In ancient and modern warfare alike, there is a tremendous advantage to holding the high ground. There are many reasons for this, but one of the most important is that of visibility. In ancient times, gaining an advantage through higher ground simply meant being located on a mountain or perhaps a castle wall. In modern times this advantage is gained through the use of drones and satellites that can reveal images of the enemy’s activity from miles away or guide unmanned weaponry with pinpoint precision. In either case, the principle is the same. With a raised perspective, your visibility of the battlefield is greatly increased.
There is a spiritual battle this is being waged right now (Ephesians 6:12) and is intensifying in these days. If we intend to be victorious, we will need to have a raised perspective. And, what is more “raised” than being seated with Christ in heavenly places? (Ephesians 2:4-6) From this heavenly position we have access to real-time global intelligence, and the authority, in Him, to rule and reign! This can be a reality for us right now if we choose to lay hold of it. From this position, there is no scheme of the enemy that can go undetected. After all, we are abiding in the omniscient God!
However, it is not just seeing our enemy that is important. Our eyes do need to be open to the enemy’s plans, but what should really captivate us is being able to see those who fight with us! We serve the Captain of the armies of Heaven. He is Jehovah Sabaoth, the Lord of Hosts! There are innumerable legions of angels, as well as the Lord himself who fights for us (Deut 20:1-4, Joshua 23:1-3).
Elisha saw that Elijah’s anointing, although it was very powerful and fruitful, was not ultimately strong enough to stand up to Jezebel. This was why Elisha asked for a double-portion. In 2 Kings 2:9-13 we see that the determining factor of whether Elisha would be able to walk in the double anointing would be his ability to see. Obviously he saw, and did receive the double anointing. As a result, he was able to walk in a level of victory that Elijah could not. At one point, the king of Syria sent his army after Elisha because Elisha was relaying to the King of Israel the words that the Syrian king was speaking in his bedroom. In other words, the Lord revealed to Elisha the Syrian king’s most intimate thoughts (talk about intelligence). When the Syrian army surrounded Elisha, he could have easily been defeated. But, he could see the armies of God, and he knew that there were more with him than against him. Therefore, he was not afraid, and was able to work a miraculous solution to the problem. Seeing was the key to his victory. (2 Kings 6:8-23)
Jesus also walked in this. He was very aware of the armies of heaven and their readiness to fight on his behalf. (Matthew 26:53).
Make no mistake, as we violently advance the Kingdom, the enemy will throw everything he has at us. And, while he has no authority, he does still have power. If we don’t want to be taken out of the fight, we must have spiritual eyes to see not only what the enemy is scheming, but also the armies of heaven that fight for us. The only way to do this is to take the high ground. We must operate from the knowledge and authority of our position, in Christ, on His heavenly throne.