The Tug of War



The tension between Good and Evil,
Is taut by energies of love and hate,
Sliding between life-giving and lethal,
Muddy grounds determine fates,
Lest traction finds ground to pull its weight.

Even the whole of Hell shall not advance,
Nor Heaven’s glory can abate,
Choice alone heaves from its determined stance,
Giving sin or sacrifice its rightful chance.

Every tug honors God or pleases Satan,
Life compiles of little choices not happenstance,
Leaving souls raised in glory or left forsaken;

Is faith really a gift to those awakened?
Knowing those left behind if I’m taken?
Will Christ hold my heart that’s breaking,
And catch tears falling through hands still shaking?
Faith is hard on the heart and not worth faking,
With crosses bearing backs misshapened,
Trudging narrow roads Christ straightened.

This tug of war of choices,
Accounting the cost of gains and losses,
For fragile lives only hope rejoices…

The question remains, before all time and still,
How will each heart, each mind, each body, and soul use free will?

By Chris Clody 9/13/15

The Supremacy of Christ
15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. 16 For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities– all things have been created through Him and for Him. 17 He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.… (Colossians 1:15-17,ESV)

The Full Armor of God
11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm.…(Ephesians 6:11-13,ESV)

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