Shoes of Readiness

Have you put on your shoes of readiness today?

Did you know that these shoes are given as part of the armor of God to be worn in our fight  against evil?

“as shoes for your feet, having PUT ON the readiness given by the gospel of peace” (Eph.6:15).

What is it about this piece of armor that stands against evil?

Shoes….they are put on my feet, they cover my feet.

Feet…interesting flesh structures  that extend out from the bottom of our legs, enabling us to walk or run with balance.

How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news, who publishes peace, who brings good news of happiness, who publishes salvation, who says to Zion, “your God reigns” (Is.52:7).

How are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!”(Rom.10:15).

Am I “walking in the shoes of my miracle maker?”

Could it be that these shoes are intended to walk all over the enemy with the power of the gospel? And could it be that unless our feet are fitted in the shoes of readiness we would be found standing  like cast iron guards in front of an old castle? Lifeless, Stagnant, stoic, unmovable and void of the power of the risen Savior?

No wonder we are losing the battle against sin and unbelief, we have forgotten our shoes and forgotten how to walk with them on.

What do you think?

I have been studying my way through the book of Acts and my soul is being poked and prodded and moved to ask for the more that Jesus spoke of in John 14:12-13.

I have been leveled to my knees, challenged in my soul as to what I actually believe about the saving POWER of Christ.

Where are my shoes?

Listen to this account of Philip from Acts 8:4-8

“Now those who were scattered went about preaching the Word. Philip WENT DOWN (he must have used his feet) to the city of Samaria and proclaimed to them the Christ. And the crowds with one accord paid attention to what was being said by Philip when they heard him and saw the signs that he did. For unclean spirits, crying out with a loud voice, came out of MANY who had them, and many who were paralyzed or lame were healed. SO THERE WAS MUCH JOY IN THAT CITY.” 

“Shoes of readiness” are a threat to the power of darkness; they are only one piece of the armour, but they are vital to my engagement in war against the enemy, they carry news of salvation.

Are you suited up?

The Word says that our readiness is “given by the gospel of peace.”

Are you prepared by the gospel of Jesus?

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As I write today I am listening to Kim Walker-Smith’s arrangement of “Miracle Maker” (from Jesus Cultures’ new album “Still Believe”) I am overwhelmed with a sense of urgency that we as professing Jesus lovers are running out of time to “preach” the gospel freely; and I am greatly burdened for those who are dabbling with sin, being led away by the lust of the flesh and falling into the arms of the spirit of deception.

O forgive me if I sound preachy, my heart today is wrecked, just wrecked with awakening to the more of WHO God is! Do I really believe in His power? Do I really believe He will do all that He says He will? And will my feet do something as a result of this encounter?

O dear reader, whoever you are, will you ask Him today to suit you up with readiness? Will you ask Him to transform and heal and empower your life with the POWER of Jesus Christ within you? Please don’t put Him off….He is more, so much more than any of us have ever encountered, so much more.

O resurrected Jesus, In YOUR NAME transform the church, raise her up and fit her with the shoes of the gospel of peace.

God help us, fill us, empower us, take us deeper and higher and to places we’ve not seen. O Jesus rescue us from our chains of stagnant faith and breathe on us afresh; fill us Holy Spirit, and send us out, send us out, send us out!!

I say amen with a head and heart bowed in great brokeness , and bowed in hope and expectation of so much more from my Savior Jesus.

‘ “For EVERYONE who calls on the name of the Lord WILL BE SAVED. How then will they call on Him whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how they to hear without someone preaching? And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!” ‘ (Rom. 10:13-15).

 

p.s  If you want to listen to an unbelievable song, untube “Still Believe” by Kim Walker-Smith

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A Dog and His Wound

Dogs are interesting creatures…

They return to their vomit,

They eat horse road apples,

And they lick their wounds.

Yuck, yuck and yuck!

It’s easy for me to sit here and write about a creature and his disgusting mouth habits,

But it is not easy when similarity is discovered between the dog and the human.

Like licking wounds for example: I admit it, at times I give into the temptation of sitting in a darkened corner hovering over my wound ( or weaknesses) like a dog does his.

It’s shameful really.

The whole act represents acceptance of demonic influence to lead me away from truth.

Self- pity is a demon clothed in enticement and charm.

Like a snake it seduces me to myself, calling out false messages to be believed; Manipulating emotions that render me useless, self-absorbed and weakened to the power of truth that heals.

Hmm..

Maybe a wound licking dog is also similar to a sulking toddler?

Does this mean that this behavior makes me childish? Unable to grow up into truth because yesterdays wounds/ailments/problems/weaknesses are still being fostered today?

Probably..

A dog cannot leave his wound alone, that’s why some dogs wear the “cone of shame” (for some particular ailments) to keep them from preventing their own healing; Even the canine needs aid against his own flesh!

A question now emerges for me…

Is self-pity a weapon against grace?

I am answering that question with the word’s of the Lord Jesus: “My grace is SUFFICIENT for you, for my power is made PERFECT in weakness” (2 Cor. 12:9). 

How about you?

What does your self-pity consist of?

-Unforgiveness? Do you need to extend grace to someone who has wounded you deeply? Do you need to learn to love them through and by the power of Christ and start again?

-Are you fostering ANY pain from the past (licking your wounds)? 

-Does your self-pity consist of a mountain made of “grains of sand?”

-Are you self-absorbed?

If I can quit the “licking” so can you, the same grace that is offered to me is offered to you.

Growing up into maturity in Jesus means leaving infant, sulking ways behind; And ultimately even yourself with your greatest weaknesses.

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Do we really believe that “I CAN DO ALL THINGS THROUGH HIM WHO STRENGTHENS ME” ???(Phil. 4:13).