18 Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; 18 praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saintsEphesians 6: 14 -18 (NKJV)
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Everyday we are bombarded by the devices of the enemy. He attacks our body with illnesses, our finance, our emotions, our relationships, our marriage, our career, etc. There is no area that He does not examine for weaknesses and attack.
Satan tries to constantly frustrate our efforts. Thankfully we do not have to accept defeat. God has made a way. He’s given us all the tools we need to effectively wage war. Yes war. We are in a battle for our soul.
This battle takes place on a field far away from the camera of the news reporters. No journalist travels to this distant land at will to report what they see. We may not see it but experience the manifestations in our lives.
Thankfully we do not have to be victims. We are overcomers through Christ Jesus.
Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. (Romans 13:37)
This series examines our battle armor. God has given every believer an armor. Failure to adorn yourself in your armor will affect the effectiveness of your Christian walk.
Today we will examine Ephesians 6 verse 15. Without further ado let us dive into the study.
and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; (Ephesians 6:15)
To shod your feet is to fit it with a shoe for protection. The feet needs protection when you walking on a rough terrain. The terrain may be a familiar place, such as your backyard. It may also be an unfamiliar place that spans a long distance. Whatever the distance it would be necessary to protect your feet.
A shoe is built and made ready for use before we embark on a journey. In verse 15, we are being advised to do the same with the gospel. We must study and understand the message of the gospel, then go out and share the good news with others.
How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news, who proclaims peace, who brings glad tidings of good things, who proclaims salvation, who says to Zion, “Your God reigns!” (Isaiah 52:7)
And how shall they preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace, Who bring glad tidings of good things!” (Romans 10:15)
The gospel is about the good news of Jesus Christ and his gift of Salvation. As Saviour of the World, Jesus, gave his life so that we through Him may have eternal life.
For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.” (Mark 10:45)
I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture. (John 10:9)
Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. (John 11:25)
We must seek to understand and know Jesus through the scriptures and communion with the Holy Spirit. As we gain understanding we must seek to establish a relationship with Jesus. When we seek to understand Him through the scriptures we must be careful that we only get stuck there. The scriptures do not give eternal life. It points us to the giver of eternal life.
You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of Me. 40 But you are not willing to come to Me that you may have life. (John 5:39-40)
When we seek a relationship with Jesus, we must also rely on the Holy Spirit. He was given to guide us. He makes the scriptures clear and makes Jesus real to us.
But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you. (John 14:26)
However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come. He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you. (John 16:13-14)
We must also seek him through prayer and time in His presence. This equips us to walk in His commandments and to share the good news with others.
Saints are disciples of Christ. Disciples are called to be witnesses for the Lord. The light of Jesus must be shared with others.
But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” (Acts 1:8)
The message is for all mankind. The charge is given to us the believers to share the message.
And the gospel must first be preached to all the nations. (Mark 13:10)
But I say, have they not heard? Yes indeed: “Their sound has gone out to all the earth, And their words to the ends of the world.” (Romans 10:18)
The Apostle Paul knew the importance of this and spent time alone preparing, before he took the gospel to the non-Jewish parts of the world. He advises us, through, his letter to Timothy to do the same. We must be ready to state with simplicity and clarity, at all times, what we believe about the gift of salvation.
Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. (2 Timothy 2:15)
The Lord will create opportunities for us to share. We must not be afraid to seize those moments. If we allow the Holy Spirit to lead us we will not have to worry about what to say. In that moment, He will supply the words.
There will be times when we share the gospel by our testimony. Like the woman at the well, it will come from the experience(s) we had with God and/or the things we have witnessed. A testimony is a powerful initial seed planting of the Word of the Lord. It acts as evidence of the power of God.
And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death. (Revelations 12:11)
By sharing a testimony the faith of the hearer is lifted.
As iron sharpens iron, So a man sharpens the countenance of his friend. (Proverbs 27:17)
Deep calls unto deep at the noise of Your waterfalls; All Your waves and billows have gone over me. (Psalm 42:7)
Others are called to share the gospel at a deeper level. These are the apostles, prophets, evangelists, preachers and teachers. God appoints these persons share the Word of God with the people so that every believer and new convert, may come to maturity of the faith.
And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, 12 for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, 13 till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ; 14 that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting, 15 but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ— (Ephesians 4:11-15)
When man was created God gave him dominion over the earth. It was given so that we may establish the will of God on earth. However, man lost his dominion. Through trickery Satan got Adam and Eve to disobey God’s command (Genesis 3). This lead to us loosing our dominion. Through Jesus Christ’s resurrection we were given back that dominion.
For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily; 10 and you are complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power. (Colossians 2:9-10)
And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. (Matthew 28:18)
When we share the gospel we are engaging in an act of war. We are reclaiming lost territory for God. Like any good soldier we must be prepared before we advance into the camp of the enemy. Preparation helps us to be strategic and ultimately victorious.