Poetry With A Mission

...a thought provoking poetical exercise.

Soldiers Of The Cross

If you won’t speak up because you don’t like confrontation,
You’re not truly on God’s side, but into self-preservation.
And nor are you a Daniel, not afraid to stand alone,
Nor someone God can rely on, who wrong will not condone.

Never before has the need been so great for valiant men,
Who as soon as their Saviour calls, will answer, “Where?” and “When?”
Yes, women too, not afraid to be unpopular, and,
Who the importance of the time, and their mission, understand.

With His return imminent, God wants watchmen who will warn,
Stalwarts who’ll soldier on despite troubles, hardship and scorn.
Men and women humble and true, prepared to give their lives,
Men and women who’ll keep on labouring ’till He arrives.

An army of dedicated Heaven bound disciples,
Yes, legions of unshaken Spirit filled faithful Daniels.
Daniels on that same straight and narrow path, unceasingly
Seeking to save the lost, that to God may be the glory.

Such won’t turn to the left, nor to the right, but will forge ahead,
Willingly working in the service of He whose blood was shed.
Such won’t yield to temptation, nor the traditions of men,
Clutching only to that to which they can safely say, “Amen.”

Yes, more than conquerors in the name of Christ (their Saviour);
Saved by grace that’s reflected in their Christ-like behaviour.
Yes, freed from Satan’s shackles by He who sits on the throne;
Justified by the robe of Christ’s righteousness, not their own.

Onward Christian soldiers, saved, transformed by amazing grace,
Singing, “Take the world but give me Jesus” — and in Him, trust place.
Yes, holding fast until He comes, truly children of the King,
Who hail Him the King of Glory, and His praises gladly sing.

Yes, stand up, stand up for Jesus, ye soldiers of the cross.

By Lance Landall

Christianity Isn't For Whimps

No, Christianity isn’t for wimps, and hence why Christ says, “Take up your cross and follow Me,”
He knowing that there’re hard battles to be won, our old self not giving in all that easily.
But rather, defending its age old perch, stubbornness and rebellion well and truly established,
And thus change-cum-righteous, selfless, humble behaviour hardly relished having not been cherished.

Yes, selfishness our biggest hurdle, pride, vanity, grudges-cum-nursed wounds all par for the course,
Both our natural bent and the devil’s evil promptings, temptations and stirring being the source.
And why we struggle to do what’s right, and oh, how some protest over those trials that come their way,
And why Christianity isn’t for wimps, but faithful soldiers who’re empowered when they pray.

All who become Christians draw Satan’s attention, for such followers he doesn’t like to see,
As any gain for Christ is a loss for him, he wanting all to suffer the same fate as he.
And why he does his level best to encourage and ensnare, and he, far too successfully,
For many seem to find it far too hard to hold back from behaving wrongly-cum-selfishly.

Yes, Christianity isn’t for wimps, the fainthearted, the half-baked, nor those who want to cruise,
But rather, for those who’re committed to whatever it takes, come any onslaught, wound or bruise.
They clinging to Christ, bearing their cross, and aware that looking at others will cause them to sink,
Hence their looking to Christ, staying the distance, for success isn’t gained when from hardships we shrink.

And upon acceptance of Christ and the committed walk, hardships can certainly come, and do,
Whereupon many buckle under the pressure, returning to those things they used to pursue.
Yes, the old haunts and ways, the territory of the weak, for such hardly requires inner strength,
And why only those who truly seek change-cum-Christ’s lordship, and willingly bear their cross, last the length.

Yes, despite what any non-believer might think, Christianity is hardly for the weak,
For the straight and narrow path is very challenging, and why the broader path more people seek.
And hence why the latter will be lost, for no one on that broad path is seen carrying a cross,
And thus they the wimps, discipline and sacrifice too tough — and the world, seemingly too greater loss.

Well, give me Christ any day — He no wimp — for no one was ever tested as strongly as He,
And nor achieved as great a victory, His discipline and sacrifice saving humanity.
Yes, He calling on His Father — that same overcoming power available to us — and
Thereby how we can be victorious too; willing wrongdoers not fit for the promised land.

By Lance Landall

“...To the one who conquers I will grant to eat of the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God” (Rev 2:7, ESV). Such is repeated in Rev 2:11,17,26; 3:5,12,21; 21:7

“No, in all these things [adversities and persecution) we are more than conquerors through Him [Christ] who loved us” (Rom 8:37, ESV).

"...heirs of God, and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with Him in order that we may also be glorified with Him" (Rom 8:17, ESV).

“Examine yourselves to see whether you are [living] in the faith [the context here is behaviour, practice]; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless, of course, you fail the test?” (2 Cor 13:5, NIV).

“For if we go on sinning deliberately [lawlessness] after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but a fearful expectation of judgment…” (Heb 10:26,27, ESV).

" 'I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot. So then, because you are luke warm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spew you out of My mouth' " (Rev 3:15,16, NKJV).

“You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness [God accepts people where they are, but He gives them no excuse for staying there]” (Eph 4:22-24, NIV).

I can do all things through Him who strengthens me [the great need of Christians is to strive to stay surrendered to Christ so that they will continuously have God’s power working in their lives]” (Phil 4:13, ESV).

“Strive for peace with everyone, and for the holiness without which no one will see the Lord” (Heb 12:14, ESV).

“ ‘Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven [keeps the Ten Commandments]’ ” (Matt 7:21, ESV).

You might also like to read my poems: "Where Are The Men" and "Not For Sale".