Footwear is designed with a purpose in mind. You don’t wear snow shoes to the beach, and you wouldn’t wear sandals in the snow. The same goes for a soldier preparing for battle. Combat boots are specifically designed to provide protection and stability. They’re strong and sturdy and yet they’re flexible enough for rugged terrain. They’ve got to be made of waterproof leather if you want them to withstand water and rocks.
Likewise, soldiers of faith must be ready for combat with the right pair of shoes. The right pair of shoes in this case is the gospel of peace. The Bible tells us to stand firm with our feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace. The apostle Paul is telling us here to stand firm in our faith. Stand firm in the face of affliction. Don’t waiver when you’re tested and tried. Don’t run when you’re standing alone. Don’t give up when the going is tough. Stand firm and fight.
We find an example of this unwavering faith in Genesis 15. The Bible tells us that Abraham believed God against all hope.
Yet he [Abraham] did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God. – Romans 4:20
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When you’re feeling doubtful, give glory to God. When you’re feeling afraid, give glory to God. When you’re feeling discouraged give glory to God. Don’t let your circumstances dictate the strength of your faith.
Read Genesis 15 to find the story of Abraham’s unwavering faith.
Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; and your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace. (Ephesians 6:14-15, NIV)
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Darlene Schacht and her husband Michael live in Manitoba Canada where the summers are beautiful and the winters are cold. Together they’ve come to learn that relationships aren’t always easy, but that marriage, the way God intended it to be, is a treasure worth fighting for.
She began her publishing journey about twelve years ago when she pioneered one of the first online magazines for Christian women, known at the time as “Christian Women Online Magazine.” After three years, Darlene left CWO to blog as a solo author at Time-Warp Wife Ministries.
It was also during this transition that she worked alongside actress Candace Cameron Bure to write the NYT Best-Selling book, Reshaping it All: Motivation for Spiritual and Physical Fitness. Reshaping it All was the winner of both the 2011 USA Best Book Awards and the 2012 Christian Reading Retailers Choice Awards.
Author of more than 15 books, Darlene continues to write and to minister to her readers through her blog at TimeWarpWife.com.
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