4. THE SHOES OF THE GOSPEL OF PEACE
Area of Protection
The phrase "preparation of the gospel of peace" means "to be ready, or dressed in readiness," which was vital when a soldier had to dodge, stand or run in hand-to-hand combat with the enemy, His SHOES had metal cleats, which made him more sure-footed in battle.
FEET represent your walk with the Lord. Your 'walk' is the witness of your speech, your behaviour and your attitude. SHOD means to bind under or to tie up; i.e., to be ready to receive marching orders, Shoes were removed upon entering a house, and put on again when going out. GOSPEL is the good news that Jesus Christ was crucified for our sins, was raised from the dead, and has defeated the enemy. PEACE is freedom from strife------inner peace which comes from God though conflict with the enemy rages without. It is a walk founded in reconciliation.
Jesus, you are my peace. You have brought to my life wholeness and harmony with the Father. May Your peace sanctify me wholly-----body, soul and spirit.
I shod my feet with Your gospel, Your peace. I desire to walk today in a quiet, unquarrelsome manner. Thank you for keeping my feet from harm, and guiding my path.
My feet will not be moved from the gospel, for I am not ashamed of the good news. Your gospel is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes.
Because my feet are set securely in Your peace, I am ready to maneuver in any direction the Holy Spirit leads me. Keep me in a state of readiness so that I can boldly tread upon enemy territory to set the captives free from Satan's bondage.
1 Samuel 2:9
1 Thessalonians 5:23
5. THE SHIELD OF FAITH
Area of Protection
THE SHIELD, a defensive weapon, was usually carried on the left arm and was used to protect the entire body of a soldier. The surface was kept bright with oil, which relfected the sun to blind the enemy. It helped deflect the enemy's blows.
A SHIELD represents protection and security; our shield of faith works in cooperation with the other pieces of armor to quench the fiery darts of doubt, fear and unbelief, and to blind the enemy. The mind and the will control it's movements.
FAITH is simply believing, accepting and appropraiting what God has said. FAITH requires a total trust in the Lord Jesus in all things.
Lord Jesus, You are my shield of Faith. My self nature has been crucified with You, and the life I now live, I live by faith in You. I will resist the devil by being firm in that faith.
Thank you for being a shield unto me. I put my trust in You, choosing to walk by faith, not by sight or circumstances. I will speak words of faith and I will ask in faith without doubting.
Your Word is Your power. Thank you, Father, that you are alert and active, watching over Your Word to perform it. It protects me from the evil one because ..."It is written." The devil runs in terror from me because I draw near unto You and resist him in Jesus' name by lifting up this shield of faith which is annointed with the oil of Your Holy Spirit.
2 Corinthians 5:7
Hebrews 10:22; 11:1
James 1:6; 4:7
1 Peter 1:5, 5:9
1 John 5:10
6. THE HELMET OF SALVATION
Area of Protection
The HELMET was the armor worn by the soldier to protect hi head. It often bore insignia or ornaments identitying the army to which the soldier belonged.
The HELMET, the hope of salvation, guards your mind from the enemy's darts. Your mind directs the use of your shield and your sword and all movements of the body, thus it must be protected so that you can be an effective soldier.
Your mind is the battleground between the flesh and the spirit; a disciplined soldier will not yield to the flesh, but will be strong in spirit.
Jesus, yoy are my salvation. You have covered my head in the day of battle; You are my strength and song and You have become my Salvation.
I put my hope and trust in You. The helmet of hope shall be as a helmet of deliverance to me. You have set my mind free from the darts of the enemy.
Today I will renew my mind by the Word of God; I refuse to entertain the thoughts of doubt and unbelief the enemy would bring to me. I bring every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ. I will concentrate on those things which pertain to life and peace. All praise be unto You, the God of my Salvation!
Romans 8:6; 12:2
2 Corinthians 2:16; 10:5
1 Thessalonians 5:8
Titus 1:2; 3:7
1 Peter 1:13
THE SWORD OF THE SPIRIT
Area of Protection
The SWORD was both defensive and ofensive. It defended the soldier from the enemy's assault, and was used to wound or kill the enemy. It was wielded with the right arm, and was a symbol of power and authority.
The SWORD OF THE SPIRIT is the Word of God quickened and made alive by the Holy Spirit; the wielding of this sword is only effective when the other pieces of armor are in place.
The WORD comes from your mouth. The Word of God is your power and authority when quickened by the Holy Spirit. It will judge the thoughts and intents of your own heart, and of the heart of the one spoken to.
Lord Jesus, You are the Living Word. I go forth with praises in my mouth and a two-edged sword in my hand. Today I will confess your Word before men, and You will confess me before the Father in heaven. Your Words are true. Your Word is the foundation of the world. You are the joy and rejoicing o fmy heart because I have been called by your name, and therefore have the authority to use this weapon. I will to speak forth Your Word in power. Your Word abides in me and I in You.
Your Word is quick and powerful and sharper than any two-edged sword; it divides bewtween that which is spiritually or godly, and that which is soulish or of the flesh. Your Word is Your wisdom. The Holy Spirit will give me in the hour of need a mouth of wisdom which none of my opponents will be able to resist or refute.
Thank you, Lord Jesus, for giving me the provision of Your Word, my SWORD!
1 Samuel 17:54
1 Corinthians 1:30
Hebrews 1:3, 4:12
THE WHOLE ARMOR OF GOD
When the enemy attacks in these areas, refer to where the appropriate piece of armor is listed. Read the scriptures given and repeat the declaration.
FOR THESE ATTACKS PUT ON THE GIRDLE OF TRUTH
Lies against the character of God
Deception about who I am
Error as to the way I am going
FOR THESE ATTACKS PUT ON THE BREASTPLATE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS
Believing accusations from Satan
Puffed up with spiritual pride
FOR THESE ATTACKS--FEET SHOD WITH GOSPEL OF PEACE
Attacked by persecution or lies
Compromising the Word of God
Passive and Asleep
FOR THESE ATTACKS--SHIELD OF FAITH
Hit by a flaming missile of doubt, fear or unbelief
FOR THESE ATTACKS -- HELMET OF SALVATION
Having trouble with thoughts of guilt, condemnation, hatred towards others
Operating in the flesh and not the spirit
Remaining in darkness; unrenewed mind
FOR THESE ATTACKS--SWORD OF THE SPIRIT
Whispered words like "Hath God Said?"
Distortion of the Word of God
Word taken out of heart of the hearer
Listening to doctrines of demons