As I read about those who fought for their freedoms today, again, I can't help but think how it was patriotic.
The Adversary is not sitting back and just waiting for us to give in. He is actively on the prowl, finding ways to break through our strongholds. Often we gird our loins and prepare for the onslaught of temptation, etc.
But, fighting with the Adversary is not, and never will be, a fair fight.
Don’t leave your strongholds! “Stand ye in holy places, and be not moved” (D&C 87:8). This really is a simple concept to grasp. It is simple to understand and simple to follow.
God doesn’t work by stratagems, not spiritually speaking. He doesn’t trick us into saying our prayers, or doing our home or visiting teaching, or reading our scriptures or holding FHE. Instead, he invites, persuades, and promises.
I know that I need to take offensive approach. How do I do that spiritually? For me, defensive is protecting myself by staying true to the covenants I've made, being mindful and prayerful, reading my scriptures and staying close to God. Being offensive means that I step out of myself and help others; strengthen the armies of the Lord, the sisters around me. I get out of my comfort zone and do community service, chat with folks I don't know about good things, walk out of inappropriate movies, reach out to others. It also means accepting all callings that are extended to me and magnifying them to the best of my ability.
To me, defensive is a personal thing, but offensive is outside of myself- strengthening the whole army and fighting together.
Happy 4th of July!