Giving the devil his due


And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen. Matthew 6:13


Mike Kolen, who played linebacker for the Miami Dolphins, told this story:

“When I graduated from Auburn University, Coach Shug Jordan asked me to do some scouting for him. I said, ‘Sure coach, what kind of man do you need?’ Coach said, ‘You know the guy you can knock down and he stays there?’ I said, ‘Sure!’ Coach said, ‘We don’t need him. You know the guy you can knock down, he gets up, you knock him down again, and he gets up?’ I said, ‘Yes! You want him?’ ‘No,’ said Coach, ‘I want the guy that’s knocking everybody down. That’s the guy I want.’”

I’m grateful that Jesus picks us up when we’re knocked down. But wouldn’t you like to do a little knocking down of the devil for a change? You can if you will learn to pray, “Lord, lead me not into temptation, but keep me from evil.”


Get a 3x5 card and jot this down: “Greater is He [Jesus] that is in you than he [Satan] that is in the world” 1 John 4:4. “Submit yourselves to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.” James 4:7. “And they overcame him [Satan] by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony” Revelation 12:11. Carry this card with you. Refer to it anytime you feel the devil’s attacks. These verses deliver a biblical one-two punch to the devil.