shani4jc

Be On the Alert

Posted on: 7-15-112012

One of my sons favorite activities is playing basketball, and one of my favorite activities is watching him play.  He’s been dribbling a ball of some sort since before he could walk. Through his ten years of playing, I have seen him transform from a player that struggled with double dribbling, fouling too much, and often being a ball hog to a player that has learned to dribble up and down a court beautifully, rarely foul  unless it’s what my husband calls a “good foul”, and has learned that passing the ball to other players is often a smart thing to do.  He has also gone from being a conceited player to a more humble player that tries to set the other players on his team up for success.  One of the most amazing things to watch is how he has developed an uncanny ability to know where all of his teammates are at all times, as well as the players on the opposing team.  He can dribble the ball down the court, looking straight into the eyes of a defender in front of him, and suddenly, without any warning, pass the ball off to a teammate without ever averting his gaze.  He also has an incredible behind-the-back pass that happens when the other team least expects it.  As I watch him, I realize that we all need to work on possessing this ability to know exactly what is going on around us.  The Bible is clear that Satan is an enemy that lurks around at all times just waiting to attack us.  We have to know where he is or we will not be prepared for his attack. He is very deceptive and devious, so we can never let our guard down. We have to be very adamant to stay on alert.  We have to guard ourselves from every angle.  If we give him the slightest opening, he will attack.  Because of the fact that Jesus died on the cross for us and defeated death, He has given us victory over the enemy.  We have already won the game, and the enemy knows that.  He won’t be  happy, however, until he injures us so much that we have to crawl off the court barely able to survive.  The attacks will come, but if we are prepared, we will be able to shut down the enemy’s game.

“Be self-controlled and alert.  Your enemy, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour.”  1 Peter 5:8

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