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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Confident (07/05/07)

TITLE: Confident, I Stand
By Elizabeth Baize


I peered across a great expanse
And trembled at the sight.
A thousand campfires pierced the gloom
And sparkled in the night.

The sight that some would view with awe
Struck fear into my heart
For every point of light cast forth
A flaming fiery dart.

The arrow labeled as Defeat
Came sizzling through the air.
And hot upon its trail came Doubt;
Then next, flew Dark Despair.

They hissed of death as they drew near,
Unerring in their course.
I waited for the searing strike,
Transfixed as if by force.

But then a voice fell on my ear,
“My child, take up your shield!
For faith can quench those flaming darts
Before your fate is sealed.”

I raised my shield and knew that God
Had set me free from fear.
Rejoicing in the strength He gave
I watched the darts draw near.

But when their searing points but touched
Faith’s luminescent face,
They fell extinguished to the ground –
Deflected by God’s grace.

Rejoicing in the victory
I raised my voice in praise.
“Oh Father, You are mighty;
Help me stand for all my days!”

I heard Him whisper, “Yes my child,
I’ll grant you strength to stand,
And also to defeat your foes
Who camp throughout the land.”

My foes! They loomed on every side
Their shadows towered high.
But now with confidence I stood
With God as my ally.

I raised my arm; my sword, the Word,
Flashed out with slicing force.
My enemies fell back from me
With flight their sole recourse.

The thousand who had pitched their tents
Against me for the fray,
Were vanquished in the Victor’s name
And fled in sore dismay.

I watched their fading forms in awe;
In Christ I stood secure.
For He had given confidence
Forever to endure.

Note: Ephesians 5:10-17 and Psalm 27:3 are the main background passages of this poem.

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Verna Cole Mitchell 07/12/07
A wonderful poem of victorious confidence!
Lynda Schultz 07/12/07
Wonderful! You made my day.
Dee Yoder 07/12/07
I love the word pictures you drew with the darts and flames and the enemy camps. Very visual representation of trials and tests as Christians.
Beth LaBuff 07/12/07
This is beautiful and very uplifting. Such perfect renditions of the Ephesians and Psalms passages. Very, very good!
Sharlyn Guthrie07/12/07
Excellent poem in every way. It brought to my mind two hymns, "The Battle Hymn of the Republid" and "Faith is the Victory."
Dixie Phillips07/13/07
Loved the line IN CHRIST I STOOD SECURE...... What a faith builder! I need daily doses of your poems. Thanks for the cool drink of water!
william price07/15/07
Great concept and masterful execution. It flowed and ministered flawlessly. God bless.
Jan Ackerson 07/17/07
Oooh, this is very good! From the very first stanza I was entranced--great meter, imagery, lesson. Three for three!
Loren T. Lowery07/17/07
A great poem and thought to take into our daily battles.
Loved the imagery.
Sally Hanan07/17/07
Well put together, and inspiring for those who doubt their prayers are effective.
Joanne Sher 07/17/07
I love this - the rhythm, the meter, and of course, the message. Wonderful.
Jacquelyn Horne07/17/07
A good poem on life's firey advances and our ability to stand with God's help.
Maxx .07/18/07
Just very very strong and highly polished. I really liked the use of language here. Well done!
Kristen Hester07/18/07
This is very nice. I enjoyed it!
Dianne Janak07/19/07
I loved this poem. We all need to be reminded about spiritual warfare and the victory we have already. It inspired me today... Beautiful and encouraging! Dianne
Patty Wysong07/19/07
So good!! I loved the imagery, and even more, the message. wonderful!
Loren T. Lowery07/19/07
Congratulations on your win and placement. I truly enjoy your work and look forward to reading more in the future. Continue in God's contenance -
Linda Watson Owen07/19/07
Oh, Elizabeth! This wonderful! What a powerful poetic trip into the experience of confidence and victory in Christ! Congratulations!
Sheri Gordon07/19/07
Congratulations on your 2nd place in EC. I'm not usually a poetry person -- but this is fantastic. Good job.
Sharlyn Guthrie07/19/07
Congratulations on your placement, ELizabeth!
Catrina Bradley 07/19/07
Congratulations, Elizabeth! I loved your poem. :)