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the Effects of it may be less visible. For I, who taugh them then, continue çeaching still ; Nay, I dire& my Speech to All, but All will not hear it. For there are Many deaf to all my Charms, and therefore deaf, be.. . "cause they stop their Ears; hate my InftryProv. I. Etions; and will none of my Reproofs. They listen to the World much rather than to God, and are more difpofed to obey their own Corrupt and Sensual, than his Pure and Heavenly Will. The World invites them with short and transitory, trifting and empty Joys, and they greedily engage in its Service; 1 covenant for Eternal and Excellent Rewards; and the infengible Wretches will not consider, or think them worth their Acceptance. This Folly is universal; For who among the Sons of Men, expresses half that Zeal and Earneftness, that solicitous Desire to pleafe, and datiful Fear to offend, in his Deportment towards me, which he does in Matters relating to this World, or in Obedience to Masters upon Earth? Consider this, and blush for shame; for What but Shame and Confufion of Face; can be the Effect of thy Reflection upon this unworthy Usage, this most absurd' Folly?
A fmall Preferment is esteemed a valuable Considesation for long and painful Journeys. Men fly for it eagerly, and hasten all they can to get ground of their Competitors; This is every one's Care, and it is accounted a Reproach to be negligent in such Pursuits. But, when Advancement to Heaven and Eternal Happiness is offered, they are slothful and unactive, and scarce a Man to be found, who thinks it worth the while to mend his Pace, or sets one Step forward to meet, or to secure, so glorious an Advantage. A little fordid Gain engages all Mens Industry ; a trifling Sum embroils them in tedious and expensive Suits And Promises of things scarce worth their having, they are 'content to drudge for; to lose the Ease of their Days, and the Sleep of their Nights, and think their i
in och he does intend, in his tous Desire toalf thaizea
and Happ. Affections even thol
* Toil and Anxious Care well paid, if they can com
pass them at last: Buta substantial and unchangeable Good, a Recompence greater than they know how, to value justly, Immortal Glory, and the Honours of the Saints, are sunk so low in wretched Mens Efteem,
that the least. Pains and Hardship are thought, too, - much for them. . And art thou not ashamed, lazy, insensible, grumbling Wretch, that the Children of this World should pursue Death and Ruin, with a more vigorous Industry and Zeal, than thou canst find in thy heart to beitow upon Life and Happiness ? Shall Toys and Va
nities. win more upon their Affections, than solid and : true Good can upon Thine ? Nay, even those Vanii ties whose very Enjoyments are empty, do often mock
their Hopes, and are never enjoyed at all; Their
Friends promise and deceivę; They labour but can2: not attain; But my Promises are without Repentance;
None taxech Me with Breach of Faith, or can comn: plain, that his Dependance upon My Word hath at
any time disappointed him. For I require only Love Di and Perseverance ; And, if these be not wanting, I
answer to the full nay, 'I far exceed my Servants largest Wishes and longing Expectations. Yet false and fickle Men can easily perfuade , and the God, who cannot lye, calls and promises in vain! I am the sure Rewarder of all that diligently seek nie; and if fuch meet with Sufferings and sharp Temptations, these are not Marks of my Displeasure, but wisely ordered, and kindly intended, to prove the Sincerity of my Servants Zeal, and to illustrate their Virtues...
Write then my Words in thy Heart; Grave them in deep and lasting Characters; Ponder them diligently, for thou shalt find them a seasonable Relief and necessary Support in the Day of Tryal and Adversity. What Reading only hath not taught thee, AfHiction will interpret and make plain. For I do not
always visit my Chosen alike. Sometimes the Comforts of my Grace are proper; at Others, the with drawing those Comforts, and bringing their Patience and Constancy to the Touch, by Outward Calamities, and Inward Anguish of Spirit. Thus I daily train them up in Goodness, by chastising and making them hate their Sins, and cultivating and encouraging their Advancement in Virtue. The One Dispensacion enga. ges their Love of Me, the Other abates their Fond ness for the World. But loft and wretched is that flupid Creature, upon whom these Methods make no
Impression; For He that rejectetb Me, and John xii. 46. receiveth not my Words, batb Obe that judgeth bim in the laft Day, mais
A Prayer for Heavenly Instru&tion and Devotion. Disciple.] Lord, my God, Thou art my All, my
only Good; but Who, alas! am I, that I should take upon me to speak to so Great, fo Glorious a Majesty. Poor sinful Duit and Ashes; a. wretched Worm ; less than the least of aļl thy Ser- ! vants; much less, much viler and more despicable than I dare to think, or am able to express or con: ceive. And this very Vileness, Lord, I beg thou wouldst consider, that so my helpless defolate Condi: ţion may move chy tender Pity, tp a miserable Creature, who neither is, nor hath, nor can do any thing, without thee. For Thou only art Good, and Holy, and Powerful ; and that of Power so boundless, of Mercy so diffusive, that thou fillest all things with thy Goodness; and none but those guilty Souls, who refuse to partake of thy Graçe, are lhut out from its kindly
Influences. Behold me then hungring and thirtting ifrer thy Righteousness, and let me not be fent empty away. Call up thy Bowels, and remember thy Compaflions and old Loving-kindnesses; and fill my Soul with thy Grace and Heavenly Dispositions, chat it may Be a Dwelling fit to entertain that blessed Inhabitant, who will not take up his Abode in defiled and defolaté Places
But how can I furnish a House for my Lord, except 'he vouchsafe to assist and supply my Wants? How can
1 sustain the Miseries and Tempcations of a Troublesome Dangerous World, except thou graciously in: terpose and support my Weakness. Turn not then thy Face away from me, neither delay thy Fatherly Care for if thou grant not refreshing Dews, and water noe my Heart with thy Grace, it will remain a dry and barren Ground. Teach me, dear God, to know and do thý Will, and with sincere Humility, and indefa: tigable Zeal, enable me to persevere in my Obedi: ence: For Thou art my Wildom, and my Righteousnefs ; my Infirmities are not hid from Thee;
Thou knowest me perfe&ly, and understoodest all my 1 Defects, not only before I was born, but even long s before the World it self was made.
escole Leal, enable mecere Humility, and in and
CHA P. V. Walk humbly with thy God, and worship Him in
Cbrift.] J Do indeed, my Son, know thy Frailties,
-] and thy Dangers, but ler not these discoufage thy Endeavours. Seek and love the Truth, and let thy Heart be righỉ wich me, and all shall be well de laft. For Truth and Sincerity will be thy Prote
&tion, ction, and defend thee from the Assaults of the Day vil, and the Attempts of wicked and deceitful Mes
in Those who are thus set free, shall be free.in! John Vill. deed, nor shall the Seducements or the Dia couragements of Enemies to the Truth, be able to ensnare or divert them from their Duty. " Disciple.] True, Lord. And this Perswasion makes me more earnestly implore thy Alistance. That thou, who art Truth it felf, wouldItin much Mercy conde scend to instruct, and direct me; to preserve and protect me; to break the Snares of the Ungodly to pieces; to deliver my Soul, and establish me unto the End; To purge me from all corrupt and inordinate Affections, that my own happy Experience may convince me of what I already believe, and render chy Service perfect Freedom.
Christ.] My Children cannot be more zealously disposed to ask these Blessings, than I am ready and pleased to grant them. Hear therefore the Truth, and how thou mayeft recommend thy self to my Favour and Acceptance. Reflect with sad Remorse upon thy past Offences; let the Remembrance of these render thee vile in thy own Eyes; and take heed, that no Confidence in thy best Actions, swell thee with vain Conceits of thy own Deserts. For, sure it is, thou art a Sinner, laden with Guilt and many grievous Infirmities; prone in thy own Nature to Vanity, easily seduced, quickly diverted from good Resolutions, and overcome by very lighi Temptations. In short, No Excellence belongs to thee, which can in any degree justify thy Pride or Boasting ; but infinite Occasions there are to exercise thy. Humility and Lamentation, infinitely more in truth, than thou canst be duly fensible of.
Let not then the mistaken Value of any thing thou art or doft, delude thee with false Appearances of Worthi and Perfection ; Let not thy Affections be fe