Thursday, June 18th, 2015
“And having shod our feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace.” Eph 6:15
Anyone who has ever fought in any kind of hand to hand combat knows that sure footing is most important. In fighting with the sword as they did at the time of the Roman legions, losing your footing could mean death. When they were fighting in face to face combat, their feet were planted solid and their footing was sure.
In the Christian life we need solid footing, too, if we are going to walk and resist Satan. That solid footing is provided by the gospel of peace. This is not the same as the Gospel of salvation. “Gospel” means “good news” and it is certainly great news that we have forgiveness in believing Jesus’ baptism, death and resurrection. However, there is more good news for us. There is a place of rest and peace of mind for every Christians. It is God’s hiding place for every true believer in the Gospel Truth of the water and Spirit which consist God’s righteousness. Heb 4 tells us about entering God’s rest. It is a rest for here and now and not something that is experienced after life.
God has peace of mind and a resting place available to every believer who are baptised into Christ Jesus in order to identify in His death, burial and resurrection. If we do not learn how to depend upon the promises of God for peace, then we will not have the sure footing to be able to stand against the wiles of Satan. He will knock us off balance and have us on the ground before we know it.
Satan uses worry, anxiety and tension to keep us off balance. The gospel of peace is concerned with meeting every worry with the promises of God. Are you afraid? Then claim this promise: “Do not fear, for I am with you. Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.” Isa 41:10
Are you worried about your needs? Bills stacking up? Pressures of business closing in? Children or parents presenting problems which seem impossible to handle? Look at these promises and claim them: “Be anxious for nothing but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God which surpasses all comprehensions shall guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Phil 4:6-7
These promises are real. One of the few things God tells us to fear is that we will fail to claim His promises. Heb 4:1.
When we get up in the morning, we should check out our armour. Do we have on the belt of truth? Do we have on the breastplate of righteousness? Are we beginning to slip into a performance based relationship with God? Are we collecting merit badges for our good deeds, church work and charitable contributions? If Satan gets us on that trip, we are in for a lethal blow.
Make sure you are resting on the promises of God!
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