All competitive athletes know the importance of a good pair of shoes which have to be fitted to your feet. If not, you will not have the firmness and foundation to compete. Inside the shoe, your shoe has to operate as if it is a part of your foot. There cannot be any slips or additional movement. Blisters developed severely handicaps the ability to compete no matter how tough you are. The competitor must have confidence that the soles of the shoes will grip the surface without extra movement when the athlete pivots, changes direction, attempts to block or tackle or prepare to jump. The shoe must be built sturdy and with comfort in mind. As the battle wears on, your feet cannot get tired. For a soldier or any competitor, the athlete or soldier must be prepared with the right shoes.
Paul states this clearly when he instructs the Christian to prepare for spiritual warfare in Ephesians 6:15, the soldier’s “feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.” The competitor must have the right shoes well fitted to compete. A slip here, a stumble there, or a blister developed, and the soldier becomes susceptible to injury or death. These shoes must be firm yet give the soldier agility. The Roman soldiers were trained to prepare for a battle with the right shoes. His shoes must protect and equip. Actually, the soldier wore sandals strapped over the instep and around the ankle, and the soles were thickly studded with nails. This gave him a firm footing when attacked.
Paul states that the “gospel of peace” gives us firm footing for spiritual battle. The following two biblical verses are fundamental to warfare:
- Romans 1:16-17, “16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes… 17 For in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed—a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: “The righteous will live by faith.”
- John 16:33, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble (spiritual warfare). But take heart (don’t give up or in)! I have overcome the world.”
Additional great news of the “gospel of peace” is that the devil and his demons are already defeated. Colossians 2:13-15, “God has made (the Christian soldier)alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, 14 having canceled the charge of our legal indebtedness, which stood against us and condemned us; he has taken it away, nailing it to the cross. 15 And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.”
If the Christian soldier is prepared daily by faith with “the gospel of peace” as his footing, he wins!