ARE YOU WALKING IN PEACE?
One piece of our military vestment, as a member of God’s heavenly host, is to have our “feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace” Ephesians 6:15.
We may be walking in the “path of righteousness” (Proverbs 12:28), but if we don’t have our “feet shod” properly, we could be walking on the right path, but lacking the peace which follows the gospel. Notice that in the passage of scripture above, the word “peace” follows “gospel,” the “gospel of peace.”
I am not just referring to the fact that Jesus died on the cross to pay the penalty for our sins, and all who confess Jesus as Lord are saved. That is the best part of the gospel, but that is not the “full gospel;” that is not all there is to the gospel.
The gospel spans from Genesis to Revelation, for Christ was “slain from the foundation of the world.” (Revelation 13:8 – *Jesus, the Lamb of God, was slain from the foundation of the world, because there is no time with God; He always was slain for all souls who believe, even those who believed the prophesies of His death before He was slain.) It is actually impossible to have a full grasp on the New Testament gospel, without having a good knowledge of the Old Testament gospel, because Christ “came not to destroy the law, but to fulfill it” (Matthew 5:17).
Knowing God’s Word, the gospel, precedes peace.
For example, if you perhaps have suffered some type of offense and that offense is making you absolutely miserable, it is imperative to know:
“Those who love Your Law have great peace, and nothing shall offend them” Psalms 119:165.
If you are miserable, learn God’s Word (His Law), because knowing it will give you peace.
Without knowing what God has to say about peace, you might not have peace.
You might also not realize, without knowing the Word of God very well, that the saints of God are not called to be doormats, which will also rob us of our peace.
If people, perhaps even family members, are bringing their calamity into your life because of their sins, and they refuse to repent, or do the right thing to get in right standing with God, we are not obligated to allow them to heap their burdens upon us, or bring their sin into our homes, or to suffer for their sins; Christ already did that for them, if they will receive Him!
In fact, it isn’t God’s will for us to be vexed by the ungodly, or suffer calamity because of the sins of others, or suffer lack of peace, because others refuse to repent, or get in line with God’s will, so they too can be blessed. If we have our “feet shod with the gospel of peace,” then we already know what the scriptures say about these things, and we can hold on to our peace and refuse to receive the wrath of God intended for others.
The Word of God tells us about those who are,
“Traitors, heady, high-minded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God, having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof (the power to live holy), from such turn away” 2 Timothy 3:4-5.
There are times, saints of God, when we have to make a decision about some folks, and after having done all we can do to get them to repent and get them on the right path, if they refuse, we are at liberty to “turn away from such;” lest they take advantage of us, rob us of our peace, and even bring the wrath of God down on us, that should only be falling upon those who are rebellious and disobedient.
Another passage of scripture that will help you make the right decision about some people who bring sin and havoc into your life is the following passage of scripture:
“Be not deceived, evil communications corrupt good manners” 1 Corinthians 15:33.
If we are in the company of those who live in sin, we are going to become vexed, our peace will leave us, and we might even be living close enough to them to have God’s wrath fall down on us, which was only intended for those who are sinning against God.
There are times when we can’t avoid living with sinners, and that would apply to our spouses and our children. We can’t cast off our spouse, or our children, but if we pray and look to the Lord for help, He understands, and He will provide the peace we need in situations when we can’t avoid being around those who sin.
The Word of God tells us that an unbelieving spouse is sanctified (not saved, but sanctified to partake of the relationship) by the believing spouse (1 Corinthians 7:14), because they are “one flesh” (Ephesians 5:31); so, God will give you the grace to be an example to them and He will sustain you in that relationship.
If we raise our children in the admonition of the Lord, we shouldn’t have to suffer ill characters in them; but for those who didn’t, or the children went astray, God will give you the grace to deal with them, as you fast and pray for their souls to be saved.
Peace follows knowing the gospel, so for those of us who want the “peace of God, which surpasses all understanding” (Philippians 4:7), we need to feast on God’s Word day and night:
“The law of the Lord is his delight and he meditates on His law day and night” Psalms 1:2.
Some very wealthy and famous people have committed suicide, because money and things cannot bring peace. Only God, who is His Word (John 1:1), and His salvation, can provide peace. What price can be placed on peace?
God bless you with the Gospel of Peace.
Hundreds of Bible prophecies have been fulfilled and those remaining shall surely come to pass. Are you prepared to stand before God and give an account of the life you have lived on this earth (Revelation 20:12-15)? If not, salvation is only a prayer away. Please visit the How Can I Be Saved page – your eternal destiny depends on it. God bless you.
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