Matthew 10:16 “‘I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves.‘”
Christ would not commission us to leave us unarmed and defenseless. Though the opposition be inevitable, our demise is not. Yes there’s preservation for us, today, in our spiritual cunningness. My brethern, we can’t play nice with the adversary as if we aren’t being preyed upon for playing nice doesn’t win wars; only wisdom does that.