CHECKMATE! – A lesson from Boxing champion, Joe Louis

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 pointsHis 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.

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.

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


About meetingintheclouds

I am Cloudwatcher, a 76 year old Christian lady, happily married to a wonderful man for over 50 years. We have five wonderful sons, all with at least one University degree and in top positions in their chosen fields. One son is still single but four have found perfect wives and they have given us five lovely grandchildren. I was born in England and while I'm proud of my English heritage, I am doubly proud to be a true-blue, fair-dinkum Aussie. My husband and I are committed Christians whose first priority is to love and serve our risen Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ. My life story will tell of my journey from abuse to peace. I suffered 22 years of abuse, being constantly told I was totally evil and an ugly freak: no one would ever want me, so I might as well do the world a favour and kill myself.
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6 Responses to CHECKMATE! – A lesson from Boxing champion, Joe Louis

  1. Rob Barkman says:

    “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.”… How true that is Angela. And yet it happens to us all. Why is this?

    In my life I have seen that
    1. when I get my eyes off the Lord, I get my eyes on myself
    2. when my eyes are on myself, they are not watching out for the devil’s attacks
    3. when I am not watching for the devil’s attacks he is able to slip in and get the better of me.

    How true it is to gain the victory over Satan we must know how he works. One of his greatest ploys is to distract us form Christ and get us looking at ourselves. It seems to work to his benefit EVERY time.

    Lord bless you Angela. Thanks for a wonderful posting.

    • Thanks Rob. Those three points are the key. Thanks for adding them. While we keep ‘looking unto Jesus’ satan will NOT be able to slip in. When we submit to God and stand in Christ, satan is defeated and MUST flee.

  2. Pure Glory says:

    It”s also important to know who we are in Christ Jesus. His victory is our victory. The devil only has the power of suggestion.

  3. ptl2010 says:

    Praise The Lord , Angela, that you are real evidence that in all these things you are more than conqueror through Him who loves us. Praise The Lord, you are back in business for Him.
    All through life’s journey from here to glory The Lord promises to be with us to give us the victory. He is already victorious and we are His! Hallelulujah! for His blood has never lost its power over evil and sin and His Name is above all names.

    • Thanks Evelyn. It is good to be back.
      Yes, praise God, He gives us the victory. Amazing, isn’t it, that it is all HIS work. He enables US to do what He calls us to do and empowers us to do it – and rewards us for what HE accomplishes! We are indeed greatly blessed, which is even more reason why we should always be on our guard against the devil and his forces as they try to prevent us from serving our God. The devil is a defeated foe, but we must take care not to let him take us by surprise. We must put on His armour and stand aginst the devil.

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