Church of God, Carmichael, CA
C. W. Naylor, 1930
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is infinite and omnipresent. He is finite; therefore like all other finite personalitiesvery limited in his powers. There are many evil angelshow many we do not know but they also are finite creatures, evil, yet limited. Many people lose sight of the fact made plain in the Scriptures that tho the evil angels work against us and try to destroy us "the angel of the Lord encampeth round about them that fear him" to protect and keep them.
The conflict is real, not only with the powers of Satan but with the evil influences that come from the unsaved people about us. We cannot but be influenced by these; therefore we must stand steadfast against them and overcome them.
Then, too, there are those things within ourselves that we must fight. Paul said, "I keep under my body and bring it into subjection." No matter how good Christians we become we shall find within ourselves some troublesome things that will give us occasion to exercise our strength and courage. Full salvation takes all sin out of us but it does leave our disposition, our physical desires, and the desires of the mind, to be brought into subjection and governed. All these things make life a battle. But it may be a winning, not a losing battle, all along the line of life. It will be a battle of victory if we do our part.
It is not God's will that a Christian be on the defensive all the time. He should not be cornered fighting for his life. He should wage aggressive warfare against his many foes. God gives us offensive and defensive  weapons sufficient that when we use them properly we need fear no foe. "The weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds" (II Cor. 10: 4). We do not use natural weapons but since our foes are spiritual foes we fight them with spiritual weapons. The "sword of the Spirit," we are told, is the Word of God. Jesus used it triumphantly against Satan in the time of Jesus' temptation. It will often serve us to put our enemies to flight Sometimes we can quote Scriptures as Jesus did. At other times we can use them as bulwarks of faith. We can anchor our faith in them.
Our mightiest weapon of all is faith. We are to "fight the good fight of faith" (I Tim. 6:12). Paul fought a victorious fight all through life and when nearing the end he said, "I have fought a good fight" (II Tim. 4: 7). The writer of the Hebrew epistle has something to say about this warfare. He calls to remembrance "the former days, in which, after ye were illuminated, ye endured a great fight of afflictions, partly, whilst ye were made a gazingstock both by reproaches and afflictions; and partly, whilst ye became companions of those that were so used" (Heb. 10: 32-33). Paul told Timothy to "endure hardness as a good soldier."
The life of a soldier in many respects is a hard life. Likewise the life of a Christian has its hard elements in things to be endured, things that will try courage and endurance. But what are wedress parade soldiers or real soldiers? What are wecourageous Christians or cowards? What are wepeople of spirit and vigorous manhood, or do we dwell in the caves of fear? No,  we shall "quit ourselves like men." We shall be good soldiers of Christ Jesus.
But this fight is a fight of faith. It is through faith we conquer. Faith gives confidence. We must believe that we shall win. General Marion said of his men in the Revolution, "If I saw my men sitting up on their horses straight, with their heads up and with their eyes flashing, I knew I could attack a greatly superior force with certainty of success." Gideon's three hundred are examples of what all God's people should be. "Confidence is half of conquest, but only the first half." We must have confidence that we shall win; then we must do the things that bring victory. We must fight man. fully. This we can do, and doing it we shall win.
A soldier's life does not consist altogether in fighting. Battles are fought only at intervals. There are things to be endured by a soldier besides the perils of battle. When Garibaldi led his troops to fight for the freedom of Italy he stood before them and said, "I will give you hunger, wounds, death, but Italy shall be free." They followed him enthusiastically and won. If we have the love that endureth all things we shall not be deterred by the comparatively few hardships of the Christian life. We shall have the courage to meet them and to go through them.
Before a soldier is ready for battle he must be drilled. He must be taught to cooperate with others. So God puts us through the drilling process in life. Soldiers often get tired of their drills, nevertheless they must keep them up if they would be good soldiers. So the Christian must have the drill of the daily repetition of 
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