DAY 4: THE TOES
I took a ‘footfie’ of my husband’s and daughter’s feet recently! The Lord just had to remind me that I literally carried a child – [pun intended]. Their feet are way too identical to say the least. His Big toe looks like her small ‘Big toe’, his small toe looks like her small ‘small toe.’
Months later, she was born, I held her and clearly saw his feet on her feet. They were the tiniest version of Johnny’s feet. She tries on His shoes too and his boots and we made a little song in the house that we sing when going to attack the ‘devil’.
She matches on with her shoes and we sing, “You make brave! – when am sick. You make brave – when am scared. You make brave – when its dark! You make me brave!”.
That said, the more I look at that picture, the more I see what the Lord calls us to be and to do. To be brave in Him and not cower nor hide our testimonies of Faith in Him. He calls us to match onward, not with angst or apprehension of the battle, because the battle belongs to the Lord and all victory belongs to Him.
In Exodus 29:20 the Bible says – You shall slaughter the ram, and take some of its blood and put it on the lobe of Aaron’s right ear and on the lobes of his sons’ right ears and on the thumbs of their right hands and on the big toes of their right feet, and sprinkle the rest of the blood around on the altar.
See, blood was applied at Tip of the right ear… thumb of their right hand… big toe of their right foot:
This is so deep for me. If His love lances out towards me and the blood of Jesus touches my ears, then I HEAR DIFFERENTLY. If the blood of Jesus touches my hands, I WORK DIFFERENTLY, and if it touches my toes, and consequently my feet, I WALK DIFFERENTLY.
Our walk becomes more like Jesus and less of the world’s.
We learn to abide in Him and pick up the pace that He sets for us since we are literally walking with the Lord.
That said, our feet are saddled too with ARMOR of God, fitted with the readiness to SPREAD the gospel of peace.
So we are not just walking barefoot or with ill-fitting kind of shoes, but have RIGHT fitting shoes for the long enduring walk with Christ.
We need to be bold for Christ and that boldness does not just come in us naturally. What we do naturally, very naturally, is incline and bend towards what our flesh feels and fuels us to do. But as long as you intentionally walk with Christ and let Him renew your mind, then fear will not have a hold over you. You will be BRAVE!
So how boldly and passionately do you proclaim Christ – since you claim to be Christian? How courageous are you in talking about Christ, as much as you talk about your work, your boyfriend, girlfriend, wife, husband, children, what they did, where you traveled, what you do, your phone, your latest car, deals, accolades? Where is Christ in all that talk?
It’s not just enough to say “I go to church” or we take our children to church, but do you honestly have a personal relationship with Jesus that your children can see and model?
Are your feet saddled with the readiness to talk about Jesus even when its least unpopular? Some of us cannot mention our relationship with Jesus lest we lose out on a friendship, a relationship, a deal that involves money, a status – yet He is the sure direction.
You and I need to model to our children our testimony of Faith, Love and Hope in Jesus. If we cower, then they will cower. If we bail out, then they will bail out. If we are lukewarm, then they will probably end up ice cold.
I remember declaring Jesus is Lord even when I least understood about Jesus. But my parents introduced me my Savior when I was a toddler. That shaped my destiny, my outlook of life, my confidence.
We need to teach our children to boldly testify about their Faith in Jesus even before their societal status. That is the true identity of a Christian.
Teach your children to follow and walk with Christ actively, not passively. Teach them to proclaim Christ in bold daylight or in the thicket of darkness, not when Sunday morning comes or when they are in dire need. Help them memorize memory verses. Confess that they are brave in Christ and not cowards when it comes to testifying.
Teach them to walk with Christ that their feet will mirror the feet of Jesus Christ! It’s our assignment and we cannot afford to coast about it.
There is nothing as fulfilling as saying “I am born again, and I believe in Jesus Christ!” It’s not a RELIGION, it’s a RELATIONSHIP!
Sit your children down and ask them how they think about YOUR OWN testimony of salvation. It will definitely give you a cue, sort of a truth meter on how you are doing in modelling Christ to them.
If they are younger, invent something fun. Talk to them about the armor of God and what each means, with brevity and clarity. Illustrate to them with actions, not just words.
Catch word for the feet, tell them to say, “He makes me brave”, and show them how a ‘walk of bravado’ looks like! It’s fun!
This day Lord, I thank you for your Word that stands firm and rooted against every wile of the enemy.
Thank you for the armor that you have given my family and I to stand against the forces of darkness that come against us Jesus. This day, I take power and authority that you have given me as a parent to my children [name them] and I proclaim victory over our children lives in Jesus name!
Devil you shall not cower them down. You shall not make them hide their lit lamps. You shall not rule over their lives in Jesus name.
Their feet are anointed to spread the Gospel of Christ. Their feet will pace up with Christ. Their feet will possess the lands. You shall send your ministering angels to watch over them, that they will not stumble in Jesus name!
I speak the blood of Jesus Christ over their lives. Devil we rebuke you this day in Jesus name, and we surround them with the hedge of the Fire of the HolySpirit.
Their feet are saddled by Christ!
In Jesus name!