Health Devo: Caution…Watch Your Feet!

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 Caution: Watch Your Feet!

by Dr. Asha S. Fields Brewer
Physiology of Feet
The feet are body part often taken for-granted.  Sure, we get them polished and sometimes even massaged; but we don’t reverence them for the all important members they are. It’s hard to really understand the importance of the feet, because we cannot physically see how hard and intricately they are functioning in our highest of heels and most dapper of dress shoes.   I mean, they are not the eyes that serve as windows to our souls. They are not the heart that pumps life throughout our veins.  They are not the arms that embrace loved ones.  They are the feet.  How mundane is that?
According to Marieb (2004), The feet have two important functions: “supporting our body weight” and “acting as a lever to propel the body forward.”  Lieberman et. al (2010) have researched that 1.5 to 3 times our body weight is experienced in our feet when our heels strike the ground during running. (The feet are getting a bit more interesting, aren’t they)?  Consider this even, your heart can desire to go somewhere…your mind can decide to go somewhere, but you will remain exactly where you are until you take that first step. The feet, they determine where we are going and how we get there.  Guess what, the Devil knows this too.  He was there when God created Man, so He understands the importances of these members and is launching an attack against them. It is by no accident that the Bible reminds us many times to take caution and watch our feet.
Duty 1: Your Feet Were Designed to Support Your Body Weight
Your Feet are connected to your Peace.
Oftentimes 3x, 4x, and 5x of our spiritual weight is loaded on our  feet. Good, because this is what they were designed to do…carry the weight.  However, The problem comes when we try to shift this weight to other body parts that were not designed to to such.
Stop putting your hands on every situation…we were not designed to stand on our hands. Handstands are entertaining tricks, but living life upside down is not practical in the long run.  Our hands were designed to work, bless, heal, and gain wealth. If we are standing on them, how can they accomplish these tasks in their job description?  Furthermore, our feet are connected to our peace.  You ever wonder why you just can’t find rest in that one situation?  Take it out of your hands and put it on your feet.
Therefore  take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in  the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm…and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace.
Stop carrying all that stress on your shoulders…we were not designed to stand on our heads.  We think things over and over and over and over and over and over (you get it), until we wear ourselves out.  Take these things off your mind and put them on your feet. Stand firm in God, and be confident in knowing that He not only built your feet for this moment, but He would also not put more on those feet than they could bear.  I guarantee your headaches would decrease if you would just take that wait off your head and put it on your feet.
Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
Duty 2: Your Feet Were Designed as a Lever to Propel You Forward
Your feet are connected to your Blessing.
Everyone wants to move forward, but no one has the confidence to take the first step.  So much is dependent on our feet being IN MOTION.  Our feet can only propel our bodies forward if they are in fact moving, and this propelling force by nature keeps us moving.   
Furthermore, our MOVING feet are attached to our blessing…
Blessed are those whose way is blameless, who walk in the law of the  Lord! Blessed are those who keep his testimonies, who  seek him with their whole heart, who also do no wrong, but walk in his ways!
God told Moses and Joshua to MOVE their feet, and He blessed them with territory expansion…
Every place on which the sole of your foot treads shall be yours. Your territory shall be  from the wilderness to  the Lebanon and from the River, the river Euphrates, to the western sea.  No one shall be able to stand against you. The  Lord  your God will lay  the fear of you and the dread of you on all the land that you shall tread, as he promised you.
(To Joshua) Joshua 1:3
Every place that the sole of your foot will tread upon I have given to you, just as I promised to Moses.
God told Joshua and his army to MOVE their feet,  and He blessed them with victory…
You shall march around the city, all the men of war going around the city once. Thus shall you do for six days.  Seven priests shall bear seven  trumpets of  rams’ horns before the ark. On the seventh day you shall march around the city seven times, and  the priests shall blow the trumpets.  And when they make a long blast with the ram’s horn, when you hear the sound of the trumpet, then all the people shall shout with a great shout, and the wall of the city will fall down flat,  and the people shall go up, everyone straight before him.”
Praying for Your Feet
So we see that the feet are extremely important members of the body.  They bear our weight and propel us forward.  They keep us firm in God and following His direction.  Be careful to pray specifically and consistently for your feet, for the Devil is preying over them as well. Here are some Scriptures to get you started…
Keep steady my steps according to your promise, and let no iniquity get dominion over me.
“For the Lord will be your confidence, and will keep your foot from being caught.”
My son, do not lose sight of these— keep sound wisdom and discretion, Then you will walk on your way securely, and your foot will not stumble.
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~Dr. Asha

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