I grew up watching TV on Saturdays with my brother. First on was cartoons. I mean the good stuff like Sylvester the Cat, Foghorn Leghorn, and Yosemite Sam. Once the cartoons were over there were then two options. One was to watch college football which was great depending on the game. The other option was professional wrestling.
The wrestlers of my youth were heroes of their own making. Names like Dick the Bruiser, Andre the Giant, and Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka were legends in my mind. I hated the Macho Man and a host of other evil characters who was defeated regularly by the stars.
In those early years of watching wrestling, my brother and I learned a “go-to” move for all competitors. When someone was hurting, they would go to work in that area specifically. For example, if you did a flip and came down on your knee wrong, then the opponent would start focusing all his moves on that knee. As a young boy, I had no idea that most of what I saw was staged for the audience, but the tactic stuck in my mind. Whenever my older brother and I would wrestle at home, we would immediately start working on one part of the body to bring as much pain to that area.
Paul tells the Christians in the city of Ephesus that our battle is not against flesh and blood, but against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Our adversary, the devil, attacks us and seeks our destruction. What I have noticed through the years is that old Saturday morning tactic still works today. Evil likes to find my weakest point, and then he goes to work on it trying to bring me pain to the point of me quitting or at least surrendering to his will.
Evil knows all about your weaknesses. He sees you are struggling in your marriage, and so he connects you to a person who you think will make everything better. He understands how success is going to your head, so he whispers in your ear about how great you are. He knows you are feeling lonely, so he offers a way out that is contrary to God’s will. He knows about the emails and text you are sending so he encourages you to throw in a few words that will push the boundaries. He knows you are depressed and so he offers a quick fix in the form of a bottle. Satan knows your weakest point, and he tries to exploit it.
Paul tells the Church in Ephesians 6:11 “Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. (NIV 2011)” The following verses tell them to use the belt of truth, the breastplate of righteousness, the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit. I explain his words by merely saying, “Be prepared to fight.”
Wherever you are weak, Satan will attack. We need to be wise. We must be prepared. We must work vigilantly to overcome the schemes of the devil. He will try to pounce on you whenever he sees you struggling. He knows your weakest point, and he is ready to exploit it and find a victory over your soul. My words to you are simple. Stand firm, fight back and don’t ever surrender. Especially, don’t let Satan outwit you. “For we are not unaware of his schemes.” (2 Corinthians 2:11)