By Karl William Marx Sr.
Marx is a pastor and the founder of Keichu-Do.
Look Out! Did you see that punch coming toward your head? You might have before I yelled, then again you might not have. Either way neither one would hurt as much as a spiritual attack.
Most people don’t see a spiritual punch to their heart, or soul. Like so many other folks that never entered a martial arts school they don’t know squat about how to defend themselves or their families in case of attack. Bully bait and victim potential is their fate.
Folks like this are similar to those who, for whatever reason, had they been smart enough to have someone teach them how to defend themselves, they would have a better chance to protect their family and their own skin. By not attending a spiritual place of study like a church, they are worse off than the folks who see no need to study physical self-defense.
Knowledge is the ingredient that brings on how to do something. Wisdom is the ability to do it to the right person at the correct time. From spiritual self-defense we learn how to block, punch, kick and submit our enemy of principalities.
From the Bible we learn that “Blessed is the man who finds wisdom, the man who gains understanding” (Proverbs 3:13). Hay! I’m not kidding. You should already know that wisdom will bring understanding, even if you don’t go to church or read your Bible. Any Spiritual leader knows this and most likely teaches the information to its membership.
Ok! How about this technique used to defend yourself from lusting, or coveting your neighbor’s house, his car, or his wife, daughter or anything that he has that you want.
Proverbs 2:10-12, “For wisdom will enter your heart, and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul. Discretion will protect you, and understanding will guard you. Wisdom will save you from the ways of wicked men….”
Now you have to believe that when you understand the how-to of something, then that becomes knowledge. The next step is wisdom, knowing how to use that knowledge. For example, let’s say a teenage girl wants to go to a party with a cool dude from high school. She doesn’t know him very well and might not have ever dated him before. Her parents on the other hand, know about his reputation. He has been in trouble at school, arrested several times, served two years in Juvenile Hall, and gotten two girls pregnant in the past five years.
Now the parents have knowledge about the fellow their daughter doesn’t have. That being the case, it can be said their condition of wisdom is greater than the daughter’s. Gaining knowledge in a public school, a self-defense academy, or even a Church is a good thing. True defense is physical, mental, and spiritual. One third of a whole is not in the best interest of anyone learning how to protect themselves.
Ok, now try this out.
God teaches that if we receive His words and treasure His commands within us, and if we incline our ears to hear wisdom and apply our hearts to understanding, then we will understand the fear of the Lord. That is a big problem for way too many individuals; they don’t know about fear of the Lord. That is the way to find the knowledge of God. For the Lord gives wisdom, knowledge and understanding.
You don’t get that kind of knowledge in a secular self-defense school. You may be able to kick someone’s butt in a fight, that is if you’re mentally ready.
I learned from reading my Bible I should trust in the Lord with all my heart, and to lean not on my own understanding. I’m not a Bible scholar; I’m just a reader with an open mind.
I learned all this right from Proverbs chapters two and three. Just think how much more there is to learn from the other 29 chapters. I suppose my premise here is to simply make an issue with my readers, that getting spiritual self-defense is the most important aspect of the three.
I remember one part I really gained knowledge that was most beneficial to me. Proverbs 3:7:
“Do not be wise in your own eyes;
Fear the LORD and shun from evil.
This will bring health to your body,
and nourishment to your bones.”