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Dr. Jay P. Cook, Pastor

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Being Sure-footed Will Bring Peace
Ephesians 6: 14-15

Intro.
Shoes tell a lot about a person – for example:

            When I was in seminary in Atlanta, GA I worked as a security cop for a while.  Definitely wasn’t what I wanted to do for the rest of my life.  It was not my life calling. But it helped pay the rent and put food on the table, it was a good paying job for a seminary student, until I could find a position in a church.  I was quite a sight with a nightstick, mace, a gun – all supplied by the Security Company and then they asked us to buy our own shoes.  I wanted to wear an old pair of shoes that I had but they were insistent that you wear a safety shoe.  I didn’t want to spend the money at the time for that type of shoe until one of the instructors showed us his foot after he had it smashed in a fight.  It was a lot more assuring to know that if a guy tried to smash your tows that you had steel tip shoes on.  I was glad when a youth pastor position opened up and I could turn in my gun, nightstick and mace. 

Ephesians 6:14-15
Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.

Shoes make a big difference:  Over the years I have discovered that shoes make a difference when walking or standing.  What you have on your feet make a world of difference. 
Paul includes shoes in the armor for a reason – it so we can stand firm.  We have already buckled up the belt of truth and put on the breastplate of righteousness. We have our shoes on ready to go into battle.  They are laced up and ready to go.  But what does he mean by the gospel of peace?  Do shoes make a difference?  What type of shoes are we to wear?

Conclusion:
One of my favorite Old Testament stories is the story of Gideon and his obedience that brought peace back to Israel.  His obedience to God’s will is what brought peace out of a very precarious position.  Gideon had been chosen by God to lead an army against overwhelming odd.  Look at Judges 7 for the story.  Israel had gathered 32,000 men to go into battle and they still were overwhelmingly out-numbered.  But God whittled the number down to 300 Israelites,(Gideon decided to take the 300 because lapped up water like a dog) that is all that God needed to return Israel to peace.  How?  Gideon gave each man a trumpet and a pitcher that covered a candle.  At the appointed time after the 300 men had surrounded the enemy’s camp they blew their horns and pulled the pitchers off the candles.  Because they followed the instructions of God the Midianites in confusion killed each other. 
Whatever Satan may cast against us we know that we have a Lord that is able to defeat him and bring assurance, confidence and peace in our lives through the Gospel. 

 

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