I hope you have been inspired after reading the previous devotionals on how you can overcome Satan’s temptations. I know all of us are at different points in a spiritual walk with Christ, but remember this, we can overcome anything Satan throws at us if we are willing to stand firm and fight.
Today I'm talking about “Getting your feet fitted” for the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. What does that mean you may be asking? Well, Paul is saying you need to be ready to fight. Another piece of the armor of God is the feet. Paul refers to the soldiers feet because you need the proper size sandals and they need to be securely laced to your body. Have you ever worn sandals that were too big or too small? If they are too big, the toe portion will get you tripped up. If they are too small, then you get blisters and can't walk. Here is what I like about the Roman soldiers sandals - they lace up so they can't fall off while fighting. Paul's analogy here with getting your feet fitted is really pretty interesting. It does go a little deeper, however. He mentions getting fitted for the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. That means you must be prepared before the battle even begins. Pray that God will prepare you for any possibilities that may come your way. The readiness that comes from the gospel of peace is being ready to proclaim the gospel. Have you asked God to prepare you to witness for Him?
The Shoes of Readiness
I want to ask you a few other questions if you don't mind. When is the last time you have shared Christ with someone? Have you ever asked God to send someone to you? Have you ever had the opportunity but did not take it because of a certain reason? Do you even care about leading anyone to Christ? You may be saying, OK Eric, shut up! :) Well, I'm not just talking to you. I'm talking to myself as well. These are tough questions to answer but if we’re honest, we can answer them.
Being ready for battle means you have to be willing to go to war. Are you the type of person that just wants to wear the Christian uniform? Or do you really want to help yourself and others win the war for Christ? One thing I do know about battles is that if you have enough trained men that are armed, you will overcome that enemy.
Paul was the perfect example of a well-armed warrior for Christ. He knew what it took to overcome the powers of Satan. Not only are you getting yourself ready for war by studying the word, but you’re building your army around you when you are in need of help.
In 1 Timothy it says, “I urge, then, first of all, that request, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for everyone. This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.”
Lets lace up, and pray up.