You know, it seems that whenever we make enough spiritual progress towards that one thing that God has called us to, the harder the devil attacks us. Any Soldier worth his/her salt knows that, in order to defeat an enemy, one must attack its most vulnerable point in order to render it combat ineffective. Killing the enemy is not always the best option, especially if a deep wound can take multiple Soldiers out of the fight, since they must care for their wounded brother-in-arms. Spiritual warfare is no different.
Furthermore, history tells us that disease and complacency kills more Soldiers in combat than anything else. With this in mind, we can expect a cunning enemy such as the devil to ‘infect’ Christian Soldiers with diseases, such as pornography and other self-sins, or even lead them into an unsafe realm of spiritual complacency and stagnation.
However, take heart young Soldier, and do not be discouraged! God has given us a proven battle plan that is always combat effective—“Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.” (Ephesians 6:11, NKJV)