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Strange and mysterious is my life - The inward Warfare
(John Newton/Johannes Thomas Rüegg)

The inward Warfare.

Galatians 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 power of sin:
      too often am I captive led,
      yet daily triumph in my Head.

2. I prize the privilege of prayer,
  but, oh! what backwardness to pray!
Though on the Lord I cast my care,
  I feel its burden every 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 unimpressed 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 gathered 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 power defy,
  assured of conquest through his name:
      but soon my confidence is slain,
      and all my fears return again.

6. Thus diff'rent powers 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 passed,
      that grace shall overcome at last.

John Newton, Olney Hymns I, Hymn 130.

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