The third piece of spiritual armor we need to wear are the shoes of “the gospel of peace” (Ephesians 6:15). If you are going to stand firm, you definitely need reliable footwear. Earlier in Ephesians, Paul had said that Jesus is our peace (Ephesians 2:14) . So we’re still talking about getting dresses up in Jesus. The “gospel of peace,” the good news of Jesus Christ, not only brings us truth and righteousness, it brings us peace of heart. The Roman solider wore shoes with cleats on them for surefootedness in battle. A soldier had to be able to stand and fight without slipping and sliding around, because lost footing could be fatal. Do you ever feel like your life is slipping and sliding all over the place? You’re doing you “James Brown” thing, just slipping and sliding. That’s when you especially need to have the peace of God anchoring your feet and guarding your heart. We need to distinguish between the peace of God and peace with God. Peace with God only comes when you place your faith in Christ and become a Christian.
Once you know Christ, you are in position to enjoy the peace of God, which He gives to His children each day as they prepare for spiritual warfare. But it’s peace with God that is listed as the bit of equipment here. Paul says we need to be prepared with peace because the world we are going to face is not always peaceful. In fact, since we are engaged in spiritual battle we should expect turmoil. But when we are wearing peace with God like shoes on our feet, we can handle whatever Satan brings against us— problems on the job, trouble with family — without stumbling. We don’t need to pop a pill in the morning or do anything else like that to deal with life. God’s peace is on duty. Our national ministry, The Urban Alternative, took a group of friends on a cruise not long ago. During the cruise we hit a terrible storm. There were thirty-foot waves. It was horrific. The captain sent us this message: “This is a bad storm, the worst we’ve ever been in, but don’t worry. This ship was built with these kind of storms in mind.” He was reassuring us the ship was seaworthy. The storms in your life may be bad, but the peace of God is seaworthy. It can handle whatever storm you face. Or in the imagery of spiritual warfare, the peace of God can keep you calm even when the battle is raging all around you. Is the devil attacking hard right now? The peace of God can help you stand firm while Jesus deals with the enemy through you. When you get dressed each day. check to make sure you are wearing God’s peace.