Highland Avenue Community Church of the Nazarene in Rancho Cucamonga, California

The Battle


A pleasant moment in the sun

The gentle breeze cool

Then unexpectedly

A healthy brown


Making a beeline

An object within

Rummaging in the flower bed

A healthy

With A pointed

In the lizard’s grasp

The lizard determined

The tomato worm


Within the lizard’s mouth

To eat his tempting delight

Great fare

Not so, for the tomato worm

The battle

The lizard

What amazement

Within God’s wondrous creation

Survival of the fittest!

the battle

The patio warm

unexpectedly, Out of nowhere

lizard racing at my feet

quickly across the patio

to the other side


his sights

The battle in on

green tomato worm

red horn on top

The struggle

Twisting, writhing

Mouth open

Trying to escape

But held secure

hin Not letting go

Racing off

For a lizard


lizard, the victor

and wonder

Engaged in

The battle!

Are we not equally engaged in battle?

Out of nowhere

The tempter comes

Enticing, calling

Invoking us to follow

Who will be the victor?

Will “self” reign?

Will we succumb to temptation?

Or will we remain strong in the Lord?

For the world calls

It is within our eyes view

Enticing us to enter

A battle for our mind

To distract us away from God

To lead us down a wrong path

Our mouths are open to partake

Who will overcome?

The world or God above?

There is a choice to be made

The battle is on

Who will be the victor

In your heart and mind?


There is one who has already overcome!

Christ Jesus

For He reigns as victor over Satan

As ruler over the world and temptation

And all that so easily captures us


With his holy spirit power

We also

Can be Over-comers!

Draw close to Him

And He will draw close to you

God’s spirit will empower you

He will strengthEN you

Cause you to rise above the struggle

Give you fortitude to face temptation

To walk in newness of life

To walk in spite of your circumstances

For God is mighty!

With God, all things are possible

He loves his children!

He promises to strengthen and uphold us

With God, we can live victoriously!

When we are engaged in the battle!


· Exodus 14:13-14 – “stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring…the Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.”
· II Chronicles 20:1-30 – do not be afraid or discouraged…for the battle is not yours, but God’s…stand firm and see the deliverance the Lord will give you,…have faith in the Lord your God and you will be upheld;…
· Psalm 144:1-2 – Praise be to the Lord my rock, who trains my hands for war, my fingers for battle. He is…my stronghold and my deliverer,…
· I Corinthians 10:11-13 – No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful…He will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.
· I Corinthians 15:56-58 – but thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ…stand firm, let nothing move you.
· I Peter 5:6-11 – your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith,…
· I John 4:4-6 – …the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.

Written May 20, 2013 by Madeline Beber

Thanks be…Christ has already won

“The Battle”.

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