Spiritual Shadow Boxing
Daily Devotional for June 27th
And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible. I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air: 1 Corinthians 9:25-26
If you’ve ever noticed, every boxer train themselves in a certain way. They either stand in front of a mirror or in a gym and mimic fighting an imaginary opponent. The boxer will move around while swinging his arms as if he is punching someone who in reality is not there. It’s called shadow boxing. It is an attempt to envelope yourself in the atmosphere of fighting before you ever get in a real fight. The idea is to be prepared for battle.
In this scripture, Paul has already dealt with running with the idea to obtain. When you enter a race, you do not enter it unless you intend to win! Similarly, what did Paul mean when he said “so fight I, not as one that beateth the air?” We do not fight in this battle swinging wild punches in the air. You must learn to make every punch count; and we can do just that if we wage war the way that God has instructed us.
If Satan is battling within your family, then you have the right and responsibility to fight! The bible instructs us to “resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” James 4:7. You do not have to bow down to his demands. Some have been enduring afflictions within you with discouragement and depression. Both of these things are spiritual attacks! As a son or daughter of God, you have authority in the name of Jesus to resist these things! Satan cannot stay when you resist him in Jesus’ name.
We must realize that there is a certain approach to battling the enemy. We cannot expect to throw punches that will not hit their targets. This will only wear you down. It will also cause the enemy to have an easier time defeating you. Are you shadow boxing with the enemy? If you’re not winning battles then it’s possible your way of fighting isn’t correct. Paul did not fight as one that beat the air. Paul made every lick count! You and I can do the same! Paul revealed to Timothy that God would deliver him from every evil work. He also said in Romans that God would bruise Satan under your feet shortly. Romans 16:20 Not only is Satan under the feet of Jesus; he should also be under your feet! Jesus has won for us so great a victory! We don’t have to keep shadow boxing when we can learn to fight and land every punch we swing!