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A Poem for the Battle

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Dear Yaweh Nissi, the Lord my Banner , Wave above me in the fray, This, your fight, is why You came; Holiness defends Your name. I await the victory day When all people will proclaim, The Lord reigns, He cannot flee. The Lord sustains, He won't forsake. The Lord forgives and peace He makes. The Lord gives hope, He won't despair. The Lord will triumph for my sake. Lord, go with me in the fray, You, Almighty, Elohim, Doom advances, hope grows dim; Faith alone will help me say, Victory comes through rest in Him. Holy Spirit, Father, Christ, who made the world, who paid the price, who give me strength, and calm my heart, who know my fears in hidden parts-- Lift my arms. Stretch my view! May I find all strength in You! Give me friends who hold me up I believe You fill my cup with blessings, impact, suffering-- I will fight for Jesus' sake. It's your battle, it's your war, It's your victory, and so much more. Throughout history an

At War

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It's easy to forget that I am in a daily battle. I'm at war. And I'm not talking about fighting with my kids over their homework or the dry cleaners over pants that have vanished. I'm talking about real spiritual warfare--the kind that's kicking me in the butt. I know a spiritual war is going on because I am praying against stuff that sometimes happens anyway. If I didn't know better, I'd say that my prayers weren't working. But I've been at the Christian life for awhile, so I know that's not true.  I'm just at war. And in a war, nobody wins all the time. War always creates setbacks and casualties on both sides. Everyone emerges with scars. Spiritual warfare is the reason that life is hard. So this spiritual war between good and evil becomes the reason that I pray, whether I realize it or not. My desire to push in against the enemy, to take back ground I've lost through wrong choices, to conquer new territory in my heart and mind-