The Bible teaches us that Moses walked around the desert for 40 years after he ran from his life in Egypt.
On a day, while watching over his father-in-laws sheep, he saw a bush that was on fire but it didn’t burn out. The Bible says he was amazed at this and wanted to get a closer look. As he stepped closer, God spoke to him from the burning bush saying: ‘STOP, take off your shoes!’
Child of God, before you can move closer to God, you need to take of your old shoes – you need to shake off those things that are not from God; your old way of doing things.
It doesn’t matter whether you have used the Lords Name in vain (using it as a cuss word or a ‘Strong Word’ as some dictionaries have it displayed) for the past 40 years, you need to take off those shoes – lay them down!
That foul language; the curse words that is so part of your everyday conversations must be taken off as old dirty shoes.
Those addictions that controls your mood – you know, those things that when you get angry you immediately have to light one up in order to calm your nerves! Yes, those old shoes you have to take off!
For many the old shoes of gossiping is hard to take off, but do it – Christ gives you the strength and the ability to remove those old shoes from your feet – ‘you can do all things through Christ who strengthens you’.
God wants you to move closer to Him so that you can taste the goodness of the Lord and find that ‘abundance of life’ that He has promised for you in Christ Jesus – God wants you to have abundance in your marriage, abundance in your work, abundance in your friendships, in your relationship with your kids, in everything that you do, He wants you to have abundance of life in it!
Now you might say ‘but I’m happy enough in my marriage’, God wants you to be even happier – you might be a satisfied at your workplace, God wants you to be even more satisfied – your relationship with your kids may be adequate, you might be a good parent, but God wants you to be even a better parent, a better worker, a better husband or wife!
Take off those shoes, and move closer to the fire of the Holy Spirit in order to receive what God has in-store for you in your relationships!
Taking off those shoes that say ‘I’m happy enough’, or ‘I don’t want to be a better worker, I can’t be any better’ doesn’t always come easy – you have to fight! Paul says in one of his letters under the guidance of the Holy Spirit that we have to fight daily – it’s a daily battle! Every day we must battle with the things that keep us away from God; that keeps us away from abundance of life; that keeps us from taking off our old shoes.
If you want to win some battles in life, and I’m talking about real life issues, battles that you usually fight on the inside of your heart – battles that you fight daily without letting anybody else know – those things that sometimes gets you so down, it feels the world is caving in on you and there’s no-one that can help you – it feels that no-one will even understand – those real tough battles that you sometimes have to fight alone, if you want to have victory over those battles, take off your old shoes!!!
Joshua was given leadership over Israel by Moses and was tasked to lead God’s chosen nation across the Jordan River into the Promised Land.
Across the river would be his first obstacle, Jericho. For the first time in his life, Joshua had to lead Israel into battle.
“When Joshua was near the town of Jericho, he looked up and saw a man standing in front of him with a sword in his hand. Joshua went up to him and demanded: ‘Are you friend or foe?’. ‘Neither one,’ he replied. ‘I am the commander of the Lord’s army.’
At this, Joshua fell with his face to the ground in reverence. ‘I am at your command,’ Joshua said. ‘What do you want your servant to do?’
The commander of the Lord’s army replied, ‘Take off your sandals,'”
(Joshua 5:13-15) NLT are you prepared to take up your cross and follow Him?
Before Joshua could even enter the battle, he had to take off his shoes – you cannot fight your battles wearing worldly shoes; sandals that keeps on dragging the things of your old sinful nature with you.
The Bible says that our battles aren’t against flesh and blood, but against satan and his dark forces, therefore you need to take off your shoes of anger; of overreaction, of pride, of addictions and put on the new shoes of righteousness.
God says in His Word that you don’t have to be afraid, He won’t leave you barefoot. Jesus said He won’t leave us as orphans, but He will send us the Holy Spirit, the Comforter, to guide us and to teach us all that we need to know. But before we can put on these new shoes, we need to take off the old.
“Do not love this world (do not love your old shoes) nor the things it offers you (not the interesting gossip news it usually carries, not the quick relieve that nicotine gives you or the friends that those old shoes always brings, for the Word says that friendship with the world makes you an enemy of God), for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you. For the world offers only craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father, but are from this world. And this world is fading away, along with everything that people grave (and for those who decide not to take off their shoes, they will fade with the world). But anyone who does what pleases God will live forever.”
(1 John 2:15-17) NLT
The only way to please God is to have faith. Jesus said: ‘Have faith in Me and in My Father’
It is written that if you have the Son, you have life; but if you do not have the Son, you don’t have life – not abundance of life neither eternal life.
Heavenly Father, I am at Your command. I want abundance of life; I want to win my battles; I want eternal life; I want Jesus in my life, therefore I take off my old shoes – my old sinful nature, never to take it up again and I open my heart as I accept You, Lord Jesus, as my Lord & Redeemer – Thank You for saving me and for giving me the courage to take off my old shoes and putting on the new shoes of righteousness.