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walked in my ways; I would have fed them with the finest of tbe wheat, and with honey out of the rock, should I have satisfied them.'
0, my Friends, it is a dangerous thing for a people that are enlightened by the Spirit of God, to trifle away their precious time and seasons of mercy, the day of grace and salvation ; 0! therefore, work while it is day, for the night cometh wherein there is no working; let us be faithful and turn our eyes to the light, and walk in it, and live in obedience to it: God hath been present with us (iny friends) in the tribulations, temptations, and affictions that have attended us, when we have been ready to say, as David, I shall one day fall by the hands of Saul, and the enemy will prevail over us; but God hath wonderfully saved and delivered us, and hath been a shield, and buckler, and a strong tower to us, and as the shadow of a great rock in a weary land. Let nothing be found alive in us that would divert us, or draw us away from God, who alone can satisfy us, and give us the desire of our hearts. If we delight ourselves in Him, let us say unto God, O Lord, thou art my portion; whom have l-in Heaven but thee? and there is none upon earth that I desire besides thee. Let us make war against every thing that is contrary to God's holy nature and will, and abstain from all filthiness of flesh and spirit, and from all appearance of evil.
Have a care that your adversary the devil, does not prevail over you, be not ignorant of his devices; he goes about continually like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.
When the devil assaulted our Saviour in Peter, he said, ' get thee bebind me satan, thou savourest not the things that be of God.' Examine and try yourselves, whether you have a divine taste and relish, and savour the things of the Spirit ? when the devil presents any alluring or charming temptation, to seduce you from your duty to God or your neighbor, or from your great concern, the salvation of your immortal souls; you know what the temptation tends to, therefore be steadfast in the faith ; resist the devil and be will fly from you; and wait upon God in the name of Christ, and look up to him, and he will open bis divine hand, and shower down his blessings upon you, and give you the upper springs and the nether springs also ; God will give grace and glory, and no good thing will be withhold from you.
O you young ones! I have a travel in my soul for you! remember your Creator in the days of your youth : give unto God the prime and flower of your time and strength; learn to bear the yoke betimes : come to the yoke of Christ : take his yoke upon you ; though it may fret thy neck a little, and cause a little pain, yet be willing to bear it, and thou wilt find that the yoke of Christ is an easy yoke, and his burden a light burden; and that none of his cummandments are grievous. O my Friends! the pomp and pleasure and glory of this vain world prevails over many, and thousands are ensnared by it : but it is better, with Moses, to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season; and to esteem the reproach of Christ, greater riches than the treasures of the Egyptian kingdom : for if we suffer with Christ here, we shall reign with him hereafter. The sacrifices of old were salted with salt; if you come to know the divine salt, the seasonings of grace, all that is putrified will be done away, and purged out of your hearts; all that come to Christ are seasoned with divine grace, and they will shine as lights in the world ; but for those that are not in Christ, nor made new creatures, they are conformed to this world, and the world will love its own; but what will be the end of these ? they must go along with those that shall take their place on the left band of Christ, and be sentenced to everlasting destruction,
from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power.
You that are lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God, that love the vanities of the world, and the pleasures and pastimes of it, the supreme and righteous judge of the world will bid you depart from him into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels; wherefore you tliat are young, remember your Creator in your younger years; and give up your hearts to God betimes, and consider what the wise man saith after all his experience of the pleasures and enjoyments of this world, vanity of vanities, all is vanity and vexation of spirit. Reinember now thy Creator in the day of ihy youth, while thy evil days come not, nor the years draw nigh, when thou shalt say, I have no pleasure in them :' while thou art like white paper, let God write upon thee, before thou art blotted and stained with the vanities and impure pleasures of this world; set an high value on early piety, get an interest in Christ Jesus, in your young and tender years, that as of his fulness, you have received grace for grace, you may obey it in all manner of conversation ; for, without holiness no man shall ever see the Lord. Persevere in holiness to the end of your days, that you may receive the end of your faith, the salvation of your souls; O blessed are they that take Christ in all his offices, for a King, Priest, and Prophet! for a King to rule them with the sceptre of his grace, and to subdue their enemies by the might of bis power; as a Priest, to make atonement for them, and reconcile them to God, and save them from sin and from the wrath to come; and as a Prophet, to instruct and teach them, and make them wise to salvation ; blessed are they that receive the truth in the love of it, and love the truth as it is in Jesus ; there is no condemnation to them; for they walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. While they wait upon the Lord, they renew their strength ; they shall never be weary of well-doing ; they shall mount up with wings as eagles ; they shall run, and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint. When the Lord saith to them, seek ye my face;' their hearts will answer, thy face Lord will we seek. Search the scriptures to know the mind and will of God, and consult the oracle within, the word of God in your own hearts; whether shall you, or can you go? you have the words of eternal life, from Cbrist within you the hope of glory. You that have begun in the Spirit, do not end in the flesh; but resist all temptations from without, and corruptions within, and you shall be more than conquerors, through Christ that bath loved you; and you shall witness the fulfilling of that promise, 'him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out; and I will write upon bim the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is New Jerusalem ; and to him (saith Christ) that overcometh, will i grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am sat down with my Father in his throne, and I will give him a white stone, and a name, wbich none knows but he that hath it.' 'As in your Parish books, there is a registering and a writing down of the names of all that are born there, so in the book of life are written down all the names of the children of light, that are born again, born from above; and God will remember them, and they will remember his loving kindness, and have it ever betore their eyes, and walk in his truth.
My Friends, it becomes us to be a willing people, to bear the yoke of Christ cheerfully, and not to be like a bullock unaccustomed to the yoke. "If any draw back (saith the Lord) my soul shall have no pleasure in him. Let us be willing both to do and suffer the will of God, and follow Christ, the Lamb of God, whithersoever he goeth; through persecutions, sufferings, and tribulations, bearing bis reproach, and counting it our honour to suffer shame and dishonour for his name; and have a holy ambition to drink of his cup, and to be baptised with his baptism. We read, (Luke xx. 20.) that the mother of Zebedee's children came to Christ with her two sons, worshipping him and desiring a certain thing of him, and he said unto her, 'What wilt thou ?” She said unto him, 'Grant that these my two sons may sit, the one on thy right hand, and the other on thy left, in thy kingdom : But Jesus answered and said, Ye know not what ye ask. Are ye able to drink of the cup that I drink of? And to be baptised with the baptism that I am baptised with? They say unto him, We are able.' And our Saviour said unto thein, 'Ye shall drink indeed of my cup, and be baptised with the baptism that I am baptised with; but to sit on my right hand and on my left, is not mine to give; but it shall be given to them, for whom it is prepared of my Father. What is this baptism ? 'It is self-denial, and taking up the cross of Christ; and to be willing to part with all for his sake: To stand at a distance from the world, and to be weaned from the enjoyments of it, and to let Christ have the command and government of our hearts, wills, and affections. · My Friends, let us so live, as we shall wish we had done, when we come to die. 2 Cor. v. 10, 11, 'For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that which he hath done, whether it be good or bad.' Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men: 0 blessed are they that turn from the evil of their ways, and so hear that their souls may live : "Obedience is better than sacrifice; and to hearken than the fat of rams.' Blessed are they that ponder and weigh, and consider what the Lord's prophets and messengers speak and declare unto them, that are found in a way of obedience, and live up to what they know, they shall at last lay down their