Brothers and sisters, we are in warfare whether we like it or not. If you don't fight, the devil will rob you of all the blessings and promises of God. The devil is after everyone that confesses Jesus as their Savior. He hates faith because it is what separates you from him. The devil is the epitome of what a poor loser is. He was stripped of all power, but he talks like he has it all. What is the devil after? Souls! God kicked him out of Heaven and ever since, he has been about gathering as many people to himself as he can before Jesus comes back. God's wealth is determined by how many souls He has in His kingdom. We are very precious and valuable to God, otherwise the devil wouldn't bother with us.
James 5:7 Be patient unto the coming of the Lord. Behold a farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, he has long patience for the harvest, until he receives the early and latter rain.
Ever wonder why Jesus is waiting so long to return? When a farmer plants his seed he receives rain just after planting and then he receives rain again when the seed is growing. He waits patiently for the rain to do its work and that is what God is doing. He is waiting for maximum harvest. The seed was Jesus, the early rain came on the day of Pentecost and the latter rain is the last great revival. All this time the devil has been sowing tares(weeds). Tares in the Bible look just like barley but if ingested will taste bitter and can lead to death. Tares are the devil's seed and it is his attempt at sabotaging the precious harvest of the earth. But at the day of harvest the seed of Christ will be gathered unto God and the seed of the devil will be gathered and burned.
1 Timothy 6:12 Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life.
The devil is totally convinced in his mind that you belong to his kingdom and he is all about putting you in your place. He will not go away by ignoring him and even when you confront him he will do whatever he can to resist you. When is the devil defeated? When he can't get you to accept his temptation. The devil is a master at attacking people and making it look like other people are the problem. The Bible warned us that we don't wrestle with flesh and blood, in other words, people are not our problem. How often must we fight the good fight of faith? Every day that you choose to live by the faith of the Son of God.
2 Corinthians 10:4 The weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds.
God knew the devil would come for us because he came for Him. That's why He gave us supernatural weapons. He gave us His Name, His Word and His blood. All of which the devil has no defense against. The devil has only two weapons and they are related. He has lies and deception. How do we defend ourselves from deception? Take the Word of God because it is the truth, everyone who has the truth cannot be deceived. Every time the devil hears the Name of Jesus he kneels down because he must. When a believer pleads the blood he must make adjustments because it was the blood of Christ that separated him from men of faith. Joe McCroskey told me something years ago: if you don't learn to love warfare, you will never see any victories.