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Have you ever been frustrated by a repeating set of problems or lack of response to your needs? Maybe you’ve given your children some instructions they repeatedly ignore. Finally, you come to a firm decision to see something change. We have a phrase we use for times like this, “I’m putting my foot down!” It’s a statement of resolution and authority.
When God prepared Joshua to lead Israel into the Promised Land, He instructed him about putting his foot down. Look at God’s word to Joshua in Joshua 1:2, 3 (NIV) “‘… Now then, you and all these people, get ready to cross the Jordan into the land I am about to give them—to the Israelites. I will give you every place where you set your foot, as I promised Moses.'”
Joshua was charged with leading God’s people into a land filled with enemies. His task was to drive out all the anti-God inhabitants and possess the land God had promised His people. To do this required great resolve, and recognition of God’s backing and authority to do so. He was to go in and put his foot down! He was to walk the land and claim it as God’s territory.
We too have spiritual enemies that occupy specific segments of our lives. As a believer in Jesus Christ, you are an overcomer. God’s power, backing, and authority are given to you to drive out evil and usher in good. This will not happen without you “putting your foot down” with a sense of resolve and authority against the spiritual forces seeking to invade your life and family.
This is what James the apostle referred to in his instructions recorded in James 4:7 (NIV) “Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” Put your foot down against all darkness in and around your life. It’s the first step toward victory!