Fit for the Fight

A boxer doesn’t go into the ring without preparation.

  • The first step is to learn from the best. Find a few tricks that will help you win.
  • Step two is to train like your life depends on it. Build up your endurance.
  • Next, master your defense . . . and your offense. Learn your best punch.
  • Analyze your strengths and weaknesses. What are your bad habits? How can you improve on them?
  • Know your opponent. How is he likely to come after you? Create a game plan.
  • Watch your diet. What you take in affects your energy and your ability to perform.
  • Your last step is to rest up for the big fight. Allow injuries to heal. Step back and give yourself time to think.

In the spiritual world, Ephesians 6:13 tells the Christian:

“Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.”

We are like the boxer training to enter the ring.

  • Christ is our example.
  • We train in our Sunday schools and prayer meetings.
  • Our defense and offense are learned as we witness to friends and neighbors.
  • We need a partner who can reflect on our best attributes.
  • We must study how the devil works (It’s in the Bible!).
  • It’s vital to avoid vulgar talk and off-color jokes.
  • Finally, take the opportunity for prayer and spend time in the presence of God.

When the final bell rings, we’ll find we’re champions through Christ our Lord.

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When the death of trust scars our hearts, we must find even greater kindness to heal the wound.

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