Jr. Tree of Life          01/16/2022

 

The Armor of God – Part 3

Boots or Shoes of the Gospel of Peace

 

Eternity Past, Age of Gentiles, Age of Israel, Hypostatic Union, Church Age, Tribulation, Millennium, Eternal Future

 

Before you begin this Bible study, if you have never believed in Jesus Christ as your Savior, John 3:16 tells us: “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him, shall not perish, but have eternal life.” Simply have faith that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins and you will have eternal life and be saved. If you have believed in Jesus Christ as your Savior, then 1 John 1:9 tells us: “If you confess your sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” Simply privately tell God the Father your sins to be filled with God the Holy Spirit and He will teach you Bible truth. (Rebound)

Promise-Memory Verse

“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. Put on the full armor of God,

so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil.” Ephesians 6:10-11

In the last couple of weeks, we learned that you are in God’s army. He gives you the gift of invisible armor to protect you. The belt of truth means that you try to learn God’s Word daily so that you can tell the difference between a lie from Satan and the truth from God.

The breastplate of righteousness hooks into the belt of truth.

They work together against Satan and his minions. God shares His perfect righteousness with you. It has to be charged up like a cell phone to work. To turn it on, you need to rebound, which is to tell God the Father the wrong things you think, do, or say. This accesses God’s power.

The Apostle Paul wrote much of the New Testament. He lived during the early part of the Church Age. Even though a lot of bad things happened to him, he didn’t blame other people for it for his problems. He never got mad at God or felt sorry for himself.

If he did something wrong, he rebounded right away.

When Satan was working hard to defeat him, the Apostle Paul tried to obey God all at all times. You can be like the Apostle Paul too, by choosing to do the right things, no matter what happens to you.

Next, we are going to talk about putting on the footwear of the gospel of peace.

“And having strapped on your feet the preparation of the gospel of peace” Ephesians 6:15

The shoes that the Roman soldiers wore were heavy sandals made of thick leather with spikes on the bottom that sort of looked like baseball cleats. With these shoes on, the soldiers were steady on their feet and could quickly defend himself against their enemies.

You wear shoes that keep you from cutting your feet on glass or stepping on a wasp. They protect your feet from the hot pavement on the road. In the winter time, they keep your feet from getting frostbitten.

God gives each one of us the shoes or boots of the gospel of peace. So, does that mean that once you put on these shoes there will magically be world peace? Does it mean that God wants you to start buying lots of shoes?

No, it means that the Lord Jesus Christ brought peace between us and God by paying for our sins on the cross. It’s  sort of like a giant wall that was between us and God got toppled to the ground.

It also means that we need to be prepared to always give the gospel to other people, at any time. Another name for the gospel is, good news. With the gospel of peace, shoes, or boots on, you will always be ready to witness to other people about the Lord Jesus Christ paying for their sins on the cross.

So, put on God’s armor! Complete the mission He has for you! Your life matters because you are in the Lord’s army!

Pamela Huffman 2021

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