When my daughter was about 13, she was fascinated with Shaolin Kung-Fu. Because she was too young to go to the dojo alone—and too old for the children’s classes—we decided to take the training together.
We managed to work our way up to green belts before she ultimately lost interest. (For the record, we did not engage in any spiritual practices that are part of some martial arts training.) But I learned some mixed-martial arts lessons that apply to spiritual warfare—and those lessons have served me well.
Put another way, while I was practically learning sidekicks and roundhouse kicks and back kicks, I was also discerning new ways to put my spiritual enemies strangleholds. Point blank, I discovered how to use the enemy’s momentum against him. Instead of wearing myself out, I learned how to wear the devil out.
Learning What Wearies the Enemy
Daniel 7:25 says the enemy comes to weary the saints, but through my mixed-martial arts experience I learned what wearies the enemy. I stopped growing weary in well doing when I discovered the enemy grows weary in wicked doing. In other words, if we don’t give up—if we keep pressing in—we will eventually outlast the devil. We’ll win the wrestling match against principalities, powers and the like (see Eph. 6:12).
James, the apostle of practical faith, tells us to submit ourselves to God, resist the devil and he will flee (James 4:7). The Amplified translation tells us to “stand firm” against him. Sometimes I think there must be a line of demons in single file waiting to take a shot at me because the submitting and resisting doesn’t always seem to work immediately—yet I know the word is true. If we keep submitting and resisting we will eventually outlast the devil (or devils if they are indeed standing in line waiting their turn to strike).
It’s almost like a staring contest. The devil will look away first when the glory of God is shining through you.
I learned the principles of wearing out the enemy through mixed-martial arts, especially judo. The object of judo is to throw down or take down your opponent, immobilize them and force them to submit to your authority. I’m spiritualizing that a bit but that’s the gist of it. The enemy wants us to submit to his authority. God wants to the enemy to submit to the authority in Christ that He’s given us. God expects us to enforce His will in our spheres of influence and often that means engaging in spiritual battle. Christ won the victory. We enforce it.
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SOURCE: Charisma News