by Abby Aranzamendez
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Hey Doubt, let me have a word with you.
You know you're not welcome here, but you keep coming. Disguising yourself as intelligent, logical questions. That is clever! I admit, I didn't recognize you until you were already causing a lot of damage. You do your job amazingly well, I must say. Just when Faith has finally taken root, trying to clean your mess, you would automatically turn your razor on and cut Faith off before it even blooms.
Remember that day? When I finally convinced myself Favor was coming, and suddenly you showed up and played with my mind with curious questions? Yes, you won! And I could imagine you jumping and dancing and laughing at me.
And your twin brother Fear? Yeah, he's good at his job, too. You two strategize very well. You would come in first, and when you know the whole place is secure, Fear would follow after.
You kick out every one of my allies -- Peace, Joy, Patience, Truth -- every one. And as if that's not enough, you even have to cover the entire place with darkness. Darkness all over -- just how you like it. You think that one ray of light -- even the tiniest -- would be the start of your end.
Soon your entire troop would besiege my territory, too. Oh, how they like the darkness! Gloominess, Hopelessness, Pressure, Grumbling, and Discouragement would join their forces, bombard me with ugly stuff, make the place as chaotic as chaotic could get.
Yeah, I know how all of you work. Fortunately for you, I acted cowardly and let you camp at my territory with such ease. Come to think of it, I didn't even wage a war. I succumbed to your manipulation, even though I had the power over you.
But today's a different story. You've been residing far too long in my territory, and now I realize it's about time I evict you. No, demolish is more like it. And demolished you will be. Mark my word: No longer will I be subject to your maneuvering.
You don't think I'm serious? Well, how about I uproot each of your sources of sustenance? Pull them out of the lot, no matter how deep into the earth they've grown. Everything that feeds you, especially Lies and Envy, will be eliminated from the territory. With the Scripture, I'll build up a fence -- a strong and tall fence -- so that not one of you can enter again.
I'll clean my entire territory and plant seeds of Faith and Hope. Grace will abundantly water them and help me grow them into flourishing, fruit-bearing trees. Faith and Hope will then cover the place, leave you no room to occupy.
I know what you're thinking. You're thinking it's simple a demolition plan, yes? Na-ah. Don't underestimate it. You know my Commander, right? Yeah, Him. He's a war veteran, and you wouldn't want to know what happened to His enemies, although I'm sure you've been briefed about that.
Don't worry, I'm aware you're more persistent than people give you credit for. You're not going to throw in the towel that quick. In fact, I don't think you will ever get tired of breaking into my place again. Your own commander trained you to never back down. I'm pretty certain just seeing my boldness to fight you makes you work doubly hard.
But hey, I'll prepare for you. Remember, I have the power. So I will crush you into bits again and again and again. And even if you mutate into a different form, my Commander will enable me to recognize you. Of course, I'll have my shield and fence ready so you can't come closer to me again. Ever.
So this begins the demolition war. I'm telling you all this not to spill the plan and spoil the fun. I'm telling you this to warn you. I can't wait to see you destroyed. You and your entire troop. Today I declare my freedom!
Oh, before I forget, let me tell you one more thing. The Scripture -- it's a double-edged sword. So beware of my Scripture-powered fence; just one touch and you'll get immediately wounded, and die.
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