To be a Christian does not mean, you won’t face challenges. No weapons formed against you shall prosper but they will get to you. Jeremiah 1:19 They will fight against you, But they shall not prevail against you. For I am with you,” says the LORD, “to deliver you.”
The Lord promised that our enemies will fight us but victory is guranteed. We must be ready to engage with spiritual tools. We will emerge with bruses but we will be victors.
Keeping a reign on the sinful nature not only preserves our stand with God, but it also enables us to be spiritually alert and prepared for spiritual warfare.
Titus 2:11-14 For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope—the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good …
John 1:1-7 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
Ephesians 6:12-17 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God …
If you don’t know what time it is in the spiritual realm, during time of discipleship you will be in the pulpit and wonder why things don’t move. When God is busy moulding you, you’ll be cursing thinking it’s the devil instead of saying “What next Lord, I Am at your mercy”