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 armor pieces – the belt of truth and the breastplate of righteousness. Today, we will look at our feet – not the toes or the scaly bottoms, but the shoes. The next piece of armor up for review is the shoes of peace.
The third piece of armor comes into play, and it’s 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 those storms.
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. 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. Being at peace allows me to sleep at night and allows me to stand on solid ground. When God’s peace is locked in our life, it will become the guard and protector.
Let’s take a 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? Don’t allow the enemy to steal your peace or discourage you. Stand firm in your faith, with feet fitted and ready to go.
Next up – the shield of faith. Oh, I can’t wait!