May you prosper in every area of your life and have the good health to enjoy it. May you experience God’s best this year and always.
NEW BEGINNINGS AND AN OLD ENEMY
We all love new beginnings, and a new year allows us a wonderful opportunity to begin again more wisely. It is an excellent time for reflection and contemplation. That is why we must develop an accurate perspective of who and where we are. As we leave the past behind us and reach for the things that God has set before us.
As wonderful as new beginnings are, they would not be necessary if we got things right the first time. Getting things right the first time requires wisdom, foresight and keeping the enemy under your feet. Thankfully, The Lord does not withhold wisdom, power or might from us. He has given us everything we need in order to win.
The enemy on the other hand has made it his priority to derail you. That is why he must be resisted as you continue in keeping the enemy under your feet.
DEFEATED BUT NOT INACTIVE
The devil has been defeated and placed under the feet of Jesus. The Lord sealed the enemy’s fate through his death and resurrection. Our faith in Christ allows us to partake of that same victory over Satan. The apostle John teaches us that every child of God defeats this evil world, and that we achieve this victory through our faith. ( 1 John 5:4 NLT)
The victory over the devil is a legal and spiritual reality. However, his defeat has not made him inactive. Peter reveals to us that the enemy goes about like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour and that he must be resisted. (1 Peter 5:8). This verse and others in the new testament, reveal to us that although the enemy is defeated, he is not inactive.
In light of this, you need to be alert in enforcing his defeat and keeping the enemy under your feet.
FOUR WORDS FOR KEEPING THE ENEMY UNDER YOUR FEET
Nowhere in scripture are we instructed to fight with the devil. There are numerous verses that show that Jesus already defeated him at the cross. However, because the enemy is not dead, he still tries all that he can to hinder the plans of God in the earth. Naturally, it is impossible for him to stop God. Neither is he able to stop you as a believer in agreement with Christ.
There are many tactics that you can use for keeping the enemy under your feet. Like speaking the Word, praying in the Spirit etc. (See this article: 5 SIGNS OF A SPIRITUAL ATTACK AND HOW TO RESPOND) For the purpose of this article however, I have chosen to use the four words that the archangel Michael used in the book of Jude.
‘But even the archangel Michael, when he was disputing with the devil over the body of Moses, did not dare to bring a slanderous accusation against him, but he said, “The Lord rebuke you!” Jude 9 (NIV)
As an archangel, Michael in himself probably had the power to fight the devil and win. Yet, he chose to resist the devil by saying “The Lord rebuke you!”. In taking this approach, Michael positioned himself as an agent of God, acting in God’s delegated authority and not his own. This made the enemy no match for Michael.
We too can learn a powerful lesson from this. When faced with a spiritual attack, we could say many different things in order win the battle. We could quote bible verses and rebuke the devil according to our knowledge and level of insight. The other option is to do as Michael did and remind the devil that the Lord rebukes him.
You are more than a conqueror through Christ. The enemy is a defeated foe that must be resisted. He can be resisted in several ways, but the simplest way is to remind him that ‘The Lord rebukes him‘. Those four words carry much more weight than words we may use of our own choosing.
All the best for the new year and remain victorious in keeping the enemy under your feet!
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