“Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth.” (Ephesians 6:14A)
In basketball you have to play smart. You can’t just burn out every play like you’re running the 100 yard dash. You have to relax and pick some resting points on the floor. You can’t run around like you’re a running back because you will wear yourself out. You have to chill out, establish a rhythm and be smooth.
If someone doesn’t have a good jump shot, you defend him by backing off and giving him room to shoot. You defend him by daring him to shoot. Why? Because he’s self check. That means, “Why waste your energy guarding him, because he’s his own enemy when it comes to shooting?”
He has no confidence in his shot. He has a psychological block. I can back off and play lazy defense on him as long as he is on the perimeter – because he is self check. He defends himself by missing all his wide open shots. There’s no need for me to wear myself out guarding a man who cannot shoot.
The devil is father of lies (John 8:44). He is our adversary. What happens is, when you and I believe lies, we are self check. Once he gets us to believe lies, he no longer has to wear himself out to defeat us. When we are deceived, we can’t buy a bucket. We are self check. The devil can go handle some other business because your mind isn’t being renewed by truth. You are self check.
In football, one of my favorite plays is the play action pass. That’s when the quarterback fakes like he’s going to hand the ball off to his running back. All the defenders come up to tackle the running back only to discover that they were tricked. The quarterback faked a hand off then raised up and threw the ball deep down the middle of the field to a wide open receiver.
The devil will have you “trying to tackle someone who doesn’t even have the ball.” He will make you “fall for the play action.” His lies will make a fool out of you. Don’t fall for the play action pass.
“Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth.” (v14)
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