Instead of taste and see the Lord is good,
the prowling begins …
“take a bite
stop the fight with that silent god
come this way, the wide side road, where more people trod
your wisdom and enlightenment
will be a welcomed testament
you won’t be alone, there’s more like you
building their kingdoms, brand spankin’ new
aren’t you tired, weary
you’ve got to be so over
the same ole, same ole
for nothing …
here, there is only your Self to revere
in his church
wouldn’t god bless this delegation?
hear them? the oohs and ahhs
they love your ideas, so hide your faux pas
you are entitled to privacy
nobody wants to hear your pain
you are stronger than that, make sure your game face remains
god raises up leaders
look how well you walk as administrator
oh but are you ever enough?
self-affirmation balances out the condemnation
you know god disapproves
of every mistake, every wrong move … ”
All this leading, twisting
is the devil’s invitation to death
the wide road is where we lose our breath
sometimes satan crowds in
his minions look like you, worshipping
though their hearts lack truth
their encouragement offered is diffused
such that it slips under your nose
into your weak spots, soon exposed
God knows every devil trick
every son or daughter satan picks
God expects us to know
His truth to sow
to grow in Him
and to come against every lie from outside and within
Proclaim who is Lord of your life
Praise the One who pulled you from that pit of strife
For you cannot save yourself
Nor can you create yourself
Our God reigns over all, from the unborn to those in graves
Our God knows every single child’s name
You are known
You are seen
Our job is to know Him
To call out the wolves in sheep skin
None of us will know every Word
Stop, be still, seek His truth
Lo and behold you will find God gives pride the boot
Over confidence in our own strength, our own wisdom
Looking down on others with less vision
That pride comes before every fall
in planting our feet
on His solid ground
where genuine humility is found
Let us thank Him
for every perfect gift
Let us save every message
to equip us for this pilgrimage …
every message written on the tablet
of our hearts’ pliable palate.
Thank you for joining me here. I just finished reading the book, The Gospel According to Satan by Jared C. Wilson. The reading inspired this poem.
I pray right now that if you listened to any of the enemy’s lies today, you rebuke him, proclaiming Jesus as Your Lord and Savior.
“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 rulers, against authorities, against the powers of the dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand” (Ephesians 6:10-13).
According to the author, one of the tactics meant to empower us to refute the enemy is to use the words “It is written” before reciting Scripture. This is how Jesus refuted satan in the wilderness. The enemy cannot compete with the living, active word of God, though he will die trying.
I encourage you to read your Bible every day. I encourage you to spend time listening to God, as well as talking/praying. I encourage you to journal, recording ways God has answered prayer and/or moved in your life, often unexpectedly.
If you would like me to pray for you, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Or feel free to begin a conversation here in the comments.
You are all invited to join me for a live reading of this poem tomorrow at 10am Eastern time. You can go to https://Facebook.com/jdibble4Him to find me 🙂