THE REVOLUTION IS ON! - Blog 151
Spiritual Warfare: Become Enveloped in Power - Your Feet Shod With The Preparation Of The Gospel Of Peace
My uncle was/is a United States Marine. Once a Marine always a Marine. He fought in Khe Sanh in Viet Nam. I remember we used to send him socks. Dry socks were important because foot care was important.
If you've never been a soldier or been around soldiers, what the writings in Ephesians six have to say about the importance of feet may not make complete sense to you, but a soldier knows.
The place for shoes is on your feet, but what about your feet? Well, your feet are at the end of your legs, right?
War is an athletic contest.
Spiritual warfare is more like hand to hand combat in close quarters with supernatural weapons and the intent to apply enough pressure against an opponent to push and move that opponent from the place that you intend to occupy and possess.
But you must dispossess an occupant before you may take the territory and become the steward/ruler of it in the others place.
If we took the concept of war out of the picture and just dealt with it as an athletic contest, we might better understand the importance of feet for our feet are the foundation we stand upon.
In every athletic endeavor I know of that involves starting in an upright position, and I invested 25 years or so coaching athletes, the feet are one of the most important elements. This I know is true in wrestling, in American football, in basketball, soccer, volleyball, baseball, boxing, in track and field events and in tennis at the very least.
All of these sports require a firm foundation in order to support the quick and powerful athletic movements required for success which all require proper balance.
In building athletes in these and many other sports you most always begin with the foundation of the foot positions and the balance that a proper stance provides the athlete.
In military endeavors with warriors, this same thing holds true today just as it did in Paul's day.
This is particularly true in close combat situations with opponents.
The foundation you have beneath you is critical and so the apostle Paul tells us what we need to have is feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace.
Proper shoes help in any endeavor and spiritual warfare is certainly no exception.
The word shod means to have them bound on securely. Because this is so important, you don't want any slop in your understanding of the Gospel of Peace.
It is my personal belief that the most of us in the Christian church today have no idea anymore what the actual gospel of Jesus Christ really means. It is a point in this hour that must come under the restoration power and is part of the theme of this blog and the book it is based on.
In the midst of the conflict you want to know your footings are not going to slip because if it does you lose your stance and your advantage and then are in danger of not taking the objectives assigned.
The instruction to preparedness is also interesting because it indicates two things. First of all, that you have taken the time to be prepared in relation to the Gospel of Peace, but the second thing is the reason you prepared is your eagerness, passion and zeal to engage the fight at the side of Jesus the Champion.
The Holy Spirit is telling us to be eager in looking for places where the enemy has established a stronghold and where you can engage the fight and apply the Gospel of Peace.
It is a call to aggressiveness and zeal and desire to dispossess enemy spirits and let the oppressed go free.
The opposite of eager is more like foot dragging.
We've all been there before where we really don't want to do something and so we procrastinate, or we’re simply lazy about our spiritual condition, or we’re weary, and this too is a problem.
What is being addressed here is an attitude we need to have in the contest if we are to have maximum advantage.
I can tell you, in a sporting event the reluctant athlete is at a distinct disadvantage when compared to an enthusiastic one. It was the legendary Green Bay Packers coach Vince Lombardi who said, “Fatigue makes cowards of us all” and this is true spiritually as well as physically.
Take this to heart.
Much of what I've been writing about in this blog and in the book 'The Revolution Is ON!' is the preparation of the Gospel of Peace. It is my directed purpose to stir you, open your eyes to the mission and get you excited about entering enthusiastically into the fray.
But when we come to our footing, there is something more than eagerness.
The Gospel of Peace is not a namby-pamby, milk toast, girlie man (or woman for that matter) proposition. To the contrary, it is a message of power that highlights the total triumph of Jesus Christ over all the usurped and negative power of the enemy.
The peace that is spoken of in scripture has many facets to it, but one of them is the peace that comes only after an enemy is eradicated and destroyed. It is the peace that comes from victory.
King David was a man of war, ultimately taking the city of Jerusalem that was considered to be the power city of the earth. Solomon who followed David was a man of peace (1st Chronicles 22:9). He was a man of peace because David destroyed the enemies, making peace and its prosperity possible.
The capacity for great peace comes from eradication of conflict that has resided in one's enemies.
Our Gospel of Peace is rooted in the triumph of Christ and in the middle of the conflict you need to have a foundation under your feet allowing you to know that regardless of what gets dished your way you will win, not because of your great power, but because of his great power already established and proven.
We must remember that we have given ourselves no other option but to know his triumph in every area of challenge we are sent into. It is holy ground that we stand on. The triumph of Christ is ours to apply;
But this man (Jesus) after he had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down on the right hand of God, from that point on excitedly anticipating until all his enemies are made his footstool (Hebrews 10:11).
He that descended is the same One then that ascended to the highest rank and power above all heavens that he might cause to abound and carry into full effect all things (Ephesians 4:10).
And you are complete in him who is the Head of all principality and power (Colossians 2:10).
And Jesus came and spoke to them saying, ‘All power in heaven and in earth has now been given to me, because of this you go and make a journey, carrying this and teaching it to all nations, baptizing them into the name/power of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit’ (Matthew 28:18-19).
...the Ancient of Days arrived and judgment was given to the saints of the Most High, and the time came that the saints possessed the Kingdom (Daniel 7:22).
And the God of peace will bruise satan under your feet with quick speed. The sweet loving favor of our Lord Jesus Christ is with you. Amen (amen is a prophetic statement meaning “this is exactly what will be”) (Romans 16:20).
Be Enveloped In Power.
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