The Righteousness of God is a gift, it is our armor, a pathway, a weapon for defense and our protection from the enemy -given to us through Christ Jesus

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Righteous defined: tsadiyq, tsad deek= the just, the lawful, righteous, to do what is right- in conduct, character, as justified by God, correct, to be blameless, innocent – right living before God.

Those who lead blamelesslives and do what is right,
speaking the truth from sincere hearts.
Those who refuse to gossip
or harm their neighbor
or speak evil of their friends
Those who feed the hungry
and help those in trouble

“If you love Me, you will keep My commandments”
John 14:15

1. Righteousness is our weapon for the right hand and our defense on the left. It protects us from attacks 2 Cor 6:6-7. How cool is that!

2. Righteousness is our armor, it helps us resist the enemy in the time of evil- fights off our enemy and our accuser

3. Righteousness is a gift promised and given to us by God to those who live by the Spirit. It is received by faith in Christ Jesus. Is your faith expressing itself in love? Galatians 5:5-6

4. Righteousness is a fruit of peace. Godly discipline yields righteousness. Heb 12:11

5. The righteous have a path to walk on where they will not fall- it is called the path of justice, the steps of a good man Hosea 14:9 Proverbs 8:20 Proverbs 2:20

6. Righteousness is a seed! And it produces a harvest of love. When we plant peace and righteousness, we produce a crop of love. Hosea 10:12 Plant it!

7. It’s a gift. But God has given us the gift of righteousness, and when we receive this righteousness, we will triumph!!!!! Over sin! And death! Through Jesus! Amen and auhhmen! God’s wonderful Grace and His Gift of Righteousness brings triumph over sin and death THROUGH THIS ONE MAN, JESUS CHRIST. So because this one person obeyed God, many will be made righteous Romans 5:17-19Without Christ we are all a bunch of sinners!!!

8. Righteousness and truth together keep us grounded and able to resist all evilour protection.  Righteousness keeps you grounded in God’s word

9. Faker Alert! Watch out for pretenders! Some servants disguise themselves as servants of righteousness. “You like to appear righteous in public, but God knows your hearts your hearts are filled with hypocrisy and lawlessness “.2 Cor 11:15 Luke 16:15 Matthew 23:28

10.I have come to call not those who think they are righteous, but those who know they are sinners and need to repent.” Luke 5:32 Mark 2:17  “Healthy people don’t need a doctor—sick people do. I have come to call not those who think they are righteous, but those who know they are sinners.”

11. Be a slave to righteousness so you will become holy. Whatever you allow to rule in your life, you become a slave to. What rules in your life? Oh, you don’t like that servant word? In Matthew 20, Jesus said Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first among you must become your slave. For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many” The apostles considered themselves servants: Paul, a servant of God; James, a servant of God ; Simon Peter, a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ; Jude, the servant of Jesus Christ –NLT changes servant to slave, but the question is? Who do you serve? Romans 6:19 . Choose to obey God, which leads to righteous living:  You’re a slave to whatever you choose to obey!!!! Right living? Or wrong? Romans 6:18 you become the slave of whatever you choose to obey? You can be a slave to sin, which leads to death, or you can choose to obey God, which leads to righteous living Now you are free from your slavery to sin, and you have become slaves to righteous living.

12. Your works don’t make your righteous, but it is because of your faith in God who forgives sinners. Romans 4:5

13.Righteousness is available because Jesus went to the Father “ He (the Holy Spirit) will convict the world of its sin, and of God’s righteousness, and of the coming judgment. The world’s sin is that it refuses to believe in me. Righteousness is available because I go to the Father, and you will see me no more. Judgment will come because the ruler of this world has already been judged. John 16:8-11. Righteousness is only through Jesus, not of our own doing, that we should boast.

14. Abraham was counted a righteous because of his faith Romans 4:22

15.We are to live in this evil world with righteousness and being fully committed to doing good deeds Titus 2 :12-14 – faith without works is dead- don’t pass up an opportuntity

16. Who declares me righteous? God does, and He did this through Jesus Christ when he freed us from the penalty of our sins. Romans 3:24

17. None of us were really righteous – no, not even one. The law was given to keep us from thinking we were so perfect and to point out in us, our sins. You see, we were all guilty before God. The Law shows us how sinful we are. Romans 3 :10-20 As the Scriptures say, “No one is righteous— not even one. No one is truly wise; no one is seeking God. All have turned away; all have become useless. No one does good,not a single one.” “Their talk is foul, like the stench from an open grave.Their tongues are filled with lies.” Snake venom drips from their lips.” “Their mouths are full of cursing and bitterness.”“They rush to commit murder. Destruction and misery always follow them. They don’t know where to find peace.”“They have no fear of God at all.”

18. Things the righteous do: feed the hungry, give those who thirst a drink, visit those in prison, showing hospitality to strangers, visit the sick Matthew 25

19. Key! Righteousness and Peace are key: righteousness will bring peace, Righteousness and peace have kissed! seeds of peace and reap a harvest of righteousness this righteousness will bring peace. Yes, it will bring quietness and confidence forever ,Crop of love and brings quietness and confidence forever. I need that. Psalm 85:10 Isaiah 32:17 James 3:18

20. Righteous people live by faith  Habakkuk 2:4 The proud trust in themselves, and their lives are crooked

21. Warning: If the righteous turn back to evil they will die! Some people have erased this scripture- you will die if you turn back to your own ways – watch out! Once Saved…Always Saved????  It’s time to tremble….It’s time to fear God and turn from our ways. It’s terrifying before Him. Watch out! Ez 33

22. Promises for righteous living!!!! He will give you everything you need, and whoever pursues righteousness and unfailing love will find life, righteousness and honor. Matt 6:66Proverbs 21:21

23.  “But I warn youunless your righteousness is better than the righteousness of the teachers of religious law and the Pharisees, you will never enter the Kingdom of Heaven! Matthew 5:20 This scares me

The righteousness of God is Holy and Pure. It does not give us an excuse to think ourselves better than others, nor does it mean we are not capable of sin.  Some “Christians” think that they are without sin, yes, it’s true. I’ve heard it :“I don’t sin”  and with this, they believe in  their own self righteousness. They may also look down on others who do confess their sins and yet many others hide and want us to believe they are without sin.  If you really think you are without sin – it’s time to wake up- because that it is a warning sign that you need to stop and ask God to check your heart.  To think we are without sin, is a a lie from the devil, it masks our knowledge and understanding which further pulls us from the Lord. Yes, at times I’ve heard the thought – “you’re without sin, you have no sin to confess”…then I go to the Lord and ask Him to show me any unconfessed sin in there – and sure enough! There is always something to be found. Maybe I’ve hurt someone’s feelings, maybe I’ve had wrong motives – all these hidden things are sins before the Lord. We need to clean out our heart and confess our sins if we want to continue walking with the Lord. Listen to Him. It’s crushing when the Lord points something out to me. It feels terrible, yet humbling- but the Lord is good and He is always there with me while working out my salvation and I know I can count on this, that God, who began the good work within me, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.

Let me put it in other words, the law is written in Exodus to show us what sinners we really are. No? really? Okay anger is like murder, you don’t get angry at anyone? How about saying God’s name in vain? Do you gossip? Do you judge others? Do you demand your own way? Do you put anything before God? Tv? Internet? Video games? That’s idol worship. Do you covet? Do you lie? Little lie? Avoidance lie? all for peace lie? don’t want to hurt feelings lie? There are lots of lies, in fact I caught myself lying yesterday. Its horrible! I know. (Who’s judging me?) My daughter said, “did you eat any of my easter candy!?!” Uhmmmm……so I quickly thought, if I say yes, she will throw a tantrum and my husband is home so he will hear it and I will get a lecture on the candy then he will give all the candy back to her and will be on a sugar high for days which will drive me crazy!  or I will get reprimanded and told to give her all her easter candy back and then I will open my big mouth back in opposition and then out it came “no, I didn’t eat any of your candy” yikes! I just lied, but it was for peace, but it was a lie. And who is the father of all lies. I should have said the truth. Maybe it wouldn’t have turned out the way. But in all fairness, I did admit to eating a reeses pieces egg from her basket the night before. But I was still wrong. One right doesn’t cover the other wrong.
I’m afraid some have turned the gift of righteousness into a pathway to pride or maybe bitterness as one of the scriptures indicates in Amos 6:12 and 5:7. Let us remember that God has no favorites among us. Let us remember he is patiently waiting for the wicked to turn from their ways and come back to Him- and shouldn’t we have that same expectation? Let us remember that the sun rises on both the righteous and the wicked. God eagerly awaits those we consider “worthless” to be great in value. Don’t you remember the scripture that there is great joy when just 1 sinner repent than rest of us righteous who haven’t strayed away. Let us humble ourselves before God and truly consider our ways, treating each person as if they were Jesus – the homeless, the poor, the lost, the needy, the thirsty, the orphans, and the hungry.
The bible says if we do anything that we know is wrong – it is a sin. All have sinned and come short of the glory of God. For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard. If we say we have no sin, there is no truth in us. Anything we do that we know is wrong is a sin. If you say you have no sin you are lying, but we know that Jesus came to take away our sins, and there is no sin in him. – Live Right for Jesus!


How can I know all the sins lurking in my heart? Cleanse me from these hidden faults.   Keep your servant from deliberate sins. Don’t let them control me. Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. May the words of my mouth and the mediation of my heart be pleasing unto you, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.

Jesus is here!!!! The Messiah is here on earth! With wonders, signs, miracles, he has come to bring peace !…………………………and…blasphemy?

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Sound the Alarm!
Tell your children!
Warn those around you!

Pay attention reader, the day will come when you will hear this, but heed this warning:

  • Believe it not! And then if any man shall say to you, Lo, here is Christ; or, lo, he is there; believe him not: For false Christs and false prophets shall rise, and shall shew signs and wonders, to seduce, if it were possible, even the elect. But take ye heed: behold, I have foretold you all things mark 13:21-23
  • Believe it not! Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not. For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. Behold, I have told you before. Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not. For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. Matthew 24:26
  • Do not go after them, nor follow them! And they shall say to you, See here; or, see there: go not after them, nor follow them. For as the lightning, that lighteneth out of the one part under heaven, shineth unto the other part under heaven; so shall also the Son of man be in his day. Luke 17:22-24
  • Let no man deceive you! That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand. Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.2 Thessalonians 2:3

Cling to the Truth- let no man deceive you
 
   If you heard of a worldwide announcement that the Messiah, Jesus Christ, Son of Mary had come to earth…would you believe it? Do you know the scriptures well enough to discern the truth from Satan’s lies? What if you saw this Jesus, who claimed to be the son of Mary doing great miracles, signs and wonders? Would that convince you? We are told in the book of Revelation that a false prophet will arise and he will come with great signs and wonders, he will bring fire down from heaven – just like the prophet Elijah. He will know the scripture –better than you and, if it were possible, even deceive the elect.

 “Peace! Security!”
He will shout out and proclaim over the earth.
You are starting to wonder….is it Him?

    We are told in Revelation that this false prophet will have horns as a lamb and will have words of the dragon coming out of his mouth. From this verse we know that he will look like a lamb– and who is the lamb of God? It’s Jesus! So from the outward appearance, he will look like Jesus, act like Jesus, doing great signs, wonders, telling the World he has come to bring in his kingdom of peace. He will honor the 1st beast, which we call the antichrist, the man of lawlessness and both will have their power from the dragon, who is called satan, the devil, that old serpent. His words are like a dragon, the scripture tells us, and from the scripture we know all his power and authority is given to him from the dragon –serpent, the devil.(Revelation 13:1, 4:7, 13:12, 12:9, 20:2)

Facts you must cling to in these last days so you will not be deceived:

Hold on to these truths –

  • Jesus is the Son of God
  • Jesus died on the cross and rose again

Remember these also in the days ahead:

  • God does not lie
  • Satan is the father of ALL lies
  • Jesus is the Truth.  “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” John 14:6
  • God does not promote lying under any circumstance
  • Every word of the bible is God breathed and inspired by the Holy Spirit- there are no mistakes with the Holy Spirit of God

How is Jesus Coming Back???  (Revelation 19:9-12 Matthew 24:30 Matthew 26:64.Mark 13:26 Mark 14:62 2 Peter 3:10 1 Thes.4;16-17 Revelation 1:7  Matthew 24:43-44)

 Then the sign shall appear of the Son of man in heaven, then all the tribes of the earth will mourn and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.  He will come in the clouds of heaven with great power and glory. And Jesus said, I am: and ye shall see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven.

   When he comes on the clouds, every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen  And this day will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up. For the Lord himself descend from heaven with a shout with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words. And you must also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him .

And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war. His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself.

The dragon, the beast and the false prophet-  Could you be fooled ?

And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet. For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty. Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame. And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon.” Revelation 16:13-16

The False Prophet and the 1st beast “antichrist” are powered by Satan, the great deceiver, the dragon, that old serpent. Just as he deceived Eve in the Garden, he is coming in full force to deceive the whole world.  We know Jesus, the real Jesus, is coming back. Don’t be fooled by what is about to come to the earth. Let me tell you what to expect to hear – the deceiving and twisting lies – so you won’t be fooled when you hear the blasphemy. You must study the scriptures so you don’t fall into deception, the scriptures says – they will be deceitful –almost fooling the Elect. Matthew 24:24 “if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.”

In Revelation 13:11 we are introduced to the 2nd beast: it has horns of a lamb and words of the dragon, he  looks holymaybe even impersonating Jesus and he does great miracles,  bringing fire down from the sky, just like the prophet Elijah in 2 Kings 1. “He exerciseth all the power of the first beast and make the entire world worship the first beast whose deadly wound was healed.” Still in revelation, we are told he will do great wonders in the sight of all men and will deceive them that dwell on the earth with the miracles he does “in the sight of the beast”. He will make them create and image to this beast and he will have the power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed. He will cause all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:  And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.  Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man”

The Haddith, which are Islamic writings and beliefs that correspond and back up the Quran , teaches that Jesus is coming back as an end time prophet to bring peace the World. Their scripture says that he is the Son of Mary, but that he was never crucified and he is not the son of God, instead that was only deceit from Allah to fool people. Their prophet Jesus (aka Isa) seems to almost match the false prophet we are warned about in Revelation. If this happens to be true, this is going to be very confusing to many- especially Christians who don’t know the scripture. We all know He is coming back….but so few know the details written in scripture warning us.

Now, we really don’t know – but wow- they really sound similar. The Islamic scripture teaches there will be a world leader and a messiah- a prophet. Our scripture, inspired by the Holy Spirit of God, warns us of a lawless man who rules over all and by his side is a false prophet. The two work together and they are given power and authority from the Satan. Another interesting coincidence is that one will have more power or authority than the other. In the Quran, they learn that the prophet Jesus will be asked to pray but will say he is not worthy and will give authority over to the leader. In Revelation we are told the false prophet works his wonders only when he is near the other false leader and they two work together, but one seems to have more authority than the other. See, the 1st beast or the antichrist can work alone if needed, but the false prophet can only work with him.

You won’t know the truth unless you know the scripture – and at that time –who knows- our government may begin destroying bibles so no one will know the truth. The false prophet will work with great authority, signs, wonders, miracles and he will twist and reason all scripture trying to deceive the whole world.

If the beast and the false prophet are the same “messiah” the Quran talks about, this is what we can expect:

Could the Islamic Messiah for end times be the Antichrist we have been warned of? (fyi for those of you who don’t use the word antichrist or want to argue about using that term here are other bible names we can substitute: the beast, the abomination that causes desolation, the man of lawlessness, the little horn, the oppressor- and there are more)

  • He will claim : “Peace and Security”
  • He will be well loved and charismatic, filled with charm, captivating the world.
  • His words sound like words of love, but it’s deceiving charm
  • He will claim he is a descendant of Muhammad
  • He will say he is the redeemer the world has been waiting for and he came to save
  • Assigned by Allah, claiming he is the messiah they have been waiting for
  • He is a judge and has come to bring justice
  • He will claim that oppression and deceit are things of the past
  • He will usher in the one world government under his “righteous” rule
  • He will rule for 7 years
  • He will come to restore the “one true religion”
  • He will lead an army “cataclysmic battle” against his enemy to be destroyed in Jerusalem

Could the Jesus the Islamic faith describes be the False Prophet we are warned of?

  • He will call himself the prophet Jesus or Isa, the son of Mary
  • He will come down from heaven
  • He will lead the prayers to Allah, but will hand them over because he claims he is not qualified to lead the prayers
  • He will arrive with the Mahdi- beast or ruler listed above-
  • They will compliment each other and work wonders side by side and “wipe away oppression”

Wow! This ties almost exactly into Revelation’s warning of the False prophet and the lawless one, aka antichrist, aka first beast.

The Lies they will tell the World, which are already written in their books:

  • He will say Jesus is a Muslim
    He will claim he was never crucified and claim to fix scriptures mistakes
    He will deny that He is God’s son and say he was only a prophet
    He is expected to defeat the antichrist or the false messiah coming to earth
    He will claim he is the son of Mary, and describe is as the Christians know in scripture
    He will claim he is the only way along the path
    He will say that Allah is his lord and all must worship him, for this is the right path
    He will descend and join the Mahdi in a war, dressed in yellow robes
    He will slay the antichrist and everyone from the “people of the book” (jews and Christians)
    He will break the cross and kill the Jews
    He will say he is the Jesus of the bible, but that he taught Islam
    He will know and explain all the scriptures very well

Extra thoughts and ponderings…………………..

In revelation 11, the two witnesses come forth and witness to the world. The beast out of the pit kills them. Recently when I read this, two things came to mind –maybe far fetched ,but I’m stepping outside my box of teachings, courses and books and just trying to see things differently …

1- Whose side is the pope on? The prophecy of St. Malacy about the last pope – I’ve heard different theories on this and who he fights for is unknown, we know he will pasture his sheep through the tribulations, but who his sheep are is unclear. I could see him as one of the ones to dislike these two witnesses. Interesting enough, the first pope was Peter, the last one is Peter. I can just see the 2 witnesses convicting –not only the world of their sins, but also the churches, and I can almost see them speaking out against the idols put before God- commanding all the statues of saints and their worship to be knocked down. This is going to infuriate some church goers- I don’t know if the pope and the two witnesses are really going to see eye to eye on things. We imagine them to be going after the Muslim teaching, but they will convict everyone – churches, Christians, those living in sin, wrong teaching, religious spirits, adultery, homosexuality, witchcraft, – everyone who hears will be convicted of sin in their life- some will convert, yet others will hate them.
2- Harvest and Harvest: not relevant for post, but oh well…  So , out there again, as I was reading about the feasts of the old testament, I believe there are clues to the rapture hidden in the feast of harvest (Ex23:16) –which is the first harvest of first fruits and the feast of ingathering which is the second ingathering at the end of season. Sounds like Revelation 19 and that sickle going out at the end. Could this prove an early rapture and then another one at the very end? Oh brother, I got some of you really wound up.


Be ready, be alert and prepare yourself for the coming of our Savior Jesus Christ, the Son of God. He is the Way, the Truth and Life. No man goes to the Father expect through Him. That is yea and Amen in Christ Jesus.

Put on the Shoes of Peace. Ephesians 6:13 : Weapons of warfare

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Put on your shoes of Peace –Your armor….And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace. For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared.Eph 6:15

 Protect yourself against the schemes, traps and wiles of the enemy

    Before I show you what the Lord showed me about our armor, I have a message for some of you : You have been anointed, now act like it…if this speaks to you, here is more: The enemy is after you and has laid out many traps ahead.  Stay focused on the Lord and cling to Him, do not depart.

 Okay, on to the shoes of peace. To be honest, when I studied this armor stuff I didn’t quite understand it, okay the basic teaching maybe, but I had a lot of questions, and I asked..continually.and one by one the Lord began to teach me. I’d say–shoes? How does that relate to the preparation of the gospel? I thought this had something to do with this verse:

 Isaiah 52:7  How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of the messenger who brings good news, the good news of peace and salvation, the news that the God of Israel reigns! And having shod your feet in preparation [to face the enemy with the firm-footed stability, the promptness, and the readiness produced by the good news] of the Gospel of peace (amplified)

    So I kind of disregarded the shoes, I figured, I’m not on a mountain, and I’m not a missionary – so maybe it’s not for me…. until one day in church, the Holy Spirit spoke to me.  I was standing next to someone who really annoyed me. I remember standing there mad as those around me sang their praise, I stood and told the Lord how annoyed I was (and it was because I wasn’t getting my own way). I immediately heard “put on your shoes of peace”. I knew instantly that I was to make peace, control myself, change my attitude and be quiet. I just knew, however, I really didn’t want to do that, I would have much rather done something else.  I obeyed, and I regret that I didn’t obey with a good attitude. The Lord supernaturally blessed me that day with many blessings as I walked in obedience. I understood that the shoes of peace are so much more than we can imagine. 

How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of the messenger who brings good news, the good news of peace and salvation, the news that the God of Israel reigns”  Maybe I now understand that my life is my testimony and the way I behave sends out a message of the good news of Jesus Christ, my Lord and Savior.

The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that wins souls is wise Prov 11:30

     I am so excited about this new key to protection I have discovered as I studied our armor and warfare… it seems so simple, yet it is so powerful. And this is what I have discovered: Peace is a protector, Peace protects us, (and this peace if from the Lord) it closes a door to the enemy. There is a supernatural link and key between peace and righteousness (right living) that protects those who fear the Lord.

  If you want protection from your enemy and his traps, you must live your life in obedience. Always searching and working hard to maintain a peaceful life in all circumstances and living a life of righteousness and right living. This peace is a gift and a blessing given to you from the Lord God and His Son Jesus.

     ( fyi: There are many messages with truth about the shoes- however, I am specifically focusing on the power and protection of the blessing of the shoes of Peace the Lord gives. AND there is a difference between the peace the world offers and peace the Lord gives us.  Living in peace that the Lord Jesus has given us doesn’t give us an excuse not to stand up for truth or fight for righteousness- this we must do. Speak up for justice and righteousness,  in love. Peace the Lord gives is real and true peace, it is our protection and much more.)

 Righteousness + Peace = Supernatural Protection
Right living in obedience + being a peacemaker = God’s supernatural protection  for us from enemy attacks

      Its true! Righteousness and Peace have kissed each other Mercy and truth are met together; righteousness and peace have kissed each other. Truth shall spring out of the earth; and righteousness shall look down from heaven. Righteousness shall go before him; and shall set us in the way of his steps. Ps 85:10-13

  Do you see the connection between peace and right living –and it’s all intertwined like a puzzle as we study our armor. Peace (shoes) and Righteousness (breastplate) need to be worn at all times, we can’t have one without the other. Notice the righteousness in the verse above goes before him AND SHALL SET US IN THE WAY OF HIS STEPS. Righteousness and peace protect us, keep us on God’s path and set us in the way of His steps. Okay, can you tell I’m so excited about this!  For right now, I want to dive deeper into peace and then righteousness another time because there is much to learn about this peace- our shoes we put on with the preparation of the gospel of peace.

What happens when we listen to His commands? We will have peace and righteousnessIsaiah 48:18Oh, that you had listened to my commands! Then you would have had peace flowing like a gentle river and righteousness rolling over you like waves in the sea.

How can we reap a harvest of righteousness? By being peacemakers James 3:18And those who are peacemakers will plant seeds of peace and reap a harvest of righteousness

What does righteousness bring?  Isaiah 32:17And this righteousness will bring peace. Yes, it will bring quietness and confidence forever.

More on Peace and RighteousnessFor this Melchizedek, king of Salem, priest of the Most High God, met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings and blessed him, and to him Abraham apportioned a tenth part of everything. He is first, by translation of his name, king of righteousness, and then he is also king of Salem, that is, king of peace He is without father or mother or genealogy, having neither beginning of days nor end of life, but resembling the Son of God he continues a priest forever Heb 7:1-3

Am I making sense? You see, if we live right, obey God and work hard for peace- this gives us protection. Think about it this way. Imagine you are really upset or angry with someone. If you obey God’s word and work at peace and forgive as the Lord has told us to, the enemy has no open door to come in and bother you. However, if you lose control and say things you don’t want to – watch out because sin is waiting at the door for an opportunity to take over and master you.  Obedience pays off, the Lord’s words don’t fail, surely we reap what we sow.

Be prepared. You’re up against far more than you can handle on your own. Truth, righteousness, peace, faith, and salvation are more than words. Learn how to apply them. You’ll need them throughout your life. God’s Word is an indispensable weapon. In the same way, prayer is essential in this ongoing warfare. Pray hard and long. Pray for your brothers and sisters. Keep your eyes open. Keep each other’s spirits up so that no one falls behind or drops out. Message version of Eph 6:13-18

Rewards of Peace:
Proof! Peace protects us.

  1. Protection and Peace come from the Lord Jeremiah 16:5
  2. Following God’s commands gives you the ability to endure the pressures and go in peace Exodus 18:23
  3. God’s peace protects us on every side 1 Kings 5:4
  4. Submit to God and you will have peace, then things will go well for you Job 22:21 (Submit to God and the enemy will flee)
  5. He brings me to His rest, it is not on my own power Psalm 23:2
  6. Want peace?  Search for it and work to maintain it. Keep your tongue from speaking evil and your lips from telling lies. Ps 29
  7. Peace is a blessing from the Lord.The Lord watches over all who do right and he hears their cries  Psalm 29:11The LORD gives his people strength. The LORD blesses them with peace. Come, my children, and listen to me, and I will teach you to fear the Lord. Does anyone want to live a life that is long and prosperous? Then keep your tongue from speaking evil and your lips from telling lies!
  8.  Peace takes effort on your part- you have to search for it and maintain it . Turn away from evil and do good. Search for peace, and work to maintain it. The eyes of the Lord watch over those who do right; his ears are open to their cries for help. But the Lord turns his face against those who do evil; he will erase their memory from the earth. The Lord hears his people when they call to him for help. He rescues them from all their troubles. The Lord is close to the brokenhearted; he rescues those whose spirits are crushed. The righteous person faces many troubles, but the Lord comes to the rescue each time. For the Lord protects the bones of the righteous; not one of them is broken! Calamity will surely overtake the wicked, and those who hate the righteous will be punished.22 But the Lord will redeem those who serve him. No one who takes refuge in him will be condemned.
  9. A wonderful future awaits those who love Peace. Psalm 37:37 Look at those who are honest and good, for a wonderful future awaits those who love peace I listen carefully to what God the Lord is saying,  for he speaks peace to his faithful people. But let them not return to their foolish ways. Surely his salvation is near to those who fear him,  so our land will be filled with his glory. Ps 85
  10. Fear of the Lord + Right living + Peace = Supernatural protection Ps 85
  11. Righteousness + Peace = staying on God’s path Ps 85
  12. Unfailing love and truth have met together.  Righteousness and peace have kissed! Ps 85
  13. Peace is given to those who love the Lord’s instructions and it will keep them from stumbling. Psalm 119:165
  14. Planning peace fills a heart with joy, plotting evil fills a heart with deceit Pr 12:20
  15. Peace brings health: Proverbs 14:30A peaceful heart leads to a healthy body; jealousy is like cancer in the bones.
  16. You can have peace with your enemies when you live your life to please the Lord:Proverbs 16:7When people’s lives please the LORD, even their enemies are at peace with them.
  17. The Lord’s teaching brings Peace upon our childrenIsaiah 54:13I will teach all your children, and they will enjoy great peace.
  18. If you work for peace and do your best to maintain peace, the Lord will bless you and you will be called children of God.Matthew 5:9
  19. Jesus has left us with this gift:John 14:27I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.
  20. Peace protects our mind and heart and keeps us from being troubled or afraid.
  21. You can have peace in storms and sorrowsJohn 16:33 I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.”
  22. Peace with the Fear of the Lord is a powerful combinationActs 9:31 The church then had peace throughout Judea, Galilee, and Samaria, and it became stronger as the believers lived in the fear of the Lord. And with the encouragement of the Holy Spirit, it also grew in numbers.
  23. For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace rom 8:6
  24. We are to live a life of peace and Joy in the Holy spirit Romans 14:17 For the Kingdom of God is not a matter of what we eat or drink, but of living a life of goodness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.
  25. Only God can fill us with peace because we trust in Him and this joy and peace will produce and overflow of confident hope the power of the Holy Spirit.Romans 15:13
  26. Gal 5:22 But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!
  27. Discipline results in a peaceful harvest of right living Hebrews 12:11 No discipline is enjoyable while it is happening—it’s painful! But afterward there will be a peaceful harvest of right living for those who are trained in this way.
  28. Peacemakers reap a harvest of righteousness!James 3:18And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.
  29. His peace guards us: Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God;  and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus Phil 4:6-7
  30. Being a peacemaker takes work and you have to maintain this peace. Search for it. 1 Peter3 10-13
  31. Peace (grace and mercy) comes from God the Father and from Jesus the Son of the Father 1 J 1:3
  32. The work of righteousness shall be peace and the effect of righteousness is -quietness and assurance forever! Is 32:17-20
  Shoes protect us and so does peace. When I don’t wear shoes and walk outside I’m always concerned about what I might step on-broken glass, hot asphalt, thorns, red ants, wasp stingers,etc… but if I wear my shoes I don’t have to worry about anything I might step on. I can walk on burning sidewalks, over broken glass and nothing will hurt me. So it is with the sh0es of peace- you can walk through stormy waters and burning coals, but nothing can touch you- because you are covered and protected by the Peace of the Lord Jesus.

 
For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost. “Do you think I have come to bring peace to the earth? No, I have come to divide people against each other”  But as he came closer to Jerusalem and saw the city ahead, he began to weep.  How I wish today that you of all people would understand the way to peace. But now it is too late, and peace is hidden from your eyes. Romans 14:17, Luke 12:51, Luke 19

What can I learn?

Peace protects us, fills us with joy, keeps us healthy, guarantees us a wonderful future, keeps us from stumbling, brings blessings, protects our mind and heart and keeps us from being troubled or afraid, brings righteousness, fills your heart with joy.

Peace is attained through the Lord by our obedience, our searching for it, Peace is given to those who love the Lord’s instructions and Fear Him.

So here’s the final question: What part of your life do you need to work on in order for God’s peace to reign? How can you be a peacemaker and please the Lord your God and Maker?


And the God of peace will crush Satan under your feet shortly.The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.  Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God;  and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Do not enter the path of the wicked, and do not walk in the way of evil avoid it, do not travel on it;
Turn away from it and pass on Keep your heart with all diligence,For out of it spring the issues of life. 
Put away from you a deceitful mouth,
And put perverse lips far from you.
 Ponder the path of your feet, and let all your ways be established.
 Do not turn to the right or the left;Remove your foot from evil.
May God give you more and more grace and peace as you grow in your knowledge of God and Jesus our Lord.
Amen
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