On August 16th 1812, after only
one day of bombardment and a mere seven casualties, General William
Hull the commander of the American forces in fort Detroit surrendered
his command to a British force of approximately half the size of his.
With the greater size of his force, he should have been able to win the
battle. Why did He give up so easily?
Prior to the bombardment, Sir Isaac Brock, the British General,
through several ruses caused General Hull to believe that the British
force was significantly larger than his own. As General Hull focused on
the perceived size of the enemy and the barbarities that he believed the
Native allies of the British were capable of, he was destroyed by fear.
Because of the fear in his heart, he gave up with almost no fight.
Lately, as I have been perusing my social media accounts, I have been
noticing that people are worried about the Moslems doing this, the
government doing that, and churches compromising Christ all over the
place. As the reports are pulled together in the news feed, I have the
tendency to believe the problems are greater than they are.
This isn’t limited to social media, when we get together with our
friends how often do we discuss that the world seems to be taking over
and Christian influence and freedoms seem to be diminishing? This is
focusing on the enemy and his work. When we do so, we run the risk of
being paralysed by fear as General Hull was. When we are focusing on
what Satan is doing, we may miss what God is doing. In the past month or
so, God has opened my eyes to what He is doing just in my own circle of
Through the course of the year, we in the Discipleship Program, have
an opportunity to go home for a week of holidays. I recently returned
from my said week. While I was home, I was greatly encouraged by what I
heard and saw God doing. On the day I returned home, a young lady from
my Church was leaving Canada to serve God as a nurse overseas with BIC Canada Global.
The first Sunday that I was home, I was talking with a young man from
my college and careers group and learned that he was going through NTMC’s
training. I had the opportunity to meet with my pastor and during the
course of the conversation he shared with me a bit about what is
happening in the Church. During the year and a half plus, that I have
been part of the Discipleship Program,
God brought a family into the Church who then went on to Bible College.
I never had the opportunity to meet them, however it is quite
encouraging to know how God is moving among those at home. He also
shared how the Church has begun to focus on revival. Because of this
focus, a member of the congregation suggested that they start a prayer
meeting and currently about a sixth of the Church is meeting once a week
Take a moment to think about those around you, how is God moving
among the people around you? Then think if God is doing all this just
among those we know, what is He doing in the areas we don’t know about?
When we hear about discouraging things and our world seems to be falling
in around us, we have a choice. We can either focus on what Satan and
his servants are doing and be overcome by fear, or we can look to God
and realise that there are more with us than the enemy and in Him we
triumph. In the battle for Detroit, General Hull could’ve won if he had
have been taken in by a bluff. We are more than conquerors in Christ, let us purpose not to be taken in by Satan’s bluff.
—Discipleship Program student