Walking in Shoes of Peace

Walking in Shoes of PeaceAs a Christian, there is too much at stake to be careless about our spiritual armor. Every second of everyday we are in a spiritual battle. Your enemy is relentless in his attacks against you, so you have to be even more relentless and tenacious, and diligent in your role in this battle. God didn’t leave us defenseless. He has provided the needed weapons, and protection we need daily to overcome our enemy.

Eph. 6:10 – 13 NKJV

“Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.”

We have looked at standing in face of our fears, in the face of our enemy. Standing in the middle of a storm. Standing is a battle position. We are not giving ground. We are not giving up. We stand to face the battle and we stand after we have done all. We looked at having the Belt of Truth tightly girded around our waist and not be swayed by any one or anything. We put on our Breastplate of Righteousness and realized when we are in right standing with God we win the battle. When we have sinned it separates us from God and the enemy seems to be winning. We are trees of Righteousness standing tall for God’s glory and we don’t allow our emotions to rule us.

Today I want to look at the Shoes we wear in this battle.

Eph. 6:15 NKJV

“…and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace;”

Peace is part of our armor. Peace is a weapon against the enemy. Keeping our peace at all costs will prevent turmoil, chaos and stress. This is what the enemy uses against us, one of his popular weapons, is to take our peace away.

It is interesting that the peace is on our feet. Every step we take we should be wearing God’s peace. Everything we do in life, everywhere we go, needs His peace.

Eph. 6:15 NKJV

“…and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace;”

In the Strong’s Hebrew and Greek Definitions:

Shod – to bind under one’s feet, that is, put on shoes or sandals.

Preparation – prepare, provide, make ready.

Gospel – to announce good news (“evangelize”) especially the gospel: – declare, bring (declare, show) glad (good) tidings, preach (the gospel).

Peace – by implication prosperity: one, quietness, rest, + set at one again.

We are to bind to our spiritual feet, prepared ahead of time, the good news of the Gospel of Jesus, the Prince of peace. But there is more to it then that. I would like to look at a few angles of what this really means.

Walking in Shoes of Peace

1.  Be a voice for Good News.

Isaiah 52:7 NKJV

“How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news, who proclaims peace, who brings glad tidings of good things, who proclaims salvation, who says to Zion, Your God reigns.”

It is a good thing to proclaim the goodness of God to all we meet. This verse expresses how beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news. God delights in our sharing and proclaiming His peace, and His salvation, and His reign to others.

It is not only a good thing, but it is a mandate that God has asked us to do.

Matthew 28:18 – 20 NKJV

“And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age. Amen.”

Bringing the good news is for every believer to do. It is not just for ministers and pastors and evangelists. We are all ministering evangelists for God. Everywhere we go the atmosphere should be changed because of Who lives in us. We are carriers of God’s peace and presence.

People who don’t know God should see a difference in us compared to themselves. This difference, the Gospel of Peace, is what they need. We have the answer for any question about their life; Jesus! He has forgiven you, changed you, and set you free, surely you can share this with those who are bound, who are lost, and who have no hope. It’s a beautiful thing!

2.  Be at peace with God

1 Peter 3:10 – 11 Amplified Bible

“For let him who wants to enjoy life and see good days [good – whether apparent or not] keep his tongue free from evil and his lips from guile (treachery, deceit). Let him turn away from wickedness and shun it, and let him do right. Let him search for peace (harmony; undisturbedness from fears, agitating passions, and moral conflicts) and seek it eagerly. [Do not merely desire peaceful relations with God, with your fellowmen, and with yourself, but pursue, go after them!]”

Stop fighting God. If you are a believer, your job is to submit to God and His Word. This verse says that if you want to enjoy your life and see good days we are to keep our tongue free from evil; slander, profane talk, gossip, lying, being deceitful. Anything that we speak shows our character. It shows if you have submitted your life to God or not.

People have come up to me, and the moment they open their mouths, they show their character and relationship with God. What comes out of us is what we put into us.

Psalm 34:13 NKJV

“Keep your tongue from evil, and your lips from speaking deceit. Depart from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it.”

I could talk about our tongue for a long time. I think you understand how important it is to submit our tongues to God. Don’t allow your tongue to hurt people or damage your reputation. What we say can bring turmoil. Allow your tongue to be an agent of peace. Being obedient with our tongue keeps peace with God.

Keeping peace with God is also obeying His word. Doing all of it, not just a portion, or the things that we like, but all of it. Keeping peace with God is shunning evil and doing good.

3.  Be at peace with yourself.

1 Peter 3:11b Amplified Bible

“Do not merely desire peaceful relations with God, with your fellowmen, and with yourself, but pursue, go after them!]”

You don’t need more peace, you need to start using the peace you already have on the inside of you! We don’t need peace, we need to access peace!

Are you mad all the time? We would go much farther if we would just get over being mad. Strive to live in peace. Is there always an underlying feeling of frustration or anger in your heart? Why? Because you were mistreated? Because you didn’t get what you wanted? This is immaturity on your part. Growing in God, and in life, we realize we don’t always get what we want. Often the reason we don’t is because of our bad attitude. Our attitude can make or break us. Letting go of having to be right, or the first to know something, and letting everybody around you know you knew, is freeing. It brings peace.

When you are against yourself you are in for a hard ride. So many people don’t have peace with themselves.

How many of you have a little private war going on in you all the time? You don’t like yourself, and some even get into self-hatred. All you do is think about what you do wrong all the time. You don’t know how to encourage yourself.

Yes, we all have weaknesses, but we also have strengths. You don’t have to sit around and think about your weaknesses all the time, its time to think about your strengths! How many of you have some things u are good at? Why don’t u think about that instead of what you are bad at? Thats not pride to do that. You can thank God for everyone of your strengths.

Thank you God that I am a faithful person!

Thank you God that I am committed!

Thank you that I don’t give up easily.

Thank you that I am organized.

Thank you that I am a hard worker.

Thank you that I am a committed parent.

Thank God for the gifts that you are fully functioning in and God will make up for the weaknesses! God will take care of your weaknesses.

Don’t live in competition with anybody else. God did not call you to be somebody else, He called you to be you! You don’t have to be like anybody else! Say right now: “I am happy to be me!”

Believe that God loves you unconditionally! He loves you right now just as much as He will ever love you. Value yourself as God’s special and unique creation. You are unique!

I use to think, “There was something wrong with me because I liked to speak publicly and lead people to God’s throne in worship. I didn’t like cooking, or gardening, or scrapbooking, or house cleaning, or things ordinary women liked to do.” I would try to plant things and they would just die. I would try to be arts and crafty but anything I made looked terrible and I didn’t have the patience for it. My husband Ron would cook or bake something for the holidays and we would visit his family and He would let have credit for making it. Honestly I thought I was weird. Then I realized God made me to be me and I enjoyed loving and ministering to people. I enjoyed being with my family and seeing them succeed. Enjoyed helping others. Enjoyed putting sermons together (Term paper every week). I enjoy traveling and singing and writing. I realized I was unique, and unique things are very valuable.

Each one of you have a unique feature that makes you not like everyone else. Stop torturing yourself thinking you need to shove yourself into someone else’s mold. God created you purposely and He wants you to stand up boldly and be the person that you are!

Submit to Gods plan and stop having to know WHY about everything. Stop trying to reason everything out. Stop trying to find out all the answers to your questions. There will be times we don’t get answers to our questions. Don’t allow it to rob you of your peace. Remember Who lives in you and Who is Lord of your life. Ours is to not as much question God, but to trust Him.

I love to give surprises to my daughters. I even like to tell them I have a surprise for them so they will be expecting. They use to ask what it was or try and guess. Now, they just trust their Dad and I that we wouldn’t give them anything or do anything that would hurt them. They look forward to what the surprise is knowing it will come in due time. This is how we are to be with God. He will answer our prayers and does have blessings for us, we just need to trust Him with our unanswered questions. It is called faith and without faith it is impossible to please God.

4. Be at peace with others.

1 Peter 3:11b Amplified Bible

“Do not merely desire peaceful relations with God, with your fellowmen, and with yourself, but pursue, go after them!]”

Now thats the problem isn’t it! There is a saying amongst ministers; “Ministry would be so much easier if you didn’t have to deal with people!” This is so true, yet that is the very reason people go into the ministry: for people.

2 Timothy 2:23 Amplified Bible

“But refuse (shut your mind against, have nothing to do with) trifling (ill-informed, unedifying, stupid) controversies over ignorant questionings, for you know that they foster strife and breed quarrels.”

As soon as a thought comes in your mind that will create strife, or disharmony, or disunity, you need to shut your mind against it. Thats when we need to get violent and say, “NO! I am not going there.”

You can say,  “Well, I wish I didn’t have these thoughts!” “Well I just wish the devil would leave me alone!” “Pastor Kris would you pray that the devil would leave me alone?” I can pray that when the devil comes you will be so full of the Holy Spirit that instead of him running you off, you will run him off. You will rule him and he won’t rule you! Jesus didn’t mess with the devil. He said, “Get thee behind me satan!” Submit your self to God, resist the devil and he will flee!

Do you know that all this upset, and lack of shoes of peace, is something the devil provokes. The servant of the Lord must not strive.

2 Tim 2:24 Amplified Bible

“And the servant of the Lord must not be quarrelsome (fighting and contending). Instead, he must be kindly to everyone and mild-tempered [preserving the bond of peace]; he must be a skilled and suitable teacher, patient and forbearing and willing to suffer wrong.”

Here is the word of the Lord for you today, “Be easy to get along with!”

Its not complicated. How many of you are high maintenance?….. Be low maintenance. Show up, do your job, don’t murmur or complain. Lets learn how to be easy to get along with. Be a person who is easy to be around. You know how you can have that? Stay flowing in the Holy Spirit. Spend time with God. Get that anointing stirred up. We need to be well oiled so we can slip in and out of sticky situations.

Isaiah 10:27 – its the anointing that destroys the yoke of bondage!

Just coming to church and sitting in the anointing of God during worship can break bondages off of you!

Amplified Bible the anointing is referred to as fatness. Which is very interesting, and its because of fatness the yoke is broken off of us. So this is one time when we can legally be fat. We can be fat with the anointing and the presence of the Holy Spirit. We need to be so fat with the Holy Ghost that there is no bondage big enough to fit around us. Amen! Lets be fat in the spirit.

Strive, strive, strive to be in peace. Don’t be in strife, but strive to be in peace. It’s what you pursue! Strive in the greek means “hard labor.” In other word if you are going to get along with people you are going to have to want to!

Maybe you are trying to get along with someone you are married to and contemplating on getting a divorce and starting over. Let me tell you something, the grass is usually not greener on the other side. You have to mow that grass too so maybe you just ought to stay and work things out.

Matt 5:9 NKJV

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.”

Amplified bible states:

Matt. 5:9 Amplified Bible

“Blessed (enjoying enviable happiness, spiritually prosperous – with life – joy and satisfaction in God’s favor and salvation, regardless of their outward conditions) are the makers and maintainers of peace, for they shall be called the sons of God!”

Be the first to apologize. The first to say I was wrong. The first to admit you didn’t have all the information and responded too quickly. Be a peacemaker. Learn to defuse strife instead of bringing it!

Walking in shoes of peace is powerful. We can share the good news of the Gospel of peace. We will be at peace with God, ourself, and with others. We are pursuers of peace. Guard your peace constantly because the devil’s job is to take it away the next chance he gets.

Walking in shoes of peace,

Pastor Kris Belfils

www.krisbelfils.com

www.hopefellowshipspokane.com

www.krisbelfils.wordpress.com

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