There’s no utopian path of ease
              Where trials won’t be met;
 I Peter 5:7-11

There’s no utopian path of ease
              Where trials won’t be met;
Where I can think the prize to seize
              Without the lion’s threat.

The devil walks about to seek
              For souls he may devour.
He preys on those whose faith is weak
              And takes them in his power.

I can’t expect that I won’t face
              The devil in his might,
But I can trust the God of grace
              To give me strength to fight.

Resist the devil.  He will flee.
              I do not need to hide.
By faith I have the victory,
              And strength because I’m tried.

God lets me suffer for a while
              And hear the lion’s roar,
To strengthen by the fiery trial
              And stablish me the more.

To Him be glory, power, and praise
              On whom my cares are cast;
He’s called me unto endless days
              Of glory unsurpassed.

~ Nita Brainard

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