Thank you for joining me today as we continue our trek through the armor of God. We have spent the last two days looking at the first two pieces of armor – the belt of truth and the breastplate of righteousness. Today, we will look at our feet – not the toes or scaly bottoms, but the shoes. The next piece of armor up for review is the shoes of peace. No pedicures are required.
Quick review – the first piece of armor is the belt of truth. Unlike belts of today that go on after we dress, the belt of truth goes on first. The belt supports the other pieces.
We looked at the breastplate of righteousness. The breastplate protects your heart. It’s similar to the vest an umpire wears behind home plate. The breastplate protects your heart from incoming attacks from the enemy. Knowing the truth will protect you from lies and deception.
Next up – shoes of peace
The third piece of armor is an integral part of the armor. The shoes of peace help us survive the storms in life. Without God’s peace, we will struggle to survive in the storms that will come our way.
Look, the enemy doesn’t go on holiday or take a break from the daily grind. He is both real and invisible. We’re not talking about a fictional character from the Harry Potter series. We are talking about Satan, the enemy of God.
The world is the enemy’s territory, where he reigns. You and I are living in enemy territory – the world.
God’s peace gives us a firm grip, which we need in a world that is not firm. It gives us stability, and we can keep our footing sure. When God’s peace is locked in our life, it will become the guard and protector. Being at peace allows me to sleep at night and will enable me to stand on solid ground.
Let’s look at a few notes I took from a sermon on the armor of God – The Shoes of Peace.
“Feet shod in the gospel equals tranquility. We’re not talking about peace with each other.
Satan attacks our stability with doubt and discouragement, slip-ups, and missteps. He wants to disturb your footing.
The Apostle Paul is talking about two kinds of peace.
- Peace with God – Salvation, relationship – where we need to be with God.
- Peace of God – Passes all understanding. In mental battles, it’s the peace of God that says/speaks the truth.)
Psalm 119:165, “Great peace have they that love your law, and nothing can make them stumble.”
Discouragement is the enemy’s greatest weapon. The enemy wants us to lose our footing.”
Isaiah 52:7 says this, “How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring the good news, who proclaim peace, who bring tidings, who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion, “Your God reigns!”
Did you catch that from the prophet Isaiah? How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news?
In the context of Isaiah, our God reigns.
In Ephesians 6:15, Paul commanded that we live ready to proclaim a gospel that brings peace. Check out what he says, “and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.”
Do you have your feet covered? Stand firm in your faith, with feet fitted and ready to go. Don’t allow the enemy to steal your peace or discourage you.
Next up – the shield of faith. Oh, I can’t wait!