“But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God; From henceforth expecting till his enemies be made his footstool.” – Hebrews 10:12-13
This commonly quoted passage stirs up such faith and encouragement in the heart of the believer! Why? Because faith stirs faith. The faith expressed by one, has the power to resurrect the faith laid to rest by an other. Therefore, to me the key word in this passage is “expecting“.
The word “expecting” expresses a sure unwavering solid faith. When we truly believe what God has promised us, we wait for it expecting it to come. We war for it expecting to win! We praise for it expecting to see a faithful manifestation of it! No matter how impossible it gets, no matter how much hell rises up to stop it, no matter how much in opposition to your own logic, reasoning, and understanding it stands, still declare that all things are possible through Christ that strengthens you, and fight with expectation! A faith of expectation is a faith of power and victory.
“But let him ask (for understanding) in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord.” – James 1:6-7
You see, Jesus knew God would make Him victorious. He knew the enemy had no chance. Even though things got worse and worse for Him, even unto death, He still expected that His enemy would be made His footstool because He knew who God was and that all real power, majesty, and might stood with Him! Therefor, no matter how bad it seemed, as long as He stood with God, Power stood with Him, and nothing was impossible, not even the resurrection of the dead! His faith was in who God is and therefore, He expected the impossible!
Seeing this, they who had the witness of, and we who have the testimony of Jesus Christ can walk in the same power of that expectation to receive His Spirit, which grants us the power to make the enemy our footstools also! When we hear of Jesus’s faith expressed, it should resurrect a faith in us unto conviction, repentance, salvation, power, and authority!
“This Jesus hath God raised up, whereof we all are witnesses. Therefore being by the right hand of God exalted, and having received of the Father the promise of the Holy Ghost, he hath shed forth this, which ye now see and hear. For David is not ascended into the heavens: but he saith himself, The Lord said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, Until I make thy foes thy footstool. Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made that same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ. Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do? Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.” – Acts 2:32-39
Now understanding that sure faith walks in expectation of the impossible, it’s important to note that where that faith lies matters. You can’t simply believe that miracles are possible or your faith is in the miracles. You can’t simply believe that you can walk in miracle working power or the faith is in yourself. You can’t even believe that if you believe hard enough or have enough faith that you can walk in power or your faith is in your faith. Your faith has to be in God alone! His power, His wisdom, His judgments, His commandments, His righteousness, and so on. When your faith is truly in God it will bring you to conviction over your faith in everything else and drive you to repentance first, obedience second, and power last. When you truly come to know who God is, you fear Him, love Him, obey Him, and trust Him with expectation. This is why those that remain in their sins are easily deceived but those that “know their God are strong and shall do great exploits!” (Daniel 11:32)
“That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places, Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come: And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.” – Ephesians 1:17-23
“Who is gone into heaven, and is on the right hand of God; angels and authorities and powers being made subject unto him.” – 1 Peter 3:22
Only when we come to know who God is (or are reminded of who He is) can we begin to understand who we are in Christ and the authority that comes with that. Need to walk in greater authority? Remind yourself of who God is, of the authority He granted Christ for trusting in who He is with expectation, and of who you are as a joint heir with Christ of that great authority and fight with the expectation to win!
“For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together. For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God.” – Romans 8:15-19