Sunday, August 20, 2017

Fight The Good Fight With All Thy Might


Fight the good fight of faith, 
lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, 
and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.
- 1 Timothy 6:12 -




Fight the good fight with all thy might!
Christ is thy strength, and Christ thy right;
Lay hold on life, and it shall be
Thy joy and crown eternally.


Run the straight race through God’s good grace,
Lift up thine eyes, and seek His face;
Life with its way before us lies,
Christ is the path, and Christ the prize.


Cast care aside, lean on thy Guide;
His boundless mercy will provide;
Trust, and thy trusting soul shall prove
Christ is its life, and Christ its love.


Faint not nor fear, His arms are near,
He changeth not, and thou art dear;
Only believe, and thou shalt see
That Christ is all in all to thee.
- John S. B. Monsell -




When John Monsell wrote this hymn text,
he provided ten strong imperatives for a triumphant Christian life:

(1) 
fight the good fight

(2)
lay hold of life

(3) 
run the straight race

(4)
lift up thine eyes

(5)
 seek His face

(6)
cast care aside

(7)
lean on thy Guide

(8)
trust and prove

(9)
faint not nor fear

(10)
only believe

Each of these is worthy of further pondering.


Be strong and of a good courage, 
fear not, nor be afraid of them: 
for the LORD thy God, he it is that doth go with thee;
he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.
- Deuteronomy 31:6 -




Have a beautiful and blessed Lord's Day!
{{{ hugs }}}

31 comments:

Prunella Pepperpot said...

Dear Stephanie, Your yellow Aquilegia chrysantha is stunning and John Monsell's ten strong imperatives are well worthy of pondering over.
Have a wonderful Sunday and a beautiful new week with hugs from us :)

CherylQuilts said...

What a beautiful hymn, Stephanie, and thanks for highlighting those imperatives...much thought-provoking ideas to ponder this Lord's Day. Thank you for the time and how you avail yourself to the Holy Spirit to write these precious posts for us! Much love and hugs! xoxo

Karen said...

This is confirmation of what the Lord was speaking to me this morning from Psalm 37. Yes, it is worth pondering these thoughts! Thank you for sharing this.

Chris Lally said...

Guidelines to remember. Beautiful post, Stephanie!
Thank you!!

Celestina Marie said...

Good Afternoon Dear Stephanie,
Lovely post for this Sunday and words all worth pondering.
Thank you for sharing. Your flower photos are beautiful.
Have a great week ahead dear one. xo

Marilyn Mathis said...

This hymn has many good lessons for us to ponder. We are really at the end of time so it is a fight! A spiritual battle, but I have read the end of the book and I know the winner! Hugs

mamasmercantile said...

Always a joy to visit and to go away to ponder.

magnoliasntea said...

Love the hymn and those gorgeous yellow columbines. Have a lovely day.

Lady Virtue said...

Thanks for the Scriptures and the hymn lyrics, Stephanie. We so often forget that it's a fight and that a walk with God is not guaranteed to be a walk of ease.

Love Affair with Food said...

Beautiful words and lovely flower photo!

Red Rose Alley said...

I simply love your Sunday posts, my beautiful friend. Wishing you good end of summer days. There's a breeze in the mornings now, and I can feel Autumn coming. : )

love, ~Sheri

Lauren @ My Wonderfully Made said...

You stumped me again! I have not heard of this hymn! I think each of those phrases would look cool on a long, weathered board. Hmmmm . . . a new project maybe! I think it's always interesting to read the stories behind some of the hymns -- I wonder what (or if) there's one behind this one. I feel like most of these writers did not write in a vacuum but in the midst of LIFE. Good stuff as always - thanks Stephanie!

Mari said...

I don't think I ever heard this hymn before but there is certainly a whole sermon or more in it! Love the flowers too.

Debbie Harris said...

Excellent post, gorgeous columbine.
These imperatives are so critical and essential in our walk with the Lord on a daily basis so as to fight the battles that come our way, and they will come.
I loved what Marilyn said, "A spiritual battle, but I have read the end of the Book and I know the winner." Amen!
I trust you had a beautiful and blessed day~

Debbie Harris said...

Excellent post, gorgeous columbine.
These imperatives are so critical and essential in our walk with the Lord on a daily basis so as to fight the battles that come our way, and they will come.
I loved what Marilyn said, "A spiritual battle, but I have read the end of the Book and I know the winner." Amen!
I trust you had a beautiful and blessed day~

Debbie Harris said...

Excellent post, gorgeous columbine.
These imperatives are so critical and essential in our walk with the Lord on a daily basis so as to fight the battles that come our way, and they will come.
I loved what Marilyn said, "A spiritual battle, but I have read the end of the Book and I know the winner." Amen!
I trust you had a beautiful and blessed day~

Paige said...

I'm not familiar with this hymn, but it has some encouraging words! :) Also, I don't know what sort of flowers you have featured, but they are lovely!

Tania said...

Beautiful words with so much truth within. This simple hymn has done my heart good today. Thank you for sharing Stephanie xx

Kris said...

Thank you, sweet Stephanie, this is a beautiful post!! I am grateful for the Lord's grace each and every day!! And you my friend are part of that grace!!

Rose L said...

Just glance around you and you will always see God's love.

Debby Ray said...

I just returned from a visit with my oldest brother who doesn't have much time left battling cancer. These words are especially comforting at this time...he is fighting the good fight right now and his reward is in arm's reach. He has lived his life for the Lord as long as I can remember. Thank you for this beautiful post, dear Stephanie. ♥

Laura Lane said...

Your blog is always filled with such beauty in word and in picture as well as in deed.

Hugs,
Laura

Tamago said...

I love the photos of these beautiful flowers. Very unique looking, too. I hope you have a wonderful week! xo

mari said...

Oh Stephanie...I had never seen a yellow Columbine before! how lovely they are :0)

Thank you dear lady for sharing such a lovely post!

mari

Deborah Montgomery said...

What a beautiful flower!
I love breaking down scripture (or a hymn) into the practical application. It's so helpful in keeping us focused. This is a great hymn for this, and good reminders for all of us.
I do hope all is well with you and your family dear Stephanie. Hard to believe summer is already winding down. Hope you are enjoying these lovely late summer days. xo Deborah

Regine Karpel said...

Love.

Sandi said...

"Faint not nor fear, His arms are near,
He changeth not, and thou art dear;
Only believe, and thou shalt see
That Christ is all in all to thee."

Thank you, Stephanie.


roth phallyka said...

Just glance around you and you will always see God's love.


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Marilyn @ MountainTopSpice said...

What a wonderful hymn you shared Stephanie... and I love the ten lessons we can learn from his hymn, and how wonderful to know that we can lay hold on life... we don't have to hide or worry, or be afraid... because we are in Him, and He has us safely in His care. Nothing that comes to us is greater than what His care and provision can provide. What a thought! Enjoyed the beautiful pictures of the flower too :)

Olivia Bell said...

Your Sunday posts are always so encouraging and wonderful, this one was especially lovely! {{smiles}}

roth phallyka said...

Have a wonderful Sunday and a beautiful new week with hugs from us :)


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