by Jay O'Toole
The Lord doesn't always speak in an audible voice, but often in nudges, moving the heart.
"The fight we fight is not with those
within this world we see.
The fight we fight will full disclose
the powers, that they be.
"The fight is fought beyond the eyes
the rulers in their dark disguise
of wickedest disease.
"Wherefore now take you armor full
of God, that ye may stand,
resisting every earthly pull
to stand by God's great Plan.
"I charge, thee, stand therefore as girt
with truth about your loins,
and wear your breastplate as a shirt
of righteousness enjoined.
"Your feet be shod on every side,
prepared to speak of peace,
the Gospel casting down all pride
to give hearts full release.
"Above it all, I bid thee take
the shield of faith to quench
all fiery darts, that would thee stake
to wicked martyr's bench.
"And on your head, Salvation blest,
your helmet ever sure.
To know this Christ and in Him rest,
we're evermore secure.
"The Spirit's Sword is ever strong.
It is God's lasting Word."
Advance by speaking, sing Its song,
and nevermore be lured.
"Be praying always with all prayer.
In humbleness, we ask.
Within the Spirit always there,
complete for every task.
"And watching thereunto be firm,
with all perseverance last.
Each supplication builds the berm
for saints 'til trial's past."
"12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood,
but against principalities, against powers,
against the rulers of the darkness of this world,
against spiritual wickedness in high places.
13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God,
that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day,
and having done all, to stand.
14 Stand therefore,
having your loins girt about with truth,
and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
15 And your feet shod
with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
16 Above all, taking the shield of faith,
wherewith ye shall be able to quench
all the fiery darts of the wicked.
17 And take the helmet of salvation,
and the sword of the Spirit,
which is the word of God:
18 Praying always with all prayer
and supplication in the Spirit,
and watching thereunto with all perseverance
and supplication for all saints;"
(Galatians 6:12-18, KJV)
by Jay O'Toole
on March 31st, 2021