Beloved,
Ultimate warfare in the spirit involves a deep submission to God which is arrived at only through a series of fiery trials that teach our hands to war. (Ja. 4:4-7; 1Pt. 5:8-10; Psa. 144:1) This is a requirement for anyone who is dissatisfied with the ways of the world and is asking the Lord to be awakened and to be satisfied only with Your Likeness. (Psa. 17:15).
 
YOUR LIKENESS
 
I ask to be
Completely satisfied
With Your likeness
 
When I awake
I would forsake
Everything
 
Anything that steals
My affections
In wayward directions
 
Looking for perfection
Outside of You
I need You
 
To teach my hands
To war
Against corrupt desires
 
Take me through
The fire
So I can learn
 
To be content
With Your essence
Knowing Your presence
 
Every thought in captivity
Flowing and free
In joyful liberty
 
Not trying to impress
With false confidence
Losing my rest
 
From simple trust
I must wait
I must awake
 
With Your simplicity
With Your beauty
With one desire
 
To please You
To possess You
To acquiesce You
 
As my own
Bowing at Your throne
Learning grace alone
 
I must war
Against principalities
Attacking my mind
 
I must be guarded
I must be trained
Renewing my thinking
 
From casual resistance
To conquering offense
Tearing down strongholds
 
By holy submission
Actively trusting
In Your likeness
 
Take me through
The fiery trials
Hone my skills
 
For great precision
In battle decisions
I need understanding
 
Of the perilous fight
Of the enemy’s might
Of the danger ahead
 
So I am ready
My eyes open
Continually scoping
 
For subtle attacks
From beguiling tricks
Of false promises
 
Luring my attention
Away from You
A complicated view
 
Of worldly thoughts
Demanding disobedience
To find significance
 
In utter emptiness
Accolades and praises
Before men’s faces
 
Craving acceptance
In false worship
Abdicating kingship
 
For slavery
To my desires
Bring the fire!
 
Teach me
Instruct me
Correct me
 
I am asking
For wisdom
To fight skillfully
 
To not retreat
Into me
I must be
 
Like You
When I awake
I must take
 
The Kingdom by force
Mounting my horse
Prepared for warfare
 
Alert and aware
Watching everywhere
For You
 
Tried and true
You brought me through
Every battle a victory
 
As You equip me
Making me willing
To yield
 
To love’s countenance
As I resist
Lying spirits
 
Causing them to flee
Nothing can satisfy me
But Your likeness
 
 
Woody Winchell
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