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Once so strong and simply clear

Eyes slowly drift away from Messiah’s Cross,

Most powerful display of eternal authority

The greatest sacrifice of love;

Hearts once fixed in joy on the Redeemer

Solid on the Rock foundation

Spirits and souls who looked only to their Lord;

Then, thoughts begin to drift away on the open seas,

A light breeze and warm sunshine carry a small raft steadily away.

Seeds of deception have sprouted

Weeds among the wheat

Too many souls not rooted deeply in Spirit Truth

The ark of Life anchored in the Living Hope of the Living Word;

These ones somehow distracted from purest golden reality

Turned from glowing colored jewels of Heaven reflected

In loving streams of goodness.

A gray cloud begins to cover

Stretches to the horizons

Daily life now fills with conflicts and confusion,

Surface beauty and worldly wealth;

So many constant worries

So many temptations at hand!

Darkness becomes light

Light becomes darkness,

Sunrise becomes vaguely colored

As even bright light appears shadowed,

Sunset passes with little notice

Stars above forgotten;

Imaginations wander

Fantasy embraces another one, another thing,

Even alien science fiction grows into a new reality

As foolish demonic thoughts begin to flood the mind,

Divine wisdom lifts away as a vapor

A temporary mist,

What was once seen and heard, tasted

Becomes almost an illusion;

A mountain that filled the Earth

Reached high into the heavens

Now is but a desert mirage.

A cleansing inner peace now absent,

A shield of faith for protection

Set aside as a burden

Helmet and armor too heavy to carry,

The Sword seldom ever used;

Some who bathed in pure waters of the Holy Spirit

Washed in the Savior’s blood

Are even seduced, worn down and discouraged

Turned, controlled to take hold of the great lie 

As the “father of lies” parades about

Arrogant and proud

With any and every deception at his fingertips

All but another dark cloak used to destroy human souls.

To Satan, life is death and death is life,

Evil is good, good is evil

A lie is strong, truth is weak;

To dirty the clear, clean waters is Lucifer’s victory-

To move the eyes, the heart and mind from the Cross

From the Holy Redeemer’s sacrifice

Slowly, surely, seductively,

To muddy the perceptions of a man and a woman

Away from Heaven’s finished work of salvation.