The need to emphasise the spiritual warfare is of supreme importance in connection with this doctrine. Anyone who takes the bible seriously will have noted that the church has a lively and potent enemy. Furthermore, God is no respecter of persons – He is Thrice Holy, a consuming fire (Leviticus 10). There is a clear line to trace and take between these two considerations, and we are horribly prone to ‘stray from side to side’, falling in with the enemy or grieving/quenching the Holy Spirit. When you ask for the Holy Spirit, ask even more earnestly for the battle that will ensue as one really expecting a fatal blow. You scarcely had a more valid, urgent and compelling reason to abide in The Vine.

“Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;”

‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭6:10-18‬ ‭KJV‬‬