Previous Challenge Entry (Level 4 – Masters)
Topic: REDUCE (11/05/15)
TITLE: War Within
By vincent lyons
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Estranged from his Creator;
In flesh pursuits he makes his boast
These are the things that please him most—
Professed self adulator.
In bygone days before He came
I walked in ‘independence’
I gloried in my sin and shame
Self advancement was my aim
The flesh was in ascendance.
From time to time my conscience gnawed
But I was cold and heedless
I kicked against its every prod
Oblivious these were from God
Such promptings I thought needless.
But then came my ‘Damascus road’—
Put paid to my resistance;
I saw the self-made man implode
I kicked no more ‘against the goad’
He brought me to repentance.
Reduced from heights of self-renown
I saw my heart’s corruption;
By grace I turned my life around
From death’s dark grip my soul unwound—
Now under Christ’s instruction.
Of Him the more—of me the less,
Though flesh resists the changes;
Ongoing battles I confess
But Christ is victor nonetheless
Despite some fierce exchanges.
I must decrease, He must increase
Is what His Spirit teaches
Until the Day of sweet release
The Day of His unending peace
Past flesh and devil’s reaches.
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