John 10:10 The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.
We will not fear, for God hath willed His truth to triumph through us:
John 8:32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
The Prince of Darkness grim, we tremble not for him;
Ephesians 2:2 Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:
His rage we can endure, for lo, his doom is sure,
Revelation 20:10 And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.
One little word shall fell him.
Isaiah 45:23 I have sworn by myself, the word is gone out of my mouth in righteousness, and shall not return, That unto me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear.
Think of the last verse. In Luther’s life the conflict was crescendo-ing. The Pope had issues a bull and condemned him. His life was threatened. The desire of the Roman Catholic Church was to burn the heretic at the stake. When given a chance to off a recantation, Luther gave a defense of the faith then ended with a defiant, “Here I stand; I can do no other. God help me! Amen.” When he mentions letting this mortal life go, he meant business. He was willing to die for the faith. More importantly, he was willing to live for the faith.
That word above all earthly powers, no thanks to them, abideth;
Psalm 119:89 For ever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven.
The Spirit and the gifts are ours through Him Who with us sideth:
Psalm 124:2 If it had not been the LORD who was on our side, when men rose up against us:
Let goods and kindred go, this mortal life also;
Philippians 3:8 Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ,
The body they may kill: God’s truth abideth still,
Matthew 10:28 And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.
His kingdom is forever.
Psalm 145:13 Thy kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and thy dominion endureth throughout all generations.
If the words of this great old hymn does not stir your spirit, then there might be something wrong with your spirit. Luther spend hours in prayer and Bible study. He was willing to die in order to stand for the truth of God’s Word. He did not value his life more than the will and Word of God. As a result, the world of Christiandom was changed.
Too many Christians today wonder why there are no great movements of the Spirit. They wonder why their Christian life is limp and non-productive. They wonder where the power of the Lord is.
The problem is we refuse to pay the cost of true discipleship. We want to be spoon-fed and depend on the pastor to teach us what we need to know. Make 2014 the year you decide to pay the cost and start reading and studying the Bible. Start spending more time with God than with sports. Start reading more of the Word than the posts on FB. Get serious with God and you will see amazing things happen.