Wearing His Peace
Many years ago it was a spiritual highlight of my life to spend some time in the 500 year old home of Martin Luther. On the wall of his study was the faint stain of an inkwell that smashed and spilled ink. God was mightily using Luther and he was so aware of Satan and his opposition that he angrily threw the inkwell at him. A verse of "A Mighty Fortress” captures the moment as it begins with “the prince of darkness….”
The verse that reminds us of the spiritual dump we live in and walk in each day. Before we ever go out onto the twisted deadly pieces of evil out there to get us we need to remember the conflict we are in and strap on our SHOES OF PEACE. Listen to Luther and the peace God brings:
· A mighty fortress is our God,
A bulwark never failing;
Our helper He amid the flood
Of mortal ills prevailing;
For still our ancient foe
Doth seek to work us woe;
His craft and pow'r are great,
And armed with cruel hate,
On earth is not His equal
· Did we in our own strength confide,
Our striving would be losing;
Were not the right Man on our side,
The Man of God"s own choosing;
Dost ask who that may be?
Christ Jesus, it is He;
Lord Sabboth, His name,
From age to age the same,
And He must win the battle.
· And tho’ this world, with devils filled,
Should threaten to undo us,
We will not fear, for God hath willed
His truth to triumph thro’ us;
The prince of Darkness grim,
We tremble not for him;
His rage we can endure,
For lo, his doom is sure,
One little word shall fell him.
· That word above all earthly pow’rs,
No thanks to them, abideth;
The Spirit and the gifts are ours Thro’
Him who with us sideth:
Let goods and kindred go,
This mortal life also;
The body they may kill:
God’s truth abideth still,
His kingdom is forever.
So Luther realized what we also experience so much. Satan, his demons, and the world around us all seek to activate our fallen flesh so that we are robbed of God's peace in our lives. We need to WEAR His Peace because of the enemy we face! Remember - Our enemy Satan opposes everything God does. For example:
SATAN is lies (John 8:44; 2 Cor. 4:3,4) 2 Corinthians 4:3-4 But even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing,4 whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them.
2. JESUS GIVES LIFE (John 5:24) John 5:24 “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death into life.
SATAN gives death (John 8:44; Heb. 2:14) Hebrews 2:14 Inasmuch then as the children have partaken of flesh and blood, He Himself likewise shared in the same, that through death He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil,
3. JESUS PRODUCES SPIRITUAL FRUIT (Gal 5:22,23) Galatians 5:22-23 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,23 gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.
SATAN PRODUCES FLESHLY FRUIT (Gal 5:19-21)
Galatians 5:19-21Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness,20 idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies,21 envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.
4. JESUS MATURES (James 1:2-4) James 1:2-4 My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials,3 knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience.4 But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.
6. JESUS DEFENDS US (1 John 2:1) 1 John 2:1 My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.
SATAN ACCUSES US (Rev. 12:10) Revelation 12:10 Then I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, “Now salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren, who accused them before our God day and night, has been cast down.
Please turn to the Old Testament book of Isaiah chapter 48:
- Isaiah 48:18 O that thou hadst hearkened to my commandments! then had thy peace been as a river, and thy righteousness as the waves of the sea: (KJV)
- Isaiah 48:22 There is no peace, saith the LORD, unto the wicked. (KJV)
Peace is a choice
Now back to Ephesians 6. Armor for Paul was more than pictures from daily life of the nearly omnipresent Roman Legionaires. Very literally, the “whole armor of God” he describes is a picture of Jesus Christ. In verses 14-17 is a list of the combat equipment that the Holy Spirit issues to every believer at the moment of salvation.
In the truest way, when we trusted Christ, we received Him as our armor. Paul told the Romans “put on the Lord Jesus Christ” (Rom. 13:14). By faith, put on the armor and trust God for the victory. Once and for all, we have put on the armor at the moment of salvation. But there must be a daily renewal.
What are the shoes of peace?
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