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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Dr. John Danford

Charleston, SC, United States

waking up every day with the words of this song on our lips. waht a battle cry! we are in a spiritual battle. but praise be to God '" it is finished!" Christ has triumphed!


Tom

Woodbury, Minnesota, United States

The words are so powerful and so convicting. The version we sang in our church had different music than is provided here. It was more (appropriately) somber and hence convicting to me. Nevertheless, I want to keep these words displayed in my workplace and office to keep me focused on how I am called to live.


Isaac Schmidt

Houston, TX, United States

" Must I be carried to the skies, on earth flowery beds of ease, while my brother fight for Messiah's prize & sail through bloody seas.

Since I must fight if I would reign, increase my courage Lord! I'll bear the toil, endure the pain, supported by Thy Word. "


Kay

Madison, FL-Florida, United States

My WONDERFUL, DEAR LATE GREAT UNCLE Use To ALWAYS Sing This Hymn in My Childhood Church.... This Was One of His FAVORITE Hyms, He Was A MAN AFTER GOD'S OWN HEART!!!! SLEEP IN The ARMS Of JESUS, UNCLE CLARENCE!!!

Now, this is becoming one of my favorite hymns.... This is MY LIFE!!!!


Wanyonyi

Nairobi, Kenya

Great song.


Jean Patience

Kolwezi, Lualaba, Democratic Republic Of Congo

"Through grace I’ll win the promised crown,

Whate’er my cross may be"

That's the truth of my life. Through grace I'll reach that glorious place. Although my weakness, He will provide...

Glory to the Lamb Who made it possible....


Chagbe Emmanuel Ngutor

Abuja, Benue, Nigeria

I must thank God for this great hymn and the brethren whom made it available on this site, am bless by this hymn to continue in the Lord's Army, bearing the cross of Christ till the end of my life here on earth.


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!