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Empty Fort Strategy

In the Chinese historical novel Romance of the Three Kingdoms, author Luo Guanzhong describes the “Empty Fort Strategy,” a use of reverse psychology to deceive the enemy. When 150,000 troops from the Wei Kingdom reached Xicheng, which had less than 2,500 soldiers, they found the city gate wide open and the famous military tactician Zhuge Liang calmly playing the zither with two children beside him. The Wei general, baffled by the scene and believing it was an ambush, ordered a full retreat.

The Bible offers another example of a bewildering battle strategy. In Judges 7, God had Gideon use 300 men, horns, jars, and blazing torches against armies that were “as numerous as locusts; and their camels were without number” (v.12).

Could Israel defeat such a formidable foe? It was humanly impossible! They had neither the manpower nor the military hardware. But they had one thing that worked for them and that was all they needed. They had God’s promise: “With these 300 men I will rescue you and give you victory” (v.7 nlt). The result? Victory!

Are you facing a formidable challenge? The Lord has said, “Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh. Is there anything too hard for Me?” (Jer. 32:27).

With God, all things are possible.

20 thoughts on “Empty Fort Strategy

  1. vavoom1361 says:

    “All Might God” thank you for your word and your promises, understanding that I can not face my challenges
    without you! Praise you Father!!

  2. mingyu143 says:

    I was thinking about this strategy awhile ago and I was shocked from what I read because it looks like a confirmation this strategy will definetely work.
    I’m so blessed.

  3. joannms says:

    Yes we all are faced with challenges in life, however The Lord see fit that we push against adversities, trust in Him and keep moving toward to right path.
    Love you Father!!

  4. lespaul1125 says:

    Thank you Lord for this word today, it was much needed for the trial going on in my life right now. I know you are moving God Thank You!

  5. akua says:

    Thank You God Almighty for the reassurance. There is absolutely nothing too hard for YOU.

  6. nita33 says:

    Thank you God for your infinite love an Power you give us to whether the storms!!!! Through You all things are possible!!!!

  7. debsoy says:

    Amen! God is good for me

  8. paulej says:

    Thank you God for your most needed word to day. I count on your faithfulness to deliver my love one (you know who) from the spirit of revenge forgiveness though it looks like it’s impossible I know everything is possible with you. He is hurting blaming everyone to the point of harm. But I trust in you just as it takes 400 warriors for Gideon battle you will deliver him with your word because you love him and you are God. I praise and adore you My Lord. Thank you

    1. lespaul1125 says:

      I will pray for you and your husband. It sounds like we are dealing with a similar trial right now in life. My thoughts and prayers go out to you.

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