*……and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace;*(Ephesians 6:15)
In continuation of my exposition on how we can wage spiritual battle, I wrote on protecting our heart as Christians. What about standing strong? What do we need to stand strong? When I was about getting out of my mid-life crisis few years ago, an elder sang me a song –
*Kristeni, ma ti wa isimi, ãrin ọtá lo wa (Christians should not look for rest as they are in the midst of enemies)* – so that I will continue to stand strong. Life is a battle and like in any battle, every soldier learns to protect his feet. I used to remember stories told about bata soldier told by our parents that witnessed the Biafra war. These bata soldier are very strong and are studded on the bottom of the soles in a way similar to cleats (cleats are on an external attachment to a shoe, that provide additional traction on a soft or slippery surface)
When our feet are properly shod, we can stand strong against the enemy and keep ourselves from slipping. As Christians, we need to have the foundation we walk in to be solid and protective. The good news is Jesus has already prepared that for us. Having peace with God and peace in God is an unshakable foundation from which we can defend ourselves and stay standing strong.
The gospel of peace has already been accomplished and already prepared for us, we just have to walk in it. God has *peace for us that is beyond our understanding* (Philippians 4:7). It is not that we can’t imagine having peace; it’s just that we can’t imagine having that kind of peace in the midst of the things we experience here on earth.
The enemy wants to steal our peace and keep us stirred up, anxious, fearful, upset, and always in a stance of waiting for something terrible to happen at any minute. The enemy wants us to be unable to forget the terrible things that occurred in the past and instead remember them as though they happened yesterday. God has healing for upsetting memories. It’s not that He gives us amnesia. We still remember that it happened, but not incessantly and not with the same bitterness, pain and torture. Peace is more than just having a good night’s sleep – although many people would think even that to be a miracle – but it is peace in every part of your being all the time. It is a place you live because of the *One who lives in you is greater than the one who lives in your enemies*.
I want you to know this morning that Jesus has made it possible for us to have the peace that passes all understanding, the kind that carries us, stabilizes us, grounds us, and keeps us from slipping.
Let’s thank the Lord Jesus, that we have peace that’s beyond human understanding because of what He accomplished on the cross for us.
May God help us to stand secure with our feet protected by the good news that Jesus have already prepared and secured for us. May we be able to stand strong and walk forward against the enemy and take back territory he has stolen from us all in Jesus name. Amen.
Good morning and have a blessed day.
By Otunba (Dr.) Adebayo Odunowo