How to lose a winning fight: Underestimate your opponent.

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Pray then like this: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. 
Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us 
from evil.
 — Matthew 6:9–13 | ESV

Mike Tyson was at one time considered the greatest boxer of all time. Until one fight in February 1990, a man named Buster Douglas shocked the world by knocking out Mike Tyson in one of the biggest upsets of all time. Douglas dominated Tyson to become the new world heavyweight champion. How did he win? Everyone underestimated Douglas, especially Tyson.

As believers in Christ, we can also become too overconfident that our enemy is defeated, we forget that he’s still a thief that’s out to steal, kill and destroy. He is defeated, but not to be underestimated. Even the littlest temptations, thoughts and emotions, can cause an avalanche of sin and condemnation. Before that happens, we need to shift our focus from the enemy to the One who beat him. There’s no temptation too small, nor sin too great that we can’t bring the undefeated Jesus into.

Are there temptations, thoughts, or emotions that regularly get the better of you? Invite Jesus to get involved in those battles you struggle with.

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