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III. Why should we defire GOD above all

things?

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1. Because he is more desirable than all things,

Luke xviii. 19. Prov. iii. 15. 2. All other things are only desirable for his

fake. 3. He alone can satisfie our desires, Ifa. lv. i.

Psal. xvii. 15: 1. USE. Reproof, to thofe that desire all things

before. GOD. 1. That think of other things more than

GOD, Psal. xviii. 4. 2. That are unwilling to part with any thing

for GOD. 3. That regard not the Ordinances, 4. That make it not their business to seek

after GOD. 2. Exhortation, As Solomon, 1 Kings iii. 9, 11,

12, 13:
MOTIVES.

1. This is the end why we have desires.
2. 'Tis gross Idolatry to desire any thing be-

fore GOD, Col. iii. s.
3. To desire GOD above all things, is a

good evidence of Heaven.
4. Desire GOD here, and enjoy GOD

hereafter.
Desire GOD above,

1. Riches.
2. Honours.
3. Friends.
4. Relations.
5. Pleasures.
6. Liberty.
7. Knowledge, Si Cbriftum discis satis
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8. A good Name.
9. Health.
10. Life, Temporal, Eternal, Exod.

xxxii. 32.

And manifest that you desire GOD more than these things. 1. By being willing to part with them when

GOD calls for them.
2. By being more serious in looking after

GOD than these things.
Vide Vol. 4. Serm. viii. of this Author.

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So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.

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DOCTRINE. T is our Duty to number our days, Psal. xxxi.

4:

I. What Arithmetical Operations should we perform each Day? 1. Addition. Add each day,

1. To the number of your Graces, 2 Pet. i.

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2. To the Degrees of each Gracc, 2 Pet. iii.

18.
2. Substraction. Substract,

1. From the sins of your Souls, col. iii. S.

2. From the strength of your sins. 3. Multiplication. Multiply,

1. Your thoughts of GOD, Psal. cxxxix.

17, 18.

2. Your

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2. Your desires of heaven, Pfal, xlii. 1, 2.

3. Your endeavours after Salvation, 2 Pet.i. 4. Division. Divide, 1. All your days into Holy and Common,

ifa. lviii. 13. 2. Each day betwixt your general and parti

cular Calling 5. The Rule of Proportion. 1. Proportion the Repentance of each Day

to your fins. 2. Your thankfulness to your Mercies, 1 Thef.

V. II.

iv. 13

II. Directions how to number our days.

1. Caft up your accounts each Night.
2. Count that Day loft wherein you have

not either, Eph. v. 16.
1. Done,

2. Or gotten good. 3. Number the days gone not to come, fam.

. 4. Count every Day the last, Luke xii. 20. s. To substract every Day you have lived

from the whole of your life, that you may live, counting a day less to live.

Job vii. 1. 6. Devote the residue to the Glory of

GOD. 7. The more days you live, the greater

account prepare to give, Ecclef. xii.

14. 8. Count all your days as a Cypher to Eter

nity, Psal. xc. 4. 2 Pet. iii. 8. 9. The fewer days you expect to number, the more diligence use in them.

10. Examine

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10. Examine the numbring of your Days

by the ordering of your Lives.
II. So number your Days, as to apply

your Hearts to Wisdom
1. To know GOD.
2. Your selves.
3. Christ, i Cor. ii. 2.

U SE.
Learn this Art, beg of GOD to teach you

it. Consider,

1. You have spent much Time already.
2. You know not how little more you have.
3. You have a great Work to do, Phil. ii. 12.
4. Time once spent cannot be recalled.
5. You must give Account of it at the Day

of Judgment, 2 Cor.V. 10.

PSAL. XC. 3.

Thou turneft Man to deftrution, and Sayeft, Return, ye children of men.

OBSERVATION I.
His World is full of Turnings and Changes.

THis

1. In our Conditions or Estates, 2 Sam. xix.

43. and xx. I.
2. Employments.
3. Names.
4. Bodies, Job ii. 7,8. Fob vii. 3, 4, 5.
5. Souls.

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OBS. II. The last Turn will be to Deftru&tion. 1. Of the whole Man, consisting in the Se

paration of Soul and Body, Heb. ix. 27.

Fob vii. 1. 2. Of the Body, in its Dissolution into its 3. Of the Soul too (without Repentance

and Faith) in Hell-fire. 1: From GOD's Presence, 2 Tbef. i.9. 2. Its own Conscience, Mark ix.

44.

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OBS III. GOD will hereafter bid us return again, 1 Cor.xv. 12, 51. At this our Return í. Our Bodies shall be gathered together,

Mat. xxiv. 31. 2. Our Souls united again to them, Phil. iii.21. 3. Both of them brought before Christ's

Tribunal, Heb. ix. 27. 2 Cor. v. 10. 4. There receive their Sentence, Mat. xxv.

34, 41. 5. And so live together for ever, Mat. xxv.

46,

USE.
1. Live above the Turnings of this Life, 1 Cor.

vii. 29, 30, 31.
2. Prepare your selves to be turned out of it.

By turning, 1. From your selves to Christ, Mat. xi. 29, 2. From Šin to GOD, Ezek. xxxiii. 11, 3, From Earth to Heaven, Pbil. iii. 20.

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