Beating the Air

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Jab. Cross. Hook. Uppercut. That’s how we fight against individuals who oppose us or any situation that goes against our desired expectations. We swing empty punches without effecting any change. We aim and jab, expending more energy than we should altogether meeting one defeat after the other. Paul referred to this type of fighting as “beating the air” – throwing punches without knocking out the enemy.

This week, you will surely find yourself in the fighting ring; to help you knock your enemy out of the ring, we offer a Godly-flavored strategy that is guaranteed to give you the winner’s edge!

Suit Up – Winning is never accidental; it is the result of having the right moves, tools, garb, and attitude. If it is your intention to knock your enemy out of the ring completely, then, fully arming yourself with God’s amour is mandatory. Every piece of God’s amour is essential in this fight. Ephesians 6:11, 14 – 18, “Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests.”

Make a Left Punch – Accept that there is a campaign against you to oppress and destroy your faith, strength and devotion to Christ. You are not exempt from hardships, disappointments and challenges and as Paul admonished, “think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy” (1 Peter 4: 12, 13). Think it not strange when life throws you an unexpected punch. Think it not strange when things suddenly go haywire. Think it not strange when things fall apart against your best efforts of keeping them together. See your challenges for what they are – spiritual campaigns set against you to throw you off your game and force you to lose focus! Rejoice in these circumstances for they will be used by God to reveal His will and glory and strengthen your character.

Make a Right Punch – Know your enemy. You are not fighting against your coworker, partner or friend; you are fighting against the devil who wants to derail and discourage you. Yes, your coworker has his own issues, your partner has his/her own issues, your friend has issues too but they are not the real enemy. The true enemy is Satan who is constantly seeking to blind your mind to the fact, that you are “wrestling not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against wicked spirits in high places.” This enemy has three purposes according to John 10:10, “…to steal and kill and destroy. . .” He wants to blind you from realizing that there is a spiritual root for every emotion, bad habit, or broken relationship….He wants to steal your hope, kill your connection with your source of strength – God and destroy every trace of Christ’s image within you.

Make an Uppercut – When we recognize that this fight is bigger than we are, we will surrender to God. We must surrender to God through prayer for prayer can do what 40 swift punches cannot. Prayer can transform folly to wisdom, our unrealistic expectations to tasteful realities, and our disappointment to grace-grazed gifts. “When temptations and trials rush in upon us, let us go to God, and agonize with Him in prayer. He will not turn us away empty, but will give us grace and strength to overcome, and to break the power of the enemy” (Ellen G. White). When we become aware that every source of stress and opposition that drives us into fight mode has a spiritual root, we will submit our desires to fight on our own terms to God.

You are a kingdom fighter who has been given the right mix to overcome every punch thrown your way. Don’t go easy on your enemy this week – knock him out with a left punch, right punch, and uppercut.

Peace, love and blessings,
Dee