JOE LOUIS was the heavy weight boxing champion of the world, holding the title for 15 years. He fought 72 professional fights and only lost three of them. He established a reputation as an honest, hard-worker at a time when boxing was dominated by gambling interests. In 2005 Joe Louis was ranked as the #1 heavyweight champion of all time by the International Boxing Research Organisation.
The “Brown Bomber” towards the end of his career, was asked what technique or secret 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?
2 Corinthians 2:11 (Amplified) tells us
Keep satan from getting the advantage over us,
for we are NOT IGNORANT of his wiles and strategies.
Satan wins many of his attacks because he SURPRISES us. He catches us off-guard. We are told to KNOW how he operates. We should know his weak points and his strong points. His actions should NEVER surprise us.
Joe Louis backed up his knowledge of his opponents with his undeniable power-packed punches. In fact, he was ranked #1 on The Ring’s list of the 100 Greatest Punchers of All-Time.
We cannot rely, as he did, on his own strength,
but we have an even greater power
- the omnipotent power of God –
working in us and through us to utterly defeat all attacks of the devil.
Submit to God: resist the devil and he will flee from you.
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.
In all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loves us.
Anyone having a problem in defeating the already-defeated satan and his forces would do well to heed the advice of Joe Louis and not be ignorant of the way the devil works. We should know his wiles and strategies and his camouflage activities so we can quickly identify his attacks and not be taken by surprise.
# The devil cannot lift his head higher than the saint’s heel when Christ is in control of his life ~ Vance Havner