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Ephesians 6:15 – “and having shod YOUR FEET WITH THE PREPARATION OF THE GOSPEL OF PEACE;”

Let’s break down the words of this verse for a few seconds:

  • shod – to put on. Growing up in the country, I was a tenderfoot (unlike my sister or my brother); I wouldn’t go running around outside barefoot. I would always put on my socks and shoes for protection.
  • feet – the main mode of travel in Biblical times. Yes, there were donkeys and oxen and horses. However, the main mode of travel for those early missionaries especially….was walking.
  • preparation – does a football player run out into the game without first having studied the playbook? Does he go out automatically knowing his assignments? No. Neither should the Christian warrior.
  • the Gospel – the Good News of Jesus Christ. Plain and simple, this is what we are to share with a lost world!
  • peace – as a minister friend of mine put this yesterday in the Sunday sermon, this isn’t a peace you negotiate through a treaty…this is the peace our world is crying for. The peace that you and I yearn for. The peace that can be found only in faith through Jesus Christ.
  • As I share this last part of the feet of the gospel of peace, I want to wish everyone a very blessed Christmas! I pray that these devotions are a blessing to you. I’m taking the week off for Christmas; please join me next week as we move into studying the shield of faith!

    Merry Christmas!

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    Ephesians 6:15 – “and having shod YOUR FEET WITH THE PREPARATION OF THE GOSPEL OF PEACE;”

    When I was younger, growing up on our farm, I remember watching my father shoe the horses. He would take the tools used for such, scrape and trim the horses’ hooves, and then hammer a horseshoe into each hoof. I had wondered why horses, with their tough feet, needed horseshoes? My father simply said that the horses would not be ready to ride if their feet were not shod.

    Are you ready today? Are your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace? It’s hard to carry the message of the good news out to those who need to hear it, if you’re not ready to go. So…have you got your shoes on? Are you ready to ride?

    Have a blessed day!

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    Isaiah 52:7 – “How lovely on the mountains Are the feet of him who brings good news, Who announces peace And brings good news of happiness, Who announces salvation, And says to Zion, ‘ Your God reigns!'”

    Romans 10:15 – “And how shall they preach unless they are sent? Just as it is written, ‘HOW BEAUTIFUL ARE THE FEET OF THOSE WHO BRING GLAD TIDINGS OF GOOD THINGS!'”

    My Ryrie Bible has a footnote on Isaiah 52:7: “Here the good news is the announcement of the exiles’ return to Jerusalem, but Paul applies this verse to messengers of the Gospel (Rom 10:15)”

    A young married Sunday School class, that my wife and I were members of one time, had a Valentine’s Day get-together at a member’s house once. We played an ice-breaker game where we blindfolded each of the wives; they had to crawl around the circle we were all seated at, and try to find their husbands only by recognizing, by touch, his foot and ankle! The purpose of the game was a lead-in to a devotion on knowing your spouse. (Whether the husband’s foot was beautiful or not, it should be beautiful to his wife!)

    The Bible verses above reference beautiful feet, because those feet carry the messenger who carries the message. In the Old Testament, it was the exiles’ return to Jerusalem; in the New Testament, it is the missionaries who bring the good news of salvation in Jesus Christ. How will the lost know unless the message is carried to them?

    Have a blessed day!

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    Ephesians 6:15 – “and having shod YOUR FEET WITH THE PREPARATION OF THE GOSPEL OF PEACE;”

    We have 3 words again to consider in this part of the armor of God verses.

    According to Merriam-Webster.com, “shod” means “furnished or equipped with a shoe”. “Feet” (plural of foot) means “the terminal part of the vertebrate leg upon which an individual stands.” “Peace” has several meanings, but I chose this one: “freedom from disquieting or oppressive thoughts or emotions.”

    The Strongest Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible states that “shod” occurs only 4 times in the Bible. “Feet” occurs 256 times, and “peace” occurs 429 times (along with peaceable, peaceably, and peacemakers).

    When I was reading this verse, my Bible has 2 cross-references to it: Isaiah 52:7 and Romans 10:15. I want to address these in a separate post, so your assignment 🙂 is to read those 2 verses.

    Have a blessed day!

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    Ephesians 6:14 – “Stand firm therefore, HAVING GIRDED YOUR LOINS WITH TRUTH, and HAVING PUT ON THE BREASTPLATE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS,”

    Do you remember the first time you caught someone lying to you? The confrontation, the hurt, the betrayal you felt? The relationship with the one who lied may have been reconciled or the hurt may have lingered past a day or more. Maybe it was something that still remains broken even today.

    One thing you can count on, is that God does not lie. What He says, what He does…is the truth! What I find incredible, especially during the Christmas season, is that there are some who doubt that Jesus came to this world in the form of a baby born of a virgin in a stable. But there are some who do doubt the truth.

    Jesus stated in John 14:6 “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me.” That is what is reassuring about putting on the armor of the belt of truth: we gird up for battle with the absolute Truth as our support and base. We need not be afraid of the lies of the devil, because, in this crazy world we live in today…where many groups claim different forms of “truth”…we are assured that Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life!

    Have a blessed day!

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    Ephesians 6:14 – “Stand firm therefore, HAVING GIRDED YOUR LOINS WITH TRUTH, and HAVING PUT ON THE BREASTPLATE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS,”

    Let me ask you a few questions:

  • Would soldiers go into battle without wearing their gear belts?
  • Would police charge into a crime in progress without their gunbelts?
  • Did you ever see the sheriff or marshall in old Westerns go to a gunfight without their gunbelts?
  • Do roofers perform their jobs on a roof without their tool belts?
  • Do workers for the electric company climb utility poles without their tool belts?
  • Did Batman regularly fight those super-villains without his famous utility belt?
  • Did the Atom (the world’s smallest super hero in DC Comics) go into action without the size-and-weight controls in his costume’s belt?
  • And where did Luke Skywalker hang his deactivated lightsaber when he wasn’t using it? (Yep, on his belt!)
  • All these characters, both real and imaginary, couldn’t do their work properly without their belts. The very tools and devices they need are part of or are housed on their belts. For a Christian, truth is one the greatest weapons we have against the devil. The devil’s lies can’t stand up to the light of God’s truth.

    Don’t forget your belt when you armor up today!

    Have a blessed day!

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    1 Peter 1:13: “Therefore, gird your minds for action, keep sober in spirit, fix your hope completely on the grace to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.”

    A quick sidebar here: when I was stating the number of occurrences yesterday for the words “gird”, “loins”, and “truth”, I glanced at the last verse of the list on “loins”. There was the reference to 1 Peter 1:13. Having already quoted the definition of loins according to Merriam-Webster.com, I was intrigued because the verse above also is translated as “gird up the loins of your mind…”. My Ryrie Bible has the following footnote on this verse: “gird your minds for action = be disciplined in your thinking. A figure of speech (lit. gird up the loins of your mind) based on the gathering and fastening up of the long Eastern garments so that they would not interfere with the individual’s activity.”

    Most physical fitness enthusiasts (and I have a friend who I consider such an expert) would agree that “core training” is very important to overall strength development of the human body. When you develop and strengthen the “core” (the abdominals and lower back muscle groups), you help create a foundation for overall muscle development, growth, and health. If you have a strong core, you are able to support development of other major muscle areas as well as support the strains on the physical body in other lifting activities. I have seen Olympic weightlifters on television picking up those huge barbells of weight, going for the record books. While they are extremely physically built, they have to have a strong core or foundation to be able to build up to lifting that much weight. However, I’ve also noticed what a good many of them wear when they are pressing that much weight; a support belt to protect those core muscles (especially the back), so they do not injure themselves.

    We must daily gird ourselves for action, so that we have no worldly interference with what God wants us to do in His service today. Our strong foundation, our core, is the truth of Jesus Christ, God the Son, Who was the perfect sacrifice for our sins, Who died and was resurrected, Who lives and reigns today in Heaven. God may have some heavy lifting for you today; are you properly girded?

    Have a blessed day!

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