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ye not as the horse or as the mule, which have no under stunding ; whose mouth must be held in with bit and bridle, lest they come near unto thee. Ps. xxxii. 9. Therefore, if ye call on the Father, who, without respect of persons, judgeth according to every man's work,

pass the time of your sojourning here in fear. 1 Pet. i. 17. READER, Dost thou believe there is a God, and that he will shortly

judge thee for every evil action thou hast done, and for all the secret iniquity of thy bosom? - how then canst thou meet thy Judge, unless thy heart be changed and thy sins are pardoned ? There will be no room for dissembling, excusing, or escaping them. Begin therefore in time, O wretched man, to consider how thou must appear before that awful judgment-seat! The door of mercy is yet open : Oh! call

upon the Lord Jesus for repentance and pardon, before the door be shut, and thou be lost for ever.

O God, mine inmost soul convert !
And deeply on my thoughtful heart

Eternal things impress ;
Give me to feel their solemn weight,
And tremble on the brink of fate,

And wake to righteonsness!

Be this my one great bus'ness here,
With serious industry and fear,

My future bliss t' ensure ;
Thine utmost counsel to fulfil,
And suffer all thy righteous will,

And to the end endure !

Be strong and of a good courage, I will be with thee ; I will not fail thee, nor forfake thee. Only be thou strong and very courageous! O sweet com. mandment! Be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed; for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest. O glorious promise! Johua i. 5, 6, 9. Nay, I have called thee by thy name: I have surnamed thee, though thou hast not known me. Isa. xlv. 4.

God calls upon us to be strong in faith; and strong faith will make

men cheerful and courageous, and enable them to overcome strong difficulties. Therefore, if thy feet and heart are bound for Canaan, trust stoutly in the Lord to carry thee safely through. Feeble as thou art, yet go on and fear nothing, for God is with thee He that has but this one care, and fears not to displease him, need not care for or fear any thing else ; his safety is insured in the promise of God, who will keep him harmless in all things.

Awake, our souls (away our fears,

Let ev'ry trembling thought be gone) Awake, and run the heav'nly race,

And put a cheerful courage on. True, 'tis a strait and thorny road,

And mortal spirits tire and faint;

But they forget the mighty God,

That feeds the strength of ev'ry saint. Fron Him, the overflowing spring,

Our souls shall drink a fresh supply; While such as trust their native strength Shall melt away, and droop, and die,

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Behold the Lamb of Goll, who taketh away the sins of the world! John i. 29.

These are they who came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. Therefore are they before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple. Rev. vii. 14, 15,

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E that washes himself continually in the blood of Christ, does not

make light of sin, but detests it above all things; for what can be more abominable than sin, since it cannot be taken away but by the blood of the Son of God! This humbles true believers, and makes them watch against sin; and if it has not the same effect on thee, Reader, matters are not right with thy soul; for, talking of the blood of the Lamb, and yet trifling with sin, cannot agree together, but show

false or a deceived heart.

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Now will I hate those lusts of mine

That crucify'd my God!
Those sins that piere’d and nail'd his flesh

Fast to the fatal wood.
Yes, my Redeemer, they shall die,

My heart has so decreed ;

Nor will I spare the guilty things

That made niy Saviour bleed.
Whilst with a melting, broken heart,

My murder'd Lord I view,
I'll raise revenge against my sins,

And slay the murd'rers too.

Verily, I say unto you, they have their reward. Matt. vi. 2. Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, shall give me at that day; and not to me

only, but unto all them also that love his appearing. 2 Tim. iv. 8. For this crown faith strives. And because this faith justifies, it makes

the world say, Well, I also believe: But where is their conflict and conquest? It is answered, I rely on Christ and grace. But Ca. naan was also a free gift of grace, and yet it was not taken without conflicts. And moreover, as worldly people are unacquainted with the wickedness of their hearts, they do not trust alone upon grace, but on their duties and the outward form of godliness, self-love and pride still reigning in their hearts.

No works nor duties of your own
Can for the smallest sin atone;
The robes that nature may provide
Will not your least pollutions hide.
Ye sons of pride, that kindle coals
With your own hands to warın your souls,

Walk in the light of your own fire,
Enjoy the sparks that ye

desire.
This is your portion at my hands,
Hell waits you with her iron bands ;
You shall lie dowu in sorrow there,
In death, in darkness, and despair.

Let us run with patience the race that is set before us. Heb. xii. 1. HE E that runs, and wants patience, will never get to the end of his race;

for in the race of God's commandments men have foul play ; one comes and rails on him for his zeal, for running so fast, when he thinks himself too slow; another gives him a blow, and strikes him down; and up he gets and runs again. Every man will make room, and give way to him that is in a race here; while he that runs the heavenly race may expect, and will find many stand in his

him all they can, so that he will have great need of patience : without it every thing will offend him. What is a wise man, a zealous man, without patience? He will bear nothing, suffer nothing, and can do no great good. David had many enemies that spake mischievous things against him, and laid snares for his life ; but he was as a deaf man that “ heard not; and as a dumb man that openeth not his mouth.” Saul was twice in his power, yet he would not avenge himself of him: he wanted neither courage nor wisdom ; he had a stirring spirit, a working head, was sensible of wrongs, knew himself innocent, his adversaries malicious; his thoughts must needs be troubled, and yet he is his own man under all; he committed his cause to God, his patience was in exercise, and he waited God's time of deliverance. Christ's active and passive obedi. ence made him a complete Mediator. May thy active and passive obes dience, Reader, make thee a complete Christian ! Awake, our souls (away our fears, From Christ, the overflowing spring,

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Let ev'ry trembling thought be gone) Our souls shall drink a fresh supply; Awake, and run the heav'nly race, While such as trust their native strength And put a cheerful courage on.

Shall melt away, and droop, and die.

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