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Today's word with Dr. Bruce Chesser.
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The third piece of equipment mentioned in the armor of God (Ephesians 6) is the footwear. Paul wrote, “and your feet sandaled with readiness for the gospel of peace.”  What is that all about?
 
When I think of sandals, I think of something you would wear in the summer to the beach. Think more in terms of something that looked like a boot. The sole was very thick with many layers of leather, and they were embedded with nails or pieces of metal to allow traction on wet or muddy ground. It would be very similar to a pair of cleats that an athlete would wear today. The heel of the boot and the toe were usually opened, but the rest were closed. Thick pieces of leather would wrap around the lower leg up the shin and calf. It would be tied together just below the knee. If you think about what a baseball catcher wears with the shin guards over the cleats, you would have a pretty good mental image.
 
What does this footwear do for us spiritually?
 
It keeps us stable. If we are not careful, we will continuously be falling, slipping down. It is easy to happen to us. We get caught up in what the world is doing. We begin to think as the world thinks. We forget that God is on His throne and that He is sovereign, and we can trust Him. Having our feet sandaled with readiness for the “gospel of peace” provides us with stability. Three times Paul tells us to “stand.” One translation says, “stand firm.” Keep your footing. Don’t slip up.
 
It also supports us as we walk. Interestingly, if you study the Roman military, the soldiers were never designed to turn their backs (there is no protection for the back). The soldiers were never intended to run. They would faithfully and consistently march forward. These Roman soldiers would often join together and form a battering ram as they moved through the enemy. It is a good reminder that there is no retreat and that we need each other to be the army of God. 
 
Onward, Christian soldiers!
 
Here is a word from the Word:
 
“Finally, be strengthened by the Lord and His vast strength. Put on the full armor of God so that you can stand against the tactics of the Devil. For our battle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers against the authorities, against the world powers of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavens. This is why you must take up the full armor of God, so that you may be able to resist in the evil day and having prepared everything to take your stand. Stand, therefore, with truth like a belt around your waist, righteousness like armor on your chest, and your feet sandaled with readiness for the gospel of peace. In every situation, take the shield of faith, and with it you will be able to extinguish the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is God’s Word.” (Ephesians 6:10-17)
 
Have a great Friday!
 
Bruce
 
One Heart Bible Reading Plan: Joshua 22
Saturday: Psalm 86
Sunday: Galatians 5
 
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