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Summary: How to stand against the devil

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TITLE: “Gospel Shoes of Peace"

INTRO: Tell a lot about a person by the shoes he wears

- Your shoes are making a statement about you.

- Cowboy boots - you’re saying you’re macho, mountain man

- Wingtip shoes - Accountant, Engineer

- Tassels - cool & hip

- Sandals - California

- No shoes - from southern California

SERIES: How to Dress for Success (Learning how to dress, spiritually speaking)

TEXT: Ephesians 6:15

(read)

REVIEW: Paul is under house arrest in Rome, chained to a Roman soldier and he is writing

this letter & describing the armor & giving an analogy of our spiritual armor that the

Lord provides us with.

-Romans were experts in warfare; they covered the world (mainly through hand to hand

combat)

-Soldiers knew a slip in close quarters meant certain doom.

-Roman military scientist came up with a helpful idea so their soldiers would not

slip.

-(Shoe like boot with very thick souls, put spikes or nails into souls protruding

downward) acted like cleats in football or baseball, give you better traction.

REMEMBER: Belt of Truth - respond to the Word of God.

Breastplate of Righteousness - Jesus Christ righteousness

Today - Talk about Gospel shoes of Peace

- Anybody that has been in hand to hand knows the importance of having sure footing.

Ex...Professional boxers put resin on the shoes so they don’t slip in the ring.

TS: What is this peace Paul is talking about (this Gospel of Peace) Talk 3 aspects of Peace…

I. Peace with God

A. War with God - before we became Christians the Bible says we were at war with Him. We were enemies of God.

1. Thought Satan at war with God - right, but he led mankind into rebellion against God (Garden of Eden or mankind has been in rebellion ever since).

-Romans 1:18 "The wrath of God is being revealed from Heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness".

B. Words: Godlessness - implies a lack of reverence (respect) for God. Wickedness - implies injustice towards fellow men.

Suppress the truth - whenever truth starts to exert itself it makes them feel

uneasy so they hold it down (suppress it) by argument or denial.

Ex. Counseling people (truth, argument & denial)

-Because they are trying to suppress the truth from within

- The first step to recovery is to admit you have a problem.

C. Good news - Romans 5:10-11 (read)

- Son dying on the cross - (reason why we can have peace with God.)

1. Last week - Doctrine of justification (being right, declared righteous)

This week - Doctrine of reconciliation

Romans 5:1 "Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ".

D. 3 pieces armor GK verb form is in the middle voice meaning we believe and God acts.

- We believe & God belts us up.

- We believe & God puts on the breastplate of righteousness.

- We believe & God puts shoes of peace on us.

E. Benefits of having peace with God

1. He will extend His peace to flood over our lives - our mind & hearts will be bathed in His peace & it won’t matter what circumstances we are in.


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