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.”
I guess you’d call it a vision.
What I saw took place beyond the dimension of physical eyes. Amidst the clouds of heaven, One “like a Son of Man” riveted my attention. I could not see Him in His entirety, only His Head, which peered out from the heavenlies with a perspective cutting across time and space.
This One Who had been in the beginning with God, stood with Eyes wide-open, seeing all and knowing all, scanning heaven and earth with just a glance (John 1:2; 2 Chronicles 16:9; Psalm 139:4). All things were open and laid bare to His eyes — eyes which flamed with the brilliance of fire, in purity and light (Hebrews 4:13; Revelation 1:14).
Mesmerized with the radiance of His glory, I realized that He was the exact representation of His Father (Hebrews 1:3). Together, their Light penetrated the expanse, extending like a rainbow in the clouds on a rainy day (Ezekiel 1:27-28). United as One, He spoke and it was accomplished (Psalm 33:9). His Word, like an arrow which is always aimed precisely and accurately on its target, never failed, regardless the purpose (Isaiah 55:11).
Despite my awe-inspired fear, it was His lovingkindness that extended throughout the heavenlies, not His terror. His faithfulness reached into infinity with color and brilliance (Psalm 36:5). The mountains I saw in the distance had been created through His righteousness and the clear waters of bottomless lakes swirled with His limitless plans (Psalm 36:6). His every character trait exploded into reality in this place where His perfection reigned supreme.
Then slowly, as if an unseen camera lens adjusted, my viewpoint panned out to expand my perspective. Breathless, I saw that this Head, Who saw all and knew all, had a body as well (Ephesians 1:22-23). Comprised of ligaments and joints, muscles and sinew, His expansive body filled not only the spiritual dimension, but spanned into my time and space. My eyes scanned His form and I realized He Himself was like Jacob’s ladder, with His feet resting on earth yet His Head reaching into the heavenlies (Genesis 28:12).
My gaze rested upon His feet and shocked into realization that they resembled a mere human’s. Like mine. And like yours. Yes, like those of the whole church, standing in the midst of the earthly while His Head kept His viewpoint of the heavenly.
There the vision ended, but how greatly it continues to influence my prayer.
We, who are many, are one body in Christ (Romans 12:5). He, as our Head, has positioned each of us in His body to stand as watchmen wherever He has placed us (1 Corinthians 12:18). I in my place, and you in yours, our feet know well the trials and temptations of those around us.
But from our stance, we send petitions for resources upward to “Christ, Who is the head…” (Ephesians 4:15 NET). “Truly, truly, I say to you, you shall see the heavens opened and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man,” “sent out to render service for the sake of those who will inherit salvation” (John 1:51; Hebrews 1:14). “Devote yourselves (then) to prayer” “for everyone who asks receives and he who seeks finds and to him who knocks it shall be opened” (Colossians 4:2; Matthew 7:7).
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