This Sunday, July 17th, 2016, Pastor Duane White unpacked an amazing message continuing our Armor Up series at The Bridge Church in Denton, Texas.
Armor Up: Shoes
“Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace…”(Ephesians 6:10–15, NKJV)
The Roman soldier’s shoes had two parts to them: the actual shoe, and what was called the greave. The word shod means hupodesamenoi, or to bind underneath.
No one else can put peace on for you; it’s your responsibility! And the idea is that you bind peace to your feet, wherever you go, as opposed to looking for peace wherever you go. In other words, the peace isn’t in the circumstance, it’s on your feet, and you carry it with you.
The word preparation here is hetoimasia, which means ready or prepared; having equipment in a state of readiness; a firm or ready foundation. In other words, staying in the firm foundation of the gospel of peace. Some people almost always, and rightly so, emphasize the peace, but you can’t forget that the shoes are the gospel, the gospel of peace.
The word peace here is eirene, which is the peace that prevails – conquering peace. This peace begins with the understanding of a common enemy. We must remember that we wrestle not against flesh and blood, even when they think differently than me, or act different than I think they should.
This kind of peace begins with healthy conversation, not divisive rhetoric. It’s about listening to a view different from yours by using unifying words, rather than divisive words.
These shoes were designed to provide the soldier with firm footing or firm foundation, but were also used as a weapon.
- The peace of God is a protector and a guardian. (It’s defensive)
- The peace of God is a ruler or a judge. (It’s objective)
- The peace of God is an enforcer. (It’s offensive)
“For those who are such do not serve our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly, and by smooth words and flattering speech deceive the hearts of the simple. For your obedience has become known to all. Therefore I am glad on your behalf; but I want you to be wise in what is good, and simple concerning evil. And the God of peace will crush Satan under your feet shortly. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen.” (Romans 16:18-20, NKJV)
The quicker we do the things in the three verses before, the quicker the enemy is crushed under our feet!
It doesn’t say that the God of peace will crush satan under HIS feet, but rather your feet! The possession of your promise is a joint venture, and God gives the authority and power, but your feet do the treading.
What gospel are you carrying around?
Are you walking in peace everywhere you go?
When trouble, battle or opposition comes, are you coming our of your shoes?
Watch the full massage on the importance of putting on your shoes, here:
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