The next piece of God’s divine armor necessary for experiencing victory in spiritual warfare is our footware. “Stand firm therefore…having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace” (Eph 6:15). Shoes here doesn’t refer to comfort or style. Roman soldiers wore sandals heavily studded with hobnails for increased durability and stability, to keep them from slipping and sliding. Paul is instructing us to have our feet shod to place ourselves in a stationary position in Christ in order to stand firm.
Life will happen, and Satan will attempt to make us feel unstable, shaky and defeated. But having our feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace creates a stability that even Satan can’t undo; it makes us ready to deal with whatever comes our way. Satan’s goal is to keep us defeated and on the defense; and it’s how he keeps us from experiencing God’s purpose, provision, forward movement, and blessings in our lives. Having our feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace brings heaven right down to earth. The Greek word for “preparation” is hetoimasia, which means readiness, promptness, and speediness. It’s a similar instruction: “sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence” (1 Pet 3:15).
In order for us to put on this third piece of armor and experience victory in spiritual warfare, we need to understand and wear God’s peace. The Greek word translated “peace” is eirene, which embodies completeness, wholeness, and an inner resting of the soul that doesn’t fluctuate based on outside influences. The truest manifestation of peace is one that resonates from within and eases our minds even when we’re experiencing chaos externally. This peace God gives guards us from the enemy’s attacks. “And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Phil 4:7)
This peace is so powerful that we’re instructed to let it control us. “Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts.” (Col 3:15) The Greek word used for “rule” essentially means to “umpire”. The umpire declares the way things are; likewise, the peace of Christ is to make the call in our lives. God says that when we allow peace to be our umpire, He will call the shots. This requires us to align our thoughts and desires underneath His comprehensive rule over every area of our lives, and then He will calm our heart and mind by giving us His peace.
If the peace of Christ is ruling, that means the peace of Christ is present even in the midst of a storm. “Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful.” (John 14:27)
His peace produces peace that remains. “These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)
Peace is always tied to overcoming something: in the midst of a struggle is when we discover our need to cover our feet with the gospel of peace. The application of the gospel is not only to get to heaven, but is for our life here on earth (Rom 5:6-10). Jesus is delivering our lives in the here and now through His life and the sanctification that He alone can make. “Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you entirely; and may your spirit and soul and body be preserved complete, without blame at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Thess 5:23)
To sanctify us, God starts at the new spirit (new nature) He deposited in us at salvation. The spirit contains all of God’s power, presence, joy, peace, righteousness, holiness and all of God’s divine nature. The spirit must be fed in order to nourish and grow its influence over the soul (mind, will and emotions) that has been distorted by sin. When our God’s Word-fed spirit becomes our umpire, our mind, will and emotions come under God’s truth and His righteousness, and that affects what we do in our body. Don’t miss this: in order to experience true and authentic peace, we must submit our minds, will and emotions to God’s truth in order to have His peace that surpasses all human understanding, no matter the circumstances.
Right now I don’t have a job. I can choose to worry about my future or I can choose to align my mind, will and emotions with God’s truth that He will supply all my needs. “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” (Matt 6:33) I choose to stand in God’s truth, make my requests be known to God, and receive His peace because He does not lie (Phil 4:6-7). He has promised to keep my steadfast mind in perfect peace because I trust Him (Is 26:3). I agree with God’s truth, and trusting Him produces peace.
God’s Word tells me “if anyone is not willing to work, then he is not to eat, either” (2 Thess 3:10b). I’m willing to work so that I can eat, so I’m thanking Him now for the job He is already preparing for me. He hasn’t yet made it known, but I have faith that He will because He has promised “all these things will be added to you”. Every wandering thought that is counter to God’s truth must be replaced with what God has to say on the matter in faith (2 Cor 10:5). I know He is in control, so I have His peace.
“Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things. The things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.” (Phil 4:8-9)
Part of the Series: The Authority of Christ (links will be added when they are published, and more may be added to the list as God leads)
- Authority Over Corruption in the World
- Recognize Your Enemy
- Stand Firm in the Authority of Christ
- We Battle From Higher Ground
- Be Strong in the Lord and His Mighty Power
- Put On The Belt of Truth
- Put On The Breastplate of Righteousness
- Shod Your Feet With the Preparation of the Gospel of Peace
- Take Up the Shield of Faith
- Take the Helmet of Salvation
- Take the Sword of the Spirit
- Pray At All Times in the Spirit
- Strength Comes From Surrendering
- Overcoming Past Failures