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Armor of God - Shoes for my Feet

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Lessons 1-3 Knowing our adversary: who he is and what he does, his plans for those lost in the world and his strategy against God's people.

Lessons 4-5 The armor of God: Paul tells us how we can stand fast in our God even though we have a powerful enemy. In Ephesians 6:10-20 we get directions from the Lord on how to put on this armor and to stand fast in our faith. So far we have looked at the belt of truth and the breastplate of righteousness in regards what they are and what they mean to us in terms of our protection in the battle.

The third piece of armor to be worn at all times along with the belt and breastplate is the shoes for our feet. The next three pieces of armor after this were not designed to be constantly worn but rather kept nearby and quickly picked up when needed. But the shoes were always to be worn.

  1. [Eph 6:15 NKJV] 15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace;

The importance of protecting our feet is crucial, in our day and in Roman times. No matter how good your breastplate is, or how strong your belt is, if you slip and fall you are done. Shoes provide protection and give us stability.

  2. God is interested that you keep your footing string and/or balanced. How many times does Paul tell us to stand or withstand in Ephesians 6:10-14? __________

A Roman soldier was a battler fighting in the first century and needed to keep himself on his feet because the minute he went down with his armor he could not get up - he is done for! He was someone who fought to the death and shoes were absolutely essential for a couple of reasons:

  a) for protection; whether he was in the jungle or on rocks many things could hobble him. Roman shoes were often sandals with very thick soles which made them very stable. They had metal studs, like cleats, attached to the bottoms. This allowed them to stand on the side of a hill with very good stability.

  b) You would wear them for mobility. They were light weight, even though they were thick; this allowed the soldier to move quickly yet stand his ground.

God's desire is that we have good footing and that we are protected.

Word study (Ephesians 6:15)

[Eph 6:15 NKJV] 15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace;

  • Shod your feet: Greek, hupodeo, meaning to bind under, encase, or envelop within.
  • Preparation: to be equipped
  • Gospel: the good news of Jesus Christ
  • Peace: in this lesson this word is applied in three ways for the saints. When we are saved we were given peace with God. As he learned of Him we found the peace of God and as a result of His love in us, we can have true peace with others.

This verse is not designed to speak of evangelism as some have sought to make it. In the context, it speaks to us as God's people and the armor He has provided to keep us from succumbing to the wiles of the enemy.

Peace with God and the peace of God. Romans 5:6-11 is Paul's description of what we were and where we were, before Jesus came into our lives; weak and ungodly, unrighteous and not good, sinners and the object of God's wrath, enemies of God at war with Him.

[Rom 5:6-11 NKJV] 6 For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. 7 For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die. 8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. 9 Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him. 10 For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life. 11 And not only [that], but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation.

  3. Yet when Jesus came into our lives He made peace for us with God through His blood.

[Col 1:20 NKJV] 20 and by Him to reconcile all things to Himself, by Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven, having made peace through the blood of His cross.

  4. I now become His child, purchased and adopted into His family. The was has ceased!

[2Co 5:19 NKJV] 19 that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation.

Read Philippians 4:6-9 - As we learn of Him, another peace fills our hearts; the peace of God. Knowing Him allows me to live that way, resting in His care, power, provision and promise. Don't worry, be happy works for God's people.

[Phl 4:6-9 NKJV] 6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. 8 Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things [are] noble, whatever things [are] just, whatever things [are] pure, whatever things [are] lovely, whatever things [are] of good report, if [there is] any virtue and if [there is] anything praiseworthy--meditate on these things. 9 The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you.

  5. It is a supernatural peace found in the knowledge of God and fellowship with Jesus Christ and it will keep our hearts and minds in the battles we face with the enemy of our soul.

[Rom 8:28 NKJV] 28 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to [His] purpose.

Peace with God is immediate; the peace of God fills our hearts as a process of sanctification. Paul writes in Romans 12, as much depends on you live peaceably with all men. If we have peace with God the enemy can't get to us there. He can't tell you God hates you or is not for you or is not going to forgive you; all of those are lies. So our peace with God is established and concrete. Unless He changes that doesn't change, and He never changes! God is for us not against us. He will never leave us or forsake us. This brings us now to peace with others.

Peace with others is unique to the saints who have been delivered from the old nature of selfishness and self-centeredness. When we begin to walk with God He will give us a love for one another. Peace with others is possible because of the new heart we have, and the love of God shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Spirit.

[Phl 2:2-4 NKJV] 2 fulfill my joy by being like-minded, having the same love, [being] of one accord, of one mind. 3 [Let] nothing [be done] through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. 4 Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.
 
[Rom 12:18 NKJV] 18 If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men.
 
  6. Satan seeks to use others to trip up our walk, to rob us of our good news of peace, or to fight with each other. How glorious it is to love the "unlovable" and die to self and not be moved by others.
 
[Jas 2:13 NKJV] 13 For judgment is without mercy to the one who has shown no mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgment.
 
[1Pe 4:8 NKJV] 8 And above all things have fervent love for one another, for "love will cover a multitude of sins."
 
We realize it is His love for us that allows us to love others, even those who are unlovable.
 
  7. Is there someone in your life you are having a hard time loving? They are what you could save "unlovable"? Write a prayer for that person. ______________________________
 
He's the Lord so we can rest in His peace. We have peace with God; His peace rules our hearts. The Bible says all things work together for good. Jesus is our sure footing as we stand against the enemy of our soul. (Psalm 40:2, Psalm 18:29-38). This is such a contrast from those in the world (Psalm 73:18). Even if we stumble, our God upholds us (Psalm 37:23-24).
 
[Psa 40:2 NKJV] 2 He also brought me up out of a horrible pit, Out of the miry clay, And set my feet upon a rock, [And] established my steps.

[Psa 18:29-38 NKJV] 29 For by You I can run against a troop, By my God I can leap over a wall. 30 [As for] God, His way [is] perfect; The word of the LORD is proven; He [is] a shield to all who trust in Him. 31 For who [is] God, except the LORD? And who [is] a rock, except our God? 32 [It is] God who arms me with strength, And makes my way perfect. 33 He makes my feet like the [feet of] deer, And sets me on my high places. 34 He teaches my hands to make war, So that my arms can bend a bow of bronze. 35 You have also given me the shield of Your salvation; Your right hand has held me up, Your gentleness has made me great. 36 You enlarged my path under me, So my feet did not slip. 37 I have pursued my enemies and overtaken them; Neither did I turn back again till they were destroyed. 38 I have wounded them, So that they could not rise; They have fallen under my feet.
 
[Psa 73:18 NKJV] 18 Surely You set them in slippery places; You cast them down to destruction.
 
[Psa 37:23-24 NKJV] 23 The steps of a [good] man are ordered by the LORD, And He delights in his way. 24 Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down; For the LORD upholds [him with] His hand.
 
May we with the psalmist declare, "Great peace have those who love Your law, and nothing causes them to stumble." Psalm 119:165
 

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