All right, I'm still on the metal kick that was mentioned last week, and one of those odd juxtapositions struck me. I recalled an old metal album entitled Pierced From Within. The album cover featured a rotting corpse strung up with a ring of large spikes projecting out of it's gut. Yummy, I know, but there is a point. Last week we talked about the war that we all face and fight, particularly our internal battles. That picture seemed exceptionally appropriate to follow up with the war imagery. Those battles we fight can grow inside of us, getting larger and larger, sharper and sharper, pushing their way out, ripping through our bodies, not only causing us our own pain, but even making it impossible for others to come near us to help as the pointed spears create a wall around us. Sometimes we forget about the internal front in spiritual warfare. We try and bury those seeds of thought and action deep inside, only to have them sprout through all the compost we cover them with.
As I was working on this, I had to make a run, and when I started up the van, Seventh Day Slumber's song "From The Inside Out" was playing, a not so subtle reminder that the spiritual positives work the same way. Our armor isn't built up by piling more on the outside, it's built up by growing layers on the inside. Outer armor is often like the whitewashed sepulchers Jesus referenced. Armor built up from the inside, with much prayer, study and fellowship, grows and makes its way to the outside, not quite as painfully as the impaling spikes, but it still starts from the inside.