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Put Your Foot Down

(1) “Joshua…summoned all the men of Israel and said…’Put your feet on the necks of these kings.” Joshua 10:24 NIV

When Israel entered the Promised Land there were five kings with armies determined to stop them.  But God helped Joshua to defeat them and all five kings ran and hid in a cave.  So Joshua told his soldiers to bring them out and put their foot on each of their necks. That day God’s Word to His people was: “Be strong and of good courage, for thus the Lord will do to all your enemies against whom you fight” (v. 25 NKJV).  What a promise!

Are the forces of fear trying to take up residence in your mind today?  Are they causing you to think the worst instead of believing God for the best?  Are they telling you that you’re unworthy to receive what He has promised, that you’ll never fulfill the destiny God has in mind for you?

With God, your victory is assured, but you have a part to play in it. You must go into that dark cave, bring each king out, place your foot on their neck and put them to death.

These five kings represent your five natural senses: seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting and touching, and God doesn’t want you to live according to their dictates.

Your senses are susceptible to every negative thing going on around you, but your faith can lift you above it and give you victory.

But you can’t just sit down and do nothing. Your passivity gives them the right to rule you. They have no power over you, except the power you give them. So put your foot down!



(2) “So they came forward and placed their feet on their necks.” Jos 10:24 NIV

Upon entering the Promised Land and encountering five well-entrenched kings, God told Israel, “Do not be…dismayed” (v.25 NKJV).

The word “dismayed” implies being “torn down by fear” and “falling apart.”

Today Satan wants to tear you down by robbing you of your peace, your joy and your confidence.  He will keep pouring on the pressure in hopes that you will fall apart.

That’s why God told Joshua to bring each king out of the cave and deal with him decisively by standing on his neck and then hanging him on a tree.

Satan works through our five senses, but God has given us a sixth sense: FAITH

The Bible says, “We walk by faith, not by sight” (2Co 5:7).  Faith says, “In spite of what I see, in spite of what I hear, in spite of what I feel, in spite of what I taste, in spite of what I smell, I believe everything’s going to be all right because God is with me.”

Your senses, which are susceptible to all that’s going on around you, are faith-killers.  Unless you put them under your foot they will steal your dream, your confidence, and everything else God has promised you.

Emotions are problem-driven, but faith is purpose-driven.

If you allow your emotions to rule your life you will be up one minute and down the next.  You say, “But I thought life is supposed to be an up and down experience.” No, God’s plan for you is to get down on your knees to pray, then get up in faith and do what He’s told you to do.

– from a daily meditation


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