~* SOLDIERS OF CHRIST, ARISE *~
Charles Wesley, 1707-1788
Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.
Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
Ephesians 6:10 & 11
Follower of Christ are also His soldiers--called to do battle with the forces of Satan and evil. Victories are never won while resting in the barracks. God's soldiers
must always be alert and dressed in full armour. That armour includes six important pieces according to Ephesians 6:10-20.
* Loins girt about with truth (warriors with absolute integrity).
In addition to wearing armour, the Christian soldier is to face every occasion with prayer and to remember the fellow saints in prayer (v. 18). Ultimately, however,
the battle is not ours but God's (II Chronicles 20:15). He knows the battle plan. Our responsibility is only to be active an obedient in the small duty wherever He
has placed us on the battlefield.
* Breastplate of righteousness (people must see our good works).
* Feet shod with the preparation of the Gospel of peace.
* Shield of faith (for deflecting all the enemies' fiery darts).
* Helmet of salvation (one of Satan's chief attacks is the mind).
* Sword of the Spirit--the Word of God (our only offensive weapon).
Charles Wesley knew much about the Christian life as warfare. Many times both John and Charles were physically abused for their evangelical ministries. This text
was first published in 1749 and was titled "The Whole Armour of God--Ephesians VI". The hymn has often been referred to as "the Christian's bugle blast" for its
strong call to arms.
Soldiers of Christ, arise, and put your armor on,
Strong in the strength which God supplies through His eternal Son
Strong in the Lord of hosts, and in His mighty power,
Who in the strength of Jesus trusts is more than conqueror.
Stand then in His great might, with all His strength endued,
But take, to arm you for the fight, the panoply of God;
That, having all things done, and all your conflicts passed,
Ye may oíercome through Christ alone and stand entire at last.
Stand then against your foes, in close and firm array;
Legions of wily fiends oppose throughout the evil day;
But meet the sons of night, and mock their vain design,
Armed in the arms of heavenly light, of righteousness divine.
Leave no unguarded place, no weakness of the soul,
Take every virtue, every grace, and fortify the whole;
Indissolubly joined, to battle all proceed;
But arm yourselves with all the mind that was in Christ, your Head.
But, above all, lay hold on faithís victorious shield;
Armed with that adamant and gold, be sure to win the field:
If faith surround your heart, Satan shall be subdued,
Repelled his every fiery dart, and quenched with Jesus' blood.
Jesus hath died for you! What can His love withstand?
Believe, hold fast your shield, and who shall pluck you from His hand?
Believe that Jesus reigns; all power to Him is givín:
Believe, till freed from sinís remains; believe yourselves to Heavín.
To keep your armor bright, attend with constant care,
Still walking in your Captainís sight, and watching unto prayer.
Ready for all alarms, steadfastly set your face,
And always exercise your arms, and use your every grace.
Pray without ceasing, pray, your Captain gives the word;
His summons cheerfully obey and call upon the Lord;
To God your every want in instant prayer display,
Pray always; pray and never faint; pray, without ceasing, pray!
In fellowship alone, to God with faith draw near;
Approach His courts, besiege His throne with all the powers of prayer:
Go to His temple, go, nor from His altar move;
Let every house His worship know, and every heart His love.
To God your spirits dart, your souls in words declare,
Or groan, to Him Who reads the heart, the unutterable prayer:
His mercy now implore, and now show forth His praise,
In shouts, or silent awe, adore His miracles of grace.
Pour out your souls to God, and bow them with your knees,
And spread your hearts and hands abroad, and pray for Zionís peace;
Your guides and brethren bear for ever on your mind;
Extend the arms of mighty prayer, ingrasping all mankind.
From strength to strength go on, wrestle and fight and pray,
Tread all the powers of darkness down and win the well fought day.
Still let the Spirit cry in all His soldiers, ďCome!Ē
Till Christ the Lord descends from High and takes the conquerors Home.
*For Today*: I Corinthians 15;57 & 58; Ephesians 6:10-20; Philippians 1:27-30; I Timothy 6:12
Reflect on the words of Maltbie D. Babcock--"We are not here to play, to dream, to drift; we have hard work to do, and loads to life. Shun not the struggle; face
it--'tis God's gift." Go forth in your full armour and in the power of His might!
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Taken from Amazing Grace -- 366 Inspiring Hymn Stories for Daily Devotions © Copyright 1990 by Kenneth W. Osbeck. Published by Kregel Publications, Grand Rapids, MI. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
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