In the world but not of it

August 11, 2010

Get your guard up…

Filed under: Uncategorized — In the world but not of it @ 5:00 am

They attacked you when you were exhausted and weary, and they struck down those who were straggling behind. Deuteronomy 25:18

I would not say that I am a fan of the sport of boxing but growing up during a time when the sport was popularized; I watched it on television and at times got caught up in all the hysteria around some of the now famous matches that were fought with Ali, Sugar Ray Leonard, Hagler, Holyfield and even Tyson…

As I learned more about the sport I was curious why boxers would often just hit each other’s arms in the shoulder and bicep area. I thought the point was to knock them out, go for the chin or the stomach and deal that final blow…but believe it or not even in fighting there is a strategy…

The best fighters know that wearing down your opponent is the best way to ultimately win the match so they begin to strike their opponent’s arms to wear them down and eventually their arms begin to slowly drop, not being able to hold them up as high and as strong, thus exposing the face…this is why you hear the trainer in the corner yelling “get your guard up”.

We are in a fight as believers. The fight is real and against forces we cannot battle on our own. God’s word, in Ephesians 6, spells out the armor of God that we are to put on spiritually for this fight yet notice today’s passage and the strategy of the enemy. It is identical to the strategy of a world-class boxer…he attacks when we are exhausted and weary.

When a wife is completely spent from trying to manage a family and the responsibilities of being a wife, when a husband is continuously challenged at work and is distracted with the burden to be a provider, when an economy is collapsing and people’s lives are disrupted; jobs are lost, clients go away, plans get changed…this is what makes us exhausted and weary.

This is what gets our guard to go down slowly, exposing us to even more severe attacks, and for those of us who may not have been rooted in our relationship with God to begin with then our fate is that of those that were straggling behind…

You have been believers so long now that you ought to be teaching others. Instead, you need someone to teach you again the basic things about God’s word. Hebrews 5:12

The writer of Hebrews admonished us boldly to get our act together, step up, and do what we know…

The battle is fought in prayer and in fasting; it is fought in living out the love of God practically and knowing that at any point in time, if we let our guard down, we are subject to that next blow…

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