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Get a good biblical understanding of having your feet shod with the preparation of the Gospel of Peace.

Killer Shoes 

Feet Shod with the preparation of the Gospel of peace.

These shoes were vicious weapons. They began at the top of the legs near the knees and extended down to the feet.

The portion that covered the knees to the feet were called greaves.

They were made of metal and were specially shaped to wrap around the calves of the soldiers leg. The greaves were uncomfortable but ESSSENTIAL for the safekeeping of a soldiers leg.

The shoe was made of:

√?     Heavy pieces of leather or metal

√?      Tied together with leather straps that were intermingled with bits of metal.

The bottom of the shoe was affixed with

√?      Sharp

√?     Dangerous

√?     Protruding spikes

√?    Two sharply pointed spikes extended beyond the front of each shoe    

The greaves gave the soldier protection so he could keep walking REGARDLESS of the obstacles he encountered 

The spikes on the bottom of the shoes were intended to HOLD HIM IN PLACE when in battle 

His enemy might try to push him around or even down but the spikes helped keep him in place because they dug into the soil or ground making the soldier virtually IMMOVEABLE 

They also served as weapons of brutality and murder. 

Shod is derived from the word hupodeomai a compound Greek word

Hupo meaning under and deo meaning the bind.

So this gives the idea of binding something very tightly under the bottom of ones feet. 

Paul illustrates here to firmly tie Gods peace onto our lives.  The peace of God protects and defends you from the enemy's assaults and helps you to keep on moving.


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No one finds greater joy in drawing people away from truth and leading them into error. False teachers have been present in every era of human history‚?¶.While their circumstances may change, their methods remain consistent.

Seven Marks of a False Teacher [Excerpts]

No one enriches hell more than false teachers. No one finds greater joy in drawing people away from truth and leading them into error. False teachers have been present in every era of human history‚?¶.While their circumstances may change, their methods remain consistent. Here are seven marks of false teachers.

False teachers are man pleasers . What they teach is meant to please the ear more than profit the heart. They tickle the ears of their followers with flattery and all the while they treat holy things with wit and carelessness rather than reverence and awe. This contrasts sharply with a true teacher of the Word who knows that he is answerable to God and who is therefore far more eager to please God than men. As Paul would say, "But as we were allowed of God to be put in trust with the gospel, even so we speak; not as pleasing men, but God, which trieth our hearts‚?Ě (1 Thes:2:4).

False teachers save their harshest criticism for God‚??s most faithful servants . False teachers criticize those who teach the truth, and save their sharpest criticism for those who hold most steadfastly to what is true‚?¶.when Paul‚??s ministry was threatened and undermined by those critics who said that while his words were strong, he himself was weak and unimportant (2 Cor:10:10).

False teachers teach their own wisdom and vision . God would say, "The prophets prophesy lies in my name: I sent them not, neither have I commanded them, neither spake unto them: they prophesy unto you a false vision and divination, and a thing of nought, and the deceit of their heart.‚?Ě (Jer:14:14). Paul knew, "For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;‚?Ě (2 Tim:4:3).

False teachers miss what is of central importance and focus instead on the small details . Jesus diagnosed this very tendency in the false teachers of his day, warning them, "Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you tithe mint and dill and cumin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and faithfulness. These you ought to have done, without neglecting the others‚?Ě (Matt:23:23).

False teachers obscure their false doctrine behind eloquent speech and what appears to be impressive logic . Just as a prostitute paints and perfumes herself to appear more attractive and more alluring, the false teacher hides his blasphemies and dangerous doctrine behind powerful arguments and eloquent use of language.

False teachers are more concerned with winning others to their opinions than in helping and bettering them . This was another of Jesus‚?? diagnoses as he considered the religious rulers of his day. "Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, ye make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves‚?Ě (Matt:23:15).

False teachers exploit their followers . Peter would warn of this danger, saying: "But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.... And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not.‚?Ě (1 Peter:2:1-3). False teachers are concerned with your goods, not your good; they want to serve themselves more than save the lost; they are content for Satan to have your soul as long as they can have your stuff [see also Genesis:14:21.]

http://blogs.christianpost.com/overflow/7-marks-of-a-false-teacher-16665/

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War is characterized by intentional violence on the part of large bodies of individuals who are expressly organized to participate in such violence.

A simple definition of war is: an act of force intended to compel our opponent to fulfill our will.

Satan is constantly using the forces of evil to compel you to fulfill his will.

¬∑      One important general frequently expressed his personal wish that he could fight the highest enemy leader and the victor of the personal fight would settle the war.

¬∑      This has already been done in the spiritual realm by our Commander. Through His death and resurrection, Jesus conquered the power of the enemy. The final outcome of the war is already revealed in God's Word.

¬∑      But the rebel forces of resistance are still in the land. Jesus conquered the leadership, but to us is given the task of overcoming these pockets of resistance.

The early Church viewed their spiritual experience in terms of warfare.

¬∑      Protection is described as the "armor of God."

¬∑      The Word of God is compared to a "sword."

¬∑      Satan's attacks are fiery darts and faith is the "good fight."

¬∑      Believers are told to "war a good warfare."

God uses natural principles to explain what is happening in the spirit world.

When a nation is at war, the life-style of that nation is affected. Residents are alert to invasion and extra guards are posted at national borders.

You must understand: We are at war! We should adopt a wartime life-style in the spirit world.

The main objective of warfare is victory over the enemy.

A soldier must receive basic training on how to achieve these objectives.

Training includes: 1. learning about the enemy,2. his tactics,

3. how to use the                                                                                                                    weapons of warfare, 4. and the battle plan.

Some components of the battle and training include:

 Propaganda- Enemy nations always spread false propaganda (or information)

Diplomatic Proposals- Strategies of nations at war are to weaken the enemy by diplomatic proposals. These are suggested compromise. Satan uses compromise with sins.

Intelligence- When nations are at war, there is always an intricate organization of intelligence. Each side has intelligence forces dedicated to gathering information about the other. The intelligence forces collect and analyze all available information on the enemy. They communicate what they have learned to the soldiers engaged in combat.

There are also:

¬∑      Offensive and Defensive Warfare, 

¬∑      Weapons, 

¬∑      Surprise Attacks, 

¬∑      Decisive Battles,

¬∑      Communications within the ranks with the Commander, 

¬∑      Targets,

¬∑      Attacks

¬∑      and Counterattacks

There are:

Frontal attacks - where you are hit head on.

A siege or blockade - A siege or blockade is when the enemy takes control of territory not belonging to him. Spiritual bondage is similar to a siege or blockade in the natural world. The enemy breaks through your spiritual walls and part of your life is brought under his control.   

Invasion and Occupy - This is similar to demonic possession in the spirit world. The unsaved or backslidden person is under the control of an evil spirit which has entered to possess them.

There so much more and so many places we could stop and spend some time so you can get a deep revelation of the war we are in and enemy tactics..

But we are in a time process with constraints so I must move on‚?¶..

One thing about warfare that seems to evade the church world today is the fact that we as the body of Christ are the Soldiers in this warfare. Yes we have individual overcoming and transformation to brave.

But we are in this together we are His Body!

 The more we become organic in our life together, the more we will be able and willing to see Jesus through other people.

 

 

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