The Apostle Paul boldly stated, “Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 3:13-14
Obviously Billy Graham and the Apostle Paul were echoing the same idea, to get saved is not enough. That is just the start. Where are you going to go from there with your salvation?
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Ephesians 6:15 “And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace.”
This is a very interesting statement that the Apostle Paul makes especially since this whole statement of Ephesians 6:10-17 is talking about the armour of God and spiritual warfare that everyone on the face of the earth is going through whether they believe it or not.
Isaiah 52:7 says, “How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace; that bringeth good tidings of good, that publisheth salvation; that saith unto Zion, Thy God reigneth! “
This is a wonderful verse but it is not a supportive scripture for the armour of God in Ephesians 6:15. As I stated above, Ephesians 6:10-17 is talking about the feet being shod for spiritual warfare and Isaiah 52:7 is talking about spreading the gospel to souls around the world. Two very different concepts.
Both verses talk about peace but for a different reason.
Let’s look at the physical side of Ephesians 6:15 first.
We must remember that the Apostle Paul in talking to the Church of Ephesus was giving them a very clear picture of what a warrior looked like in their day as we are looking at each piece of this amour in a physical way.
The most important factor regarding the amour that the warrior in Paul’s day wore was that it had to give him stable footing. To slip and fall in the middle of a battle would probably mean the life of that person. To be on the ground was a death sentence.
That warrior’s feet was his foundation, just like our feet are our foundation.
Warriors in Paul’s day wore shoes that had nails or metal studs on the bottom of them. They had to keep from slipping as they fought on all kinds of terrain ranging from wet grass to steep slopes in the hills. Their shoes would somewhat remind us of a golfers, football or baseball players shoes. They had to be made with the utmost craftsmanship to keep them on their feet in the heat of battle. It could very well mean their life or death.
Deuteronomy 33:25 “Thy shoes shall be iron and brass; as they days, so shall thy strength be.”
In the verse above Moses was blessing the tribes of Israel and in blessing the tribe of Asher Moses prays this prayer about the shoes of Asher. From the scripture it helps to give us confirmation of these nails at the bottom of a warriors shoes for stability.
When you are in spiritual warfare as a Christian you need every advantage against fighting against satan and demonic powers but our Lord has loaded us all up with the big guns.
We are all thoroughly equipped with a supernatural armour of God suit that will defeat the enemy every time.
Like I said God has equipped all of us Christians with the BIG GUNS.
Do you know why?
“Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him that loved us.” Romans 8:37
Another factor about having our feet shod with the preparation of the gospel is that IT BRINGS PEACE.
Many times as I have been in spiritual warfare in my life my head may be going in all different directions during the battle but the gospel that I know will never fail is in me and it brought peace in the midst of spiritual warfare.
When a Christian goes by emotions during spiritual warfare they can get in a lot of trouble because you are using your head rather than being led by your spirit.
The whole 8th chapter of the Book of Romans talks about being led of the Spirit and not of the flesh. I recently taught on the whole 8th chapter of Romans and you will find it in my archives.
Being led by the Spirit of God while you are in spiritual warfare or anytime for that matter will bring you peace because you should also be thinking about the gospel and its power.
The Israelites were commanded to eat their Passover with their feet shod to show that they were ready for their journey to go and possess their Canaan Land. The land of milk and honey.
BUT WHAT HAPPENED WHEN THEY WENT INTO CANAAN LAND? THEY HAD TO FIGHT THE BATTLE OF JERICHO. GOD HAS NEVER PROMISED US THAT THERE WILL BE NO OBSTACLES EVEN WHEN HE BLESSES US WITH SOMETHING. THERE WILL ALWAYS BE OBSTACLES AND SPIRITUAL WARFARE EVEN WITH THE BLESSINGS OF GOD. SATAN WILL ALWAYS ATTACK US TO SEE IF WE WILL GIVE UP ON GOD’S PROMISES AND HIS BLESSINGS.
As Christians in the Army of God and spiritual warriors being shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace shows that we are ready for our journey, even spiritual warfare.
“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” Ephesians 6:12
Principalities, powers, rulers of darkness of this world and spiritual wickedness in high places are all different levels of satanic attack against Christians and everyone else on the face of the earth.
Unfortunately a lack of knowledge is no excuse and no free pass to satan trying to do his best to destroy us and our families and friends and all that we have.
That’s why the Apostle Paul in talking to his protégé Timothy told him to do what? “Fight the good fight of faith…” 1 Timothy 6:12.
Because satan has 3 things he wants to do to you and everyone on the face of the earth. “The thief (satan) cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill and to destroy… John 10:10
Jesus has given us the armour of God to give us victory over satan but God wants us to USE that armour of God, God will help us if we do our part but God never blesses laziness. (He never has and never will).
Being saved as a young boy I have seen so many Christians being stolen from by the devil in every area of their life. It is unfortunate and I have prayed for them. We can teach them the Word of God but they are the ones that have to be doers of the Word and not hearers only, they are the ones that have to put the Word of God to work.
I encourage you to read James 1:19-27. Those scriptures talk about the fact that you can hear and read the Word of God endlessly but unless you start being a doer of the Word or in other words applying the Word of God to your life, nothing will ever change.
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Conrad & Nita Freiholtz,
Conrad Freiholtz Ministries
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