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«…having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace…»

We are currently (October 2020 – see footnote at the end) in such a time as what Ap. Paul called “an evil day”; it is like there is a war in the heavenly places, which is made manifest in daily life in the earthly realm through unnecessary difficulties, accidents, and all forms of disorder, troubles, and challenges in relationships, health, and the finances.

How can we stand firm in such a way, as when our feet are standing on the firm foundation of God’s PEACE, so that none of the enemy’s activities may be able to move us and even cause us to lose balance and altogether fall (?)

Ephesians 6:14 Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; 18 praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints–

Before Gideon could come to the place to attack against the oppressors of God’s people, he first needed to meet with EL SHALOM, the Lord who is PEACE.

Judges 6:22 Now Gideon perceived that He [was] the Angel of the LORD. So Gideon said, “Alas, O Lord GOD! For I have seen the Angel of the LORD face to face.” 23 Then the LORD said to him, “Peace [be] with you; do not fear, you shall not die.” 24 So Gideon built an altar there to the LORD, and called it The-LORD-[Is]-Peace. To this day it [is] still in Ophrah of the Abiezrites.

Before Jesus sent off His disciples to the war-like, aggressive expansion of the Kingdom of God’s Kingdom, He imparted to them God’s PEACE. That was the first task that Jesus carried out right after His Resurrection from the Dead.

John 20:19 Then, the same day at evening, being the first [day] of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in the midst, and said to them, “Peace [be] with you.” 20 When He had said this, He showed them [His] hands and His side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord. 21 So Jesus said to them again, “Peace to you! As the Father has sent Me, I also send you.” 22 And when He had said this, He breathed on [them,] and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit.

How important is it, to carry with us, and, impart God’s PEACE wherever we go to? Even more so, when we go for the purpose of doing the work of the Gospel of God’s Kingdom? Jesus said to His disciples, when He sent them to do that particular work of carrying the message of the Gospel where they were sent to go:

Matthew 10:11 “Now whatever city or town you enter, inquire who in it is worthy, and stay there till you go out. 12 “And when you go into a household, greet it. 13 “If the household is worthy, let your peace come upon it. But if it is not worthy, let your peace return to you.

Footnote ref. October 2020

By observation through the recent twenty years, the month of October has proven to be one of the darkest times of the calendar year, when various forms of manifestations of Darkness seem to mark this particular time of the year.

It is assumed that this may be related to the worship of Satan through the utterly demonic “Halloween” (a feast of Black Magic that has been adopted by the ignorant, spiritually blind Westerners as a time of “fun”), and, the ensuing worship of Satan on October 31st, which typically includes blood sacrifices, even of humans (usually of young age).

Apart from this assumption, the biblical reality is that there is such a thing as times which are termed as “the time of Darkness” and “an evil day”. That is assumed to be the reality revealed in the book of Genesis as Night and Darkness alternating with Day and Light, ever since Day One, when God said “Let there be Light”.

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