Poetry With A Mission

...a thought provoking poetical exercise.


Struggle On

“For our struggle is not against enemies of blood and flesh, but against the rulers, against the
authorities, against the cosmic powers of this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil
in the heavenly places” (Eph 6:12).

Jesus never told us that the Christian walk would be easy,
Rather, “Take up your cross and follow Me,” He says, knowingly.
Thus, many struggle, become discouraged, and give up, sadly,
Viewing struggling as negative, when it’s not, actually.

Our struggling shows that we haven’t succumbed to the enemy,
Plus, it’s far better to be struggling than not struggling, you see.
Such shows that we haven’t given up, but are battling still,
And are doing our best to serve Christ and carry out His will.

In fact, should we not be battling, dear friend, what might that convey,
For Satan only hassles those who Christ’s will truly obey.
After all, why would he waste time on Laodicean sheep,
They being, worldly Christians who’re lukewarm and foolishly asleep.

You see, if we’re struggling, then chances are we’re under attack,
That Satan is trying to weaken us, or take us off track.
He doesn’t want us growing in Christ, witnessing correctly,
For such Christians pose a greater threat to him, obviously.

Satan knows very well that the Christian walk isn’t easy,
That is, when a Christian is truly walking biblically.
Thus, he tries his best to make things harder so they’ll give up, fall,
Hence why Christians need to be committed, and give Christ their all.

So, don’t get discouraged if struggling — rather, rejoice you are,
Because such will ensure that the devil won’t get as far.
Yes, he may have some success, but don’t let him win, take you down,
And let praises to your Saviour Satan’s evil whispers drown.

Remember: Failure is not falling down, but staying down — so,
Learn to roll with Satan’s punches, and when he tempts you, say “No!”
And remember: If you’re not in the battle, how can you win?
Though it’s not you that actually does, but the Spirit within.

By Lance Landall

Yes, it's better to struggle than to give up — that’s the context.

Spiritual Muscles

We’re all the same, pretty much — don’t like Lonely Boulevard, Trials Road, Persecution Place-cum-Suffering Street,
Which all those who’re truly committed to their Lord, and walking in accordance with His will, are bound to meet.
The truth is, that we’re all suffering from degrees of spiritual weakness-cum-weakness in general,
Which is why we prefer things easy, or don’t rock the boat, thus avoiding that which is unpalatable.

Well, such is no way to build spiritual muscles-cum-muscles in general that will be for our best,
Which God knows need building, especially given the great controversy that’s raging-cum-Satan’s evil quest.
For not only does Satan want to steal our hearts and minds, but to hassle and tempt us too, and every day,
So that we’ll not only get discouraged, but yield to sin, and from the loving arms of our dear Saviour stray.

It’s said that a calm sea never makes a good sailor, and so it is with Christians too, who avoid the rough,
Or who’re sheltered from such, for little opposition or pain doesn’t make for a Christian who’s sound or tough.
And by tough I mean, able to withstand ill winds that blow, but which strengthen if we meet them head on — bravely —
Rather than running for cover, which makes us weaker, and more vulnerable to he who plots evilly.

Yes, no one likes pain, hardship, troubles, attacks or stress, but without such we wouldn’t grow, and grow we need to,
For Heaven isn’t for wishy-washy Christians who haven’t been proven genuine — yes, faithful and true.
But nor would we cope with life in general, or certainly not very well, which God in His wisdom knows,
And which love allows, and upon the head of all those who patiently endure, a coming jewelled crown bestows.

By Lance Landall