I see the sour look on her face, she is clearly a person to be reckoned with. I don’t want to face her on the wrong side of an argument! She is known for her sharp tongue, crass words and insensitive remarks. She’s also the first one to shout out “Amen!” during a sermon when the pastor makes a strong point…and you know she isn’t thinking of herself for conviction…her mind is on someone else. She has something to complain about whenever I try having a conversation with her…I begin to avoid her because I have enough problems of my own…and I always leave the conversation with her feeling prickly. She’s always finding fault with someone…the pastor didn’t say anything to her, again. The worship leader didn’t sing the right songs. The new mom didn’t say ‘thank-you’ for the gift. And so on it goes. This is someone who has forgotten her armor. She is not walking in peace. Do you know How To Wear Your Armor Like A Warrior Princess?
What would you think if you saw a police officer wearing flipflops? Or heels? Not the wisest choice for footwear. Proper footwear is required in order for an officer to be prepared for engaging a criminal. The same goes for us. We need the proper footwear in order to stand against our enemy.
These heels are gorgeous, but they are not good for battle. They don’t give sure footing or good protection. When we are not walking victory, we are not shodding our feet with the gospel of peace. When we are not walking in the spirit, we are wearing improper footwear.
We need to be prepared with the proper footwear to stand firm in!! Most shoes will not allow us to stand firm – at least not for long! Choose your footwear wisely!
Battle Ready Warrior Princess
These boots have seen war; they have been on the front lines of battle. They are familiar with the battleground.
The Roman soldier’s footwear had these spikes in the bottoms – I believe they were 3-6 inches in length. The purpose for them was twofold.
One reason was to help maintain secure footing. When the enemy comes pushing around, God’s soldier remains steadfast in her footing. The enemy knows that if he can knock us down, we are useless for fighting this war. We must remain grounded in the word of God, just like those spiked shoes. Dig deep, sister!
The other reason for the spikes was for offensive purposes. Those spikes could deliver a deadly blow to the enemy. We need some sturdy, lethal boots that will crush our enemy! The God of peace will soon crush Satan underneath our feet! Are you ready to do some crushing? Then you better tighten up those laces!
Those boots above aren’t pretty, though, are they? Just because we are in battle doesn’t mean we can’t have armour that suits our personality. This is how I imagine my footwear in spiritual battle:
Where Can I Get Those Shoes?
So, you know that we need proper footwear for battle. But what on earth does it even mean to ‘shod’ my feet with the gospel of peace? What does that word even mean? The word shod means equipped. The word equip gives a different idea than simply ‘put on your shoes’, doesn’t it? There is more intentionality. There is more purpose.
To shod, or equip, your feet means several things. It means that we are prepared for battle. This is not the time to be lackadaisical.
Be prepared by studying and knowing God’s word.
Be prepared by praying without ceasing.
Be prepared by listening to sound doctrine.
Be prepared by walking in the spirit.
Which brings us to our next question. How exactly does one walk in the spirit? How do you know if you are?
Walking in the spirit means that you are relying on God’s spirit to lead and guide you. A closer look at the fruits of the spirit will help to answer that question as well. “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.” Galatians 5:22-23
And you can just tell when someone is walking in the spirit, can’t you? They are full of joy, peace and thankfulness. They have a look of content on their face. They try and find the good in everything and everyone. A spirit-filled woman is not like our friend described above, is she? If you are struggling with bitterness, rage, anger, a spirit of unforgiveness, a spirit of complaining…or anything else like that, I strongly suggest you go and speak with your pastor and possibly a good, Christian counselor.
If you are struggling with bitterness, rage, anger, a spirit of unforgiveness, a spirit of complaining…or anything else like that, I strongly suggest you go and speak with your pastor and possibly a good, Christian counselor.
A woman who has her feet shod with the gospel of peace offers peace to others. She does not bicker or create division. If she feels offended by someone, she is quick to forgive, recognizing the truth that the other person likely has no idea she has offended her. She offers grace and love. She demonstrates the love of Christ. She goes out and shares the gospel of Jesus, His life-saving grace with other people. This is a warrior princess in action. This is her waging war…by sharing the beauty of Christ shining through her. She is mighty and beautiful!
The shoes of the gospel of peace are an essential piece of our armour. We must be careful where we tread and we need to always walk in the spirit. When we walk in His spirit, we are prepared for battle. What do you have on your feet? Are you ready for battle?
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