The Impact of a Foot

by Joanna Pierce on August 23, 2017

This week, in our journey of discovery about spiritual footprints, we’ll see how a footprint is a marked effect, impression, or impact.

Last week, we learned it’s important to watch where we step and where we’re leaving our footprints. God must guide every footstep and illuminate the pathways in which we are to continually tread (Psalms 119:105, 133). However, when we couple that truth with this week’s concept, we realize what we leave our footprints in is a cause for concern. Our footprints leave lasting, impactful impressions.

All of us have come across a sidewalk somewhere in time, when right in the middle of the smoothed concrete, is the impression of a footprint. Years into the future, people will see that footprint and know someone was there. The same is true for our spiritual footprints.

Our footprints can have a marked effect/impact on future generations, and can lead others down the right or the wrong pathway. We must consider who is following after our footprints!

Joshua was keenly aware of this fact when he took 12 stones out of the river Jordan to build an altar. God had rolled back the waters to allow the priests to cross over on dry ground while carrying the ark of the covenant. Joshua wanted his spiritual footprints (the altar) to be a marked effect, impression, and impact on future generations, so they would not only serve the Lord but know the kind of God they served (Joshua 4:18–24)!

Our spiritual footprints need to impact and impress upon people on the earth. Romans 10:15 tells us the feet of those who share the Gospel are beautiful. This word in Greek is hóraios, and doesn’t mean pretty, but fruitful. When we are a witness to the world, and take the Gospel wherever we go, leaving our spiritual footprints, we will bring forth much fruit (souls) for the Kingdom of God (John 15:4–5). We will truly leave a marked impression and impact on those who hear the Gospel and respond!

God has promised to keep the feet (footprints) of His Saints (I Samuel 2:9)! Scripture tells us He will give us and our footprints:

  • Power to tread on serpents, scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy (Luke 10:19)
  • The ability to walk in times of trouble and escape the snares of the enemy (Habakkuk 3:19)
  • His anointing and manifestations to follow us wherever we walk (Mark 16:17–18)

Our spiritual footprints will leave a marked effect. The world will see and feel the impact, and the devil will know it too! I love the quote that says:

Be the kind of person who when your feet hit the floor in the morning, the devil says, “Oh no, s/he’s up!”

Because of the God we serve, our footprints have power to shake up the world and our enemies. They will leave a marked impression. We’ve got to let Hell know it’s dealing with a child of the Most High God. And, we need to know that the Holy Ghost (Jesus) who’s in us is greater than the one who’s in the world (I John 4:4).

Remember our footprints are standing as a testimony for those around us and for future generations. If we want to bear fruit and lead people to the Lord, we desperately need to leave the right marked impressions in this life. Let’s thank Jesus today for His power and provision in our lives and how He’s anointed our footprints. He’s commissioned us to go and leave footprints in the world. Let’s leave the right ones to make the greatest impact.