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is light (saith the Apostle John) in him is no darkness at all; if we walk in the light as he is in the light, then we shall have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleansetla us from all sin ;' we know him to be the true Rock and the foundation of God, which standeth sure, and which will stand sure, in stormy and tempestuous times : blessed are they that build upon

this foundation which God bath laid.

Blessed be God, which hath opened your eyes, and given you to see this sure foundation, which we must build all our hopes of salvation upon : and not upon any other foundation whatsoever. Not upon men's arts, and parts, and human acquirements. O the unsearchable riches of Christ ! that we may, and are only to covet and seek after; then we shall inherit substance indeed,,and nay say of a truth, the Lord is good unto his people ; He will satisfy them with his loving kindness, which is better than life, and surround them with his almighty arm, and be unto them as the shadow of a great rock in a weary land. Be not discouraged, notwithstanding the furious and impetuous assaults of your spiritual enemies; when God is pleased to arise for your help, your enemies shall be scattered. •In the world (saith our Saviour) ye shall have trouble, but in we ye shall have peace; be of good cheer, I have overcome the world. Our Lord Jesus Christ conquered and triumphed over the world, and over principalities and powers, and death, and hell, and we shall overcome through bim that hath loved us; his grace will be sufficient for us ; let us wait for his salvation, and in order to it, wait to know, and then do bis mind and will, and so redeem our time, and double our diligence, that we may improve our talents, and give up our account with joy And then if we are under doubts and fears, we may say with David, 'why art thou cast down, O my soul, and wby art thou disquieted within me? hope thou in

God, for I shall yet praise him, for the help of his countenance. God is pleased to exercise his people many tiines with divers troubles, trials, and aflictions, to wean them from this world, and from an inordinate love to the pleasures and enjoyment of it, that their minds may not be drawn away by the things that are seen, which are temporal, from the things that are not seen, which are eternal. Let us take straight steps towards the glory that shall be revealed ; that as every day we are a step nearer the grave, we may be also a step nearer to a blessed eternity. It was the voice of Moses the man of God, and that which he had in charge from heaven concerning the children of Israel, in their march towards Canaan, say unto the people, go forward ; there is a good land before you; a land flowing with milk and honey. The Lord was with them and wrought great things for them, and he hath also wrought great things for us.

Let us all press therefore forward towards the mark of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus, till we come to that city that hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God; and that kingdom that cannot be shaken, which God hath prepared for them that love him. O that every one of you, upon a serious examination of yourselves, may find yourselves in a good state and condition towards God : travelling through the wilderness of this world, your eyes upon heaven. Let your prayers and strong cries be to the Lord for his help; for we are not sufficient of ourselves for any good word or work. It is his almighty arm and power only that can enable us to overcome our spiritual enemies, and to work out our own salvation with fear and trembling; yea and to work in us, both to will and to do of his own good pleasure. And pray let us, with Moses, choose rather to suffer afflictions with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season : and turn our backs upon this world, and the glory of it; and live so, as

seeing him that is invisible. Let us follow them, who, through faith and patience have inherited the promises. There are thousands of faithful witnesses gathered to their eternal rest; let us follow the foot-steps of the flock; that little flock, for which God bath prepared a kingdom. Take a prospect of heaven by the eye of faith, in the light of Christ Jesus ; and behold the glory of God shining upon you in the face of Jesus Christ. Suffer not your hearts to cleave to this world, nor to any pleasure or enjoyment in it, that may be a snare and temptatation to draw your minds and affections from the Giver to the gift. Live a self-denying life : keep your dominion, you that have it, over that which hath dominion over you, and then you may say, thy kingdom is come, and thy will is done, on earth as it is in heaven. Then the power of sin shall be subdued in your souls, and the body of sin, and death shall be destroyed; and as you have had cause to cry out, with the Apostle, ó wretched man that I am, who shall deliver me from the body of sin and death! so each of you will be able to rejoice,' and say with him, I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord, I am made free from the law of sin and death. And my friends, when the mountain of the Lord's house shall be set a top of all the mountains, then shall you rejoice and praise his holy namne.

o that the nations round about might come to the saving knowledge of

God and Jesus Christ, which is life eternal

. O look for the appearance and manifestation of the Son of God in your hearts, then you will admire and adore the mercy, justice, holiness, goodness, patience, and long suffering of God, which will lead you to repentance, then you will cry out and say God is just, God is merciful, God is holy, and abundant in grodness and truth; He hath made us sensible of the riches of bis goodness, and his forbearance, patience, and long-suffering: 1

hless and praise his holy, great and excellent

name;

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whom have I in heaven but thee? and there is none upon earth that I desire in comparison of thee; in thy favour is lite, and thy loving kindness is better than life,' and that which I esteem above all things on the face of the earth. O friends, be you thankful to God for the manifestation of his love and mercy to you!

Take heed of an ungrateful spirit. Trust in the Lord and he will deliver you, and wound the hairy scalp of your enemies. Many have outlived their youthful greenness, and that tenderness they had when God first awakened them to consider their ways, and to seek after him with their whole heart. 'I remember, saith the Lord by Jeremiah, the kindness of thy youth, and the day of thy espousals.' God will remember you, if you remember his loving kindness, and have it ever before your eyes. and walk in his truth. When there was nothing but darkness in Egypt, there was light in Goshen, we (saith the Apostle) were sometimes darkness, but now we are light in the Lord :' Let us walk as children of the light, and hate the works of darkness.

We that are made living witnesses of the power, and wisdom, and goodness of God, let us sink down into self abasement, and humility, and we shall feel the living openings of the spirit of truth in our own hearts, and receive with meekness that ingrafted word, in which is light and life, that is able to save our souls; and submit to the authority of God therein ; and the word of Christ may dwell richly in us, and become the power of God to our salvation.

Now the God of peace which brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus Christ, the great shepherd of bis sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, make you perfect in every good work, to do his will; working in you that which is well pleasing in bis sight, to whom be glory, praise, and thanksgiving, who alone is worthy, who is God over all, blessed for ever and ever.' Amen.

seeing him that is invisible. Let us follow them, who, through faith and patience have inherited the promises. There are thousands of faithful witnesses gathered to their eternal rest; let us follow the foot-steps of the flock; that little flock, for which God bath prepared a kingdom. Take a prospect of heaven by the eye of faith, in the light of Christ Jesus ; and behold the glory of God shining upon you in the face of Jesus Christ. Suffer not your hearts to cleave to this world, nor to any pleasure or enjoyment in it, that may be a snare and temptatation to draw your minds and affections from the Giver to the gift. Live a self-denying life : keep your dominion, you that have it, over that which hath dominion over you, and then you may say, thy kingdom is come, and thy will is done, on earth as it is in heaven. Then the power of sin shall be subdued in your souls, and the body of sin, and death shall be destroyed; and as you have had cause to cry out, with the Apostle, ó wretched man that I am, who shall deliver me from the body of sin and death! so each of you will be able to rejoice, and say with him, I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord, I am made free from the law of sin and death. And my friends, when the mountain of the Lord's house shall be set a top of all the mountains, then shall you rejoice and praise his holy namne.

o that the nations round about might come to the saving knowledge of God and Jesus Christ, which is life eternal. O look for the appearance and manifestation of the Son of God in your hearts, then you will admire and adore the mercy, justice, holiness, goodness, patience, and long suffering of God, which

will lead you to repentance, then you will cry out and say God is just, God is merciful, God is holy, and abundant in goodness and truth; He hath made us sensible of the riches of bis goodness, and of his forbearance, patience, and long-suffering : I will bless and praise his holy, great and excellent

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