Battle Shoes

"And your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace" Ephesians 6:15 NIV

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I chose to use the term "Battle Shoes" to identify the "readiness" that comes from the gospel of peace.  It's important for us to understand exactly what Paul was talking about, so we can fully engage our faith when putting the battle shoes on.   The Amplified translation of Ephesians 6:15 is helpful:

"And having shod your feet in preparation [to face the enemy with the firm-footed stability, the promptness, and the readiness produced by the good news] of the Gospel of peace"  Ephesians 6:15 AMP

Let's explore the footwear analogy.  When going to work, play, exercise or relax we usually put something on our feet that is appropriate.  Each type of shoe provides a unique combination of benefits for the activity we're intending to do.  Specifically, footwear provides:
  • Protection
  • Support
  • Traction
  • Performance
  • Comfort

Footwear also bolsters our stamina to perform the activity we’re going to do.  For example, if you are going running on a hot day, you’re likely to last only a few minutes on the hot asphalt without shoes.  With shoes on, you can run on that asphalt much longer!   

The spiritual footwear that comes from the "Gospel of Peace" gives us the firm-footed stability, promptness and readiness we'll need to face our agile adversaries.  The term "Gospel of Peace" refers to the peace we have with God through Jesus: "Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God"  (Romans 5:1-2 NIV). (Other verses on our peace with God through Christ:  Isaiah 53:5, Colossians 1:20, Ephesians 2:13-22

Since we have gained access to God through this peace, we can use his resources to fight the spiritual battles we face.  Therefore, the gospel of peace extends our "battlefield endurance" by connecting us with God's protection, support, guidance and comfort at all times through the Holy Spirit.  

Putting on the Battle Shoes

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