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A family friend of ours was over yesterday and told us he had just bought him a pair of shoes on clearance at the local department store. He was proud of them too! Said he got the pair of shoes “for only $7.50;” then he added, “They were on the far wall at the back of the store.” Well, me being the smarty-pants that I am, I told him, “Yep! You know those shoes on the back wall that are on clearance like that? Those are the ones that people came in and traded that were on their feet already, for a new pair in the store.”
I laughed so hard, and so did my husband. I added, “They had blow-outs in their own pair!” (hahahahaha!) My husband said while chuckling, “Ya-uh, you get those low-treads for $7.50.”
The third piece of armor Paul mentions in Ephesians 6 is the shoes of "the preparation of the gospel of peace." What purpose did shoes serve for a Roman soldier? What purpose do these spiritual shoes serve for us?
Paul wore GOD’s armor: his footing was sure, and he was prepared to carry the gospel wherever God sent him. He went against the advice of those who cared about him and saw the dangers he would walk into, who tried to talk him out of going. He did not allow faith-busters to influence the direction he took. He walked with GOD and went where he felt GOD’s Spirit lead him to go. It didn’t mean he wasn’t afraid at times; it didn’t mean he didn’t have a melt-down once in a while; but it did mean he didn’t give in to his feelings, but he did give in to putting on “the Mind of Christ” (Where would Jesus go? What would He say? What would He ask? Who would He reach out to?)
Romans 10:15 As it is written: "How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace, who bring glad tidings of good things!"
Did you ever try on your Daddy’s shoes when you were a little kid? I love to see photos of a little two- four year old child trying to walk in their Daddy’s great big shoes. Well, if GOD says we can walk in His shoes, I guess that means we can. No wonder He puts that into the mind of a child to wear their “Daddy’s shoes!” How precious is that?! Having GOD’s shoes on, we are ready to move, to spread these glad tidings to others.
1 John 2:6 He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked. (We can’t do that without our Heavenly Dad’s shoes on.)
The sandals of the Roman soldiers "often were fitted with nails, or armed with spikes, to make the hold firm in the ground" (Albert Barnes' Notes on the Bible).
A shoeless soldier could run into real trouble in the heat of battle. Unless he is fighting on Astroturf, he is going to encounter some debris. It may be nothing more than twigs and pebbles, but to a bare foot that can cause serious pain-and one of the last things you want to deal with in the middle of a fight is worrying about where you step. In short, shoes allow us to step freely and without fear while we turn our full attention to the battle at hand. I believe this is why GOD tells us to “Walk in the light, as He is in the light.” Proverbs 4:18, 19 But the path of the just is as a shining light that shines more and more unto the perfect day. The way of the wicked is as darkness: they know not what makes them stumble. (My husband and I keep the closet light on at night since it is so dark in our room, so we don’t stumble over something.)
Enoch was well-pleasing to God. Hebrews 11:5 says, "He had this testimony, that he pleased God.” Sometimes we have the mistaken notion that God is very hard to please; but He isn’t.
“Micah 6:8 He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you?
To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”
Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you. (We sure can’t do all of that bare-footed.) Nevertheless do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rather rejoice because your names are written in heaven.
The Lord bless you as you “walk in love” today; for to “walk in love” is to walk with GOD, and be well pleasing in His sight.
GOD’s grace in Dawn Gwin 07-16-15
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