Christians around the globe are locked in a rapidly expanding spiritual battle against evil. Satan is pulling out all stops in his drive to destroy Christians. In many countries today Christians are being severely persecuted and killed. Many are fleeing for their lives. Closer to home the battle takes on different forms as Christians are being slandered and mocked. Our rights to express the truth and to share the Gospel are under attack. But many Christians continue to live as though nothing is happening. It is time for believers to wake up, step up and stand up for Jesus. It is He who will be the final victor and we need to be his soldiers. Episcopalian Reverend Dudley A. Tyng (1825-1858) was a dynamic preacher known for taking strong stands against evil, no matter what the cost. His sermon regarding the evils of slavery in America is still in print today. It resulted in him being removed from one of his pastorates. In 1858, Tying preached a sermon on Exodus 10:11, "Go now ye that are men and serve the Lord" to 5,000. More than 1,000 of those men responded to the altar call, to receive Jesus as their Savior. Just over a week later, Tying lay dying as a result of a tragic accident and his final whispered statement was "Let us all stand up for Jesus." The following Sunday Pastor George Duffield (1818-1888) preached a sermon on Ephesians 6:14, as a tribute to the final words of his friend Tying. He concluded his sermon with a six-stanza poem. Printed copies of the poem were distributed to all the congregation. One of the pamphlets fell into the hands of the editor of a Baptist periodical. The editor was so impressed with the verses that he printed them in his widely read publication. The poem Stand Up, Stand Up for Jesus, has since become one of the most recognized hymns in all English-speaking Christendom. Are you ready to take your stand and join the battle?
(1) Stand up, stand up for Jesus, ye soldiers of the cross;
Lift high His royal banner, it must not suffer loss.
From victory unto victory His army shall He lead,
Till every foe is vanquished, and Christ is Lord indeed.
(2) Stand up, stand up for Jesus, the solemn watchword hear;
If while ye sleep He suffers, away with shame and fear;
Where'er ye meet with evil, within you or without,
Charge for the God of battles, and put the foe to rout.
(3) Stand up, stand up for Jesus, the trumpet call obey;
Forth to the mighty conflict, in this His glorious day.
Ye that are brave now serve Him against unnumbered foes;
Let courage rise with danger, and strength to strength oppose.
(4) Stand up, stand up for Jesus, stand in His strength alone;
The arm of flesh will fail you, ye dare not trust your own.
Put on the Gospel armor, each piece put on with prayer;
Where duty calls or danger, be never wanting there.
(5) Stand up, stand up for Jesus, each soldier to his post,
Close up the broken column, and shout through all the host:
Make good the loss so heavy, in those that still remain,
And prove to all around you that death itself is gain.
(6)Stand up, stand up for Jesus, the strife will not be long;
This day the noise of battle, the next the victor's song.
To those who vanquish evil a crown of life shall be;
They with the King of Glory shall reign eternally.
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