I remember the very first time I wore real high heels. Not those pink sparkly plastic kid ones, but honest to goodness real purple satin, pointy-toed, 3 inch heals. I was eight years old and wore them trick-or-treating. Even though my feet swam in them and the back of the shoes made a big slapping noise against my feet and I would walk out of them occasionally throughout the night… I felt so grown up!
I really can’t remember much about the rest of my outfit, but I remember those purple pumps! And that trick-or-treat night I learned the price grown up girls pay for walking three hours in three inch heels! By the time I got home I had blisters on the sides of my feet and my feet ached so badly I could barely stand up! While my friends were out having good fun “pranking” the neighborhood I was at home soaking my sore feet.
So what does a pair of grown up purple satin pumps have to do with Armor Of God?
Let’s see what God has to say about our footgear as we battle Satan every day…
STAND FIRM THEREFORE, HAVING GIRDED YOUR LOINS WITH THE TRUTH, AND HAVING PUT ON THE BREASTPLATE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS, AND HAVING SHOD YOUR FEET WITH THE PREPARATION OF THE GOSPEL OF PEACE. Ephesians 14-15a
God, tells us to STAND FIRM. We learned about this last week. We are not to give up well fought ground to Satan. We need to stand firm against anything he and his legions can throw at us.
And one way to stand firm is to SHOD YOUR FEET WITH THE PREPARATION OF THE GOSPEL OF PEACE.
A soldier, or an army for that matter, was only as good as their feet. Wars across history have been lost for lack of proper footwear. Ancient Roman soldiers would wear thick leather soled sandals that were tied to their feet by leather straps. But these were not just any sandals, they were studded with sharp spikes so a soldier could literally dig into the ground! These shoes would also enable the soldiers to walk and even run for great distances over rough terrain. Having the proper footwear gave these soldiers a stiff advantage over their adversaries!
Ancient Roman soldiers would wear thick leather soled sandals that were tied to their feet by leather straps. But these were not just any sandals, they were studded with sharp spikes so a soldier could literally dig into the ground! These shoes would also enable the soldiers to march and even run for great distances through rough terrain. Having the proper footwear gave these soldiers a stiff advantage over their adversaries!
The word PREPARATION carries the meaning of being ready, fit and prepared. It can also mean to prepare a firm foundation or base! I think this illustrates again that we need to stand firm and prepare a foundation that we cannot be knocked off.
Gospel, “euaggeloin” in Greek means good news. It was used for any good news, but for a soldier it was the good new of victory and the death or capture of the enemy. For Christians it is very much like that too. It is the good new of the victory we have in Christ over sin and death. It is the work of Jesus Christ and on the cross and His victorious resurrection over death!
Did you know that…
THEREFORE HAVING BEEN JUSTIFIED BY FAITH, WE HAVE PEACE WITH GOD THROUGH OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST. Romans 5:1
The Gospel offers justification (being declared not guilty of our sin) once we accept God’s gift of salvation through Jesus Christ. And we are at peace with God. No longer enemies. We move from the family of Satan into the family of God! We are adopted as sons and daughters!
In light of this, we must make sure we are daily “shod” with the truth of the gospel. We must dig into its foundation and stand unmovable and firm in it!
We cannot have a purple high heel day… ever! Those pretty shoes will not keep us standing firm against the adversary! Not at all! Every day… every minute we must wear our battle gear, from head to TOE!
How about you? What shoes will you put on this morning?
This series memorization verses are…
THEREFORE, TAKE UP THE FULL ARMOR OF GOD, THAT YOU MAY BE ABLE TO RESIST THE EVIL DAY, AND HAVING DONE EVERYTHING, TO STAND FIRM.
STAND FIRM THEREFORE, HAVING GIRDED YOUR LOINS WITH TRUTH, AND HAVING PUT ON THE BREASTPLATE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS, AND HAVING SHOD YOUR FEET WITH THE PREPARATION OF THE GOSPEL OF PEACE; IN ADDITION TO TAKING UP THE SHIELD OF FAITH WITH WHICH YOU WILL BE ABLE TO EXTINGUISH ALL THE FLAMING MISSILES OF THE EVIL ONE.
AND TAKE UP THE HELMET OF SALVATION, AND THE SWORD OF THE SPIRIT, WHICH IS THE WORD OF GOD.
WITH ALL PRAYER AND PETITION PRAY AT ALL TIMES IN THE SPIRIT, AND WITH THIS IN VIEW BE ON ALERT WITH ALL PERSEVERANCE AND PETITIONS FOR ALL THE SAINTS. Ephesians 6:13-18
You might like to read the beginning of this series…