How does Peace fit into Spiritual warfare? It almost seems like a contradiction in terms doesn’t it? Without this vital part of your armor you are at a terrible disadvantage when engaged in a battle for you and your family’s life. Know that your enemy is real… and the battle is real!
Let’s define Peace so that we understand what we are dealing with.
Peace has similar meanings in the Old and New Testament. The Hebrew word “shalom” and the Greek word “Irene” are beautiful words and do not translate into the English language with anything less than a paragraph or two to give them justice.
Basically, “shalom” (Hebrew) means complete wholeness and oneness with God, nothing missing and nothing broken. “Irene” (Greek) means oneness with God and comes from a root word that means “one”. It also means “to set at one again.”
The point is, everything that Peace does or produces in your life has just one purpose: To create a oneness, a unity and an intimacy with God. That being said, we should desire Peace to be in full operation in our lives at all times so that we are prepared for any battle that may arise.
Peace is a manifestation, a ministry, and a fruit of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is called “the Helper,” (John 14:26) so it makes sense that the number one thing He wants to help you with is your relationship with God. Your unity with God is the single most important thing you need when facing the enemy. Peace is the way the Spirit helps you with that.
Years ago, while seeking the Lord for more understanding on Peace, He showed me that peace has a “position” in your life. That position is always in front of you. You should always be pursuing Peace and following His lead. Lets look at some scripture that verifies this.
Isaiah 55:12 ~ “ For you shall go out with joy, And be led out with
Psalm 34:14 ~ Depart from evil and do good; Seek peace and pursue
Luke 1:79 ~ To give light to those who sit in darkness and the
shadow of death, To guide our feet into the way of peace.”
1 Peter 3:11 ~ Let him turn away from evil and do good; Let him seek peace and pursue it.
Hebrews 12:14 ~ Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without
which no one will see the Lord:
Colossians 3:15 ~ And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to
which also you were called in one body; and be thankful.
See the pattern? Seek Peace, follow after Peace, pursue Peace, be led out with Peace. These scriptures indicate the position of Peace, the position of a guide, a leader, and a point man. Peace should have the final say in every decision we make. Colossians 3:15 says we are to let Peace rule. That means that we should always take a position to submit to and Follow His leading.
Ephesians 6:15 ~ and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
I wondered why something as important as Peace was put on our feet,. It is a “not so pretty” body part, I knew there had to be a reason. When I questioned the Lord about it, He asked me, “Why do you wear shoes?” I immediately knew what He was talking about. We wear shoes to protect our feet when we walk. Peace protects us in our walk with God, steering us away from things that hurt or hinder us in any way. This only works if you give Peace the proper position in your life, as your guide, your point man. By giving Peace the proper place, you HAVE shod your feet with the preparation of the Gospel of Peace.
2 Peter 3:14 ~ Therefore, beloved, looking forward to these things, be diligent to be found by Him in peace, without spot and blameless;