November 30, 2015
(All scripture is from the New King James Version unless otherwise indicated.)
After Abram (his name before God changed it to Abraham in Genesis 17:5) graciously separated from his nephew Lot because “…the land was not able to support them, that they might dwell together…,” the older man heard from God. You see, Abram, being older, should have been given first choice of lands for his family and herds. But he told His nephew, “If you take the left, then I will go to the right; or, if you go to the right, then I will go to the left.” (Genesis 13:9). It then says in verse 11, “…Lot chose for himself all the plain of the Jordan…,” the area of Sodom and Gomorrah! You know what happened to Sodom and Gomorrah, don’t you? Those inhabitants were so wicked that God destroyed that whole region! (See Genesis 19:1-29). That entire area is now under the waters of the Dead Sea – the most uninhabitable place for life on earth!
Since he had graciously deferred to his younger nephew, God told Abram this in Genesis 13:14 through 17:
And the LORD said to Abram, after Lot had separated from him: Lift
your eyes now and look from the place where you are — northward,
southward, eastward, and westward; for all the land which you see I
give to you and your descendants forever. And I will make your des-
cendants as the dust of the earth; so that if a man could number the
dust of the earth, then your descendants also could be numbered.
Arise, walk in the land through its length and its width, for I give it to
God gave Abram all the Promised Land – the center of the LORD’S activity for the next 2,000 years! But there was a condition: “Arise, walk in the land through its length and its width, for I give it to you.” Abram had to put the land under his feet!
What’s Under Your Feet? God has given us so many promises in His precious Word, but have you claimed them? Have you ‘walked’ through the length and width of the Bible to claim those promises? Here are some examples of what He has promised us:
• Isaiah 40:31 – “But those who wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.” God does not want us to be weighed down under the problems of life! He wants us to rise above them, flying as high as an eagle! But we have to wait upon the Lord in order to do this. Do you take time to wait upon the Lord, in His Word, in prayer and obedience to fly high with wings like eagles?
• Galatians 5:22 and 23 (Lexham English Bible) – “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self control.” These nine qualities of life are readily available to us! But in order to experience them, we must “…be filled with the [Holy] Spirit…” (Ephesians 5:18). If we compare Ephesians 5:18 through 21 with Colossians 3:16 through 18, we find that being filled with the Spirit is the same thing as “Let[ting] the Word of Christ dwell in you richly…” (See the blog from March 19, 2013 – Be Filled With What?). Are you richly in the Word?
• Philippians 4:19 – “And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” All your need ! Are all your needs being supplied?
• Hebrews 13:5; Matthew 28:20 – Jesus said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you….I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Do you realize and depend on His presence at all times?
By the way, there is one more thing promised to be Under Your Feet in which I rejoice! It is found in Romans 16:20: “And the God of peace will crush Satan under your feet shortly.” Wow! What a promise! We know God told the serpent in the Garden of Eden, “And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise His heel.” (Genesis 3:15). Satan did bruise His heel in the crucifixion – the only method of capital punishment known to bruise a heel – when the feet of the victim are nailed to the cross. But in that event, Jesus dealt a crushing blow to the head of the devil! The Lord totally guaranteed Satan’s defeat when He died and rose again! No wonder Paul exclaimed in I Corinthians 15:17, “…thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” And that victory will be realized completely and absolutely when I Corinthians 15:26 is fulfilled: “…the last enemy that shall be destroyed is death.” In the meantime, we can experience crush[ing] Satan under…our feet by what it says in James 4:7, “Resist the devil and he will flee from you.” So use God’s Word to resist the devil as Jesus did in Matthew 4:3 through 10, and he will flee from you!
What’s Under Your Feet? It is quite a loaded question, isn’t it? If you answer this question by careful observation of your life and the study of God’s Word, you will start living more of a victorious life of faith – as Abram did!