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walked in my ways; I would have fed them with the finest of the 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 (my friends) in the tribulations, temptations, and aftictions 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 behind 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 neighthe world : so those that reject the testimony of the ministers of Christ that speak to them in Christ's name, they reject Christ himself : though Christ speaks not now ti) you immediately in his own person, yet he speaks to you instrumentally; and if you reject the testimony that we bring, when we preach Christ to you, you reject Christ as Jerusalem did : what was it that Jerusalem did reject? they rejected the grace and spirit of Christ, they would not open the door of their hearts to receive and entertain Christ in the day of their visitation : what did become of them ? their house was left unto them desolate. “I called, (saith the Lord,) but they would not answer; I offered salvation to them, but they refused; they would not in their day, know the things that belong to their peace, and now they are hidden from their eyes.

It is the desire of my soul, that none of you may hear that voice in your consciences, the things that belong to thy peace are now hidden from thine eyes; thou hast had many talents given to thee, but thou hast not improved them : this is the condemnation, that light has come into the world, but thou hast loved darkness rather than light; thou hast had grace freely offered to thee, but thou hast refused it, turned from it, or turned it into wantonness.

The Lord hath given us many divine calls and visitations, and hath promised to be our God, if we would be his people ; but after all his kindness to us, He justly complains, ' my people would none of me; I am the Lord thy God, (saith he to the Israel of old,) that brought thee out of the land of Egypt; open thy mouth wide, and I will fill it, enlarge thy desires, and I will satisfy them; but my people would not hearken to my voice, and Israel would none of me; so I gave up them unto their own hearts' lust, and they walked in their own counsels. 0! that my people had hearkened unto me, and

walked in my ways; I would have fed them with the finest of the wheat, and with honey out of the rock, should I have satisfied them.'.

O, 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 (mny friends) in the tribulations, temptations, and aftlictions 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 bave 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, seek

ing 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 he will fly from you; and wait upon God in the name of Christ, and look up to him, and he will open his 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 witbhold 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 bis 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 conforned 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 bis 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 thy 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 ;

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