“having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace” (Ephesians 6:15).
Matthew 4:23 “Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, and healing every disease and sickness among the people.”
Mark 1:1 “The beginning of the good news about Jesus the Messiah the Son of God.”
Mark 1:14 “ After John was put in prison, Jesus went into Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God.”
Acts 20:24 “However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace.”
Romans 10:15 “ And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!”
Romans 3:17 “And the way of peace they do not know.”
1 John 2:6 “Whoever claims to live in Him must live as Jesus did.”
John 14:27 “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”
When we truly allow ourselves to take comfort in the good news promised by God, there is nothing from outside ourselves that can trouble our hearts or give us reason to be afraid. Christ has overcome the world (John 16:33), and so we have nothing to fear from it.
Following Christ’s steps is the way to real peace.
Luke 10:19-20 “19 I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you.20 However, do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.”
When Satan attacks with a flaming missile of doubt, such as “If God really loved you, He wouldn’t have let this happen,” we dig our peace shoes into the turf of God’s Word and reply, “It is written: All things work together for the good to them who love God and are called according to His purpose” (Romans 8:28).
When Satan stabs from behind with “Remember what you did?” we dig in more deeply and reply, “It is written: If we confess our sins He is faithful and just to forgive our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9).
From the cradle to the grave, life is war. Your soul, your mind, your body, your family, your career are fields of conflict. Until Satan is finally thrown into the lake of fire, our peace with God will have to be a vigilant peace. Because Satan will certainly give us no peace if we are at peace with God.
A spiritual shoe is something to aid our movement and our defense.
The gospel of peace is good news (Luke 2:10). God forgives and then He gives. What could be greater?
Romans 8:37-39 “37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers,39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Paul was convinced that nothing could separate him from the love of Christ. He understood the love of Christ. He knew the good news and no bad news could ruin it. The time he had spent preparing himself in the Word was bearing fruit during time of trouble.
Many Christians take on certain battles before they are ready. There are times and seasons for everything. There is a time to prepare. God’s grace will take you through those times of trouble if they come then. But remember His promise to you…..
1 Corinthians 10:13 “No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, He will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.”
Take time to prepare yourself in His word. Put on your shoes. We need to remind ourselves the reason for the battle we are engaged in.
Colossians 1:13 “For He has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son He loves.”
He has put His spirit in you that you might work the works of GOD.
Satan would love to draw you back into his domain. Failing that he will settle for your testimony. Satan hates a witness for Christ. Hence the battle. We should never forget the message we are to proclaim.
Romans 5:6-11 “6 You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. 7 Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. 8 But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
9 Since we have now been justified by His blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through Him! 10 For if, while we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to Him through the death of His Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through His life! 11 Not only is this so, but we also boast in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.”
If Satan can get you from being a testimony in word, works and deed he has taken away a great weapon. No matter our callings or gifting the purpose is always the same. To make Christ known.
God intends us all to be walking vessels of His goodness. Spreading the love of Christ to others. As we familiarize ourselves with the gospel we shall discover a message worth living for. What is the gospel? Make sure you understand the message we are to take to the world.
2 Timothy 4:2 “ Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction.”
Putting on the sandals is not just knowing what the gospel message is, but rather having a plan to share it with others.
The Bible is very clear. A person receives eternal life simply and only by believing in Jesus for it. Faith alone in Christ alone. That has always been and always will be the clear Gospel message.
According to Ephesians 6:15, putting on the sandals is the preparation of the Gospel. You put on the sandals when you prepare and plan to share the Gospel.
Bring good news of peace to a world that needs to hear!
By Stella Ashworth
The Bay Friendship Club – Christian Networking Group