Those who enlist in the military go in with the understanding that they are preparing from combat. They are trained to use all kinds of machinery and taught how to defend themselves as well as others. Similarly, in the kingdom of God, the moment we accept Jesus as our Savior and make Him Lord of our lives, we engage in battle. A serious conflict ensues in the spirit, soul, and body. We struggle to hold onto faith in Christ, but in the end, God causes us to triumph.