10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.
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.
I SET MY FACE
I set my face to do God's Will,
And bravely started out,
Determined that I would fulfill,
My pledge and never doubt.
I ran against the gates of Hell,
Flags flying, sword aflame,
Eager to face each obstacle,
In Jesus' Holy name.
The difficulties barred my way,
Yet I, undaunted fought,
Dethroning self and yielding all,
At least that's what I thought.
But fierce, relentless conflict soon,
Left me somewhat distressed,
As pressure from the foe increased,
And greatly 'gainst me pressed.
"This is too much, " I cried aloud,
For God to ask of man,
And looking for a place to rest,
I turned my back and ran.
The Lord, in mercy, carried me,
Off the field of war,
And set me down to rest and learn,
And help me to mature.
You ran into the battle son,
Before you could prepare,
What you must learn I'll teach you,
If you'll come to me in prayer.
You were impetuous and young,
In spirit matters new,
Before I'll send you out to fight,
I'll make a man of you.
And for what seemed eternity,
The Lord put me aside,
And dealt with motives, attitudes,
Ability and pride.
He taught me that my confidence,
Must be in Him alone,
And many lessons I must learn,
Before His work is done.
Now I have set my face again,
And I confess with joy,
A confidence that rests in him,
Which nothing will destroy.
C R Lord © 1987
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