I learned a new word this week.
shadowboxing :: an exercise used in the training for combat sports, especially, as its name implies, boxing. It is used mainly to prepare the muscles before the person training engages in stronger physical activity. In shadowboxing, only one person is required to participate; the participant throws punches at no one in particular. (Wikipedia)
It may be a new word to me, but it’s in no way a new activity. I can’t say I’ve ever laced up boxing gloves, and I’ve never stepped in a boxing ring.
But without a doubt, I’ve done my share of shadowboxing…
With the girl who made years of my youth miserable by her hurtful actions.
With my sweet husband as we floundered at loving each other in our early years.
With the young man who hurt my daughter.
With the “church people” who almost rocked my faith.
As I’m studying Revelation in Bible Study Fellowship this year, my eyes have been opened to profound spiritual truths I’ve never understood before. The spiritual world, the world we can’t see, affects more than most of us realize. The enemy of my soul wages war against me and everyone else who believes in the One who is The Way, The Truth, and The Life. Jesus.
It’s no wonder opposition is common. It’s no wonder my family has been the brunt of attacks. It’s no wonder we today experience aggression and aggravation. Even though it may appear like it, it’s not people who are the ones attacking. It’s not those around us who we battle against. No, not our spouse, or a rebellious teenager. Not our neighbor or our co-worker. Not even our in-laws or the person who cuts us off in traffic.
We battle against what’s behind the visible.
We’re not waging war against enemies of flesh and blood alone. No, this fight is against tyrants, against authorities, against supernatural powers and demon princes that slither in the darkness of this world, and against wicked spiritual armies that lurk about in heavenly places. Ephesians 6:12 VOICE
This is some deep stuff for a Thursday! Stuff many of us don’t care to think about. When I “battle” physical opponents, I’m battling the wrong source. It’s as if I’m shadowboxing, and just throwing punches into the wind.
There’s a better way.
God has powerful weapons for us to use: His Truth, Righteousness, Peace, Faith, Salvation, His Word and Prayer. God’s way to battle is far better than mine. He sees what I cannot. There’s no shadowboxing going on in His corner.
So instead of shadowboxing, let’s pull out God’s Word. Instead of “battling” against what we see, let’s pray about what we don’t. Let’s stand firm in our faith and resist evil. And let’s allow God to do His mighty work and battle for us.
It’s time to hang up our gloves, and reach for God’s Word. It’s time to step out of the ring, and bend on our knees.
Cheering you on in your faith today, my friend!
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