JOE LOUIS was the heavy weight boxing champion of the world, holding the title for 15 years.
He fought 71 professional fights and only lost one of them. Towards the end of his career, the “Brown Bomber” was asked what techniques or secrets he used in order to win over men who were much larger than he. His answer was simple.
Joe Louis said “I STUDY my opponent. I plan my fights very carefully. I KNOW my opponent’s weak points and his strong points. I base my fight on what I know of HIS tactics. The results are always the same. I’m never surprised. I stay on the offensive.”
Now isn’t that pretty good counsel for Christians in dealing with their opponent, the devil?
Satan wins many of his attacks because he SURPRISES us. He catches us off-guard. We are told that we should NOT be ignorant of his devices (2 Corinthians 2:11). We should KNOW how he operates – his weak points and his strong points. His actions should NEVER surprise us.
James 4:7 Submit to God: resist the devil and he will flee from you.
Ephesians 6:16 Take the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one.
1 John 4:4 He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.
Romans 8:37 In all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loves us.
# The devil uses very effective camouflage paint.
# Satan does far more harm as an angel of light than as a roaring lion ~ Vance Havner
# The devil cannot lift his head higher than the saint’s heel when Christ is in control of his life.
Anyone having a problem in defeating the already-defeated foe would do well to heed the advice of the highly successful Joe Louis. He makes sense and it kept him the world champion for 15 years, with only one defeat in his career.
Better still, the Bible says the same thing.