Those of us who are familiar with martial arts “buruku” blocking, or “soft-fist” blocking, know that it involves the three “C”s: “Contact”, “Capture”, and “Control”. The Martial Arts practitioner uses a natural, circular movement to make contact with the opponents incoming strike, to capture the limb, and then to flow right into a “control”, or a “lock”. The sequence is natural, and logical. And once the control of the opponent is gained, it is most often followed through with a take-down, or a throw of some kind. We, as Christian Martial Artists, can learn some valuable lessons by the comparison of these principles to Satan’s strategy against us.
First, you can’t capture what you can’t touch. If you prevent the Enemy’s making contact with you, you are safe. In Self-Defense we always emphasize prevention: be alert, avoid alleys, walk with someone, seek higher ground, etc. If we are alert to the Enemy’s strategy and our weaknesses, we avoid places where we would easily be tempted, we walk with other Christians in close fellowship, and we continually seek the higher ground of God’s presence, then we will greatly diminish the chance of being “grabbed” by Satan.
However, because of our own nature, as well as the world around us, we will come in contact with the Enemy’s schemes, etc. I’ve often heard the advice given to lighter, quicker, fighters who depend on striking, or kicking : “don’t let your opponent get a hold of you”! A smaller opponent may want to break contact immediately so he won’t be captured and thrown. Satan is more powerful than we are, in, and of ourselves. The moment he makes contact with us, whether through the eyes, the ears, or even our own thoughts, we need to break contact. We all know the outcome of King David’s not breaking away from what he saw on the rooftop. He looked, lusted, and lost it!
You see, Satan will always move in for the kill(Jn:10:10: The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy:). Through your choice to yield to temptation, you are captured. Then Satan will move in to control, and to “bind” you with your sin(see Prov. 5:22); and finally he will “cast” you down and destroy you. He won’t be satisfied until he adds that last “C” to the formula. But God uses the same strategy to give you a defense, and a freedom.
In II Corinthians 10:4 & 5 we read that “.. the weapons of our warfare are…mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds; Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;. ” Our goal is to cast down the Enemy’s thoughts, schemes, and lies, and to align our thought life with that of Christ. (For ultimately, the battle begins in the mind.) And this “renewing of the mind”(Rom. 12:2) will be possible only through the use of the “weapons” God gives us.
The “Sword of the Spirit”, or our Bible, is our primary offensive weapon. But we must make “contact” between it and our thoughts, or the Enemy’s schemes in order to bring them into “captivity”, and to then “cast” them down. That is why we must sit under good preaching of the Word, study and meditate on the Word, and be “doers of the Word”(Rom.10:14,17; 2Tim. 2:15; Ps. 1; Joshua 1:8; James 1:22). We are told to “resist the devil”(James 4:7) Our Lord did so by speaking God’s Word. In John 17:17 Jesus says that we are sanctified by the Word. And one could go on. But we also notice that before we “resist the devil”, we are told to “submit” to God. And in verse 8 we are told to “draw nigh to God”. Contact must be made, ultimately, with God.
We, as true Christians, believe in a personal relationship with God through Jesus, and in the Holy Spirit. Through our acknowledging Him in praise and worship, and praying “without ceasing”, we enter boldly into His presence. Jesus said “the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.” The result of being in His presence is that His Word becomes true life to us. It changes us. Jesus told us to “abide” in Him (John 15:4). And we are told to be “strong in the power of His might”(Eph. 6:10). 2Cor:3:18 states “But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.” And Psalm 91:1 says “He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.” Clearly, we can see that maintaining a close, and intimate “contact”, or relationship with God, is what gives us strength, changes us, and protects us. Our minds and hearts are “captured” by Him, and we are “controlled” by His Spirit in us.
So, next time the Enemy tries to put a hold on you, make sure contact with the Lord, bring the thoughts into captivity, and cast down the Enemy’s lies. John:8:36 states: “If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.” And remember: Even if you do fall – Prov:24:16 states: “For a just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again:” And “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” God bless!