November 23, 2009

The Battle

Wounded and weary the warrior laid down
Face deep in the dirt with mud all around
Longing for silence, no strife no more fight
Jeers by the enemy instilling more fright

A voice said "Arise, stand tall, I know that you're hurt
But the time has now come be sober, vigilant, and alert
Your enemy is roaring and prowling about
It's not time to be silent, lift your voice now and shout

Submit to My plan
I'm in command
I'm the power behind your sword
I'm Your Captain, The Highest, Your Lord

Warrior, lift up your head
Listen to what I have said
The plans for this battle were drawn before the foundation of this world
I knew of this war and every dart that would be hurled

I gave you weapons of war and power to fight
Go in My Power, My Strength, and My Might"
Lifting my head I looked at His face
I caught a glimpse of His glory, His eyes full of grace

I rose to my feet with the help of His hand
Positioned on His Word I fought just to stand
The forces of darkness came running at me
I submitted, I resisted, and they had to flee

"And that about wraps it up. God is strong, and He wants you strong. So take everything the Master has set out for you, well-made weapons of the best materials. And put them to use so you will be able to stand up to everything the devil throws your way. This is no afternoon athletic contest that we'll walk away from and forget about in a couple of hours. This is for keeps, a life-or-death fight to the finish against the devil and all his angels.

Be prepared. You're up against more than you can handle on your own. Take all the help you can get, every weapon God has issued, so that when it's all over but the shouting you'll still be on your feet. Truth, righteousness, peace, faith and salvation are more than words. Learn how to apply them. You'll need them throughout your life. God's Word is an indispensable weapon. In the same way, prayer is essential in this ongoing warfare. Pray long and hard. Pray for your brothers and sisters.

Keep your eyes open. Keep a cool head. Stay alert. The devil is poised to pounce, and would like nothing better than to catch you napping. Keep your guard up. You're not the only ones plunged into these hard times. It's the same with Christians all over the world. So keep a firm grip on the faith. The suffering won't last forever. It won't be long before this generous God Who has great plans for us in Christ~eternal and glorious plans they are!~will have you put together and on your feet for good. He gets the last Word; Yes He does." Ephesians 6, I Peter 5

Scripture taken from THE MESSAGE
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