Resist

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Resist

When temptation comes to visit me

And with subtle voice insist

That I should yield my liberty,

I clench my teeth, “Resist!”

 

It circles round my spineless back

Reminds me all I’ll miss

But thoughts of gain instead of lack

Nerve answer made, “Resist!”

 

Once some noble pastor’s wife

When named on martyr’s list,

On price of yielding faith for life,

In blood, left word, “Resist!”

 

She grieved in damp cell’s solitude

Yet answered duty’s call

And daily her resolve renewed

From bloodstains on the wall.

 

I cannot leave my battlefield

With courage less than this

So when enticement comes to yield

Red letters shout, “Resist!”

 

How many times have I been saved?

By that sacred martyr’s word

The road to glory is still paved

By concupiscence deferred.

 

I may not ever strive to blood

Against allures of sin

Yet, I still know to brave that flood

I must resist, to win. 

 

For Satan has no pressing need

To trap souls through persistence

He only must incite the deed

In those with no resistance

 

So when the hour comes to each

When soul’s in jeopardy

Resist, and let your prayer beseech-

Then stand, while demons flee.


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Olan01 commented on Resist

11-12-2010

I like this for you are speaking about fortitude and will. In this we have our hope of survival, not only of self but species for without it we have nothing but fear and cowardliness.

HarverTomsson

11/13/2010

incarceration+transcendent resolve=inspiration. We all are in her debt.

simoneaugustus commented on Resist

01-15-2010

If faith were easy, everyone would have it, right? Beautiful reminder of how one's resolve and faith can conquer any demon.

HarverTomsson

01/15/2010

The Bible says God gives everyone a measure of faith. it's what we do with it after He grants it, that determines if it dissipates or grows. And it's the rough spots in life that seem to propel faith, as well as test it. Thanks for your insightful comments.

Hampton commented on Resist

01-07-2010

A beautifully conceived poem about temptation written in the grand style of a master.

ginga commented on Resist

12-28-2009

Such a wonderful way of describing temptation. It's as if you are preaching to the choir and that choir is you! This is a marvelous self-therapy poem! ginga

HarverTomsson

12/28/2009

Yeah, sometimes we need a bit of self talk just to be assured someone is still listening! HT

Kdaddy commented on Resist

12-28-2009

Love the spirituality of this one. Great advice given here to all that read.

HarverTomsson

12/28/2009

Thanks, Kdaddy, I need to remind myself I haven't resisted unto blood yet, on my journey home. blessings. HT

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