But when Christ had offered for all time a single sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God, waiting from that time until his enemies should be made a footstool for his feet. Hebrews 10:12-13
The enemy of God is the god of the anti-kingdom. He does not war silently. Peter says that he is like a lion and his roar is ferocious. In the plains of Africa where lions roam, I’ve read that a lion’s roar can be heard five miles away if there are no competing noises. I can picture what happens with the sound, can’t you? Every potential prey stops what they’re doing to listen and discern how close, or how far away, their predator is. Every living thing is on edge.
While there are certainly periods in my life that are peaceful, they are short lived. I feel the enemy’s breath on my cheek. His roar is the bedfellow, and the precursor, of spiritual attacks. He customizes devastation to hurt as much as possible. He targets my areas of weakness. He waits for my vulnerable moments. Where the ground is shaky beneath my feet, he lies in wait for the perfect moment to gain the upper hand.
I dream of the day when I will see consistent evidence that every enemy is under God’s feet. The picture is that of a Ruler who wins the battle against an opposing king. Victorious in battle, he puts his foot on the neck of the enemy as a sign of conquest and subjugation.
As a child of God, I am waiting for the time when every spiritual enemy of Christ will be visibly under the authority of King Jesus. Victory has already been declared now but I do not see that sweeping defeat as a reality. Not yet. There is still fighting and while I engage in the battle, where is my King? Seated at God’s right hand in a position of rulership. Where are His enemies? Already beneath Him. Look how Satan’s kingdom is described as ‘levels of rule and authority, power and dominion’ and Jesus is above them all.
God seated Jesus at His right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. And He put all things in subjection under His feet. Ephesians 1:20-21
At this present time, and from my earthly perspective, I am unable to see that reality. But one day I will. Until then, I must know who my Victor is. I must believe that He has authority, and has conferred that authority upon me, to rule over our spiritual enemies on His behalf. Satan will continue to act as though he still has all the power if I let him. The Word of God is my sword and God will show me when and where to speak it, to impose limits and parameters to the activity of the anti-kingdom. During this brief period when Satan is still allowed to roam the earth and wield some destructive powers, the church must battle and look forward to the day when every enemy will be vanquished, put under God’s feet, and then eternally subjugated.
Without You, I’m no match for them. With You, and in You, there’s no contest. The victory is Yours and the victory is mine. Amen