A Mighty Fortress

Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. -Ephesians 6:11

Spiritual warfare? The darkness of the demonic? The gifts of the Spirit? These may seem like new themes in the church, but read on…

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.  

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.  

That word above all earthly powers, no thanks to them, abideth; the Spirit and the gifts are ours thro’ 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. Amen. To Martin Luther’s words from four and a half centuries ago, let us all say “Amen!”