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Temptation to Envy the Wicked

As for me, my feet were almost gone; my steps had well nigh slipped. For I was envious at the foolish, when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.

~ Ps 78:2-3

Their feet are in a slippery place;  
Their riches swift as shadows fly;  
Their honours end in deep disgrace;  
In mirth they live, in anguish die.

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Temptation to Formality in Religion

Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die: for I have not found thy works perfect before God.

~ Rev 3:2

God is a Spirit just and wise;  
He sees our inmost mind:  
In vain to heaven we raise our cries,  
And leave our souls behind.

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Temptations Permitted by God

The Lord said unto Satan, Behold, all that he hath is in thy power; only upon himself put not forth thine hand.

~ Job 1:12

Still thine integrity hold fast,  
The tempter’s counsel spurn,  
Hope against hope, and God at last,  
Will for thy help return.

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Benefits of Affliction — Humility

If I be wicked, woe unto me; and if I be righteous, yet will I not lift up mine head. I am full of confusion; therefore see thou mine affliction. 

~ Job 10:15

To the heart truly humbled by woe,  
The annointing of joy shall be given;  
To the tears that from penitence flow,  
The peace that’s the forerunner of heaven.

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Christ an Example to the Afflicted

Even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps.

~ 1 Pet 2:21

Our glorious Leader claims our praise  
For his own pattern given,  
While the long cloud of witnesses  
Show the same path to heaven.

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Believer Forewarned of Sorrow

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.

~  John 16:33

The path of sorrow, and that path alone,  
Leads to the land where sorrow is unknown.  
No traveller e’er reached that bless’d abode,  
Who found not thorns and briars in his road.

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Divine Acceptance a Source of Joy

Go thy way, eat thy bread with joy, and drink thy wine with a merry heart; for God now accepteth thy work.

~ Eccl 9:7

Whilst I see thy love to me,  
Every object teems with joy;  
Here, oh may I walk with thee,  
Then into thy presence die!  
Let me but thyself possess,  
Total sum, of happiness;  
Real bliss I then shall prove 
Heaven below, and heaven above.

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A Good Conscience a Source of Joy

Our rejoicing is this, the testimony of our conscience, that in simplicity and godly sincerity, not with fleshly wisdom, but by the grace of God, we have had our conversation in the world.

~ 2 Cor 1:12

O happy soul, that lives on high,  
While men lie grovelling here;  
Whose hopes are fix’d above the sky,  
And faith forbids his fear.  
His conscience cleans’d from all his sins,  
Love, peace, and joy combine  
To form a life whose holy springs  
Are hidden and divine.

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Pardon a Source of Joy

Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. Blessed is the man unto whom the Lord imputeth not iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no guile.

 Ps 32:1-2

The Saviour smiles! o’er my bless’d soul  
New tides of hope tumultuous roll;  
Earth has a joy unknown in heaven,  
The new-born peace of sin forgiven;  
Tears of such pure and deep delight,  
Ye angels! never dimm’d your sight.

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The Atonement a Source of Joy

We joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement.

~ Rom 5:11

There is a fountain fill’d with blood,  
Drawn from Immanuel’s veins,  
And sinners plunged beneath that flood  
Lose all their guilty strains.  
They dying thief rejoic’d to see  
That fountain in his day;  
And here may I, though vile as he,  
Wash all my sins away.