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O, weak and broken soldier, rise!
Get on your feet and fix your eyes
Upon your Captain, King and Lord,
Who bids you wield His living sword!
So what, your strength has slipped away,
You're weary from the race you've run,
So what, your body, broken lay,
You're not discharged! Your work's not done!
The weaker vessels show His pow'r;
The broken show it ev'ry hour.
So rise, and for His glory, strive!
By faith, from brokenness revive!
A soldier suffers hardship oft!
No featherbed of ease for him,
'Twould make him slow and weak and soft,
Instead of fell and fighting trim, so Rise!
Recall your purpose, high and grand,
A battle rages through the land,
The enemy has evil planned,
Against him you are called to stand so Rise!
Get up and stand against the flood!
And fear not death nor darkest grave,
But wrestle not with flesh and blood,
For they're the ones we fight to save.
Let love and light shine like a star,
And let the truth consume the lies,
Remember who and whose you are,
And when you fall don't fail to RISE!
Endure until the bitter end,
And ev'ry ounce of effort spend!
It matters not you're weak and small,
Your Captain is the Lord of All so RISE!
And put His mighty armor on!
And hold the line as soldiers must!
The dark will flee before the dawn;
It's His to win and ours to trust!
And        Rise!

He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”

The 2nd Letter to the Corinthians, Chapter 12, verse 9

“Suffer hardship with me, as a good soldier of Christ Jesus.”

The 2nd Letter to Timothy, Chapter 2, verse 3

“For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm.”

The Letter to the Ephesians, Chapter 6, verses 12-13

“Consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted.”

The Letter to the Hebrews, Chapter 12, verse 3

Postscript – Every child of God through faith in Jesus Christ is born into warfare, but the weapons of our warfare are not physical, and no son of Adam is our true enemy. Even so, the battle is real and many suffer real and lasting harm, so this war is more than mere metaphor.

It’s a pitfall of our nature (and one with which I am well acquainted) that we tend to be soft on ourselves and when we suffer hardship or injury, especially if it is particularly grievous, we at once turn all of our focus upon ourselves and in our self-pity think that we have somehow been excused from the conflict when, in fact, this is when and where the battle is thickest and the danger the greatest.

This collection of verses is written to my own soul, as it were, and is meant to somewhat mercilessly dispatch the several lies and excuses that have rallied against me and sought my destruction in the midst of my trials. Furthermore, it is meant as a strong exhortation to the endurance and faith without which, scripture is clear, we cannot hope to inherit the kingdom of heaven.

Image credit: Frederic Edwin Church, 1860, “Twilight in the Wilderness,” Pubic Domain, courtesy of the Cleveland Museum of Art.

© Craig Sabin 2021 All rights reserved

39 thoughts on “Rise

    1. Thank you so much, Valerie! I’m so glad that it spoke to you. I always find it helpful and encouraging to know that others have experiences similar to my own. God bless you!

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  1. Craig, your poetry is amazing! This one reminds me of the saints that lived in Europe during WWII and the NAZI persecution. I am a fan of Christian historical fiction, especially during that time period. My suffering is minuscule compared to so many others, yet I need encouragement to take up my cross and follow Him, too. Thank you for your encouragement. Blessings, Brother!

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    1. Thank you, Cindy! All the glory belongs to the One who both inspires and upholds me daily. I do enjoy the process, but I think that is in many ways the natural result of exercising the gifts He has given each of us for His glory. Yes, there are so many who have faced far worse than I ever will, but as you say, we all need encouragement and grace even so. Blessings to you as well!

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    1. Thank you for your encouragement, Ann. Anything good that comes of my efforts is all by the Lord’s grace and His Spirit. I’m glad this spoke to you as it spoke to me! God bless!

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    1. Thank you for saying so! I always hope to be an encouragement to others. This year I have written less for various reasons, among which is a desire to achieve a higher state of excellence for the sake of the honor of the One I write about and so represent. I was glad to see you resume your blogging, as your blog is one of my favorites. God bless you too!

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    1. Oh no! That’s so unfortunate! I can’t tell you how many times I have sunk 20 minutes into a complex comment only to have it lost in some glitch or accidental browser refresh. So often, that if I find myself writing much at all, I switch to composing my comment in a note-taking app on my computer and then pasting it into the comment when I’m done wriing it, LOL.

      Perhaps it will come back to you, and if so, please drop by and share!

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      1. I just said how much I enjoyed your poem, Craig. I’m glad this comment got through. It’s so frustrating sometimes, when I try to engage with someone on their site–only to have my comment lost in some SPAM folder.

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        1. Hey, David, you just taught me something I didn’t know (still learning, here)! I just learned that I have a Spam folder that I need to check! Lo and behold, your comment was in it, just as you surmised! I almost wish there was a way to turn off that feature.

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    1. Amen, Matt!! It’s all by His grace, through His Spirit, and for His glory! He is the Good Shepherd and He loses none of all that the Father gives him.

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    1. Thank you, Sally! He is our Captain, indeed, who never leaves our side! Yes, I had thought of including audio in the past, but this one felt like a good one to try it out on. God bless!

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  2. Very powerful and well written and read Craig. The depth and from the depths written give hope that we will Rise. Someday as followers on the narrow path we will

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  3. “So rise!” Powerful words of hope and exhortation. Loved hearing you read this Spirit-filled call to arms, a call to faith, a call to persevere and endure: and a reminder that we are placed where we are and how we are – suffering, afflicted, persecuted – by our Archegos (Heb. 2:10), our Captain, the Commander of the Lord’s armies, for just this moment. “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power.” (Eph. 6: 10) God bless and keep you, Craig, as you bear witness to Him and His power in and through His Spirit.

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  4. These are words of living truth and exhortation – right from the Lord’s heart. This ‘poems should be framed and posted and preached from the pulpit as well.
    Thank you brother for “Rise” and the post script encouragement as well.

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    1. Lisa Beth, what blessed words of encouragement! It blesses me to think that the Lord’s heart is expressed in what I write and share. May He be glorified, as He is worthy beyond our ability to tell. God bless!

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  5. It is important to put on the armor of God every morning. Satan searches for our weaknesses and attacks. We can’t believe Satan’s lies; we need to put our faith and trust in God’s truth.
    May God’s love guide us and His light shine in us. Prayers and blessings, Craig. 🌺

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