Love fights. Love wins.

by Craig on May 31, 2011

So…

the negative voices…

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the ones that steal confidence,

and strength,

and opportunity…

they have to go.

Love has to be able to defeat the negative voices.

Love isn’t wimpy.
Love knows how to fight.
Love knows how to win.

And I find the timing of this fight to be interesting … in that “God” sort of way.

Before heading into battle against parts of our inside that do daily violence against us, and yet, knowing that the battle will not be all material but spiritual too – we will need prayer.

And with all the bunny trails upon which I hop,
and the monkey braining that I’m prone to,
which made a simple series on prayer last forever

but exactly this long,

just so long to be wrapped immediately before declaring this war
I find that timing…
interesting…

and a little inspiring.

And so, here is the battle plan for the War on the Negative voices,
and any good battle plan is flexible
but any good battle has to be planned.

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Tomorrow, before dawn, I’ll be writing a poem.
I heart poems, but Poems. Hate. Me.
Please pray for inspiration and the ability to tame the words.
If you haven’t read a poem of mine,
over there in the topic cloud are a few examples, in the area called “poema”.
You’ll heart them.

Then, the next couple of days I wrap up “Love Prays”,
Prayer being a critical part of the armament of God.

Then, next week, we double check
and answer the pretty much rhetorical question,
“is Love really armed for battle”?

Then a little bit on “Love war”

Then we fight and defeat these stupid negative voices that chain our heart down and hold it as a prisoner.

And I find this interesting too…
And I’ve read this verse, as have so many of you…
so many times…
the Ephesians 6, armor of God inventory…
It’s all love…
It’s all wrapped up in love.

Love continues to astound me.

We need all these “Love armaments”…

For our struggle is not with flesh and blood but with the principalities, with the powers, with the world rulers of this present darkness, with the evil spirits in the heavens. (EPH 6:12)

Now, this battle against the negative voices, it’s not all spiritual, some of it’s what’s inside of our head, and heart. But that’s the way life in this broken world is. Part of our problems are based “in the world” – and part are “not of the world”.

We will do battle with both, and Love will win.

Love. Wins.

And what is this “love armor”?

•    truth and righteousness
•    the gospel of peace
•    faith as a shield
•    salvation
•    the Word of God
•    prayer
•    perseverance

Seven things – I heart that it’s seven things.
That’s seven pieces of the armament,
and seven is the biblical number of completion.

I heart that.

To be honest, I never once thought, as I was writing this, that the Ephesians 6 armor verses would be part of this battle against the negative voices.

But it so obviously has to be, and I almost missed it.

I heart how the beginning of this battle is shaping up…

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Cora May 31, 2011 at 10:01 am

Wow!!!! LOVE that first picture with all the negative voice clouds! Makes me want to get a bulletin board and make my own. Since my brain (and heart) seem to respond to pictures and visual things, this was great. I wanted to throw darts at it. I’m dressed in my armor and ready to go. . .!!!!

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Craig May 31, 2011 at 10:10 am

Cora! That is an absolutely splendid idea! If I don’t come back to this idea please remind me – because I heart it – I need some sort of crafty person to teach me how to make one. Thank you Cora – and God bless.

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Cindy Holman May 31, 2011 at 11:59 am

Love this – you’re right we DO have a lot of negative voices looming around in our brains. We have to know how to get rid of those voices and on purpose do the positive and life giving things in our lives every day. Thanks for the great words of encouragement – Your poems are always great!

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Craig May 31, 2011 at 12:17 pm

Cindy, thank you for the very nice words about my poems, but they try to kill me every time I write one – they may turn out okay – but writing them is the hardest writing I have ever had to do – I gladly take prayer for tomorrow’s poem. And those voices – it really is time for them to go! Thank you – God bless you.

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gina reid May 31, 2011 at 1:36 pm

Great visuals…sooo true.

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Craig May 31, 2011 at 2:02 pm

thank you my beautiful, and brilliant, and lovable… Sister. lms

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Kristin May 31, 2011 at 1:58 pm

My family has been in a spiritual battle the last 5 years with outside influences attacking our first born. My husband and I hit the floor on knees asking the General to help us fight this battle in however He so chose. In absolute love for our son, we are armored with the suit and will fight in prayer until this battle is won.
You are so right! With love, this battle will be won!

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Craig May 31, 2011 at 2:05 pm

Kristin, first of all you are a brave mama lion, and that is so, so admirable. I think I remember you telling me about this. Your husband and you praying. and Amen – LOVE wins. I have prayed for your son, and you, and your hubs – just finished actually. God bless you and all of yours – and thank you.

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Debbie June 1, 2011 at 3:08 am

This is so encouraging that love wins. I’m in a battle right now. And I love. . .so this was such a wonderful word to hear! :) Praying with you for tame words and life beyond the writing of tomorrow’s poem! We need you! And praying for Kristin’s son too. . .
God bless you!

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Craig June 1, 2011 at 6:39 pm

Debbie, these voices have been around far too long – and I think not only in my head. Everybody’s got them for different reasons – but they still do the same damage. Love. Will. Win. That poetry is up – I think your prayer worked because it was a little less mean to me this time. I wonder if I might be able to work my way up to a poem a week. Baby steps :-)

Thank you Debbie, and as always, God bless you.

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Dayna June 1, 2011 at 4:26 pm

Yes! The negative voices must be cast down! II Corinthians 10:5 is one of my faves. I have to choose to do it every day… bring every thought into the captivity of the obedience of Christ. This is renewing my mind (Romans 12:2). So vital to my Christian walk. Mood. Relationships. Life.
~Dayna @ Pure Joy Journal

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Craig June 1, 2011 at 6:41 pm

Dayna – amen to bringing the thought into captivity – I heart that. Our Lord taught me a special way to do that once. I think that has to be part of this series of beating back the negative voices. It has to be part of the “love war” on the voices. They have to go! Thank you Dayna – thank you. And God bless you.

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A. June 2, 2011 at 12:19 am

I am still catching up here after being long gone, but can’t wait for this timely, timely instruction on how to counteract the propaganda of piggies!!!! New, sort of, to me to think of love ‘fighting’. I know it does in some ways so to see how it fights words will be helpful.

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Christine June 3, 2011 at 6:32 am

Love is such a deep concept, I feel as if I peel back a layer with every new year, or every challenging circumstance. What a great post Craig! So much to remember and be encouraged by.

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Craig June 3, 2011 at 6:12 pm

Christine, thank you so much. And love? It’s just about everything – as you put it so well – layer after layer after layer – never-ending layers – never-ending power – endless love. Thank you again Christine – the war against the negative voices has officially commenced. I’m glad you were here for the beginning of the offensive :-) and God bless and keep you and all of yours.

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