1. A mighty fortress is our God, a bulwark never failing; our helper he amid the flood of mortal ills prevailing. For still our ancient foe doth seek to work us woe; his craft and power are great, and armed with cruel hate, on earth is not his equal. 2. Did we in our own strength confide, our striving would be losing, were not the right man on our side, the man of God's own choosing. Dost ask who that may be? Christ Jesus, it is he; Lord Sabbath, his name, from age to age the same, and he must win the battle. 3. And though this world, with devils filled, should threaten to undo us, we will not fear, for God hath willed his truth to triumph through us. The Prince of Darkness grim, we tremble not for him; his rage we can endure, for lo, his doom is sure; one little word shall fell him. 4. That word above all earthly powers, no thanks to them, abideth; the Spirit and the gifts are ours, thru him who with us sideth. Let goods and kindred go, this mortal life also; the body they may kill; God's truth abideth still; his kingdom is forever.
I mean, does that not rock? God is our mighty fortress. He is our helper in the flood of life. Satan tries to get us at every turn, but God is there. If we trust our own self – and strive with our own might – we might as well give up. As Martin Luther said ” Our striving would be losing.” We can’t do it. But Jesus can. He has already won the battle! And although Satan tries to undo us, God has said His TRUTH will triumph through us. So don’t let his-jerkiness get you down. His doom is already SURE. When Jesus returns ONE Word from Him will shatter the enemy! God is at our side! His Spirit is ours! And although death will come, although death is sure, God’s truth is absolute. That means, His kingdom will come and death is not the end. When we die, we live. Because HE lives. Jesus has already won the battle.
JESUS – HAS – ALREADY – WON – THE – BATTLE.
Now all we have to do is believe that truth and abide in Him.
“You are already clean because the Word I have spoken to you. Abide in Me and I will abide in you.” John 15:3-4
I read something else this morning. Listen.
“Everything He does is good and fair; all His orders can be trusted.” Psalm 111:7
and then. . .
“Good people. . . won’t be afraid of bad news; their hearts are steady because they trust the Lord. They are confident and will not be afraid.” Psalm 112:7-8
Why? Because good people (those cleansed by Jesus) trust in the Mighty Fortress. They know trouble will come because they live in a fallen world, but nothing is going to shake them, because they know whatever happens to them on this Earth is not the final word. Jesus has already won the battle. His kingdom is coming. Death is not the end. Sickness is not the end. Trouble is not the end. It is a mere dot on the line of eternity.
Stand sure in that Christian Soldiers. Stand FIRM in Him! His orders can be trusted! Oh glory. Even bad news will turn to good in the end. He promises us that!
Amen and Amen. Come Quickly Lord Jesus!