Christian Short Stories

If The Shoe Fits
By Michael Cochran

I'm 57 years old and have written for over 30 years as I believe I'm given an inspiring word to share. I'm presently working on my Masters in Biblical Studies and have been accepted into the Theology Doctoral Program. My desire is to share my writings in hopes of encouraging others in the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. I hope as I finish my post graduate work that I will be able to continue writing in the field Bible CourseCurriculum. I have seven grandchildren who are certainly God's blessing and promise as my hair turns a little more every day.

Ephesians 6: 13-15. "Therefore, put on every piece of God's armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm. Stand your ground, putting on the belt of truth and the body armor of God's righteousness. For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared."

The Gospel of Peace is the Good News that Jesus has put a whipping on the forces of darkness, on the demons and Hell and on Satan himself. He has made a public spectacle of them triumphing over them at the cross.

What is the significance of this as we engage in battle? We have a readiness, a sure footedness and a preparedness that comes from knowing that the battle is already won. It is the confidence that we have in battle knowing the Gospel or Good News that our King Jesus has already defeated our enemy.

Why is peace important when we are in battle?

So, as we put on the shoes of peace we can stand on them wherever we are called to go to enforce the victory Christ has won for us.

Romans 10:15 says, "And how will anyone go and tell them without being sent? That is why the Scriptures say, "How beautiful are the feet of messengers who bring good news."

Without peace to stand on we have only worry and doubt and lose all our effectiveness in the battle. God will never be moved by doubt, because He is only moved by faith.

Hebrews 11:6 reads, "And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him."

When you know that you've already won - nothing else matters!

You will have His peace that transcends every situation and circumstance knowing that the End result is "Triumphant Victory!"

2 Corinthians 2:14 states, "But thank God! He has made us His captives and continues to lead us along in Christ's triumphal procession. Now he uses us to spread the knowledge of Christ everywhere, like a sweet perfume."

So, how do we get the Good News of Peace in the midst of a War with many battles?

"You must put on the Good News of Peace by FAITH!"

(© 2011 Michael Cochran – All rights reserved. Written material may not be duplicated without permission.)

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