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1. For gifts; confider, ebele gifts are not thy own, bu God's, and not for thipself, but for others editing one day thou mult make a reckoning for them all : What, art thou proud of another's bounty given on terms? Suppose à man hould leave a chelt of money thy hands, to be distributed to others, what folly were to put it into thy own inventory? Bernard was mu tronbled with this temptation when even in preaching pride would be whispering in bis ear, Bene fecifti Bernardus O well done Bernard. But he was humbled for this

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the midst of his sermon

his lermon, being interrupted by Satan
turned to him, and (pake these words, Non propter te bo

be
opus captum eft, non propter te, nec in te finietur :
sermon was not beguo for thee, nor (hall it end in thee.

This
Pride is a worm bred in the role, and the more parts men
have, the more doth this disease increase. But Oh conlida
er that of the apostle's; “What halt thou that thou hart

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pot received ? Now if thou did it receive it, why dont
• thou glory as if thou hadit pot received it?' i Cor. 10.7,
Matthew Paris relates of a great scholar, much admires
· for his learning, that in his lectures once in the Ichools,

proving the divine and human nature of Chrilt with a
plaule, he molt arrogantly faid. That Christ was beho
en to him for that dispute, and that he owed,
his divine pature to his learning; upon w
he was immediately stricken with ignorang
tilhoess, that he was afterwards taught the
by a little child. Oh that men should
felves about notions and apprehensions! On
forget the account they must give and "
leat! It may be thou hast a great meal!
take heed! for if thou doest unprofitabiy
abuse them unto fin, the greater and mo
thy condemnation be; • The servant that
• master's will, and doch it not, shall be beaten
• stripes,' Luke xii. 47.

2. For graces; consider they will not justity, not fave, why then art thou proud of thy OWB

is learning; upon which blafphemy icken with igoorance, and such fota wards taught the Lord's prayer

ever pride themdealions! Oh that men thould It give and make of every ta

great measure of gifis, Oh et unprofitably bury them, or ater and more fearful shall lervant that knoweth his

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subels? Those who have had more to shew than thyself,

have thrown away all, and gone a begging to Jesus Christ.

Read Paul's inventory, Tho'l might have confidence in Tithe Aeth, if any.man thioketh that he hath whereof he might

trust in the flesh, I more, circumcised the eight day, of

the stock of Isarel, of the tribe of Benjamin, an Hebrew Ds of the Hebrews, as touching the law a Pharisee, concernsing zeal, persecuring the church, touching the righteous.

Dess which is in the law blameless; and what of all this?

Why, all this was nothing, "What things were gaia to: por me, those I counted lofs for Christ, yea doubtless, and

I count all things but loss, for the excellency of the Ex knowlege of Chrilt Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suf. ffered the loss of all things, and do count them as dung ir that I may win Christ, and be found in him, not having din' my owo rigb teousness, which is of the law, but that

*' which is thro' the faith of Christ, the righteousness which, his of God by faitb.' Phil. iii. 469. I am not against ih graces, and gracious actings, but I am against pride in w them, or trusting to them: Certainly grace will never To thrive this way. Guroal observes, That fome have been

a long time professors, and yet come but to a little growth

in love to God, bumility, heavenly miodedness, mor. si tification; and 'tis worth the digging, to see what lies at

the root of their profession, whether there be not a legal ja priociple that bath too much acted them ; did they not i think to carry all with God from their duties, services,

graces, or gracious actings! Alas! this is as so much dead earth, which must be thrown out, and gospel principles be laid in the room thereof. Methinks I am in this taken with the author, and therefore hearken to his advice, try

but this course, and see whetber the spring of thy grace is will not come on apace. David gives an account how he

came to stand and fourish, when some that were rich and mighty, on a sudden withered, and came to nothing; · La

this is the man that made aot God his Itrength, but trufted in the abundance of his riches, but I am like a green

olive tree in the house of God, I trust in the mercy of of God for ever and ever;" Psal, lü. 7,8. Whilft others some trust in the riches of their righteousness and services, and

make make dót Christ thcir strength, do thou renounce all, and trust only in the mercy of God in Christ, and then thou thalt be like a green olive tree, in the house of God..

3. For privileges, such as spiritual comforts; sense of pardon, manifestations of God's love, doc. consider, thele were given (if ever they were given) to humble thee and mot to inake thee proud. It is true, that in the best of faints, there remaios fuch dregs of corruption unpurged, that the devil often makes these privileges ad occasion of pride; and indeed, the Lord let us see our prodeness to this lin, by the short stay he usually makes, when he comes in with any such discoveries. A short interview of heaven now and then chears up a Christian, who, had he but a constant Mine, he would forget himself, and grow too wanton. Was got Paul in danger of pride from his short rapture? but therefore it was but short, and God gave him a prick in the Atlh to keep him down. If ever comforta. bounds, and God dandles thee on the knee of his love; take heed then of this sin of pride: It is God's meaning by this to cheer thee a little, but then to humble thee, and not to puff thee up: As when he gave madda to Israel in the wilderness, it was not to swell them, but to hum. ble them, who fed thee in the wilderness with manna which thy fathers knew not, that he might humble thee, Deut. viii. TÓ. So when God gives us his spiritual comforts, his end is, and his meaning is to humble thee: How can that be? why, if not in the gift, yet in the manner of his giving it, thou mayest see it. If the Israelites could not see any thing in the madna to humble them, for it was not mean food, but delicious food, called angels food, Psal. lxxvii. 23. yet in the mainer of dispensing it from hand to mouth, in giving them every day their portion, and no more, in keeping the key of their cup board (as one speaks) and making them to stand to his iminediate allowance, in this they might know that his purpose was to humble them; thy privileges are pr cious and rare things; it may be thou art weak in grace, or thou art in the beginning of a Chris. tian course, and left thou faint in the way, the Lord is pleased sometimes to take thee up in his arms, and to give thee the kisses of his mouth, but presently he lets thee down

· again,

again, and makes thee feel thy feet in the ordinary way of duties, and his very cherishing thee, is to humble thee. Dost thou not see thy weakness, by his carrying of thee in his arms ? Weak children are oftaer in the mother's lap than those that are strong, and it is but a while, a ve. ry little while, that he thus deals with thee. Oh then take heed of pride! left he fend thee a prick in the flesh to let thee blood, or a devil out of hell co buffet thee found.

ly for thy pride; if he thus dealt with Paul, how much · more may be thus deal with thee? Oh consider of this!

SECT. XII. . of our Wreftling with Satan in general, to overcome this

- Sin. ' DUT as thus I have dealt with some particulars, so I

D would propound some general rules, which may differently serve for every latitude, meridian, or elevation of pride. 4s,

1. Press in to God's presence. Consider of God's greatness, purity, holiness, perfection, majesty. A fight of his glory were enough to humble thee, and cast thee down into a depth of dragons. To this purpose we are called on to humble ourselves in the sight of God, Lam. iii. 1o.' A sight of God is it that makes the creature shrink into Dothing. Now mine eye feeth thee, faith Job, where

fore I abhor on yself, and repent in dust and ashes,” Job xlii, 6. This wade Elisha to wrap his face it his pantle; 1 Kings xix. 13. This made the angels cover their faces and feet; this made the twenty four' elders to cast their crowns before the throne of the Lamb, Rev. iv. 10. No. thing will more pluck thy plumes of pride than a serious view of the glory of God, as the stars vanish when the fuo appeareth, fo will our poor candle, when the glory cf God ariseth in our thoughts. Come then, look on him, and be humbled, that a creature so vile (as thou wilt then appear) should ever be proud: Then said I, Woe is me,

for I am undone, because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips, for mine eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts,' Isa.

vi. 5.

2. Note that fin especially, which all thy life long hath

been

beed of most infamy, and dwell upon it. David once fell foul into adultery, and therefore he cried, My fin is ever before me, Psal. li. 3. It kept him very low, 'Lord, my heart is not haughty, nor mine eyes lofry, aeither do I ex'ercise myself in great matters, nor things too high for me. I am even as a child that is weaned of his mother,

my soul is even as a weaned child,' Psal. cxxxi. 1, 2. Paul was once a persecutor, injurious, and aod therefore he cries, 0 I am the least of faints, and the greatest of finners! This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all accep. * tation, that Jesus Christ came into the world to fave fid. 'gers, of whom I am chief,' 1 Tim. i. 15. Men are proud because they know not themselves; when Agur had but studied himself, he cries, Surely I am more brutish than • any man, I have not the understanding of a man,' Prov. XXX. 2. If we would but examine ourselves, and call to mind our foulest fins, and most irregular practices, these would be as the peacock's feet to pull down our plumes. O who could be proud, whilft he were taking in the filth of his most poisome lusts?.

3. Observe God's judgments on pride, either on thyself or others. Nebuchadnezzar's pride made his heart like the wild beasts, so that his dwelliog was with the wild asses, they fed him with grass like oxed, and his body was wet with the dew of heaven. And as on him, so God's judgments fell on his fon, for it so follows, “And thou his

fon, O Belshazzar, halt not humbled thine heart though

thou koowest all this, but hast lifted up thyself againlt • the Lord of heaven, and therefore God sent the writing, • Menė, MENE, TEKEL OPHARSIN,' Dan. v. 21, 22, 23, 25, Are not these terrible' examples ? With God is terrible majesty, faith Job, chap. xxxvii, 22. He shall cut off the spirit of princes, faith David, he is terrible to the kings of the earth, Pfal. lxxvi. 12. He cuts off their fpirits which are proud, in Hebrew, he flips them off, as one would flip off a flower between his fiogers, and thus lie dealt with Pharaoh, Antiochus, Herod, and other proud tyrants. Attilas king of the Huons proudly gave out, that the stars fell before him, and the earth trembled at his presence, and that he would be the scourge of all

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