Do we have sure footing?
Ephesians 6:15 “And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;”
The Roman hobnail sandal’s were made of leather….coming all the way up the calf. They had very small spikes on the bottom for gripping the ground when in march or battle.
And these describe what Paul says is the Gospel of peace.
In the Christian life, we need sure footing.
If we are to walk and resist the Adversary of our souls,…….that solid footing is provided in the Gospel of peace.
There is a place of rest, and peace of mind, for every Christian.
It is God’s hiding place for every believer…..
Psalm 32:7 “Thou art my hiding place; Thou shalt preserve me from trouble;
Thou shalt compass me about with psalms and deliverance. Selah.
Psalm 119:114 “Thou art my hiding place and my shield: I hope in Thy Word.”
Isaiah 32:2 “And a Man shall be a hiding place from the wind, and covert from the tempest; and as rivers of water in a dry place, as a shadow of a great Rock in a weary land.”
If we do not learn to depend upon the promises of God, and receive His peace……..then we will not have sure footing to be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
The devil will knock us off balance,…..with accusations of past sins, or doubt,……and we will be on the ground, before we know it.
Worry, anxiety, trouble, or fear……meet all these with a promise from His Word.
One that you can get a hold of……and that can get a hold of you, by the Holy Spirit.
The Spirit’s assurance of Christ’s Word is very important.
The Bible is full of promises….which we can claim.
But one given by the Spirit to our spirit in the midst of trouble or battle, is precious. And must be held on to.
The Lord wants to garrison or guard you about with peace….His peace.
Philippians 4:7 “And the peace of God which passeth understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”
This is of the Holy Spirit….not something we do, but what He does within us…..so that we can get our “footing” in this situation.
John 14:26-27 “But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, Whom the Father will send in My name, He shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.
Peace I leave with you, My peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”
But we must will with Him, for the battle rages around our minds, hearts and wills.
It says, “Let not”….”neither let it”.
These are acts of our will. We are staying hidden in His peace. (This is not presumption: for we have His Word. Nor is it indifference: for we will do anything the Lord wants done concerning the matter.)
Therefore, when we will with Him, letting Him do as He wills, in His time, in His way….then the Comforter, the Holy Ghost, will teach us (again and again, if need be) about His peace….and surround us with it…….and keep us till we receive the promise.
The Holy Spirit will garrison, or guard us….with His peace.
John 14:1 “Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in Me.”
Peace comes to us by the Holy Spirit…..and it is that assurance that God knows our situation…..and He has a plan of deliverance for it.
That is the sure-footing that we need in this world…..God’s Spirit helping us “dig in” and “hold on” to God’s Word….till we get the promise.