"The Lord will reward each one for whatever good they do, whether they are slave or free." A discussion on the reference to slavery here is much too long to elucidate, so I will just say, if we are slaves, then we are slaves to Christ! Paul covered every soul that has or will come to earth - Husband, wife, and children. No one has been exempted! Once Paul addresses each category of persons, he then explains the Armor of God which God has provided for us to achieve the goals which He has set out for us all. Satan is not happy when we decide to follow God's way, so we MUST be warriors for the Lord, but our armor is not made up of temporal material that will fade and rust. It is of stuff eternal! Prepare for battle is the battle cry! If we want to have any chance to defeat this most worthy of enemies, Satan, it is only through Christ that we can accomplish this. Why? Jesus has ALREADY completed this work in the cross and upon the resurrection. Let us not whine because things are hard today! Let us take up the banner of Christ and put on our armor and prepare ourselves for CONSTANT warfare. Much of this warfare will happen on the battlefield of our own hearts! so therefore,"11Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God." [Eph 6:11-17]. We CANNOT say that we do NOT KNOW or that we have never been told! Even our country is declining, part and parcel, because Christians are NOT living up to the expectation of God. Spiritual complacency has destroyed many of Christ's Churches. Just read Revelations 1-3! Join me saints of God. Let us re-dedicate ourselves to the high calling that is in Jesus Christ our Lord! Praise Him!