I didn’t say who, but maybe that needs to be clarified first. I’m not talking about the “love-your-enemy-type” enemy. That’s a different discussion all together.
No, I’m talking about the enemy of your soul. The one who whispers “you aren’t enough” in your head. The one who entices you to “take one more bite” or “to say what you really feel”. The one who degrades your children, demeans your family, and demoralizes your relationships. Yeah, I’m talking that enemy.
Just where is he right now?
Well, I will tell you where he is supposed to be —
Under your feet.
Joshua gave us example after his victory at Makkedah. The battle over, he demanded five captive kings to be brought before him. “And it came about when they brought these kings out to Joshua, that Joshua called for all the men of Israel, and said to the chiefs of the men of war who had gone with him, ‘Come near, put your feet of the necks of these kings’” (Joshua 10:24).
What humiliation. Laying prostrate, face in the dust, with the boot of your opponent on your nape. Not only signaling a sign of defeat, but also of disgrace.
It’s time we take this stance on the enemy of soul. After all, Christ has already rendered him powerless (Hebrews 2:14). Jesus has already “disarmed the rulers and authorities (hostile to us and) triumphed over them” (Colossians 2:15).
And yet, our enemy still insists upon prowling about seeking to devour us(1 Peter 5:8) and disguising himself as an angel of light (2 Corinthians 11:14). Scheming, lying, manipulating, he is bent upon distracting, disabling, and destroying.
Isn’t it time we take a stand and tell him “No!”
We have authority you know, for “the grace of God…teaches us to say “no” to all ungodliness” (Titus 2:11-12 NIV). In fact, Christ is actually waiting on us to step up and stand upon our enemy. After all, Jesus is now sitting at the right Hand “of God, waiting … until His enemies be made a footstool for His Feet (Hebrews 10:12-13).”
He fully expects that we will stomp down our enemies.
But where is our holy anger? Where is our divine passion?
The Father has not only promised to make Christ’s enemies a footstool for His feet (Psalm 110:1), but has also promised to soon crush satan underneath ours! (Romans 16:20)
What are we waiting for? Let’s shake off our passivity in prayer and put our foot down — right upon the very neck of our enemy.
“Father, You have given me authority to tread upon all the power of the enemy without injury (Luke 10:19). By one sacrifice, You finished Your work and are now awaiting my alignment with Your Holy Will (Hebrews 10:12-13; Romans 5:19). Like my Holy Joshua, You have been calling me to come near and put my feet on the neck of my adversary (Joshua 10:24).
“I confess to You, that I have been a fearful warrior and I have shrank back in taking my victorious position over my defeated foe. I have forgotten that the Holy One within me is actually Greater and Stronger than my opponent in this world (1 John 4:4). Forgive me, Lord.
“Surge Your Power within me by bringing all Your promises back to my memory (Colossians 1:29; John 14:26). Thank You for sending Your Son to free me from fear and to destroy all of the enemy’s works (Luke 1:74; 1 John 3:8). Praise You for being faithful to strengthen and protect me from the evil one (2 Thessalonians 3:3). Reveal Your accomplished work that I may faithe it into my actual experience.
“Now, I put my foot down upon the enemy’s work in (specific area). He has played the victor far too long. This (dissension, anger, addiction, rebellion – you fill in the sin) has dominated lives long enough. In the Name of Jesus, the enemy’s work is over in this area. Realizing that the evil one will try to block Your prompt delivery, remind me to pray persistently until the emancipation comes (Daniel 10:12-13). I’m not moving my foot off his neck until You crush the enemy underneath (Romans 16:20). In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”
I was twenty-years-old and spending my first summer in Asia. The sub-tropical heat forced me indoors, so I retreated to my third floor room to spend solitary time before the Word of God and a singular, rotary fan.
All summer, a certain long-distance relationship had remained forefront in my mind. He was tall, dark and extremely cute, with a sense of humor that often caught me off-guard. Despite our happenstance first encounter on an airplane, we’d exchanged numbers and I’d seen him several times before this summer missions adventure.
He too was spending his summer overseas, with an assignment similar to mine, albeit in another country. His aerograms were filled with joy and depth, stories and Scripture, affection and interest. I’d heard him pray in person and now as I read his prayers put to pen, they only increased the growing interest I felt for this extraordinary young man.
As I listened to the oscillatory hum that afternoon, memories of childhood flooded my mind. Since my thirteenth birthday, I’d been praying for a future mate. Beginning with a request that he could wash dishes (since my dad did not), my requirements had grown over the years. Now, I included elements of prayer, Scripture, and leadership with this guy perfectly fitting the bill.
“Give Me this relationship,” came God’s Voice, so clearly I could almost hear Him audibly. Startled, I diverted my eyes to the open Bible on my lap. God spoke again in print.
“Take now… (the one) whom you love…and offer him there as an….offering” (Genesis 22:2).
I balked at such a request. “Wasn’t this exactly what I’d prayed for? Wasn’t this a relationship that could please God fully?”
“Give Me this relationship,” came the Reply.
I don’t know how long I hesitated. Nor how long I argued. The thought occurred to me that maybe I could just offer this to Him and He would stay my hand at the last minute — just like He had in Abraham’s case. But this, He did not do. As He continued to lead me up this mountain, it became crystal clear He wanted me to lay down the relationship. Finally and completely.
In an anguish of soul I hadn’t experienced to date, my prayer reached the appointed plateau. As an act of my will, I placed this relationship before the Lord and felt it severed from my soul. Sobbing and exhausted with internal distress, I lay him before the Lord.
Then, in a radiance whose memory still causes my heart to pulse, I saw the Lord. With brilliance of Light and glow of Presence, He lifted me into His rest. Splendor so filled my heart that any lack of the previous moment vanished amidst His fulness. Like sinking into a warm whirlpool on a frigid day, my entire being was immersed in His bathing Light. Resplendent, nourishing, invigorating, strengthening, His Light absorbed every dark place, gleaming without glaring. Diamond-brilliant without blinding.
His Light was worth it all. His Grandiose Presence was far better than my granulated present. None else could compare. I gazed with wide-open spiritual eyes at His Remarkable Countenance, realizing that in the very glimpse of Glory I was being transformed. He was crystal, transparent, flawless, brilliant, incorruptible….yes, indescribable. I bowed awe-struck and speechless, and to this day remain unable to fully describe His glory.
What is your well-loved Isaac? What do you need to lay before Him?
He asks for your gift
in order to give Him room
to fill you to overflowing.
Praise You that You are Light and in You there is no darkness at all (1 John 1:5). You are not afraid of the dark and go boldly into darkness so that Your radiance shines there (John 1:5). As I stand in Your Light, I clearly see the dark places still residing within me (Psalm 36:9). Send out Your Light and Your Truth to lead me into further Light (Psalm 43:3). I want to focus on Your remarkable Countenance with wide-opened eyes, so as to be filled with Your Glory (2 Corinthians 3:18). Enlighten the eyes of my heart to truly know You (Ephesians 1:18). In Jesus’ Name, Amen.