I remember in "Basic Training" being issued two pairs of quality ("Combat") boots. I was curious as to why two pairs. They cost quite a bit (taxpayer money, you know). Why two? I found out, quickly enough. An army travels a lot on their feet. Changing boots every day keeps our feet healthy. Legs and feet are vital for missions and for safety. It is with them that we invade enemy territory. We must be ready to move right in. Hence, the admonition to have our "…feet shod with the preparation (i.e; readiness to go with) of the gospel of peace…." (From Ephesians 6:15). Do you recall some of Jesus' last words in Mark 16:15, before He returned to Heaven? "…Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature." This is our mission. The enemy territory must be taken. Peace terms (we are talking about "the gospel of peace") must be laid down to enemy forces. The primary condition for the enemy is "unconditional surrender." This is an absolute must, if people are to have peace with God. Many will refuse the terms and for them the war goes on but for those who drop their resistance, the Victor extends to them amazing Grace. What about those who refuse to lay down their arms? Jesus said, "…upon this rock (i.e; He, Himself) I will build My church and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it…." (From Matthew 16:18). Are we ready to move against the gates of hell? Generous peace terms are laid out in our orders (the Bible). Let's get our boots on and move out to conquer. Selah! Good boots help keep our feet healthy. "…How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things…." (From Romans 10:15). "The best defense is a good offensive!" Ron
"Against the foe in vales below, let all our strength be hurled; faith (trust) is the victory, we know, that overcomes the world." (John H.Yates).