Know Your Opponent

“Keep a cool head. Stay alert. Your adversary is poised to pounce, and would like nothing better than to catch you napping.” 1 Peter 5:8

Good teams study their opponents’ strengths and weaknesses, identify what gives them problems, evaluate their personnel and ultimately decide what they must do to win. Are they a disciplined team? Are they physically tough? Are they well conditioned? How or why do they win? How well do they execute plays? Where are their great talent and skill positions? Do they make “big plays”?

Teams will use this information to gain insight into all the little things that may give them the winning edge in their preparation for the opponent.

Our adversary Satan has one objective: he wants to see us fail. He knows it pains God when temptation successfully causes us to hurt each other and ourselves. He’s been practicing every day throughout the ages and is very effective at his trade.

A wise and practiced adversary attacks vulnerable areas relentlessly. This is a truth that must be realized if we hope to effectively combat our enemy. If you are alert, surprise attacks should be minimized. When the enemy advances, they should meet a prepared strategy, and your chances of remaining strong are greatly improved. Understanding the enemy’s tactics and preparing for their attack provides a considerable advantage.

“Keep a cool head. Stay alert. The Devil is poised to pounce, and would like nothing better than to catch you napping. Keep your guard up. You’re not the only ones plunged into these hard times. It’s the same with Christians all over the world. So keep a firm grip on the faith.” -1 Peter 5:8-9(TMSG)

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