Our Christian warfare cannot merely consist in maintaining a defensive holding pattern, but instead we must go on the conquering offensive, using the sword.
Though we are surrounded and buffeted by numerous difficulties and trials, God is always faithful to provide what we need to endure and overcome them.
We must put on the entire armor of God, not just the defensive parts. We must proactively rather than reactively assume out part in the spiritual battle.
The origins of our adversary, Satan the Devil, and his host of fallen angels or demons. God has promised us protection if we yield to and obey Him.
Gideon incrementally moved from a position of weakness and fear to a position of strength and valor as he increasingly started to trust in God to give victory.
Christ does not remove His people's trials, but He provides help for those going through them, using the cleansing power of the trial to heal their minds.