Found Under Temptation
Open for a Left Hook
On May 21, 2005, Andrew Golota fought Lamon Brewster for the WBO heavyweight boxing title. Golota, a strong fighter with a powerful punch, had 38 wins, 5 loses, and 31 knockouts. In preparation for the fight, Brewster studied tape of Golota's boxing, looking for an opening. He noticed that the way Golota held his hands left him open for a left hook.
Within seconds after the first round began, Brewster found the opening and threw a left hook. Golota went down to the mat and got up. Brewster threw another left hook and Golota went down again. He stood up and the fight resumed. Brewster threw another left hook to the same opening, and Golota went down for the 3rd time, which counted as a knockout. Lamon Brewster won the fight in the first round because he was the smarter fighter. All he had to do pound on his opponent's weakness.
In a similar way, Satan is looking to pound on our weakest areas. When we leave an opening by yielding to temptation, he'll take advantage and throw a left hook. But if we'll not yield to temptation, we'll close off the area and cut off his opportunity. The Apostle Paul said it this way: "Do not give the devil an opportunity" (Eph. 4:27 NAS).--Kent Crockett
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