enemies abound on every side
I look to see what weapons will avail
the one that speaks the loudest is: Abide
I place Your armor on, it is the best
I take my shield and sword and make my stance
And still the Spirit speaks to me: Abide
My marching orders come and in I go
once again into the battle’s fray
I have no fear of losing for I know
I do not fight alone You send me help
other Mighty Warriors by my side
It’s hand-to-hand and swords are clashing now
and still I hear the word from You: Abide
We make a strong assault and push them back
it seems the enemy faints and runs to hide
and in this show of strength our Battle Cry
continues to encourage us: Abide
The enemy was only gathering strength
and makes a mighty push that sends us back
Some are wounded and they step away
others stagger hurt in the attack
The battle isn’t over; night has come
We pitch our tents and dress our wounds inside
The wind keeps blowing fiercely through the dark
But peace commands our spirits to Abide
We will be strong to fight another day
and into Heaven’s Victory we’ll ride
our Battle Cry will strengthen all the way
For in our Mighty Savior we Abide
John 15 is the abiding chapter that promises that the Holy Spirit, the Comforter, will abide in us forever.
It counsels us to abide in Christ as a branch is connected to the vine, giving it life and fruitfulness.
It directs is to abide in Jesus’ love and in His words so that our prayers will be answered.
The word Abide means to dwell, to remain or continue, or to wait in preparation. We will receive protection and power by remaining connected to Jesus Christ.
This also speaks of God’s armor, given to us for the fight. And that we do not fight alone. We wear the armor of God through our salvation: the Helmet of Salvation, the Breastplate of Righteousness, the Belt of Truth, the Shoes of the Gospel of Peace.
And we need to daily take up the Shield of Faith and the Sword of the Spirit – the Word of God, the Bible – to stand and fight together against the fear and discouragement of the world situation now.
We will be strengthened to be victorious. As we stand together, we can wield the weapon of prayer against any enemy.
Even the circumstances of this crisis now!
Pray for your brothers and sisters who are sick to be healed. Pray for those who are vulnerable to be protected.
Pray for those who are helping to remain healthy and strong and able to do their work. Pray that they would receive our gratitude and thanks for their sacrifice to work and volunteer to care for others.
Pray for needed supplies to be delivered to those who need them. Pray that anyone hoarding supplies of any kind would have a change of heart.
Pray for those who have lost incomes to be granted grace and favor with those they owe money to, so debts can be forgiven or deadlines extended.
Pray for those in positions of authority to have godly wisdom in making decisions that affect all of us.
Pray for all of us to grow strong in the Lord in our time of distanced sheltering in place as this crisis blows over and away from us. Ask God to give us wisdom in returning to our lives with more kindness and love.
Ask God for personal strength to Abide in Him. And when victory comes, we will give Him the glory!