When Muhammad Ali was getting ready to fight Sonny Liston for the world heavyweight championship in 1964, he summarized his strategy for winning the match by saying, “Your hands can’t hit what your eyes can’t see.” The idea he was getting at is that he would move so fast in the ring that Liston wouldn’t hit his target because he wouldn’t be able to pin down his position.
Mali Music’s latest single, “Ready Aim”, is a fresh reminder that we face invisible powers in the daily boxing match of spiritual warfare. We can’t see the dark forces swirling around us, but they are there, and they are gunning for our souls. They whisper sinister thoughts into our minds and attempt to cause us to go against everything we believe in. They oppose everything we do that is good and try to make us to stumble when we take a stand for Christ. As Mr. Mali himself puts it, “When you’re doing what God calls you to do there’s going to be resistance.”
These powers take up positions against us everyday. It can be overwhelming trying to fight this invisible enemy. But, we do not have to be afraid.
The enemy has weapons that slash and burn. So do we. “The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds” (2 Cor. 10:4). As shown in Ephesians 6:10-18, Christ has also supplied us with armor that we have to put on each day that will protect us against the never-ending attack of the enemy who is like a ‘roaring lion, prowling about, seeking anyone he can devour’ (1 Peter 5:8).
The good thing about this war is that we already know the outcome. In the end, Jesus wins. And we win. On the side of the Saviour, we are invincible. Nothing the enemy can do will affect our eternity.
So, each morning, as we prepare to face a new day, we can put on our armor, and tell the enemy, “Ready, aim, fire!”