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Put Your Foot Down

 

 

Summary

When we face uncertainty or unforeseen circumstances, we find the strength we need through God’s Word. We have been given authority over adversity, and we are not to allow situations to define us. We are not helpless, and it is important to see everything in our lives from God’s perspective. Regardless of the circumstances on the physical level, the enemy is still defeated and God is still good. Because of the finished works of Jesus, we won two thousand years ago. Although the devil is constantly plotting against us, God’s plan for us will prevail when we remember what the Word says. Once we put our foot down and decide to submit to God, Satan is forced to flee.

  1. Christ empowers us to conquer the enemy, because He conquered the enemy first.
    1. I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have [perfect] peace  and confidence. In the world you have tribulation and trials and distress and frustration; but be of good cheer [take courage; be confident, certain, undaunted]! For I have overcome the world. [I have deprived it of power to harm you and have conquered it for you] (John 16:33, AMPC).
      1. We must put ourselves in remembrance of what Jesus told us.
      2. Whatever the situation we face, we can be encouraged in the knowledge that Jesus already went through it and conquered it.
    2. And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel (Genesis 3:15).
      1. When Adam and Eve sinned, one result of the curse was enmity between the serpent and the woman. Now, it is a new day, and Jesus has ended the domination of man over woman.
      2. This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it (Psalm 118:24).
      3. If we are not careful, we can continue to live under the enemy’s domination.
    3. But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law (Galatians 4:4).
      1. Although the enemy thought he had us in captivity for all eternity, when Jesus came He was already working God’s plan. God did not intend for us to stay in a place of bondage.
    4. But when the proper time had fully come, God sent His Son, born of a woman, born subject to [the regulations of] the Law, To purchase the freedom of (to ransom, to redeem, to atone for) those who were subject to the Law, that we might be adopted  and have sonship conferred upon us [and be recognized as God’s sons]. And because you [really] are [His] sons, God has sent the [Holy] Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying, Abba (Father)! Father! (Galatians 4:4-6, AMPC).
      1. Although the enemy makes plans against us, he cannot outweigh God’s plan for us.
  1. We have the authority and we do not have to put up with the enemy’s lies.
    1. Jesus made a bold display of the victory He came to provide. This is good news for us.
      1. And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it(Colossians 2:15).
      2. Having cancelled  and blotted out  and wiped away the handwriting of the note (bond) with its legal decrees  and demands which was in force and stood against us (hostile to us). This [note with its regulations, decrees, and demands] He set aside and cleared completely out of our way by nailing it to [His] cross. [God] disarmed the principalities and powers that were ranged against us and made a bold display  and public example of them, in triumphing over them in Him  and in it [the cross] (Colossians 2:14, 15, AMPC).
    2. The devil wants us to think that we must be under everything he sends our way. He wants us to stay in darkness and turmoil, but he has no authority in our lives when we fight him in Jesus’ name.
      1. Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you (James 4:7).
      2. Because we have been given power and authority, we must exercise it. Our lives move in the direction of our most dominant thoughts, and we will reap emotions based on where we focus our attention.
      3. For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace (Romans 8:6).
    3. But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 15:57).
      1. We win through Jesus. He has already made a way for us to escape.
    4. But thanks be to God, Who gives us the victory [making us conquerors] through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brethren, be firm (steadfast), immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord [always being superior, excelling, doing more than enough in the service of the Lord], knowing  and being continually aware that your labor in the Lord is not futile [it is never wasted or to no purpose] (1 Corinthians 15:57, 58, AMPC).
      1. God does not give us issues, drama, hard times, trials, or problems, but victory.
  1. We are victorious and we must maintain the proper mindset of winners.
    1. Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savour of his knowledge by us in every place (2 Corinthians 2:14).
      1. We must think with the mindset of a winner. We maintain the victory that Jesus died to obtain for us.
      2. We have so much to be thankful for that we do not have time to complain.
    2. But thanks be to God, Who in Christ always leads us in triumph [as trophies of Christ’s victory] and through us spreads  and makes evident the fragrance of the knowledge of God everywhere(2 Corinthians 2:14, AMPC).
      1. Our fragrance is good when we are grateful, thankful, and positive.
      2. We must remember what God has done for us and not allow the enemy to steal our faith, our belief, and our confidence in Him.
      3. Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee (Isaiah 26:3).
    3. Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice. Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand. Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:4-7).
      1. We must think on the victory Jesus brought us, not on negative things.
      2. God made us so that our physical and emotional health follow the way we think.
      3. God does not control our lives without our consent or agreement. He is not free to move in our lives independently from us.
    4. Let all men know  and perceive  and recognize your unselfishness (your considerateness, your forbearing spirit). The Lord is near [He is coming soon]….And God’s peace [shall be yours, that tranquil state of a soul assured of its salvation through Christ, and so fearing nothing from God and being content with its earthly lot of whatever sort that is, that peace] which transcends all understanding shall garrison  and mount guard over your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. For the rest, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is worthy of reverence  and is honorable  and seemly, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely  and lovable, whatever is kind and winsome  and gracious, if there is any virtue  and excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think on  and weigh  and take account of these things [fix your minds on them]. Practice what you have learned and received and heard and seen in me,  and model your way of living on it, and the God of peace (of untroubled, undisturbed well-being) will be with you (Philippians 4:5, 7-9, AMPC).
      1. God moves in the direction in which we allow Him to move. The power is according to what works inside us.
      2. Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us (Ephesians 3:20).
      3. The release of God’s power is directly proportional to how we believe.
  1. The Word of God is above whatever temporary troubles we are experiencing.
    1. And the God of peace shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen(Romans 16:20).
      1. We must put our foot down on the enemy.
      2. The warfare in which we are engaged is not external, but in our minds. It is what we think and believe, and how we see the situations in our lives.
      3. We fight against the enemy’s deception, lies, and tricks. The Word gives us victory.
      4. After Jesus died and went to hell, His resurrection was the ultimate bruising of Satan. It fulfilled the prophecy spoken in Genesis 3:15.
    2. That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places, Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come: And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all (Ephesians 1:17-23).
      1. The Word of God is far above circumstances, anything temporary, and anything subject to change.
      2. Situations do not have to get on our nerves when they have been placed under our feet.
    3. When God made man, He gave man full authority and He held nothing back. Nothing is outside of our control, and now it is up to us to make the decisions.
      1. Thou madest him a little lower than the angels; thou crownedst him with glory and honour, and didst set him over the works of thy hands: Thou hast put all things in subjection under his feet. For in that he put all in subjection under him, he left nothing that is not put under him. But now we see not yet all things put under him (Hebrews 2:7, 8).
      2. For You have put everything in subjection under his feet. Now in putting everything in subjection to man, He left nothing outside [of man’s] control. But at present we do not yet see all things subjected to him [man] (Hebrews 2:8, AMPC).
  1. It is important not to forget how much power we have. We are triumphant.
    1. For he hath put all things under his feet. But when he saith all things are put under him, it is manifest that he is excepted, which did put all things under him (1 Corinthians 15:27).
      1. This reiterates the importance of putting our foot down and taking authority.
    2. For He [the Father] has put all things in subjection under His [Christ’s] feet. But when it says, All things are put in subjection [under Him], it is evident that He [Himself] is excepted Who does the subjecting of all things to Him (1 Corinthians 15:27, AMPC).
      1. We must remember just how much control we have.
      2. All things are subject to Christ; therefore, all things are subject to us.
    3. For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour. Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast put all things under his feet: All sheep and oxen, yea, and the beasts of the field; The fowl of the air, and the fish of the sea, and whatsoever passeth through the paths of the seas. O Lord our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth!(Psalm 8:5-9).
      1. We can go toe-to-toe with the enemy. We do not have to be afraid of a fight; we have already won.
      2. God did not put only some things under our feet, but all things.

Scripture References

John 16:33, AMPC

2 Corinthians 214

Genesis 3:15

2 Corinthians 2:14, AMPC

Psalm 118:24

Isaiah 26:3

Galatians 4:4

Galatians 4:4-6, AMPC

Colossians 2:15

Colossians 2:14, 15, AMPC

James 4:7

Romans 8:6

1 Corinthians 15:27, 57

1 Corinthians 15:27, 57, 58, AMPC

Philippians 4:4-7

Philippians 4:5, 7-9, AMPC

Ephesians 3:20

Romans 16:20

Ephesians 1:17-23

Hebrews 2:7, 8

Hebrews 2:8, AMPC

Psalm 8:5-9