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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