John 16:33 These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.
LORD's words are true as to the tribulation. I have my share of it
beyond all doubt.
The flail is not hung up out of the way, nor can I
hope that it will be laid aside so long as I lie upon the threshing
How can I look to be at home in the enemy's country, joyful while
in exile, or comfortable in a wilderness?
This is not my rest.
the place of the furnace, and the forge, and the hammer.
tallies with my LORD's words.
I note how He bids me "be of good
Alas! I am far too apt to be downcast.
My spirit soon sinks when
I am sorely tried.
But I must not give way to this feeling.
LORD bids me cheer up I must not dare to be cast down.
the argument which He uses to encourage me?
Why, it is His own victory.
He says, "I have overcome the world."
His battle was much more severe
than mine. I have not yet resisted unto blood.
Why do I despair of
See, my soul, the enemy has been once overcome. I fight with
a beaten foe.
O world, Jesus has already vanquished thee; and in me, by
His grace, He will overcome thee again.
Therefore am I of good cheer
and sing unto my conquering LORD.