Friday, May 7, 2010

The Fight Continues • Esther 8

The king's order authorized the Jews 
in every city to arm and defend themselves 
to the death, killing anyone who threatened them 
or their women and children, and confiscating for 
themselves anything owned by their enemies.
Esther 8:11

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. 
Ephesians 6:10-12

On that day they were granted permission
to stand and fight, to take back what had
been taken from them and to defend themselves
and their families.

The battle rages on to this day
not with weapons forged of steel,
not against enemies that bleed when cut.

Enemies who disguise themselves
in cloaks of "good" and "comfortable" while
they whisper enticing lies into our ears
threaten us from every side.

How willingly we at times surrender to these
enemies unseen, chained at wrist and ankle,
following along with blinded eyes.

Truth and Light wash the lies from our eyes and ears,
revealing what was hidden.

Grasping The Word, we begin the fight. With prayers
streaming from our lips we face head on what had
made us cower in fright.

Righteousness and truth surround us as we run forth in
the strength of the Gospel.

Peace flows in rivers around us
as we deflect the fiery arrows with faith.

Salvation is ours as we shout out the truth in faith –
gathering all who will come with us.

Daily we continue our fight
empowered by our victorious Savior.

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