Christian OODA

By

J.M. Beatty

1 Cor 9:24-27 Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain. (25) And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible. (26) I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air: (27) But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway. (KJV)

1 Cor 9:24-27 Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. (25) Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. (26) Therefore I do not run like a man running aimlessly; I do not fight like a man beating the air. (27) No, I beat my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize. (NIV)

How is your OODA today?

Air Force Colonel John Boyd studied the history of ground combat and discovered various similarities. When one side in the war presents to the other side unexpected threatening events. The slower side to react to the unexpected event was always defeated.

(Thought to Consider: The Viet Congís small guerrilla units confused the American strategy. In Desert Storm we did not fight the "Mother of All Battles" with the Iraq army, instead we used our Air Force as the main thrust of war.)

OODA Explained

From the research conducted by Colonel John Boyd, a disciplined form of military training was formulated entitled OODA.

Developed OODA

The secret to a developed and disciplined OODA is strict training, training, and more training. Also to remain physically and mentally fit.

OODA Time Frames

Christian OODA

1 Cor 9:24-27 Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. (25) Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. (26) Therefore I do not run like a man running aimlessly; I do not fight like a man beating the air. (27) No, I beat my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize. (NIV)

The Apostle Paul compared your Christian lifestyle to the discipline and strict training of professional athletes. He also disciplined his body in order to make it a slave to his ministry. Paul realized that it was possible to preach to other, but disqualify himself from the prize of the high calling.

The secret to a successful Christian lifestyle is a life dedicated to strict spiritual training. You must train and discipline yourself in order to overcome the wiles of the devil.

The Battle Ground

2 Cor 2:11 Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices. (KJV)

Eph 6:11-12 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. (12) For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. (KJV)

2 Cor 4:4 In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them. (KJV)

Paul understood that Satan assaults the minds of Christians with his evil devices and wiles. This one point must be made very clear. The battle ground for your soul is not fought on distant soil or bloody beaches; it is fought in your heart and mind.

You are admonished by Paul to put on the whole armor of God, but have you endured the strict training of the Holy Spirit in the usage of your spiritual offensive and defensive weapons (whole armor).

Have you trained yourself to run the Christian race in your full armor? Lets correlate the concepts of your spiritual mastery with a disciplined and developed Christian OODA.

Ps 119:11 Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee. (KJV)

You must develop your spiritual senses to react to the changing conditions with the disciplined principles of the Holy Spirit.

The smoother and quicker you move thought the Christian OODA cycle, because of your training and discipline, the better the chances for your spiritual victory.

Undisciplined OODA

2 Cor 5:7 (For we walk by faith, not by sight:) (KJV)

An undisciplined thought life will usually react according to its emotion not according to the intellect. You discipline your free will and your intellect with your strict spiritual OODA training. A person who has not developed a tactically trained OODA, when confronted with unexpected spiritual issues will usually react with emotion not spiritual discipline.

When you have a weak, undisciplined OODA your sight (flesh/Fear) not your faith will determine your course of action. Often fear will be your reaction and you will spiritually freeze with conflicting emotions and confused thoughts. Without proper discipline your response will be according to your fear not the shield of faith. The fiery darts of the Satan are squelched by the shield of faith, but by the time your undisciplined OODA has discerned the unexpected spiritual issue, its to late and the dart has hit its mark.

Your response to the fiery darts of Satan must be triggered by your training and spiritual action plans.

Spiritual Action Plans

Luke 9:23-24 And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me. (24) For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it. (KJV)

Cross Principle

A spiritual action plan must be based on the cross principle. Should you not be able to deny yourself then you frustrate your ability to develop your Christian OODA.

Spiritual discipleship is based on the three phases established in the cross principle.

Now lets examine the various steps that should comprise a spiritual action plan. The secret to this type of plan is preventative training that will develop your OODA.

Ps 90:8 Thou hast set our iniquities before thee, our secret sins in the light of thy countenance. (KJV)

Ps 119:11 Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee. (KJV)

Ps 119:9 Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word. (KJV)

Daily Bible Meditation is also very important to a successful spiritual action plan. What do you meditate?

    1. Word (Josh 1:8; Ps 1:2; 119:23, 48, 78, 148)
    2. God (Ps 63:6)
    3. Godís Works (Ps 77:12; 143:5)

The Bible teaches that your meditation should be continual Ė day/night.

Gal 6:1-2 Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted. (2) Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ. (KJV)

Rom 13:12-14 The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light. (13) Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying. (14) But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof. (KJV)

Example: Should you have a problem with domestic violence then why are you not listening to the cries of your family.

Example: Should you have a problem with alcohol then why are you cultivating alcoholic friends.

Example: Should you have a problem with pornography on the internet then why are you not putting a porn filtering program on you system, or finding an internet provider that will block these sites at the hub, and it need be destroy the modem.

Why are you not allowing an accountability partner access to your life.

Ps 37:31 The law of his God is in his heart; none of his steps shall slide. (KJV)

Ps 40:8 I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart. (KJV)

Ps 119:11 Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee. (KJV)

Some Christians might debate that the teachings of Jesus encourage you to do the opposite action; to not meditate what you shall answer.

Luke 21:14 Settle it therefore in your hearts, not to meditate before what ye shall answer: (KJV)

The context of this verse teaches how to handle trails and persecutions, but this verse also teaches to settle in your heart key and important issues. Preventative practice is not the action referred to by Jesus. In fact, your preventative practice is the settling process.

Preventative practice is also vital to a successful spiritual action plan, because you are training the muscle of your brain to develop muscle memory and disciplined reflex.

Conclusion

Christian OODA is a disciplined thought life that is designed to bring " Ö into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ Ö" (2Cor 10:5).

Eph 4:27 Neither give place to the devil. (KJV)

The devil can only take place in your life to the degree you give him place, and the best way to give the devil access to your life is to maintain an undisciplined thought life.

Christian OODA does not come without spiritual discipline and scriptural training. Remember, the slower side to react to the unexpected event will usually be defeated. A strong Christian OODA will frustrate the devilís access to your thought life, therefore victory over weakness and sin is the fruit of this disciplined way of life.

Heb 12:11 No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it. (NIV)

A spiritual action plan in conjunction with accountability partners will help you codify your OODA process. When you read about putting on the armor of God, your Christian OODA cycle is a practical application that aids in armor process.