“There is no holiness without a warfare”
(J. C. Ryle 1816-1900)
if you want to be like Jesus, then you need to defeat the flesh and the prince of this world. You need to put on the whole armor of God, fight the devil and win before you can rest, take your flute and sing! You fight so that you can worship The Lord! You take your soldier’ boots before you put on the dancing shoes! Praise is a sacrifice!
If you want to be pure and strong like Jesus, then you have to defeat the powers of darkness, the unclean evil spirits who control this world of sin. If you desire to become like Jesus, you need to fight your way thru the crowd of unbelievers and come to touch His feet. The devil will do everything he knows to hinder your progress. But if you have faith in Jesus Christ and you want to be holy like Him you shall have the victory! You shall one day joyfully declare with Him: ‘I have overcome the world!’