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Resistance Is Futile

f16When you trust God and step out in faith, the most amazing thing happens… All hell breaks loose. Maybe you’ve experienced it yourself.

There’s a very real battle being waged against us in all sorts of ways and our enemy doesn’t play fair. They go after spouses, children, and other things that God promises in His word you don’t have to worry about.

My family has been in some of these intense struggles lately and I can assure you, there has been quite a bit of stress.

Yesterday, I read this:

The Lord says to my Lord:
“Sit at My right hand
Until I make Your enemies a footstool for Your feet.” –Psalm 110:1

This wonderful Messianic psalm speaks of His rule, scepter, priesthood, and the glorious people who arise in His kingdom. What jumped out at me differently though is that the Father is the One enforcing the victory Jesus purchased through His blood and what that means for us.

You probably know theologically that Jesus is seated at the Father’s right hand (Colossians 3:1) and that we too are seated with Christ in heavenly places (Ephesians 2:5-6). So if we are the body of Christ and feet are a part of the body, God is making the enemies of our Lord (and therefore, us) a footstool!

You aren’t fighting a battle or the Church is not waging a war. We each are coming into line with His heart and His word and in doing so, the enemies of God are being subjected to the Lordship of Jesus.

Sounds awesome, but our experience tries to tell us something different. Experience says, “you are in a battle and you had better not forget it or you could lose everything! Put your head down and try to survive.”

If these enemies have already lost to Jesus then why is there so much fighting against us?

It’s that question that makes you feel as if you are the one responsible for fighting instead of Him, but the truth is a defeated army can still attempt to fight against those who are attempting to enforce the Victor’s authority. The victory gained hasn’t changed, but the authority is challenged.

When you remember this, there is a mindset shift that brings incredible freedom. You’re not fighting to see who will win. The Father fights through you with His word and Spirit to enforce and promote the Lordship of Jesus.

The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. The grace of our Lord Jesus be with you. –Romans 16:20

When your experience doesn’t line up with His revealed word and nature, it’s time for a new experience!

Where He leads, He provides the authority and decree equal to the opposition. Don’t be fooled into engaging in anything else. Stick to the most powerful weapon ever given, the sword of His Spirit, which is the spoken word of God (Ephesians 6:17).

I’m attempting to learn and walk in this. There is a struggle, not against people, but against powers and unseen forces. The war, however, is won and I’m not facing uncertain battles. I’m called to resist (Ephesians 6:10-17) using what He’s given me. That may be hours or years, but in His strength, every enemy will be subjected.

Time for more confidence.

There may be enemies holding out and putting up resistance, but someone in the power of His name and blood will bring the news of breakthrough to the darkest of places. No exceptions. Why not you and me?

Does this make sense? Does it change your thinking about the fights we find ourselves in? Why or why not?


  1. Oh my goodness, yes! This makes total sense!! And what a *sermon* here, Jason! I loved this post. I have often wondered why I love movies where the *underdog* wins in the end. About why I love characters like Frodo in The Lord of the Rings. (Insert drum roll here) “Wearied struggler, just an ordinary person, fights against the overwhelming forces of evil -- and in the end, prevailing, the hero stands firm.”

    I am beginning to realize that the reason I like this *theme* so much is that it parallels truth. We are in a battle, yes. And yet, because the victory has already been won, we will prevail. I loved, loved this line of yours:

    “The Father fights through you with His word and Spirit to enforce and promote the Lordship of Jesus.”

    I know the victory is won, but I had never really thought about it in these terms -- that the battle rages for the enforcement of authority. A new insight that I will be pondering. But, it makes sense. For when Jesus fought the enemy, He used Scripture -- the ultimate authoritative Word!

    “No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.” (Romans 8:37, NIV)

    It is by trusting in The Victor that we are given authority. And through His power, we will be able to grab onto the victory that has already been won by The One.

    Sharon recently posted..60 IS THE NEW…40??My Profile

    • To be honest, it’s so hard for me to remember this in the heat of those intense moments, but I am absolutely convinced in my heart and spirit that it is truth! May we have such a keen awareness that we are those who are more than conquerers through Him who loved us! His authority flows to us. Thank you, Sharon.

  2. When we use the Word we cannot fail. It is when we think we can handle it on our own or just “throw the Word out there” that we will fail. The Word is not to be trifled with and used haphazardly.
    Bill (cycelguy) recently posted..FlawlessMy Profile

    • Amen. His word never fails! I have to wield it properly, but that’s by the gift of His grace as well. Yes--esteem the word and don’t take it lightly. Good thoughts, Bill. I appreciate it.

  3. I certainly needed this reassurance today, Jason. When the devil plagues us, we need to remember Jesus has already won the battle. Makes it so much easier to resist temptation and endure troublesome times!
    Martha Orlando recently posted..Button, Button, Who’s Got the Button?My Profile

    • So true. Glad it was encouraging to you too, Martha! Thank you.

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