We are in a war. How do I know? Because the Bible says so. (Eph. 6:10-18) But so far we have decided to wake up and put on our Belt of Truth, our Breastplate of Righteousness and now it’s time to put on our shoes.
Ahh…the shoes of peace. Wouldn’t you love to own a pair of those? The kind of peace that gives you a firm footing in life. Regardless of how hard the enemy hits you…this kind of peace will hold you in place! (I would like these in a ‘buy one get one’, please)
The Roman soldier’s shoes were not ordinary shoes. They were made out of bronze or brass and had two parts: 1) the greave 2) the shoe itself.
The greave was a tube-like piece of bronze that began at the top of the knee and extended down past the lower leg, resting on the top of the foot. It was made from a warped sheet of beautifully tooled metal that had been formed to fit around the calf of the Roman soldiers leg. The shoe was made of two pieces of metal. On the top and bottom, the foot was covered with pieces of brass. The sides of the shoe were held together by multiple pieces of leather. On the bottom, were dangerous spikes that were one or more inches long. And I thought that I had KILLER SHOES!!
According to the Apostle Paul, “peace” is an awesome weapon, both defensive and offensive. It not only protects you, but it also provides you with a ferocious weapon to wield against the enemy when he attacks. Ephesians 6:15, “And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace”. If you use the weapon of peace correctly, it will keep spiritual foes where they belong. UNDER YOUR FEET!! One good kick from these bad boys and the enemy’s strategies will be crushed!!
We are in a battle against the dominion of thoughts and attitudes and we have to be prepared with inner peace that comes from God. In Jesus, we have that peace. Ephesians 2:14, “He Himself is our peace.” So when we put on our shoes, we are arming ourselves with God’s peace. And isn’t that we want the world to see? When we find ourselves in a situation that is totally out of our control (I’m thinking sickness and everything else that is going on in our country here) we, as Christians, want the world to see the peace of Christ ruling our lives because we are to stand apart! How can we minister to others if we are fearful?
John 14:27, “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, and neither let it be afraid.”
I want a pair of those shoes!!! I want to step out if faith without being moved by what I’m seeing or hearing. I want to stick my spikes firmly into the ground and say, “I’m not moving until the work of God in this area of my life is finished.”