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to crack the out, but "God takes away the kernel, and gives it to them that are godly before them. Is not this the meaning of the preacher, God giveth to a map good
in this light-wisdom and knowlege, and joy, but to the * figner, he giveth travel? Ecclef. ii. 26. He gives to the godly wisdom to pursue riches, and to go right ways for heatrainment of them; he gives them allo knowlege bow 10-improve them, and joy, or comfort of them : Bør to the lingar he gives -travel, to kather and heap up, batidot for this comfort; the wicked dig the mines, they plough the ground, but the faints enjoy, they oply soap and g? ther. And is not this the meaning of the apoale, fait ness with contentment is great gain? I Tim. vi. 6. There IWD, godliness and contentment, make up riches; thou #alkelt af gain, but art thou-content? aad art thou gedly there is the gain, there lies the happiness, la this fante, the little thata righteous man hath, is better than the riches
of many wicked, Pal xxxvij. r6. The solid comfort of all outward things, is the faints peculiar, becaufe of his nearness upto Gad; dever tell me of this great man, and alte other noble man, far-indeed that which men are, they are up to God; their true value is according to their proportion-of the nearuess, not the riches, nor to princes, act to the great things of this world, but to God.
14. Consider that of the apostle, “No man that was reth rojotanglerh himself with the affairs of this life,' 2 Tim. ii. 4 Now, what are we but warriors-against principali ties, powers, Fulers of the darknets of this world, and Tpiritual wickednelles? How then do we intangle ourlelves with the affairs of this life? it is true, we may use the World as if not, but to be in tangled with it is dangerous and pernicioos. As rivers that slide in the ocean, touch: the coasts and shores by which they run, but they star not there, formuft our fouls in their return to heaven, only touch the earth as we pass along, but not stay there for doar of entanglements, Luther tells us, that when the pope seot-fonde-cardinals to him, to entangle him with the promife of great wealth and honour, turning bimfelf ta God, he speedily faid, Se nolle fic fatiæri ab , that God hould not put him off with theke low things. .that all
Er foldiers ouder Chrift’si banner were but of this mind, for
la then night they say, The snare is broken, and we are den Elivered, or they might they do as the tilly bird that moure baloft towards cheasen, when flae fees any danger of being na patchedịand thereby the frustrates the fowler?shape. Surfum ncorda, lift up your hearts, moudt on the wiogs of faith and love, have your conversations in heaven, be much in meditation of thefe furpasling joys, do will you frultrate, Satan's homes, and seraapke the world's intabglemepts ar faares..
. 5. Consider the words of the preacher, Wanity of van ties-tallin vanity, Ecclef. 11. 2. How? all is vanity; yes, 5, all, and some: Jknow not iany thing in the world but
thou mayest write vanity on it. Borblok thyfeif, O delud ed world, (faith Dr. Arrowimith) and write over all thy School doors, Let not the wife man glory in bis wildom: and above all thyacourt gates, Let not the mighty man glory in his might; and over all thy dxchanges and banks,
Let not the rich man glory in his riches; yea, write upon a my lopkiog glaffes that of Bathsheba, Fatour is deceitful,
and bgaddy is vain; upon thy mews and arrillery.gards, u that of the Pfalmift, God delighteth not in the strength of san-horse, he takethi no pleafure in the legs of a mao: Up
on thy taverns that of Solomon, Wine is a mocker, strong a drink isi ragiog, aod whofo ver is deceived thereby is not 21 Wile; upon thy magazines and wardrobes that of our Sam
viour, Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, s, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves
break through and freak; upon thy coupring-houses that of Habakkuk, Wo to bim that increaseth in that which is not his; how long? and to him that ladeth himfelf with thick clay; upon thy banqueting house that of the apostle, Meats for che belly, and the belly for meats, but God will
deftroy both it and them, Jer. ix.-23.Prov.XXX.BO.PL, i cxlvii. 10. Prov. XX. 1. Diatrh. vi. 19. Hab. i. 6. I Cor.
vi, 13. . si Otheranity of the world; and of all ahings in it! Will
a manchearken to Satan, and give his soul to the devil før W fanity, cmptiness, nothing at all? God forbid. * . Rooliderisme acownfal and promise of fed himself,
• Let your conversation be without coretousness, and be • content with such things as you have, for he hath faid
I will never, never, never, never leave aor forsake the Heb. xiii. v. The word in the original is so often repeated; and if one promise be enough to Itay thine heart, thall not five promises in one; but heark again, To him that over cometh will I grant to ht with me in my throne, even as I overcame, and fit with my Father in his throne, Rev. jil 21. One serious thought of fitting in the throne with Je sus Christ, were enough (thro'grace) to wean a soul from worldly mindedness: • He that overcomes shall inherit all • things, and I will be his God, and he shall be my lon,' Rev. xxi. 7. Let the world be as nothing, and thou fhalt have all things; fit loose to thy relations here, and Chrif will be io stead of all relations; Whoso forsaketh houses, • or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or • children, or laods for my name's sake, shall receive an • hundred fold, and fall inherit everlasting life,' Matth. xix. 29.
7. Act thy faith upon these promises, Heb, xiii. 5. Rev. iii. 21. Matth. xix, 29. O the fulnels and freenels of these precious promises ! How should It thou want, that by the promise hast a command (as I may fay) of God's own purse? Let him that is without God in the world, shift and sharp by his wits, but do thou live by thy faith in reference to these promises.
8. Commend thyself to God in prayer, that he may keep thee faultless before the presence of his glory; that he may incline thy heart unto his testimonies, and not to covetousness; that he may prepare thy soul, andlspeed his work, and hasten his coming, Make baste my beloved, and be thou like to a roe, or a young hart upon the mountain of Spices. He that testifieth these things, faith, Surely I come quickly, Amen, even so come Lord Jesus. Jude 24. Pfal. cxix. 36. Cant. viii. 14. Rev, xxi. 20.
9. Look up to heaven, and grow more and more weary of the world. A man that would always live here, is like a scullion that loveth to lye among the pots; in those bles. sed mapsions above thou shalt have pure company, and be out of the reach and danger of temptations; there is no
talevils in heaven, they were cast out long since, and we are
o fill up their vacant rooms and places. The devil, when te was not fit for heaven, he was cast into the world, a fit zilace for misery, sin and torment: And now this is the elevil's walk, He compasseth the earth to and fro. Oh who - vould be in love with a place of bondage, with Satan's - diocefe! Oh who in this pilgrimage would not often look ni apwards and heaven-wards, and mind his home! " .'
10. Go before hand into that world to come, mind that eternity into which thou must enter, the Lord knows how food. It is a wonderful thing, that men of reason bu that are here to day, and in endless joy or misery to-morcrow, shall ever forget, or should not ever remember such :
Unexpressible conceraments. Come, shake off thy worldEzly mindedness, and instead thereof get this into thy miod, ci and dwell upon it, within a few days and nights thy soul
will be either in heaven or hell, and if in heaven, thou - wilt little care for the world then, and why should thy
care of it be too excessive now? Or if in hell, the world 5,: will leave thee for its pleasure then, only thy sinful care and di mioding of it, will vex and torment thee everlastingly. E O realize this, as if thou wert entring into that other
world of fouls ! Certainly chou standest at the door, thou art daily dying, and even stepping in, there is but a thin veil of flesh betwixt thee and that amazing fight, that
eternal gulf, and shall not this wean thee from thy worldrepeliness?
11. Think over thy beginning and thy ending. 1. For thy beginniog, it was of nothing :- Metbioks. I am va considering what and where thou wast some few years ago,
what and where thou walt when thy father was born, or when he was a child; if I lay aside an odd trifle of days, if I take away a short course of running time, no man or woman now living was alive, and then creeping things, tho’ they could but creep, did live and rejoice in a comfortable being; and other little creatures had wings, and were able to fly readily here, there, and here again, up. wards and dowowards; and thou (who now goest with such a grace, and lookeft so full-eyed, and buildest such Babels in thy imagigation) hadit then no kind of being;
thefe churches; these towns, these kingdoms, this beam of Hingdoms in the world, were as now, we see them, bob thou for thy part wall not so much as heard of, and all! becaufo, thou wall not; the vory samei fun that rises and fets did Inige, now red; now pale upon the world, itiran its dup's journey; and conftanrig.kepr its time; such birds of the fame colours didi fingy and hop from braoich-to branch, and fly froma tree to-tree, 28 Dow they dos bicafts and fishes in the fame diverlity of Napesfollowed their feveral infincts of nature, the winds blew cold and warm, and warm and cold again; meo and women such as thou mt; did as thou dalt; aad ailithis: while thou: wantidot? 01. sonderfui:: a little while before yesterday thou kneweft not that there was a world that there were angels: that there was a God; thou hadist no knowlege; no being, which is the foundation and ground ofikoowlege: O think of this beginping! 20. For thy ending, it will be worse shian nothing if thou continues to be a worlaling till Meelinks I see thee-lying on thy sick bed, or on thip deathi bed; oh how pale and wan-thou art! thou hadfta fresh and youthful colour the other-day; alas! how much are thou changed from the gallant man thot walt? How the breath labours, how.every joint Takes for excess of pain, how every vein tremblesy shy eyes fix constantly upon one thing, as if there thou faweft the-dreadful sentence of e. ternity: Oh how little now do all thy profits and incomes of the world pleasure thee! such rich purchase, the faveur of such a nobleman, such and such a merry meetings what do th:s lielp thce in this agony? Thy friends are presenti yet of themselves they are miserable comforters, human power stands amazed and cannot help thee; and for thyfélf, thou art fo dulldiand overclouded withi-the pangs of death, that thou canst noe raise from the fog of thy body one clear thought towards God or heaven. Gee; fee, thou art going; thou Nanded upon the threshold, deatht-looks irat yoader corner, and aims at thy heart; there flew the arrow, and now here's a change indeed; thy foul is gone, but it could not be seen. Verily; verily, here is the miod that liath wisdom, to improve this meditation, so as to-ati void the devil's temptation to worldliness, or worldly adedness.
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