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Topic: Century or Centuries (02/17/11)
TITLE: The Centurion
By Steven Kellen
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The remembrance of the ordeal was still fresh in the warrior’s mind. During the battle the warrior encountered many times where he felt he couldn’t go on. Often on his back or on his side he wielded his weapons so long that he could hardly hold his arms up. The stench of the battle was in his nostrils and his eyes were blinded from the dirt and grit that had flown in his face. Repeatedly he invoked the name of the Lord calling out in frustration for divine help from ministering angels when he felt he could go on no more. Each time he was permitted the strength to overcome the adversity and to move on.
The warrior pressed on and disemboweled the monster that tower over him and removed the vital defective organ. Then the preparations began for the transplant in hopes of bringing the beast back to life.
The temperature dropped and it began to snow. The warrior’s fingers and feet began to become numb, yet the intensity of the battle kept his inner core aflame and oblivious to the pain. Again and again his energy would ebb and fatigue would set in. When the warrior was beyond hope he remembered the words of the Lord, “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”1 The recollection of what the Lord had been through for the his sake was just the fuel the warrior needed needed to stay in the battle. Focusing on the Lord provided hope. At last the transplant was completed and the re-emboweling began.
The hours passed and it seemed as though defeat was wrested from the hands of victory more than once, but the pastor monitoring the weapons would begin to pray in the Spirit and ask the Lord to send in mechanic angels to help guide the process. Each time pastor was encouraged as she handed the warrior the weapons needed to attempt another attack on the black behemoth that loomed over them. The hours of daylight waned and the snows came back with a renewed vengeance. The warrior and the armor bearer were forced to dawn head lamps to finish the re-embowelling process.
At long last all was reassembled and resurrection seemed imminent, but alas, the battery was dead! The new fuel pump transplant was complete and the fuel tank was back in place, but the Chevy Blazer would not blaze again this night. The pastor had calmly said with a smile, “Thanks for your help. I’ll take care of the rest. One more step to go.”
The long drive home was a time for unwinding and warming the toes, and standing firm in God’s word; “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”2
1 Deuteronomy 1:9, NKJV
2 I Thessalonians 5:16-18
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