The Seven Forms of Spiritual Body Armor

Walking the spiritual path requires us to understand what body armor is available to defend ourselves against the many different battles we would face in life. Being spiritual means being prepared to endure long suffering, tribulation, perseverance, patience, ridicule and many more facets that life would throw at us. Spirituality involves a weakening of our physical selves and a strengthening of the spiritual man within. This involves moving away from our normal form of existence as man in society to that of both man and spirit. Below is some of the most important body armor to have at hand when the difficult times come.

1. Girt of the truth 
In scripture we learn from the words of our Lord and savior Jesus Christ the words, ‘If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free.’ Having a girt of the truth around us, enables us understand good and evil. We can distinguish between those who are genuine and those who wish to harm us. It teaches us about the judgment of God and the results of disobedience. Knowing the truth through Christ is our means of survival when temptations of lusts come our way. The truth opens scripture to us through our Lord and we are no more deceived by the evil one.

2. Breastplate of righteousness 
In scripture we learn the words from our Lord, ‘Blessed are the righteous at heart for they shall see God.’ We only have to look towards the prophets, the disciples and apostles to see the rewards of the righteous at heart. God talked to Moses directly. God spoke to Elijah, Elisha, Ezekiel and many more of the prophets blessing them with revelations and dreams. Christ chose his disciples and opened scripture to them that had been hidden for centuries. He promised them places in his kingdom to rule over the tribes of Israel. What is of importance here is that our righteousness offers us a formidable level of protection and its benefits are impossible to put a value to.

3. Feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace 
Scripture teaches us that our Lord and savior is also the King of Salem. This is interpreted as the King of Peace. If we shod our feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace we are walking in Christ footsteps and abiding by God’s laws. Christ taught us to turn the other cheek if slapped and if anyone took our hat we should offer him our coats as well. Wearing these shoes of peace enables us to forgive all the wrong doing that shall befall us. The thing to note here is that we do not do this with our power or will. We do this with the power of the King of Peace and that is our Lord.

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Debt Enslaves Victims to the Powerful

Slaves are not just those who work under the crack of a whip to perform tasks. They are also the ones hooked into bad debts. To enhance their terror penalties are imposed but the question is why and who is behind them? My research took me back to the world of the two beasts of Revelation and the Second Beast who controls religion and commerce. Their power is fear and sin which they inflicted over the world.

Guilt is fear and it stems from terrorism and the threats of hell. It’s the power behind religions to maintain their congregations and its also how commercial enterprises entrap people into paying them. They are termed ‘ money cows’ with enslavement to ideology and greed. That is why people in debt are charged interest on it and pay heavily for maintaining it.

Religions and institutions fool people into false beliefs related to consequences attached to slipping away from the ‘norm’ or the accepted ways of society. The real God is the Spirit of the Universe and it does not put anyone into debt.

Rather it left messages about the prisons that many find themselves locked into and unable to escape. Both debt and sin are slippery slopes into the darkness created by Constantine who established the Catholic Church in 325 AD and ordered the systems of religion, law, finance, and other that make up the World Order, He put forward the notion of heaven and hell as weapons to gather in all of his empire.’

He still rules the world and many who are in debt with no logical escape commit suicide or rob someone to get the money to pay to get out of the predicament. Others go through a living hell with constant reminders that they are to be punished if they don’t comply with the demands.

To be in debt to the religious hierarchy because of so-called sin is sometimes worse and it can drive people mad. That is because the imagination is driven by brainwashing and false claims that make little to no sense.

An Enslaving Motorcycle?

Enslaving Motorcycle, that’s a contradiction in terms isn’t it?

I read a post on a Motorcycle Forum ridiculing a fella for talking about the Freedom of the Open Road.

This great thinker posed the idea that a person who’d spent the money to ride a fine Motorcycle was enslaved by the cost of his obsession. He actually put it into the realm of hypocrisy.

Enslaved by my bike? uhhh… Don’t think so.

Hmmm… I think, that statement and those like it are where the phrases… “If you don’t ride… you don’t know” and… “If I have to explain it to you, you won’t understand”, and “Only Motorcycle riders understand why dogs hang their heads out the window” came from.

Apparently, to achieve Freedom, in the eyes of these philosophical giants… You have to live naked in the jungle, living on bugs and drinking out of a creek or licking water off the leaves!

There is a cost to everything. There never has been, never will be, such a thing as a free ride. Let’s face it… something that is free… ain’t worth much… is it?

Freedom is one of the most expensive, and by far the most precious of things a man can own. The work he had to do, to put his butt on the Fine Motorcycle, that hangs the grin on his face and lights his spirit with the high shine of FREEDOM, is a sacrifice well made.

Enslaving Motorcycle? If the sheer, giggling, joy I get from riding a fine Motorcycle is Slavery… then Slavery has been maligned! I’ve always thought of slavery as grinding, painful, heart searing, imprisonment; something that does damage to you.

Roaring down the two lane… following my nose… splitting the wind on my V Star… and one day soon a sweet VICTORY Motorcycle… is not grinding… it ain’t painful… and it sure ain’t imprisonment.

An action that lifts the spirit, and motivates your imagination and ambitions is not hardly damaging.

A Motorcycle does however, often sear the heart. That’s a pretty good description of the sensation you feel, when you come leaning around that last corner, coming out of a narrow canyon, up in Wyoming… as the road straightens out before you, the sun glittering off the dew on the grass, as the valley glows in front of you, and gets lost in the distant, misty horizon…

Love Wisdom, It’s More Than Rubies

Many say that knowledge plus common sense is wisdom.

But for me, wisdom is more profound than quantified human standard. It is acquired by what is learned and lived with time. It is light showing grace. It is a gift that must be received from God.

From the Proverbs (Chapter 8) it says:

For the value of wisdom is far above rubies. Nothing can be compared with it. 
Wisdom and good judgment live together, for wisdom knows where to discover knowledge and understanding. If anyone respects and fears God, he will hate evil. For wisdom hates pride, arrogance, corruption and deceit of every kind.

Note the story, “The Emperor’s New Clothes” by Hans Christian Andersen.

This was a story of a conceited emperor. He was so vain and proud that all he desired was admiration, and none of wisdom (which is essential in leading a tribe).

In the end, the emperor’s lack of wisdom led him to embarrassment.

Don’t be so easily flattered. Being wise does not depend on flattery. Wisdom seeks humility, truth and joy. It pleases God.

Proverbs chapter 9:10 asserts:

For the reverence and fear of God are basic to all wisdom. Knowing God results in every other kind of understanding.

Thought: Love and reverence for God are the keys to light and happiness. Wisdom is God’s gift to his people.

Check the following.

Wisdom is being compared to rubies.

The ruby is considered as one of the four precious stones. The other three are diamond, sapphire and emerald.

Large rubies are among the most precious stones. These precious stones are called the “Pigeon-blood ” red variety in Burma. Ruby and sapphire are gem varieties of corundum.

Blood connotes something most precious in life; that which is essential for life. In history, there is blood compact. In medicine, there is blood transfusion. In love, there are creative juices. In war, blood is loyalty.

In the cross, it is Jesus Christ’s passion.

Hence, wisdom is more than rubies or more than life itself. It is a miracle that roots in knowing an omnipotent God of all.

The “Emperor’s New Clothes,” is a tale that depicts how human beings can act in moments of elation and greed. It is a kid’s folktale and an adult’s parody.

Love Wisdom Like a Sister

No other chapter of Proverbs harps on about the ‘loose woman’ and not falling for her flattery and deceit like Proverbs 7 does. Only the opening four verses (of 27) and verse 24 do not discuss her; they instead dose the son up with an urgent call to Wisdom.

A threefold hinge structure appears:

1. Fervent Warning to “Love Wisdom like a Sister” (Proverbs 7:4a NLT)

The imagery couldn’t be more vivid. As in previous chapters, we’re to ‘guard our parents’ instructions as the apple (pupil) of our eye.’ (Verse 2) We’re to ‘bind the commands we receive on our fingers and write them (deeply) as a tablet on our hearts.’ (Verse 3)

As in previous chapters on adultery, in the contemporary setting, we’re to consider the subject in a gender inclusive way. The character and risk of the opposite seduction (of a young woman) at the hand of an immoral older man is only slightly different and no less real.

2. Images of an Ox going to the Slaughter (the Young Man’s Deception)

The deceiver (woman or man) is veiled as salubrious. They observe for a naive young man or woman ‘void of good sense.’ They paint a dreamy picture of something almost too good to be true–everything, it seems, has been prepared for a dream-filled interlude.

She’s dressed gorgeously, the husband’s gone away for a long time, the bed is perfumed and adorned, and she is ready, having supposedly fulfilled some vows. And, she has apparently ‘handpicked’ the target of her advances! (Verses 14-20)

Even with such silken words she struggles to entice the younger man, but she’s not done yet; she pulls out all stops to trap him with her flattery and engaging sensual looks. Suddenly, without warning, he capitulates, and is led ignorantly like an ox off to slaughter. (Verses 21-22)

Just as suddenly as the capitulation comes a dart–an arrow–into his heart, his vitals. The dart of passion slays him. Like a bird flown straight into a fowler’s snare, his life as he knew it is over. (Verse 23)

3. Final Warning to Embrace Wisdom

The only valid defense against this ‘brash, rebellious type’ of woman is to embrace Wisdom. We’re told not to even make the first move down her alleyway. “Her house is the road to the grave. Her bedroom is the den of death.” (Verse 27)

The only thing that saves us in these circumstances is the fear of the LORD (Proverbs 1:7 and 9:10) and to turn hard, fast and quickly in the opposite direction. It (the fear of the LORD) is the most basic and effective premise for sustaining spiritual life.