End Times Peace
Can Only Come From The Gospel Of Peace
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Standing Firm with end times peace will depend upon our having a firm foundation in the Gospel of Peace.
The picture the Apostle Paul presents is that of your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.
Roman Soldiers Had Special Shoes
A soldier wore special sandals or military shoes that protected his feet without slowing him down and the nails for studs gave firm footing. This allowed them to march farther and faster as well as giving them facility of motion in battle—they could dig in and hold their ground when in hand-to-hand combat.
Believers Also Need Special Shoes
The readiness that comes from the shoes of the end times peace will give the steadiness needed in the end times. The Word of God is the gospel, or Good News, that brings peace. In other words, believers are ready for battle because "the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard [their] hearts and minds through Christ Jesus" (Philippians 4:7) They can stand firm, with peace, even in hand-to-hand combat, because they know that they are doing right and that they are on the winning side.
In the season in which we live, right and wrong have become diluted and confused. We have become desensitized to the wrongs in society and accept it rather than scream with indignation. Many call bad good and good bad. Today we have children having babies and children committing murder.
God’s word tells us that the ills of society will get worse as we get closer to the return of Christ. It is therefore imperative as we enter into these last days with end times peace giving us a firm foundation in God’s Word
Christians are in a spiritual warfare battle both for the inner peace Christ has already given and for the desire to produce that peace in the hearts of others. This battle can only be won as Christians help prepare others with the firm foundation of the "gospel of peace" so we will have that end times peace.
When the enemy, the deceiver, offers false ways to end times peace or tries to get us to focus on our concerns and fears, we Christian soldiers can stand up to him. Jesus promised, "Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid" (John 14:12).
The Sandals Of The Gospel.
The sandals were a sign of readiness—readiness to march and to do battle. The Roman sandals were made with nails that gripped the ground firmly, even when it was sloping or slippery.
The sign of the Christian soldier is readiness—a readiness to march and to bear witness to the gospel. This is as true for the end times solider as for ancient warfare. Wherever the Christian soldier's feet take him, he shares the gospel that can firmly ground a world reeling under the weight of desperate need and conflict.
In ancient warfare, which was most often hand-to-hand combat, swiftness of foot was one of the most important qualifications for a good soldier. So the apostle says, as shoes for your feet put on whatever will make you ready to proclaim the gospel of peace.
The Foot Is To The Body As The Will Is To The Soul.
For end times peace we go wherever our will takes us. Preparation, the Christian's spiritual readiness, is our feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace for these end times.
The gospel sets the will of the Christian. It gives us a purpose and a focus. It presents us with a message and a task. It gives meaning to life and nothing else seems to matter.
There is no calling on a person’s life without the gospel; no sacrifice without an understanding. A barefooted man shrinks back. But when the will and heart are prepared and ready to serve the Lord, the Christian feet are shod: prepared and equipped to face any trouble he must go through to complete the task ahead.
Paul was convinced that nothing could separate him from the love of Christ. He understood the love of Christ. He knew the good news and no bad news could ruin it.
The Time He Had Spent Preparing Himself In The Word Was Bearing Fruit During Time Of Trouble.
Many Christians take on certain battles before they are ready. There are times and seasons for everything. There is a time to prepare. God's grace will take you through those times of trouble when they come.
Remember His promise to you:
(1 Corinthians 10:13) No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God [is] faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear [it.]
Take time to prepare yourself in His word. Put on your shoes. How important in these end times!
Equipped With Something To Offer - Message And Focus
We need to remind ourselves of the reason for the battle in which we are engaged. Christ has brought you out of the kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of light (Colossians 1:13). He has put His Spirit in you that you might work the works of GOD. Satan would love to draw you back into his domain. Failing that, he will settle for destroying your testimony. Satan hates a witness for Christ - hence the battle. We should never forget the message we are to proclaim; our end times peace is crucial for this.
The Gospel Gives Us A Message. Let Your Life Radiate This Message.
If Satan can stop you from being a testimony in word, works and deed, he has taken away a great weapon. No matter our callings or gifting, the purpose is always the same. To make Christ known. This is a profound purpose for each of us in these end times. The more end times peace we have the more effective we will be.
God intends us all to be walking vessels of his goodness, spreading the love of Christ to others. As we familiarizing ourselves with the gospel, we shall discover a message worth living for and this is where we receive the end times peace.
How To Fit The Shoe For The Preparation Of The Gospel Of Peace
Prepare yourself to follow the Lord no matter what. This is not the grasping of doctrines but the laying hold of the love of God. Are you prepared to serve God no matter what? Seek His face until you are.
What is the gospel? Make sure you understand the message we are to take to the world. Whether you are a singer, writer or teacher, it makes no difference. We all have one message and focus, and that is to spread the love of Christ and make Him known.
Here is something you have to do. Prepare yourself with the weapons used by Jesus Christ. In the “Prayer” link below you will find scripture that can be used as Christ used it with Satan; “Satan…It is written…”
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