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own hearts; and when he fatisfies the foul of the hungry with good things, he may fend leanness to you. When he gives a commission to the word to enlighten, convert, confirm and strengthen others, you have reason to fear it may have a commisfion, to make you blind, deaf, and dead.
4. Repent therefore of this your wickedness, and pray God, if perhaps, the thoughts of your heart may be forgiven you; ly in the dust before God, endeavour to get your hearts affected with your guilt, that ye, may be deeply humbled and abased before him whom you have provoked to anger.
5. Bring forth fruits meet for repentance. Lei us know by your caitiage that you are really penitent, and that now you have got the right des figns in view; and this you may do by a close attendance upon all the ordinances, by hearing and doing whateyer is enjoined you of God,, and by all the other ways mentioned in the doctrinal part of this discourse.
6. And lastly. Whether you hear or forbear, yet we tell you, the kingdom of God is come near unto you; whatever you design, the Lord has given you a gospel-day; and if our gospel be hid from you, it is because you are lost, the God of this world having blinded, your eyes, that you hould not discern the light of the glorious gospel of Jesus Christ, who is the image of God.
As to the fecond sort of persons, thefe who have been importunate with God, and have had an eye. to his command in this work. To you we say, ;
'i. This your conduct, past all peradventure, is no mean evidence of the fincerity of your good intentions: and this is certainly matter of thanks fulness, and is moreover a ground to hope,
that the Lord may not altogether frustrate your desires. • 2. Do not think your work is over. Wrestle, plead strongly with God for the blessing of gospelordinances: whoever plants or waters, it is only God that gives the increase; and therefore, if you mean to grow under the means, be instant in prayer for the blessing of them ; plead that God may not fend leanness to your fouls, while he provides plenty of spiritual provision for you.
3. Beware of fitting down upon gospel-privi-, leges. You may, if you do so, lose what you have wrought, and justly bring the sincerity of your aims in question. There is nothing more ordinary, than upsitting of this sort. Persons, who it may be would say, 0 had they a gospel-dispensation ! low glad would they be, how carefully would they improve it; and yet when they get what they seek, their improvement is in no measure anfiverable to their resolutions; take heed of, and, guard against this.
4. Let there be a suitable care to evidence your fincerity in this matter, by the whole of your deportment. If you turn careless in attending ordinances, if you hear, but do not, if you neglect your own work, and be wanting to yourselves in this matter; then who will believe your sincerity? Who can believe it? your own consciences will accuse you; and If your hearts condemn you, God is greater than your hearts, and knows all things, i John iii. 20.
5. If you find that the Lord has made endeavours successful, take care that you sacrifice not to your own net, and burn incense to your drag. God is a holy and jealous God, and will not be mocked; and if you begin to rob him of his glo
ry, he will get him glory in such a way, as may
for none of us can tell how soon our gospel day
We shall conclude this discourse with a few general advices to all of you. Would you have our ministry made successful ? would you obtain the real advantage of gospel ordinances, and have · our meetings such as may be matter of rejoycing both to you and me in the day of the Lord ? then we intreat, beseech, nay, and obteft you by the merciez of God, in the bowels of our Lord Jesus Christ, as you would have your own souls and ours to be saved; . .
1. Pray for us. As a minister is indispenfably obliged to mind his people before God, and to carry them over upon his heart, so are they obliged to pray for their minister. Pray for us, says the apostle, Heb. xiii. 18. for we trust we have a good conscience in all things, willing to live honeftly: and to make this advice have the more weight, I shall lay before you a few considerations. And,
(1.) Consiler ministers are not sufficient of them. felves for this work; the work is great, weighty and important, and the difficulties are many; and who is sufficient for it? Sare ministers are not; for if the apo tle faid with justice of himself, That he was not of himself suficient to think any thing as he ought, 2 Cor. ii. 5. Then much more may go pel ministers now a days own it to be so with 1 B 3
them; and therefore all their fufficiency is only of
your faith ; and therefore, it is your interest that ; they abound, since it is like to turn to a good ac
count to you; and the more fo, if you be instru: mental by your prayers, in procuring advantages and supplies for them.
(3.) Consider, that they are exposed to great hazards for your fake, and therefore, you are to contribute your utmost to their assistance this way, wherein you may be most helpful to them. They being made watchmen, do hereby become the butt of Satan's malice; and the more faithful they are,
the more will he oppose them and seek their ruin. - The enemy's principal design is sure to be against
the watchman, because he prevents the surprising of his people by Satan, at least it is his business to do fo; and therefore, no stone will be left unturnëd, in order to his ruin. 1. Satan will endea.
vour to lay him asleep, to make him turn fecure; , that he may neglect his post. 2. If he miss of
this, he will endeavour to fill him with disturbo ance and fear, that fo he may be diverted from his duty, and made to quit his post. Or, 3. he will ply his corruptions, that he may, by attendo ing to them, and striving against them, take him of from, or discourage him in his opposition to those of others. 4. He will endeavour to blind his eyes by false appearances, that so he may give false alarms; and this will weaken his credit, and Inake people not believe his warnings. 5. He
will endeavour to amuse him with great appear. ly of
ances of danger, where there is none; that his
endanger his flock. And, 6. He will endeavour Inels
to beget and cherish jealousies betwixt his people
discouraged. 7. If these fail, he will endeavour that
to get him removed; if he see the gospel like to
bles and griefs, or else by more direct methods, re to
employing his emisfaries' and servants to take a-
ministers of the gospel, and all upon the people's iling! account, nould make them careful in praying to efs to God in their behalf, that they may be saved from
the attempts of all their fpiritual adversaries, and idea may be made to grow in grace and gifts. Pray
for much grace to your minifter, that he may per-...
he may deal tenderly with you, as having himself me has had acquaintance with soul-sickness, on account of he
fin; that he may take you to Jesus safely, as hay. zencing himself been with him; that he may confort
you with the consolations wherewith he has been
one that has tasted that sin is an evil and bitter He
cure; / Els of