Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Tuesday’s Faith - Flaming Arrows Amidst Pervasive and All-encompassing Grief

Tuesday’s Faith

…Take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the Evil One.

~Ephesians 6:16 NIV

Flaming Arrows Amidst

Pervasive and All-encompassing Grief


Pervasive and all-encompassing is

Grief, reaching through head, heart, soul, with no relief,

throwing to the ground to pound and pound.

When (I’m) pounded flat, Satan steps in to ground,

ground his lies into my head, heart, and soul,

waiting till they dig a deep-enough hole…

that he can bury me in as if dead…

But Resurrection Father lifts me instead,

then places me under His protective wing,

pours life and hope and health until I can sing

and lift my heart—

“To Him all glory bring!”

Like my child, He frees (me) from Satan!

“Let Freedom Ring!”


Run the race set before you with perseverance.

~Hebrews 12:2

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power.

Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.

For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.

~Ephesians 6:10-12 NIV (highlights and some capitalizations mine) (See Eph. 6:14-18 for the weapons of your armor...)

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 far 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 hard and long.

Pray for your brothers and sisters. Keep your eyes open. Keep each other's spirits up so that no one falls behind or drops out...

~Ephesians 6:10-18 The Message

{To be continued in tomorrow's Wednesday's Woe...}

I do not know Rod Coronado, but I do like his depiction of “Flaming arrows” http://littleblackcart.com/images/flaming_arrows.jpg

Poem - Flaming Arrows Amidst Pervasive and All-Encompassing Grief - Angie Bennett Prince - 12/24/09


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