Day One: “Soldiers of Christ, Arise”

1 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 pow’r,
Who in the strength of Jesus trusts
Is more than conqueror.

2 Stand then in His great might,
With all His strength endued;
And take, to arm you for the fight,
The panoply of God,
That, having all things done,
And all your conflicts past,
Ye may o’ercome through Christ alone,
And stand complete at last.

3 Leave no unguarded place,
No weakness of the soul,
Take every virtue, every grace,
And fortify the whole.
To keep your armor bright
Attend with constant care,
Still walking in your Captain’s sight
And watching unto prayer.

4 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.

5 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, “Come!”
Till Christ the Lord descend from high,
And take the conquerors home.

This hymn written by Charles Wesley (1707-1788) was originally titled, “The Whole Armor of God.”  It was an encouragement for the Christian to “rise up and put on God’s armor, so we can face the challenges of each day.” (Victoria Schwarz & C. Michael Hawn, “History of Hymns: ‘Soldiers of Christ Arise,’” Discipleship Ministries)

Ephesians 6:10-11a NIVFinally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God…

Prayer: Lord Jesus, no matter what challenges I may face today, enable me, by your Spirit, to be strong in you and in your mighty power, putting on the full armor of God. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Let’s sing the first three stanzas of the hymn and may we continue to be filled and strengthened by the Spirit to stand firm in the Lord (click here).

– EK