Thursday, December 03, 2009

Gospel of Peace

14 Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God;
(Ephesians 6:14-17, New King James Version)

Gospel of Peace

Ephesians 6 is a rather familiar portion of Scripture; with its graphic illustration of a soldier armed for battle; it is also a favorite of children. Notice, that even before the soldier begins to put on his armor, he has girded his waist with truth, put on his breastplate of righteousness, and covered his feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace.

What do you think the soldier is thinking right before the battle begins? Do you think the attitude of his heart will affect the type of soldier he is? There are a lot of questions to ponder when we read this Bible passage, but let's bring this down to our everyday life.

How often do we think of our daily life as Christians as a battlefield? Do we get up each morning with the mindset of putting on our battle armor before going to work or before beginning our day at home or school? This is the very point that Paul is trying to make.

We are in a middle of a war! Every single day we live on this earth, the battle rages all around us. What are we doing about it? Are we engaging in the battle or are we running from one shadow to another to escape the battle? This is exactly the reason Christ has granted salvation to us! As Christians, we must take our responsibility as soldiers very seriously.

Yet, we are not asked to go into the battle unprepared. We must first secure ourselves in Christ, who is the Truth, we must then immerse ourselves in the righteousness of Christ, and last of all cover our feet with the gospel of peace. How do we do that? Does that all come as a package deal when we become a Christian?

Our salvation is complete in Christ; nothing is missing. We must, however, train ourselves for the battle. Reading the Bible every day, spending time in prayer and thanksgiving, and taking time to fellowship with other believers is not optional. These are normal aspects of our Christianity which we must incorporate into our everyday lives.

How different will our day be if we focus on the battlefield God has put us in? By the grace of God, let us put on Truth, righteousness, and the gospel of peace, as we go about our duties of this day, asking God to lead us into the battlefield as victorious soldiers for Christ!

God Bless You,
Linda

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