We live in a world that is a battlefield between God and Satan. This poem reflects one aspect of the daily battles and struggles we face, and reminds us we must rely on God, Scripture, and a strong moral code in order to live according to God’s plan for us.

I wake up uncertain of what this day will hold
I live in a battlefield, or so I am told
I put on my armor, as instructed by Ephesians
Yet I worry with anxiety, though I have no real reason
God, please guide me, should you find me worthy
For I am made in your image, a steward of things earthly

Pay no attention to those nonsensical teachings
Prayer and principle are just their way of leaching
Your time and your talent and, of course, your earned treasure
That you should be spending in pursuit of your pleasure
Did God really say you don’t deserve to be happy
Quit wasting your time on the trite and the sappy
You’re your own man, live life to the fullest
Being bound by a book is simply just foolish

Stop it, you snake, you’re not going to fool me
I pride myself on my Christian morality

Your morals are flawed, why waste your time
That girl could be yours with this bottle of wine

She can?

Why of course, you fine, handsome stud
You don’t want to be some Christian boy dud
Look how she stares, her desire is clear
Show her your money, and she will come near

Be patient, my son, you know what to do
Second Timothy, second chapter, verse twenty-two

Run from anything that stimulates youthful lusts. Instead, pursue righteous living, faithfulness, love, and peace. Enjoy the companionship of those who call on the Lord with pure hearts.

Why will you run when you can have what you want?
Trophy wife, cars; so many things you can flaunt

No, I won’t listen – You’re just trying to trick me
The last time I was down, you laughed and you kicked me

You fell, that is true, but now you are standing
Your trust in my plan is all I’m demanding
Fallen and lost, or so it seemed
Yet here you are now, renewed and redeemed

Do you feel new, better than ever?
If only the old man were really that clever
Look at yourself, all the longing and anguish
Those feeling that I can so easily extinguish


Just be you and do as you please
You know that your life can be lived with ease
Forget about ethics, morals, and standard
No need to be honest or living in candor

It’s not about you, son, it’s about us
Lean into me and give me your trust
The trouble and trials help you grow in me
Remember in Matthew, 6:33

Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.

Need? Don’t be silly. You deserve more than that
This life is about scoreboarding all you can get
You handcuff yourself with his rules and his dogma
Why fill your life with all of his drama?

Wait. I’m confused. Why’s this so hard?
I want to do right, and serve you, my Lord
But I feel so unworthy and so full of shame
And that lier keeps making my soul one big game

Be strong, my dear son, I am here at your side
Your faith gives you strength, you know wrong from right
Remember this morning reading from the Book of James
Chapter 4, verse 7, take a hold of the reigns

So humble yourselves before God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

As if!

That’s enough! Get behind me, you demon
You’re trying to trick me and lead me to ruin
The Lord is my savior, I shall not want
He converts into can the things I cannot
I humble myself before my God almighty
In the name of Christ Jesus, I command you to leave me

<pause, devil leaves, man sits>

Well done, my good and faithful servant.

<return to my collection>