Praying The Warrior's Prayer

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes. For our struggle is not aginst flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil.

Feet Fitted With The Readiness That Comes From The Gospel Of Peace

The piece of armour here is not peace, nor the gospel of peace, but rather the readiness (or preparation in KJV) that comes from the gospel of peace.  It is also not the feet that are to be noted here, but the foot covering.  The Greek and Hebrew words for peace imply “being at one with.”

A. The Characteristics of the Gospel of Peace

1.  Brings Prosperity

“Submit to God and be at PEACE with Him; in this way prosperity will come to you.” (job 22:21)

2. Promises freedom from fear

“I will grant peace in the land, and you will lie down and no one will make you afraid.” (Leviticus 26:6)  Compare with Job 3:25-26a.  “What I feared has come upon me…I have no peace, no quietness.”

3. Comes with obedience

“If only you had paid attention to (obeyed) my commands, your peace would have been like a river.” (Isaiah 48:18)  “’There is no peace,’ says the Lord, ‘for the wicked.’” (Isaiah 48:22)

B.  The Effects of The Gospel of Peace

1. Peace with God (The purpose of reconciliation)

“Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have PEACE with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.  For if, when we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to Him through the death of His Son, how much more, having been reconciled shall we be saved through His life?” (Romans 5:1,10)

2. Peace with one another (The result of reconciliation)

“Let the PEACE of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body, you were called to PEACE.” (Col. 3:15)

3. Peace toward all men (The ministry of reconciliation)

“All this is from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation.  We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making His appeal through us.  We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.” (2 Cor. 5:18,20)

C. Walking in Paths of PEACE

“How beautiful on the mountains are the FEET of those who bring good news (the gospel), you who proclaim PEACE.” (Isaiah 52:7)  “Every place where you set your FOOT will be yours. (your ground)  No man will be able to stand against you.” (Deuteronomy 11:24-25)  Those who walk uprightly enter into PEACE.” (Isaiah 57:2)  “Their FEET rush into sin (the disobedient)…ruin and destruction mark their ways (paths in KJV).  The way (path) of PEACE they do not know; there is no justice in their paths.  They have turned into crooked roads (paths); no one who walks in them will know PEACE.” (Isaiah 59:7-8)  “Great PEACE have they who love your law, and nothing can make them stumble.” (Psalm 119:165)

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