Am I a soldier of the Cross-—
A follower of the Lamb?
And shall I fear to own His cause,
Or blush to speak His name?
In the name, the precious name,
Of Him who died for me,
Through grace I’ll win the promised crown,
Whate’er my cross may be.
Must I be carried to the skies
On flowery beds of ease,
While others fought to win the prize
And sailed through bloody seas?
Are there no foes for me to face?
Must I not stem the flood?
Is this vile world a friend to grace,
To help me on to God?
Since I must fight if I would reign,
Increase my courage, Lord!
I’ll bear the toil, endure the pain,
Supported by Thy Word.
(By Isaac Watts 1674-1748)
As I awoke this morning, this song was running over and over in my mind and in my spirit!!
I had to look it up. Once again as I sat in my private worship time, I was weeping before a Holy God.
Everywhere we look it seems there is chaos and confusion. People’s minds are consumed by fear.
Many are trying to come in another door with a glittery, glamorous gospel!
it won’t work and it never has. We cannot bypass the cost of being a real Christian.
No, it’s not a clothesline religion of do’s and don’t!
“For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 5:20.
It is a heartfelt submission all the way to the foot of The Cross. When we truly give our all to Jesus Christ, The Holy Spirit will guide and lead us in all truth.
“Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.” John 16:13.
Jesus says we must pick up our Cross and follow Him daily.
“And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.” Luke 9:23.
Many turned back when the sayings got too hard. Will we?
“From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him.” John 6:66.
“Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.” 2 Timothy 4:8.
Our choice! Let’s make the right one and finish this race, to the other side.
We can and will make it through if we keep our eyes on the prize!
Glory here and now, and glory awaits us! Be encouraged this day.
God bless you all.
~ Joyce D. McGuire
My name is Joyce D. McGuire, called to work in and for the Kingdom of God! To lead we must try to follow Jesus Christ closely. That is my heart. I am a Chaplain in the prisons; prophetic intercessor by His grace, author, and a Mother in the Kingdom of God. To many I am simply Mama Joyce. Some favorite verses are Matthew 11:28-30.