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Boots of Peace - Preparing Ground

Boots of peace – Preparing Ground

gospel-of-peace-boots-of-peace--preparing-groundWhat is known as the Boots of Peace or otherwise known as the Sandals of Peace, is actually in the King James Version of the Bible as having your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace.

So in my mind, that means that whatever footwear type we choose to adhere to for a mental image doesn’t matter, so long as we understand why we equip ourselves with this and what exactly the characteristics behind this particular piece of the Whole Armor of God is.

Staying true to form in comparison to the previous pages about the Belt of Truth and the Breastplate of Righteousness, we’ll take a look at the particular scriptures involved. Notice that I’m removing them as we go so that we can stay focused on the piece at hand. We started in the first post about the Whole Armor of God on verse 11. Here, we’ll pick it up with verse 15.

Ephesians 6:15-18 King James Bible

15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: 18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;

What are the Boots of Peace?what-are-the-boots-of-peace-boots-of-peace--preparing-ground

I guess the best way to start off would be to recognize that this doesn’t mean that by equipping ourselves with this particular piece of spiritual Armor, we all of a sudden become peaceful. In fact, I’d say it’s just the opposite. To answer your question, no, I haven’t lost my mind. Please allow me to explain why I would say that the Boots of Peace are not peaceful.

Bear with me for a moment and read this lesson that the Lord Jesus gave while preaching to a multitude standing on the shore while he was in a ship. Here is the parable that he gave in the first part of Matthew 13.  Then, we’ll skip to the explanation that he gives later on in the chapter.

Matthew 13

3 And he spake many things unto them in parables, saying, Behold, a sower went forth to sow; 4 And when he sowed, some seeds fell by the way side, and the fowls came and devoured them up: 5 Some fell upon stony places, where they had not much earth: and forthwith they sprung up, because they had no deepness of earth:

6 And when the sun was up, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away. 7 And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprung up, and choked them: 8 But other fell into good ground, and brought forth fruit, some an hundred fold, some sixty fold, some thirty fold. 9 Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.

There is the parable. Here is the interpretation that he gives to his disciples:

18 Hear ye therefore the parable of the sower.good-ground-boots-of-peace--preparing-ground

19 When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the way side.

20 But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that heareth the word, and anon with joy receiveth it; 21 Yet hath he not root in himself, but endureth for a while: for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is offended.

22 He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful.

23 But he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word, and understandeth it; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.

Alright

So you may be wondering where I’m going with this parable given by the Lord, and where it fits into explaining why the Boots of Peace are not something peaceful. There are many different things that are focused on in that parable. He speaks of the different types of ground, the seed, hearts, the enemy, cares and persecution, etc..

What I’d like to focus on would be the good ground. Now if you’ve ever planted a garden, or perhaps work on a farm, or anything that has to do with planting something you want to grow into the dirt, you’ll know first hand that the condition of the ground will greatly impact the growth of what you planted. And if you intend to plant in an area that doesn’t have good soil, you’ve got some work to do.

This is especially true if you have a large area that you need to work on, and make the area just right with the proper soil conditions for planting. I’ve had to go through that (recently to be honest) and I can tell you that there’s nothing peaceful about it. Preparing the ground can be hard work to make it fit to properly receive a seed. But after the ground is prepared, and you’ve planted your seed, that soil which you worked hard to prepare winds up doing all of the growing work for you, all left to do is to make sure there’s no weeds and keep it wet till harvest.

Twice in that paragraph I used the words preparing and prepared deliberately, because that is the goal of the Boots of Peace. It is PREPARATION of the GOSPEL of peace. In the parable above, the seed grew in the “Good Ground”, the ground that was equipped with all the right stuff to make a seed grow. Ground that had been prepared for the gospel of peace, and to bear fruit. Some thirty, some sixty, some one hundred fold.

So let’s take that lesson about preparing the ground for seed, and place it directly on our feet! When we walk having equipped ourselves with the Whole Armor of God, and having on the Boots of the Preparation of the Gospel of Peace, we prepare everywhere we go for the seed to be planted. Wherever we find ourselves standing becomes ground fit for the Word of Truth to be spoken or proclaimed. Standing on ground fit for the Gospel.

Stop and think for a minute about the gravity behind that thought. With all of the strongholds that the enemy has erected to keep the things of God out, it can be eradicated by a believer wearing his armor and knowing full well about his authority in Christ Jesus. Remember what Paul says in Romans 10.

Romans 10:

15 And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!

Isn’t it ironic that we’ve got a correlation between feet and the gospel of peace, glad tidings, good things? It’s not the feet doing the preaching, but it’s the feet that get you there. And with the Boots of the Preparation of the Gospel of Peace, the ground in which you stand is prepared to receive the seed that the Lord has given us to share and spread.

This piece of the Whole Armor of God is to prepare the ground which we take a stand on, but it does not actually spread the gospel of peace, but is “preparation” of the gospel. Where do we get the gospel? Well, from the Word of God. What is the Word of God referred to? It’s referred to a two-edged sword. We’ll be covering that in a page following the Helmet of Salvation. But as far as the weapons of our warfare goes and the Whole Armor of God, the Sword of the Spirit is the medium used to actually bring the gospel of peace into play, not the Boots. I just wanted to make sure to point that out.

Psalm 119:

105 Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.

Where we are so Far

So far we’ve learned that we put on Jesus in the Belt of Truth. Then we found out that we wear God’s Righteousness in the Breastplate, not our own. Now we learn that the Boots of Peace aren’t meant to be peaceful, but to prepare the way and establish the ground for the good news to be preached and to cause those around to better receive the word (or seed), which needs to find good ground so it prospers and yields fruit. The peace end of the Gospel of Peace is the fruit bearing. Getting there has nothing to do with peace. As Jesus said:

the-violent-take-it-by-force-boots-of-peace--preparing-groundMatthew 11:

12 And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force.

That is the terrain that we walk upon while traversing across this world. That is the environment that the Boots of the preparation of the Gospel of Peace are designed by the Lord to nullify and reverse. They are also a terror to the wickedness of this world. The following verses describe the attention that the Bible gives to one’s feet as correlating with the topic at hand.

Psalms 91

13 Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder: the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet. 14 Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name.

Isaiah 52:

7 How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace; that bringeth good tidings of good, that publisheth salvation; that saith unto Zion, Thy God reigneth!

Habakkuk 3:

19 The Lord God is my strength, and he will make my feet like hinds’ feet, and he will make me to walk upon mine high places. To the chief singer on my stringed instruments.

Malachi 4:

2 But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall. 3 And ye shall tread down the wicked; for they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet in the day that I shall do this, saith the Lord of hosts.

Mark 6:

11 And whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear you, when ye depart thence, shake off the dust under your feet for a testimony against them. Verily I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for Sodom and Gomorrah in the day of judgment, than for that city.

Luke 1:

78 Through the tender mercy of our God; whereby the day-spring from on high hath visited us, 79 To give light to them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.

Romans 16:

20 And the God of peace shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen.

Conclusion

To conclude this look into the Boots of Peace, I’d just like to point out that faith has a huge impact on the effectiveness of each of these pieces of the Whole Armor of God. Things aren’t always visibly effected by what we are doing in the spirit. Often, it takes time to make a noticeable impact in the physical, while waging our spiritual warfare. But we do not walk by the things we can see, but by the things that we don’t.

Jesus is coming soon folks. We need to be found working and not sleeping. Not only has the Father given us a job to do, but has also fashioned equipment by which we can get the task done. Run until the race is through!!

The Bible teaches this in many places. We walk by faith, not by sight. Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. We are save by grace through faith, not by works, lest any man should boast. There are many others.

boots-of-peace-boots-of-peace--preparing-groundIf anything in through this study, I pray that you allow these different attributes and descriptions to form a picture in your heart, that will cause to strengthen your faith as you traverse throughout this world as an ambassador of Christ. He’s given us these weapons for us to use and understand.

Hey speaking of faith, the next topic in this study will be the Shield of Faith! Use the navigation links that are posted below to either go on to the Shield of Faith page, or maybe back track to see what you may have missed!

 

Whole Armor of God Study Navigation

These links are lined up in the Biblical order given for each piece of God’s Armor, and as I try to stay somewhat consistent with these pages, the order that these pages were completed are in the same pattern.

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