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What things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ; yea, doubtless, Cand I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things ; and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ, and be found in him, as my righteousness. Phil. iii. 7-9.
This was the life and constant mind of St. Paul. The words “ In
Him,” “ in Christ," “ in the Lord,” “ I am in Christ,” &c. occur continually. I choose them also for my staff, and my song in the wilderness; they shall be my great tower, my strong fortress, my sweet Paradise, mine only element and life. Here may I take up mine abode for ever, and the Lord keep me stedfast ! “ It is good for us to be here ;” for this is Pisgah, the mount of the Lord, where Jesus, being transfigured, reveals his glory to his disciples. Here we should build our tabernacle; and here may death find me at last !
Had I ten thousand gifts beside,
And build on him alone;
Possessing Christ, I all possess;
And holiness complete :
And all his justice mect.
What must I do to be saved? - Divine Answer: Believe on the Lord Jesus,
and thou shalt be saved, and thy house. Acts xvi. 30, 31.
Faith is not a confidence of our own making, but it is God that works
it in a broken and repenting heart. This faith purifies the heart, crucifies the old Allam, overcomes the world, changes us in heart, mind, and all the powers and faculties of the soul, which is the true Protestant faith ; and not that we only think and say “I believe.” By this we must try our faith. All true believers have received it, under a sense of godly sorrow, and with brokenness of heart. If we feel something of this, and apply to Christ by prayer for faith and grace, we have a sure mark of faith already ; for if we did not believe, we would not pray. And he that daily applies to the blood of Christ for cleansing, has true faith and hope already, though he is but weak, and does not taste any joy.
Ye dying souls that sit
In darkness and distress,
To Christ's recov'ring grace.
Their righteousness and strength is found
In Christ, the Lord alone.
And see their guilt forgiv'n ;
And take the saints to leav'e.
Abstain from all appearance of evil, that ye may be blameless and harm
less, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world. Phil. ii. 15.
Lord, I desire to shine in good works, the genuine fruits of faith ;
therefore will I give myself up to thee, to purge me, that I may bring forth more fruit. Looking upon myself as thine, I would not only abstain from evil, but from the very appearance of it.
Some are satisfied with knowing they are blameless, and care not what others think of them ; but, for the gospel's sake, I desire to appear blameless before others, lest some offence should come through me; which, as far as in me lieth, I would prevent. Thy children, O God, are as lights in the world. O pour thy grace, that heavenly oil, into my lamp, and so trim it that it may give light unto all around, that they may be led to glorify thy holy name!
O Lord, my stubborn will subdue ;
Dispel iny darkness by thy light:
All things displeasing in thy sight!
Be Heaven now my soul's abode!
My spirit, Lord, be one with thine;
Till in me thy full likeness shine.
Let him that is athirst come: and whosoever will, let him take of the water of
life freely. Rev. xxii. 17. If there be a sense of sin, and want of spiritual blessings, and a wil.
lingness to be saved by grace, though you know not that it is Christ's secret power that makes you willing, yet, being athirst and willing, you are invited: do not puzzle and perplex yourself with such questions as these : Am I elected ? Have I a right? Am I prepared ? — but come upon the invitation, and take pardon, peace, righteousness, and every gospel blessing, as free gifts to the needy If one ready to perish with hunger and thirst, were invited to a feast and assured of wel. come, and he should stand hesitating, Have I a right? Am I worthy? would it not seem preposterous in him thus to demur, when his ne. cessities were pressing upon him, and a plentiful table before him ? The weary, the hungry, the thirsty, the guilty, the worthless, the vilest, are invited to believe on Jesus, who came only to save sinners; and hath assured them in his word, That they who thus come to him, - he will in nowise cast out." The Spirit in the word,
And whosoever will, And in his motions cries,
Is welcome to receive •Come to the Fountain-hcad of life, The streams of everlasting life, And come for large supplies.
That Heav'n will freely give." Let him who feels his thirst,
Jesus, is this thy voice? Nor can endure its rage,
We bless the gracious call; Come to Salvation's copious springs, And flee with joyful haste to thee; And all his pains assuage.
Our Saviour, and our All.
Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the root of David,
has prevailed. Rev. v. 5. He rose triumphantly, and destroyed the works of the Devil; therefore sin shall not have dominion over us.
Rom. vi. 14. Many complain, that though they will not turn back, yet they have no power to advance further.
If this should be thy case, my reader, remember that the enemy of souls will discourage thee. Go on praying, and venture it evermore upon the Lord. Consider how he awakened you at first, how often he has heard your prayers afterwards, and assisted you in many hard struggles. Surely, he will help you now also. If that will not do, begin, as it were, afresh; acknowledge yourself guilty in every respect ; and, as the chief of sinners, plead for mercy, and be instant in your humble supplications ; looking at the same time upon God as a reconciled Father through Christ, who is willing to receive you, pardon, and bless you, in spite of all your mis
will soon make a better progress. To despair of our own strength is good; but we must never despair of the power of Christ, who is risen from the dead, but be sure to overcome with him at last. He will certainly help you in the due and best season.
Hell and thy sins resist thy course, He dies, and in that dreadful night