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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Obedience (01/31/05)

TITLE: It is Jesus that I Choose
By Nancy Hardy


It is Jesus that I Choose

I had a conversation
With the man from Hell.
His voice was bold and boasting,
Rich promises to sell.

I said, “I have no interest,
No matter what the price.”
Until he laid before me
The object of my vice.

Alluring was its beauty,
Enticing were its ways.
Wasting fast was my resolve,
Setting desire ablaze.

My heart had reached a crossroad.
A choice had to be made;
Loyalty or waywardness,
Two paths before me laid.

Handing me the pen of death,
“Just sign the dotted line.”
So eager for an answer
A chill ran down my spine.

I saw within that moment
All that I would lose.
I couldn’t turn my back on Him,
“It’s Jesus that I choose.”

“What, you must be joking, right?
Just look at all you’ll own.”

“Get behind me Satan,
My heart is God’s alone.

Obedience is the answer
That bars you from soul.
No, you will not deter me
From reaching Heaven’s goal.

I must obey my Master
And listen to His voice.
Be gone from me Apollyon
For Jesus is my choice.”

His eyes filled black, with darkness
Knowing of his defeat.
He turned and gave a mighty roar
Then made a swift retreat.

I slowly started singing
A hymn of long ago.
Comforted by its message,
It made my spirit glow.

Trust and obey,
For there’s no other way
To be happy in Jesus,
But to trust and obey.*

* Words to the song, Trust and Obey, were written by John H. Sammis ~ 1846-1919. I claim no ownership.

** Italicized quotes are when Satan is speaking.

Word Count:

Total: 270

Poem only: 244

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Crista Darr02/08/05
Great poem with a great message! Yes, our salvation is assured but everyday we choose Jesus by obeying him or deny him by disobeying. Did you miss a word in this line:"That bars you from soul" ?
Renita Koehn02/08/05
I think it is good how you have expressed this moment of choosing Jesus in the midst of temptation. I appreciate that you have shown honestly that the temptation has an actual allurement and that desire can (and often will) arise in the heart. But the willful choosing is key in such times, as you have iterated. And it is only then that the peace of our choice comes. The peace (represented by the hymn at the end of the poem) cannot come until the choice is set and Satan knows that it is set. So often, when we are tempted, we are also deceived to think that if we don't have peace in the midst of it, we have already sinned or done something wrong. This too, is a trick of the devil. So, I appreciated your expession of the journey of choosing Christ in the midst of a real temptation. Thank you for your work.
Sally Hanan02/09/05
Beautifully written. It said it all.
Lori Othouse 02/11/05
Great poem! Especially the line, "until he laid before me the object of my vice". It's easy to be strong with things that don't tempt us. The real measure of our strength is what we choose in the area of our weaknesses. I love that you chose Jesus!
Mitzi Busby02/14/05
This is another masterpiece. Your writting is such a blessing.
Debbie OConnor02/15/05
Great work Nancy! You are a most welcome addition to FW. I'm looking forward to reading more of your wonderful work.

This poem was very vivid and powerful. It expressed the moment by moment battle we face very well.
Deborah Porter 02/16/05
Nancy, I've already congratulated you on the Message Boards, but want to give another huge congratulations to you here. Not only 2nd Place in the Level 1 Champion Challenge, but also 2nd Place in the Editors' Choice Challenge. That is really quite awesome. So Nancy, it's time for you to move up in the ranks. I would suggest moving up to the Advanced Level after doing so well. You are definitely ready for it. With love, Deb (Challenge Co-ordinator)
David&Dee Jobes03/31/05
A very Powerful Excellent Inspirational writing.By God's Grace I will always choose the One who died for me.Jesus'Love is so Amazing and Beautiful.Let us all continue to keep our Eyes on His Lovely Face.In Christ,Dee.
Deborah Porter 04/03/05
Hi again Nancy. I'm just doing the final editing for the FaithWriters' anthology this poem will be going into, and need to check something with you. Could you send me a quick note at debporter@breathfreshair.org? It's just a query about the second line in the fifth last stanza. Love, Deb
Pat Guy 10/04/05
Awesome Nancy! Where is that pen of Life we are missing?

Love, Pat