What does peace look like when we step into an atmosphere of war?
Ephesians 6:15 tells us; “and having strapped on your feet the preparation of the gospel of peace; (NASB)” or “Stand on your feet alert, then you’ll always be ready to share the blessings of peace.(NKJV)”
Peace is freedom from disturbance. It is tranquil.
In order for peace to reign in war, it requires our solid preparation.
Can you imagine entering a war barefoot?
Wearing your shoes is a daily and mindless task. But what about strapping on your spiritual shoes of peace? Have you gone out into spiritual wars barefoot and unprepared?
Our shoes represent readiness.
Strapping on your shoes of peace allows you to step freely without concern to where it is you step so that you are able to remain alert and focus your full attention to the battle at hand. It is where you are able to dig your heels in and hold the line because you are in the Word; you know it and you can speak it in the midst of any circumstance.
Romans 10:14-15 (MSG) says; “But how can people call for help if they don’t know who to trust? And how can they know who to trust if they haven’t heard of the One who can be trusted? And how can they hear if nobody tells them? And how is anyone going to tell them, unless someone is sent to do it? That’s why Scripture exclaims,
A sight to take your breath away!
Grand processions of people
telling all the good things of God!
But not everybody is ready for this, ready to see and hear and act. Isaiah asked what we all ask at one time or another: “Does anyone care, God? Is anyone listening and believing a word of it?” The point is: Before you trust, you have to listen. But unless Christ’s Word is preached, there’s nothing to listen to.”
Shoes are for moving!
Are you ready to move? Because the shoes God is wanting us to wear are the shoes that are GOSPEL of PEACE. Wherever you step, in the natural and supernatural, you affect and shift atmospheres because the authority of Christ lives inside of you!
Wearing the shoes of peace is the GOSPEL.
It is listening and studying the enemies strategy so that you are firmly planted to stand your ground when the attacks come. It is holding tranquility on the inside when on the outside everything is a storm. It is singing the song when there is no song. It is remaining stable in the midst of chaos.
“And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:7
Remember, peace is always tied to us overcoming something. And so, it is with the utmost importance that we are able to discern the seasons of war correctly.
Psalm 119:105 says, “Your word is a lamp to my feet, and a light to my path.”
In certain seasons, we can barely see the next step we are about to take, whereas in other seasons, we can see the entire path in front of us. No matter what we can see now or ahead, peace must become our normal way of operating.
In war and not in war.
It is time to strap on your shoes of peace every morning, standing alert and ready with the strategy and blueprint plans for victory. Let the very peace of God rule in your hearts! (Colossians 3:15) When His Peace reigns, where you step will always be significant to your journey of overcoming any war victoriously.
~ Stefanie Rodriguez