IN THE DAYS OF HIS POWER SERIES.
TOPIC: FEET SHOED WITH THE PREPARATION OF THE GOSPEL OF PEACE.
Rev. Innocent Peace-Udochukwu
President Living Fountain Ministries Int’l LIFOM
“And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;”
eph 6:15 KJV
We are told that the saints of God are engaged in a great cosmic battle against a powerful, relentless enemy.
Our enemy is called “the devil,” v 11.
Our enemy is said to employ “wiles,” v. 11. This word refers to “the tricks, schemes, and methods” the devil uses to undermine the faith of the saints, and to attack the glory of God.
God’s command to His people is that they “stand” against the attacks of the enemy,
I really want to guard against being demon or devil-conscious in this series on spiritual warfare, because this is a great danger we can fall into – and the devil loves attention, and he would love us to spend all our time talking about him. But nevertheless we can’t be ignorant of him either. Scripture is clear: do not be ignorant of his devices. The intelligence corps is vital in any warfare, and so we have got to know our enemy, we’ve got to understand how he works and manoeuvres against us. We certainly must not wait until what is spoken of here in verse 13, ‘the evil day’, in order to decide: ‘Well, how is he coming against me here? And what type of stuff do I need to put on me to protect myself?’. If you wait until the evil day, or the fierce day of battle, it will be too late. This armour that is spoken of here in Ephesians 6, that we are taking piece by piece, I suppose I haven’t said this to you yet – but you could liken these pieces of armour to constant lifestyle patterns, or ingredients of our lives that will make us better fitted to face the enemy. To summarise it in two words: life conditions. These pieces of armour are essentially life conditions that we need to establish in our everyday experience in order that we can stand when the evil day does present itself to us, when the wiles and the schemes, and the methods of the enemy come against us in a very concerted way.
The word “stand” is a military term.
It means “to hold a critical position during a time of enemy attack.”
It is the image of “a soldier refusing to yield even one inch of ground to an attacking foe.”
Stand – Hold Your Ground.
It is not the image of someone on the offensive, but rather, it is the picture of a soldier on the defensive, protecting the ground that has already been won.
God had given His people some very precious possessions.
He has given us truth, His church, His Word, His grace, His salvation, His blessing, etc. And, the devil wants all of it.
He will stop at nothing to take everything we have been given by the Lord.
If we are to keep what we have received from the Lord, we must “stand” and hold on to the critical ground we have received from the Lord.
To do that, God says we must “put on the whole armor of God.” This passage tells us about the pieces which constitute this armor. We have already discussed The Belt Of Truth, and The Breastplate Of Righteousness.
The Belt Of Truth refers to a life of total commitment to the Lord.
It refers to a life that is built upon faithfulness to the Word of God and to the God of the Word. It speaks of truth in testimony and truth in living. This “belt of truth” will provide the Christian soldier stability, and it also provides a place for the other pieces of the armor to rest. Without the “belt of truth” the soldier of God will find the other pieces of the armor useless.
The Breastplate Of Righteousness refers to power of a holy life. A holy life, that is, a life that is lived according to the teachings of God in His Word is a powerful defense against the attacks of the enemy.
When we allow sin to dwell in our lives, we give Satan a “beachhead” from which he can attack us and exploit us, . Holiness closes the door to the devil, and it helps protect us from his attacks.
The Need for Gospel Shoes
Ephesians 6:15 KJV
15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
We take shoes for granted, but they are a very important part of our apparel.
We take shoes for granted, but they are a very important part of our apparel. We have different shoes for nearly every kind of activity. I have dress shoes, casual shoes, work shoes, and shoes that I wear when I go walking. I have lots of shoes. My wife has lots more shoes than I do. What I plan to do on a given day determines the type of shoes I put on.
We have different shoes for nearly every kind of activity. I have dress shoes, casual shoes, work shoes, and shoes that I wear when I go walking.
The boots worn by the Roman soldier gave him great stability as he engaged the enemy.
If we are going to stand against “the wiles of the devil,” we must have on the proper spiritual footwear.
We can be “girt about with the truth,” and we can have on “the breastplate of righteousness,” but if we neglect to have our “feet shod with the preparation of the Gospel of peace,” we are destined to stumble and fall.
The good news (that’s what gospel means) is that although we all have sinned against God and deserve His eternal judgment, because of His great love and mercy He sent His own Son to bear the penalty that we deserve. We receive God’s gift of salvation by faith alone, apart from any merit or good works on our part. is one of the simplest and most beloved verses explaining the gospel: “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” Or, as Paul said to the Philippian jailer, “Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved….”
Satan hates the gospel and is always attacking it from various angles. We see this repeatedly within the pages of the New Testament, where false teachers quickly perverted the essentials of the gospel.
So to defend the gospel message against attack, we must be crystal clear in our understanding of it.
What is PEACE?
HOW BEAUTIFUL ON THE MOUNTAINS ARE THE FEET OF THOSE WHO BRING GOOD NEWS, WHO PROCLAIM PEACE, WHO BRING GOOD TIDINGS, WHO PROCLAIM SALVATION, WHO SAY TO ZION, “YOUR GOD REIGNS!”
The gospel message that Jesus brought was about a coming government of God on earth and what we should be doing to prepare for it!
The word gospel is translated from the Greek word euangelion, and it means “good news” or “good tidings.”
fact, the feet of those disciples, who were delivering that message of peace, are figuratively described as beautiful: “And how shall they preach unless they are sent? As it is written: ‘How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace, who bring glad tidings of good things!’” (Romans 10:15).
In our world, we have come to think of peace as a time when there are no active wars being waged. But the Bible shows us that peace is more than just the absence of conflict—peace comes from unity and closeness with God.
There are many prophecies in the Bible about the world that will exist when the Kingdom of God has been established, and peace is the operative word to describe the world that is pictured. Notice this passage from Isaiah 2:2-4:
“Now it shall come to pass in the latter days that the mountain of the Lord’s house shall be established on the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow to it. Many people shall come and say, ‘Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob; He will teach us His ways, and we shall walk in His paths.’
“For out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem. He shall judge between the nations, and rebuke many people; they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore.”
The world that will exist when the Kingdom of God has been established will be a world where the instruments of war will be destroyed and real peace will exist! What better news could there be?
So, the question here is this: Are you ready to stand? Do you have absolute confidence in your heart that God has saved your soul, forgive your sins, and adopted you into His family?
If you have the kind of confidence, you can stand regardless of what the enemy throws at you. If you don’t have that deep, settled confidence in your heart, you will be unstable in all your battles. Unless you are grounded in absolute assurance of salvation, the enemy will have little trouble knocking you off your feet.
You can be sure! You can have confidence that all is well. You can know Him, and His power to stand. You can be stable, strong and sure. To have that stability you need to be sure you are saved. When you are, the enemy will have a hard time with you, because you “will be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all to stand.”
Do you have on the right shoes today?
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