After God has saved us and delivered us from the plotting camps of soul hunting satanists, and put us in a prosperous place where we can freely worship Him in spirit and in truth, then we are still assaulted on every side in an effort to derail us from fully possessing our promised land. This is where we keep our minds focused on the power of the Lord who is able to deliver us from the grasping claws of the insatiable wicked ones who have forsaken their Father, God and Creator.
In the midst of spiritual warfare we, like Israel, probably grow weary of fighting the enemy and just want to settle in our promised land in peace, and in so doing we lay down our swords too soon, making leagues with our enemies, not really comprehending that their chief goal is our complete and utter destruction by any evil means available to them; to the Christian that would be witchcraft, the subversion of our will, the purpose being to snare our very souls. The enemies of God seek to break our will, and to cause us to become weary of fighting against a hell-bound generation of vipers.
Nevertheless, we must put on the whole armor of God and fight the good fight of faith, knowing that God will give us peace and bring us into our promised land if we obey His Word and live our lives according to His will. This is where we receive power to overcome the assault of the wicked ones, by covering ourselves in the cloak of the Lord by the Holy Spirit, staying in His presence, renewing our spirit, and receiving strength for the battle set before us.
So if we find ourselves growing weary we are most likely at Gilgal, the place of circumcision, where our flesh is being cut by the God-ordained trials and tribulations that we must endure and learn from like a good soldier. After Gilgal the promised land is before us, and when we arrive we must not lay our swords on the ground before our enemies, and make peace with those whom God has appointed for utter destruction. For they will surely be there populating your promised land, seeking a way to survive their appointed destruction and eviction from the land they forfeited because of sin. They will hold on tenaciously, clawing and scraping away at you, trying to keep you from obeying the Word and will of the Lord, but the Lord's intent is to destroy the Canaanites inhabiting your promised land; the disobedient ones who have allowed their uncrucified flesh to control their lives.
After wandering in the wilderness of our trials and tribulations for seemingly endless years, are we to settle ourselves in the midst of a thorny people who refuse to repent of their sins, but instead chooses to berate and persecute us unrelentingly? No, but we will keep our swords sharpened and ready for the ongoing battle between the wicked and the righteous until all the Canaanites have been driven out of our promised lands.
For if we do not drive the devils out of our God-given possession we will continue to endure pain, suffering and distress at their hands. Remember that they are hell-bound souls with nothing to loose, dwelling in a land that they have corrupted with their very presence, so much so that they have attracted the profound attention of an angry God, who brought you into their sin-forfeited territory for the precise purpose of displacing and or utterly destroying them.
Think not within yourself that you can "get along" with the wicked, for that is precisely what they want you to think, that the righteous and the *wicked can dwell together in harmony. That is a bodacious lie! Their hearts are turned towards evil and the destruction of your soul by little and little until you become an unrecognizable remnant of what God created you to be liken unto them. Before you know it you'll be worshiping their handmade wooden gods, and incurring the wrath of God in your life.
As Christians we must keep our swords at the ready and not compromise with the enemies of our soul, in so doing we will begin to leak; our purpose, anointing and our very life will be in jeopardy. Judas comes to mind. He was in the presence of the Lord, and still he rebelled and ended up dead, dangling over a precipice of his own making for 30 pieces of silver! The Bible is full of such ones who made Bochim decisions landing them in dire trouble that ended in their swift demise.
Let us focus for a moment on King Saul. He disobeyed the Word of God and his kingdom was unceremoniously stripped from him immediately. Sometimes when we are in positions of authority and power we become arrogant thinking within ourselves that we can simply do whatever we want to do without consequences, a brazen lie we choose to believe; an Eve in the Garden of Eden sort of moment. Saul was so concerned about what people thought of him that he inadvertently sacrificed his kingdom to appease them.
Saul's sin of disobedience brought swift judgment from the Lord. God anointed David, a shepherd, to take Saul's place as king of Israel. The first thing Saul did when he figured out that David was going to be his replacement was to try and kill David, but David was anointed with purpose by God, and it was just a matter of time before the kingdom was his to rule.
When King Saul had rejected God, consequently God also rejected King Saul. When one has been rejected by God there is only one being standing in line to receive your soul and that is Satan. God had stopped communicating with Saul and in Saul's fear of the upcoming battle with the Philistines he went to En-dor to seek out a witch (1 Samuel 28:1-19).
Absent God in his life there was nowhere else for Saul to go, but to completely yield to the downward spiraling of his decayed and warped soul. Thus, rejecting God leads one directly into the arms of eternal damnation. It could be no other way. There is a choice between good and evil. And King Saul chose to follow after evil, and in the process self-destructed.
King Saul fell on his sword to avoid capture in the battle against the Philistines at Mount Gilboa, and three of his sons were killed as well. David succeeded Saul to the throne according to the Word and will of the Lord, and ruled Israel for 40 years.
Even though there are those who will fight against the promises of God in your life, the Word that God has spoken over your life will inevitably come to pass, but not without the conflict of spiritual warfare. You are not going to easily slide into your promised land without fierce opposition. No Canaanite *worth his salt will sit idly by and accept their dethronement without putting up a fight, even though they themselves are directly responsible for the consequences of their sin and disobedience against God.
A backslidden people, if you are not careful, will escort you right into the voraciously mouth of Satan where the bones of your spiritual strength will be crushed, rendering you completely helpless, where your soul will be rapaciously devoured. The wicked will dangle worthless shiny trinkets before your eyes and lead you down the pathway of sin and destruction, and you won't discover the worthlessness of the trinket that caused you to yield to disobedience until it's too late. But don't make Bochim your permanent residence. Repent, get up, retrieve your sword, and continue on in the battle that God has designed specifically for you so that you can be a victorious warrior.
Spiritual warfare consists of living in the presence of Lord, allowing Him to fill and refill you with His Holy Spirit, strengthening you, giving you the endurance to withstand the darts of the wicked, to stay the course in order to inherit the blessings of the Lord. We often, like naive soldiers volunteering to fight in secular wars, go into spiritual warfare not realizing the difficulty, the sacrifices, or the suffering involved in such a tremendous undertaking.
Spiritual warfare is actually the making of you, the preparation for purpose, that when you obtain the level of expertise in battle God requires, He can now place you in the position of your ordained purpose where all the skills you learned in the midst of spiritual warfare now come into play, and will assist you in holding on to the land that God has given you to possess.
*Worth his salt: Today salt is inexpensive and universally available, but that wasn't always the case. Salt has been a valuable commodity in many cultures throughout history.
Salt is sodium chloride. It can be obtained from mines or the oceans. Today salt is commonly mined from large deposits left by dried salt lakes. Modern mining and methods have made salt an inexpensive commodity.
Salt is an effective preservative and before refrigeration was widely available, the demand for salt as a preservative was much greater. The human body requires salt for the regulation of fluid balance. Salt used as a seasoning adds to the taste of many foods.
Because of salt's high value, it was used as a method of exchange. Roman soldiers received a salt allowance as part of their pay. In fact the word salary is derived from the Latin salarium meaning of salt. To say that someone is worth his salt is to say they have earned their pay (http://www.english-for-students.com/Worth-Its-Salt.html).
*For clarification, sinners are those who do not know Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior, whereas the wicked are those who have known the Lord Jesus Christ as their Savior, and have rejected Him as Lord over their lives, and have taken up permanent residence in the Satan's camp, whose foundation is built upon the quicksand of witchcraft.