HAVE YOU CHECKED INTO BOOT CAMP YET? (4)
We come to the third piece of armour found in Ephesians 6:15 NKJV And having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace. This translation really doesn’t clearly spell out what it means to put on the SHOES OF PEACE, I am so glad that the Greek language is very colourful and as I looked at other translations the picture comes much clearer. Such as:
Being firmly footed
To walk with ability
To be alert
To be fully prepared
Naturally speaking I appreciate these pictures, as walking can be difficult for me, and I am very conscious I need to walk carefully.
We can walk carefully as the peace that comes from embracing the Gospel (the good news) has filled our hearts. Paul describes it this way in Philippians 4:7 NKJV and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. The Peace of God is the umpire, the guide we MUST HAVE if we are to walk in victory against our enemy. I have mentioned before the method that was used by ships captains in the past when they brought a ship into harbour at night, they had to line up a number of lights and when they were all lined up, they knew the ship was in the right channel, and would not get into the rocks or shallows. Please note ALL MUST LINE UP, and this includes:
THE PEACE OF GOD
WHAT DOES THE WORD SAY?
It has been said we should not do anything or walk anywhere (we have to use our feet) unless we have PEACE in our hearts. Without the peace of God we are vulnerable to attack and defeat.
Peace comes and is maintained as we continue to have a spirit of Repentance, and clear the decks every day of any unconfessed son, and seek to walk in the light 1 John 1:7 NKJV But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin. Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever, therefore He is true to His Name, His Nature, and His promises to forgive and fill our hearts with His peace.
Many Christians live with regret because they went ahead (walked) and did not have God’s peace in their hearts. We must learn to put on the Shoes of Peace and know how to use them.