Am I a soldier of the Cross

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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.
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Must I be carried to the skies
  On flowery beds of ease,
While others fought to win the prize
  And sailed through bloody seas?
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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?
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Since I must fight if I would reign,
  Increase my courage, Lord!
I’ll bear the toil, endure the pain,
  Supported by Thy Word.
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Steve Miller

Detroit, MI, United States

In the early 18th century, when Isaac Watts was preaching in England, he frequently would write a hymn to illustrate his sermon. After preaching the sermon, he (or a clerk in the church) would teach the congregation the hymn.

One Sunday in 1727, Watts was preaching a sermon entitled, "Holy Fortitude, or Remedies against Fear." The text was 1 Corinthians 16:13, "Be on guard. Stand firm in the faith." At that time many Nonconformist believers were imprisoned for their views, even as Watts' own father had been. In his sermon, Watts urged his congregation to "practice unfashionable virtues, plead the cause of the oppressed, be courageous before infidels and scoffers." Then, as he closed the sermon, he began the hymn, "Am I a Soldier of the Cross?" - Great Songs of Faith by Brown & Norton


Ms E M Garrison

Pine Bluff, Arkansas, United States

. . . was looking for a sub-title (Emmett Louis till / 1941 - 1955 / civil rights martyr / etc.) for this young man - we all suffered - along with his mother (and she opened that casket) so that they world could get a good look - at what was actually happening in the old south (lots of victims were never found) but this victim surfaced - after three days under water (to God be the glory) for the things he has done...


Tom

I was in Accra, Ghana for a young people's conference and training in 2002 and we sang this hymn over and over, it was almost like a theme song. What a wonderful time of fellowship and enjoyment of the Lord! I really enjoyed the spirit and genuineness of all the young people there. Praise the Lord!


Frederick Dun-Dery

Wa, Nandom-Ko, Upper West Region, Ghana

I am very grateful to God for allowing the Holy Spirit to direct me into this site of awesome blessings. My heart is filled with indescribable joy listening to these tunes. God, I love You dearly with all my heart, soul and being. Make me a great instrument of Your love to all men at every moment of my life. Bless the sponsors and engineers of this and other sites like it to reach out to many more wandering souls. Amen.


Dinagar

Nattalam, Kanaya Kumari Dist,Tamil Nadu, India

Very nice hymn; helping me to work for God.


Christian Young Man

Sydney, Australia, NSW, Australia

Yes, it is the greatest privilege to be the soldier of the Lord Jesus Christ. Soldiers of this world fight and wins the battle by killing. But, the soldier of Christ fights and wins the battle by saving souls of men and women.


Sumin

United Kingdom

God bless you for this site and sharing the praises that the Lord's people have wrote. I learned this song through my mum who is a very sincere Christian. It's a beautiful song like any other hymns and we indeed live as a soldier of the Cross as Jesus' desciples with His wonderful and beautiful name!