Wise Newton on the Inward Warfare

The inward Warfare. Galatians Chap. 5:17

1 Strange and mysterious is my life,

What opposites I feel within!

A stable peace, a constant strife!

The rule of grace, the pow’r of sin:

Too often I am captive led,

Yet daily triumph in my head.

2 I prize the privilege of pray’r,

But, oh! what backwardness to pray!

Though on the Lord I cast my care,

I feel its burden ev’ry day;

I seek his will in all I do,

Yet find my own is working too.

3 I call the promises my own,

And prize them more than mines of gold;

Yet though their sweetness I have known,

They leave me unimpress’d and cold:

One hour upon the truth I feed,

The next I know not what I read.

4 I love the holy day of rest,

When Jesus meets his gather’d saints;

Sweet day, of all the week the best!

For its return my spirit pants:

Yet often, through my unbelief,

It proves a day of guilt and grief.

5 While on my Saviour I rely,

I know my foes shall lose their aim;

And therefore dare their pow’r defy,

Assur’d of conquest through his name:

But soon my confidence is slain,

And all my fears return again.

6 Thus diff’rent pow’rs within me strive,

And grace and sin by turns prevail;

I grieve, rejoice, decline, revive,

And vict’ry hangs in doubtful scale:

But Jesus has his promise past,

That grace shall overcome at last.

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About Reid Ferguson

Reid serves as the pastor for preaching and vision at Evangelical Church of Fairport in Fairport New York. A native of Rochester, N.Y., he has served in various ministry areas during his life, including: a founding member of the former Mark IV Quartet, Youth Pastor at ECF, former board member of the Fellowship of Independent Reformed Evangelicals (F.I.R.E.), and author of The Little Book of Things You Should Know About Ministry (Christian Focus Publications, 2002). Pastor Reid blogs regularly at Responsive Reiding.