OUR SPIRITUAL WAR
time of conflict is in this world's battles brief, and, even in that
short space, there is many a truce; for the approach of night,
weariness of slaying, time for food, and other things are wont to give
the warrior respite; so that he may put off his armour and take
breath, and refresh himself with eating and drinking and, by other
means, regain his former strength.
in our war with Satan, there is no room for laying aside arms; nor can
sleep be taken by him that would always abide unwounded; for one of
two things must happen -- either to be disarmed and so to fall and
perish or to stand continually equipped and vigilant. Satan is ever
standing with his array on the watch for our relaxing and he brings
greater diligence to bear upon our destruction than we upon our
salvation. The fact that he is not seen by us and that his assault is
sudden proves that this war is more perilous and uncertain.
who in peace considers the business of war will be formidable in the
season of battle; but he who is without experience in the things of
war will be more troubles, even in the days of peace.