A boxer was taking an awful beating from his opponent. He was having a hard time standing up so he grabbed the ropes to support himself. When his manager saw this, he cried out, “Stand up and fight. He’s not even hitting you!”
“Then watch the referee,” shouted the boxer. “Somebody’s hitting me.”
Every Christian is in a constant fight with the devil. He is constantly placing evil desires in our minds and in our hearts. We are continually tempted with the desire for more – more money, more possessions, and more recognition, more of everything except a desire for more of our Savior.
When I hear people say that there is no devil, I want to respond by saying, “But somebody is hitting me.” The one hitting me is the devil himself. He constantly hits me with evil desires – desires that make me want more of the things of this world that will separate me from God.
If we want to “get off the ropes” and triumph over sin, we can.
The Bible says, “Submit yourselves to God, resist the devil and he will flee from you.” A true formula for success!
Prayer: Heavenly Father, right now, I surrender my heart, mind and soul to You and ask that You will enable me to resist the devil. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture for Today: James 4:1-8