Proverbs 23:7 (AMPC) tells, “For as he thinks in his heart, so is he.” Those words would be spoken again by 17th century French philosopher René Descartes in his analysis and translation of the Latin, “Cogito ergo sum” or ” I think, therefore I am.” Humans are thinking beings. One of the most important things one can do to find their true authentic self is to consider their intrapersonal self, the way in which one knows who they are in regards to the world around them and their place in it.
The creation of politics was to bring humans beings of out their their natural estrangement with one another to a society of harmony based on natural law discerning the fundamental forms of good and evil. The lifeblood of this divine notion is knowledge. Although humans obtain information about their environment is driven though our physiological capacity for senses, the enemy of good enters us through them. Dark spirits mask themselves as false crises, foreign and domestic despots, and purveyors of hostility against the approach of peace. Self-knowledge is one of the tools used to build the foundation of truth and integrity from which one can wade into battle against the wicked ones.
Belt of truth
In Ephesians 6:10-18 (AMPC), it is written for a believer to, “14: Stand therefore (holding one’s ground with capacity), have tightened the belt of truth around your loins…” The first part of the God’s armor is the metaphysical premise of a bonding force of knowledge that brings together one’s notion of 100 percent truth in reality. Even though not having divine knowledge is not a sin in of its self, actively disengaging oneself from the search for higher meaning, however, is. The belt of truth is the last thing one puts one before the battle begins. As a sign of the wholeness of preparation, the mark of the strength of the wise depends upon the usage during the spiritual challenge to come. Self-woven from 100 percent truth, its power
In war theory, there are distinct belligerents in opposition against each other to achieve victory for the greater good for their respective societies, regimes, or kingly aspirations. In World War I, the Allied Powers, consisting of the United States of America, Great Britain, Australia, France, and other Western-aligned nations fought against the Axis Powers, which included Germany, Italy, and Austria on the European Front and Japan on the Eastern stage in the Pacific. Although there were countries like Switzerland that considered themselves by international legal status as non-belligerent neutral nations, not all is fair in war, where there is clear and present danger.
Everyone has a tipping point. There is a point at which resistance to war begins to be a weapon itself and can be detected by the enemy. At a time when the truth of the matter is that an opposition to knowledge will metastasize into a notion of reality as guided by anti-logic, or an active attempt on destroying the truth. Therefore, when one is rooted in anti-logic due to their unwillingness to rid their eyes of the mask of false reality created by malevolent icons fictitious prophets, evil actions will become of them.
Breastplate of integrity
Continuing the fourteenth verse from Ephesians, “…and having put on the breastplate of integrity and of moral rectitude and right standing with God.” The breastplate in an armored outfit protects the most vital organs in the human body. Moreover, throughout human civilization, armies of nations have embellished iron breastplates with designs and insignias detailing their country’s symbolism and mission of kingdom and country. Symbols and insignias show others who we are representing ourselves as either in public or on the field of battle.
In its most holistic definition, a breastplate of integrity is a metaphor for the spiritual force integrity has as a metaphysical insignia for the respect and honor for which one is known. A person has the chance to introduce themselves to someone else twice, both in person and the way in which the respective other “sees” you through your actions pertaining to the outside world, accomplishments, surrogates, and branding.
Integrity is one of the most valuable, yet unstable assets a person has as a foundation of their character. This is due to the fact that one’s integrity can be attacked in silence and without immediate consequence. There are countless examples of surreptitious acts occurring just off stage amidst the world’s largest events that moved civilizations of people.
“15: And having shod your feet in preparation [to face the enemy with the firm-footed stability, the promptness, and the readiness produced by the good news] of the Gospel of peace.” The truth of the Word allows us to stand on a firm foundation of principle to face world as did the leather and metal gear Roman soldiers strapped to their feet to give them protection in the face of an adversary on the move.
One should not go through life by the path illuminated by the visions of idols and false prophets, but walk forward with the light of God shining through your eyes, lighting the way towards righteousness. Always pray for the best outcome to bathe the world in healing, but never cease preparing for the worst of what men can do. This is why great armies and navies of freedom-loving nations block and contain the spread of evil throughout the world with a show of calming force.
Shield of Saving faith
“16: Lift up over all the [covering] shield of saving faith, upon which you can quench all the flaming missiles of the wicked [one].” During the Roman Empire’s greatest years, their armies covered the largest area in the known world after their campaign in the East when the conquest of the Persian Empire. Enemies of the Romans would dip their arrows in resin-based flammable liquid, meeting their sharp shooting ability with the destruction of an incendiary bomb. However, Roman soldiers would soak their shields in water before battle, thus extinguishing the fiery arrows as they hit their mark.
The shield with which we protect ourselves against the actions of evil spirits is grown out of struggle from the past with those who may have denied one the right to pursue a good moral living in this world.
Helmet of Salvation
“17: And take the helmet of salvation…”. God’s helmet is bestowed upon humanity as a divine measure to save themselves from the evils that cloud the minds of the thinking beings of Earth.
Europe during the Middle Ages was the stronghold for jousting, a battle strategy-turned sport involving two armor clad participants on horses, storming at each other with long, heavy spears. The most armored part of a jouster was typically his head a neck. Due to the immense need for protection, mobility and vision was limited by the life-saving iron apparatus. Since the knight o the horse only had a few degrees of sight available to him, the mark would have to be set on the target the entire way. Therefore, the knight would have to keep his eye on his target of the opposing jouster through impact to register a blow and a win in the challenge.
When one realizes the love God had for them and can therefore allow him to entrust the armaments of battle to them, the fear of being attacked or retaliated against vanishes. Salvation is based in the Latin salvare – to save. Though, from what or from whom are we being saved? We’re being saved from ourselves. We’re being saved from our own estrangement with the world brought upon by ways of false idols and those with surreptious nature.
Sword of the Spirit
If such a world is constantly driven into darkness by phony leaders of men under pretenses of false gods, what is there to do? “…and the sword that the Spirit wields, which is the Word of God.” The first five entities of God’s armor protect the individual believer from evil forces among us. It is only when we can protect ourselves from the evil nature that exists around us that we can understand its root cause. And its root cause is the notion of anti-logic – acting without knowledge.
Ergo, those who live by the moral laws put in place in the beginning, shall be worthy to wield the sword that will slay the wicked ones. A true supporter of ever-lasting goodness on Earth must be clad in the armors given by God to shield themselves – only to swing the sword of the Spirit at the throat of encroaching evil.
By Alex Lemieux