planted a new vineyard and have not eaten of it yet.
• Those who have just married and have not come together yet.
• All those who are fearful and faint hearted must not be selected.
 And the officers shall speak unto the people, saying, What man is there that hath built a new house, and hath not dedicated it? Let him go and return to his house, lest he die in the battle, and another man dedicate it.
 And what man is he that hath planted a vineyard, and hath not yet eaten of it? Let him also go and return unto his house, lest he die in the battle, and another man eat of it.
 And what man is there that hath betrothed a wife, and hath not taken her? Let him go and return unto his house, lest he die in the battle, and another man take her.
 And the officers shall speak further unto the people, and they shall say, What man is there that is fearful and fainthearted? let him go and return unto his house, lest his brethren’s heart faint as well as his heart.
 And it shall be, when the officers have made an end of speaking unto the people, that they shall make captains of the armies to lead the people.
The following are key factors to consider by using the positive and avoiding the negatives:
• Sound mental judgment,
• Sound frame of mind,
• Experienced officers; lessons learnt from previous post-mortem defeats,
• Noticing possible leakages and plugging them,
• Grumbling and murmuring against injustice can easily convert soldiers to saboteurs,
• It is difficult to proclaim peace without the foundation of righteousness,
• It is difficult to be part of peace proclaimers, when the proclaimer himself is a victim of hurt,
• Inequality and discontentment are veritable properties of failure to any group of people, state, nation, etc.
• Waxed strong in spiritual power, growth in psychological statue and confidence launcher-mood,
• Mental strength,
• Truth application,
• Love application and upholding righteousness.
God bless you.
Bishop Dr. S. I. Okelezoh, Ministry Of Perfection Church