Assessing an adversary or a dangerous situation takes wisdom, thoughtfulness and the ability to make decisions. Jesus stated in Luke 14:28-33 Luke 14:28-33  For which of you, intending to build a tower, sits not down first, and counts the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it?
 Lest haply, after he has laid the foundation, and is not able to finish it, all that behold it begin to mock him,
 Saying, This man began to build, and was not able to finish.
 Or what king, going to make war against another king, sits not down first, and consults whether he be able with ten thousand to meet him that comes against him with twenty thousand?
 Or else, while the other is yet a great way off, he sends an ambassador, and desires conditions of peace.
 So likewise, whoever he be of you that forsakes not all that he has, he cannot be my disciple.
American King James Version×that we are to count the cost, like a king preparing to begin a battle. Paul said, “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places” (Ephesians 6:12 Ephesians 6:12For 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.
American King James Version×).
We cannot fight effectively against evil if we have doubts and fears that assail us. When we determine to fight, it ought to be with all our might. That is what assures us of victory. The apostle Paul knew how to fight spiritually, and his struggle was effective and efficient even though he had hardships. All of the followers of God are in a fight—let us lay aside every distraction and win this war against Satan.