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 render 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 (1 Peter 5:8), 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. 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.”
“The earth was formless and void, and darkness was over the surface of the deep.” (Genesis 1:2)
Our lives were a black hole before Him.
Formless and void. Covered in darkness. But the Spirit of God moved and introduced Light. He called us “out of darkness and into His marvelous Light,” so we can now be called “children of Light” (1 Peter 2:9; Ephesians 5:8).
Aren’t you glad that His creation of you doesn’t stop with the initial light?
Day by day, moment by moment He continues to create us into His image. Separating light from darkness, yielding seed, bearing fruit. He continues moving toward His goal for us and accomplishes that which concerns us. “The LORD will accomplish what concerns me; Your lovingkindness, O LORD, is everlasting (Psalm 138:8).
Developing us gradually.
Processing us patiently.
But always working with the end in mind. Seeking that we look like Him and bear fruit that lasts. “But He answered them, “My Father is working until now, and I Myself am working” (John 5:17). “Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness…Be fruitful and multiply” (Genesis 2:26, 28) (Jesus said:)“I chose you…that you would go and bear fruit, and that your fruit would remain” (John 15:16).
Faith is our only initiative. Jesus made that point Himself, “This is the work of God, that you believe” (John 6:29). The One Who has called us into existence, will also consummate our transformation. “Faithful is He who calls you, and He also will bring it to pass” (1 Thessalonians 5:24). God is faithful and has a great track record to prove it. After all, “not one of the good promises which the Lord made to the house of Israel failed” (Joshua 21:45). When He creates, His Spoken Word has power and never reverberates back into His ears without producing what He says. “So will My word be which goes forth from My mouth; It will not return to Me empty, without accomplishing what I desire, and without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it” (Isaiah 55:11).
Let’s not only believe that He is: the Creator — the Almighty — the only true God. Let’s also believe that He completes what He begins. He rewards those who wait expectantly for Him to finish what He starts. “He who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him” (Hebrews 11:6). “God…Himself (will) perfect, confirm, strengthen and establish you” (1 Peter 5:10).
“Hallelujah, Lord. I believe.”
“Arise, shine; for your light has come, and the glory of the LORD has risen upon you. For behold, darkness will cover the earth and deep darkness the peoples; But the LORD will rise upon you and His glory will appear upon you” (Isa 60:1-2).