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Over My Head & Under His Feet

My dad often told the story, proudly, of letting go of me in the ocean when I was two years old. He told me he needed for me to swim. He said I started dog paddling and swam from then on. My dad did not only teach me to swim but He taught me to respect the water. He taught me about strong currents and rip currents. Rip currents are powerful currents of water that pull swimmers out to sea. They usually extend from the shoreline and past the breaking waves. Dad always said, "if you get caught in one, don't fight it!" Swim parallel to the shore or float. You can always walk back.

Life is that way. There are often times I am over my head and fighting it. Like the sea, that is not a good combination. While studying for another blog I kept running into verses about enemies under the feet. I may be the only one, but, I do not recall hearing that. Many times I have felt like something was so bad and so big that it was over my head! I knew there was no way I could handle it alone. I forget that we are not supposed to handle things alone. If Jesus is our King of Kings then He has trampled our enemies beneath His feet. If sin, death and hell are defeated by Jesus and He represents us then there is no possibility of being destroyed. We can be sure of this!

There are several verses in which Jesus talks about enemies under His feet: Hebrews 1: 13, "To which of the angels did God ever say, 'Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet?'” Psalm 110: 1, "The Lord says to my lord: 'Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet.'” (The Lord is God talking to Jesus) Matthew 22: 44, “‘The Lord said to my Lord: “Sit at my right hand until I put your enemies under your feet.”’

Mark 12: 36, "David himself, speaking by the Holy Spirit, declared: 'The Lord said to my Lord: 'Sit at my right hand until I put your enemies under your feet.”’

The following verse is quoted or alluded to 23 times in the New Testament. It is quoted three times more than "love your neighbor." Psalm 110: 1, "The LORD says to my Lord: 'Sit at my right hand, until I make your enemies your footstool'” This was a gift given by the Father to the Son. The Father gave Jesus dominion in the upper and lower world.

Ephesians 1: 20-23, "..he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every name that is invoked, not only in the present age but also in the one to come.  And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way.

There are four things in Ephesians 1: 20-22 that God did for His Son. The Father raised Him from the dead. He gives Him the seat of honor and authority at his right hand. He puts everything in the universe under his authority including the church. He placed all things under his feet and appointed him head over everything for the church.

1 Corinthians 15: 24, "Then the end will come, when he hands over the kingdom to God the Father after he has destroyed all dominion, authority and power." Notice it says, ALL. After he has destroyed ALL dominion, authority and power. There is nothing that Christ will not overcome. This includes disease, self pity, jealousy, greed, addiction, moodiness, weakness, temper, habit, hurt, perversion, laziness, demon and many more. When you are one with Christ, you will not fight alone!


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