there is one thing I do know and that is that there is a war going on and I'm on the front line fighting "the good fight of faith" that Paul talks about in First Timothy 6: 11-12 11 But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.
12 Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.
I said this to a Christian friend of mine the other day and his reply shook me up a bit. His reply was kind of sarcastic "you do know we win in the end don't you?" he might have been joking but to me there was nothing funny about it. Too many believers in the body of Christ have this laid back, the battle is over why should I keep fighting, It's all good attitude that is weakening the Church. Instead of remaining alert/vigilant and sober minded as Paul suggested in First Peter 5:8 8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour
A great baseball player once said after an improbable come from behind victory that "It ain't over till it's over", and that is just what the devil is saying right now, he is not going down without a fight and he doesn't want to go down alone. I'm not saying we have to walk in fear or defeat. God wants us to walk in victory, see 2 Corinthians 2: 14+15 14 But thanks be to God, who always leads us as captives in Christ’s triumphal procession and uses us to spread the aroma of the knowledge of him everywhere. 15 For we are to God the pleasing aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing
Even in a prize fight the referee tells each fighter to "defend yourself at all times!" because when a fighter is losing he tends to get desperate and turns to dirty tactics and we all know the devil is the father of lies and "dirty tactics". So even though we know the ultimate outcome of the fight as far as the body of Christ is concerned we still have our own personal battles to be prepared for. That is why Paul said we must put on the full armour of God daily, (see Ephesians 6: 11-18) Not to look good but to be able to stand and fight off the attacks of our enemy the devil so that we can enter into God's rest along with all the others who have fought the good fight of faith to their end.
Don't get sucker punched by the enemy, defend yourself at all times. In the end we may have the victory but let us live as if we want to make it to the end.
God bless you all, Brother Darrell, Speaking Off The Wall