Put your foot down!

I love idiomatic expressions and I used to read this one book that had tons of expressions in it. One that I find powerful and interesting is “To put one’s foot down.” I love the imagery that comes with that expression. It is a strong command. “Putting one’s foot down” means to adopt a firm policy when faced with adversity or opposition. Putting one’s foot down denotes a certain authority. Let’s say a kid has been allowed to do all he wants to the point where he is walking all over his mother. At some point the mom gets tired of the kid’s behavior and how much he is spoiled and she has to put her foot down. She does that by taking away privileges or by simply saying no. This is just one simple and common example but today I am inviting you to put your foot down and say no to the enemy. Put your foot down and say “enough.” Adopt a firm stand against the opposition. Choose to resist the evil and he will flee (James 4:7). We as Christians have the power to say no. We shouldn’t live in submission to the enemy, to our mind, to our circumstances and to any kind of adversity. It’s about time we claimed the authority that belongs to us in Jesus’ name. What is the best way to put your foot down? Use the name of Jesus. It’s the name above all names. Your authority comes from Him and you have the right to brandish His name in front of the enemy and resist him that way. Through Jesus we get salvation. Salvation is more than being saved and going to heaven. Salvation is the real deal. It’s the multi-platinum, super-duper all inclusive package. It beats all life insurance packages and all the wealth on the earth. It gives us the right to obtain heavenly blessings here on earth. It gives us front row seats to healing, prosperity, signs and wonders and much more. It also comes with the guarantee that the enemy is under our feet. Acts 4:12 says that “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” His name is what you need to defeat the enemy. Friend, put your foot down. Do not be intimidated. You have the name that conquered it all. If you are in need of something today, ask God to meet your need in the name of Jesus. Focus on John 14:13 that declares “And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.” The Church has become a center for self-help and self-improvement and it is a great place to be for that. There is absolutely nothing wrong with that. However, Mark 16:17 professes that “And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues.” Jesus Himself said that in His name, if we believe, we can do these things. If we believe, we can cast out devils in His name. How much do we believe? Was He talking to preachers and pastors alone? It is clear that He is addressing all of us. Let’s include the message of the authority of the name in our Sunday sermons and let’s apply it every single day. His name is a weapon I wield every single day. I speak His name against my problems, against anxiety, against loss and failure and even against the thoughts that randomly pop into my head to distract me. I put my foot down and I stand my ground. I might have to do it over and over again but I know that all trials and tribulations have been put under my feet. I just need to stomp on them a few times until they are completely crushed in Jesus’ name. Friend, do the same thing. Put your foot down and refuse to succumb to the temptation to give up and to give in. Jesus has authority over all the universe, the heaven and the earth. All heads shall bow in front of His name. The head of failure shall bow, the head of misery shall bow, the head of fear shall bow. No one and nothing can resist that name. Remember that today as you go about your business. There is wonder-working power in the name of Jesus! Put your foot down today!Suggested reading: Jeremiah 10:6; Acts 4:30; Romans 10:13

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