Peaceful Tracks

“and having shod YOUR FEET WITH THE PREPARATION OF THE GOSPEL OF PEACE;”

‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭6:15‬ ‭NASB‬‬

Do you leave peace in your tracks? When you leave a place, is there strife in your wake or did your presence leave peaceful prints behind?

My study is still looking more closely into the Lord’s Prayer and today was digging deeper into “deliver us from evil”.

“Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm.”

‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭6:11-13‬ ‭NASB‬‬

The armor of God protects us from “the schemes of the devil” but the study pointed out that if we aren’t diligent to put on the armor of God, if we dwell in unrepentant sin, we leave ourselves wide open.

Think about it:

“Stand firm therefore, HAVING GIRDED YOUR LOINS WITH TRUTH, and HAVING PUT ON THE BREASTPLATE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS,”

‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭6:14‬ ‭NASB‬‬

If you entertain lies, revel in gossip and rumors, there goes your breastplate.

“and having shod YOUR FEET WITH THE PREPARATION OF THE GOSPEL OF PEACE;”

‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭6:15‬ ‭NASB‬‬

If you stir up strife, add coals to an already heated argument, there goes your footwear.

“in addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.”

‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭6:16‬ ‭NASB‬‬

This is my particular struggle. I struggle with worry and anxiety. I don’t doubt God’s existence, but worrying all the time is also a lack of faith in His omniscience and His promises to take care of my needs. There goes my shield.

“And take THE HELMET OF SALVATION, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.”

‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭6:17‬ ‭NASB‬‬

I believe you can’t lose your salvation (which is a study for another time) so praise God for securing my helmet in spite of myself. However, if I’m not in God’s word I am completely without a sword.

This struck home this morning, especially the idea of protecting my feet with the gospel of peace.

I am mildly addicted to Twitter. Anyone who knows anything about Twitter knows that interactions there are definitely not peaceful. Does my presence there reflect how I’m called to behave?

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

‭‭Matthew‬ ‭5:9‬ ‭NASB‬‬

“Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body; and be thankful.”

‭‭Colossians‬ ‭3:15‬ ‭NASB‬‬

“And the seed whose fruit is righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.”

‭‭James‬ ‭3:18‬ ‭NASB‬‬

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,”

‭‭Galatians‬ ‭5:22‬ ‭NASB‬‬

And let’s not forget that if I obey and bring my anxiety before the Lord:

“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

‭‭Philippians‬ ‭4:6-7‬ ‭NASB‬‬

I’ve got to remember that I’m called to be a reflection of God’s love and His message of salvation to the world. How I behave will reflect on my faith and people will judge what I believe based on my actions. How can I talk about salvation and the need for God’s mercy and grace if I don’t behave merciful and don’t offer a little grace to others? My witness isn’t my words, it’s how I live my life. It’s important to always remember this.

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