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Spiritual Battle

by Jacky Hughes  
2/09/2007 / Poetry

All the while in sorrow and pain

That long armed claw reachng out to steal

What is rightfully mine

Only by the word of my Father and His son that I am

joint heir

And have only a work, and a journey, and a destiny here

To bring me back to them who sent me here

I lay down my weapons and take up His

My standard proclaiming "Jesus'

Exchanging faith for hopelessness

Certainty of Salvation for wandering

Breast plate of sin for righteousness that is only His

And speak in boldness with a sword of the Word to the

demons in the darkness

Placing the gospel of Peace on my feet

Those shoes leadimg me to the cry of the spirit

that reaches Heaven through darkness,

Soaring into the plain light of the throne, and Heard

So that the shout of victory descends in increasing


Through the ranks of Angels assigned to fight my


In the fierce battle field

Where the enemy tries to take me with force.

And then just as the fire of the war rages, and

the battle field seems so full of scars

It is left with only the wandering,ministering angels

Who bind up wounds in His blessed name

The demons fleeing to some other cause, not daring

to return

And I wonder

If I could see the battle in the Heavens raging

The fights that were fought and the battles won

Because here below I bowed the knee

And cried out in helplessness, God help me

Would I be encouraged for the future fights?

Would I understand more of Heavenly rights

Grow nearer to my destiny?

Hold the cross closer for future gain?

Live more for Him then than in Him now?

Would I who dimly in that mirror see

Love Him more?

Than now in adversity. and allow

Him to do more in the weeping times?

I do not know, but when in prayer

When my spirit seems to soar

I sometimes understand where the angels are

And how many more there are in each fight than me

The mirror below is dim, but the one above is clear

And through that veil He is there waiting

With open arms to give me joy

And set me down to dance with angels

I think I finally understand

I am the general and He the King

If I obey His command

The battle rages only till it is won

In certain victory; it lies with me in Him

My response determines the length of the war

And the heat of the battle fire.

copyright Jacky Hughes Feb 2007. Jacky Hughes lives and works and writes in Oxford, UK. More of her poems, articles, and devotionals can be seen at In particular, she has a ministry to those who have been abused in any way, or who need inner healing.

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