“…above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God” Ephesians 6:16-17
Awake, Ye Soldiers
by Robert Lowry *
Awake, ye soldiers of the Lord,
With shield of faith and Gospel sword,
The trumpet echoes from afar,
And Zion shakes with sound of war.
Awake! awake! the call obey;
Awake! awake! and march away;
With sturdy blow beat down the foe,
For truth will win the day.
The hosts of sin in dark array,
With haughty front await the fray;
Close up the ranks with sacred glee,
The Lord will give the victory.
Unfurl the banner; lift it high;
Take up the march with battle cry;
Draw out the blade, ye sons of light,
And put the alien foe to flight.
And still the battle rages on,
From morn till night, from dark till dawn;
But God’s elect, to glory sealed,
Will spoil the foe and keep the field.
* Robert Lowry (1826–1899) Lowry attended the University at Lewisburg (now Bucknell University), where he became a professor of literature. He was ordained a Baptist minister and served numerous pastorates in Pennsylvania, New York, and New Jersey. He also helped found the Sixth Avenue Baptist Church in New York City. Lowry wrote about 500 Gospel tunes, and was a music editor at the Biglow & Main publishers.
Welcome fellow soldiers!
Your cohort leader here with important news for all troops. Today is the first installment on a blog series with short lessons about the Christian’s spiritual warfare. Roman military examples, illustrations, and metaphors are replete in the New Testament. I invite other soldiers to join me in a series I’ve called The Centurion Chronicles. We’re reminded in Ephesians 6:10-13 that our enemies are not physical but spiritual. God issued us all the spiritual armor and weapons that we need to fight our daily battle. Our duty, fellow soldiers, is to train ourselves and use them!
“Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.” (NKJV)
We’ll take our time looking at Roman soldiers in the New Testament and lessons we can learn from them. Some military men are laudatory and others shameful, but we can learn from them and move forward. We’re all centurions together in this battle!
Make no mistake, fellow soldiers—living the Christian life is a moment-by-moment battle against spiritual forces intent on causing us to stumble, fall, and stay wounded on the battlefield. But God has made us more than conquerors in Christ and INVICTUS is our motto for the coming campaign. See you at our next formation!
Take your weapons!