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cious; I am there as a green olive tree. Besides what hopour hath the Lord provided for us in that other world of souls? If a man were going to be crowned, and some as he goes along contemns him, and vilifies him, what cares he for that? He kaows that withio a few days he shall be honoured by those that now reproach him; if we believe there are such things to come, that we shall Gt with Christ and judge the angels, and judge the reprobates, why, should we be troubled at what they say? it will not be long but they shall be forced to call us, The blessed of the Lord, and the blessings of the whole world. It will not be long but Christ will bring forth our righteousness as the light, and set all straight, which sanderous tongues have now made crooked. in i
5. Make our moan uoto God, and lay our case before bim." Thus when Rabshakeh reviled God, and the people of God, Hezekiah spread the letter before God, and made his moan there. This was the practice of Job and David, 'My friends scorp me, faith Job, but mine eyes pour out
tears upto God,' Job xvi. 20. • And hold not thy peace, O God of my praise, faith David, for the mouth ' of the wicked, and the mouth of the deceitful are open
ed against me, they have spoken against me with a lying 'tongue, they have compassed me about with words of hatred, they are my adversaries, but I give myself un
to prayer,' q.d. For my part, I go for help to my God; others have evil thoughts to help them, and run to this and that witness to seek help for themselves, but I give mylelf unto prayer, I cry unto the Lord, and he shall "lead from heaven, and save me from the reproach of him that would swallow me up. Selah,' Psal. cix 1, 2, 3, 4.
6. Return good for evil, as occasion and providence offers itself. Being reviled, we bless, faith Paul, being
persecuted, we suffer it, being defamed, we intreat,' 1 Cor. iv, 12, 13. Thus if we can pray for our reproachers, and desire good for them, and be ready to offer any othices of love, and respect, and kindness unto them, and lo heap coals of fire upon them, there is a great sign of prace, and we have made a good progress in God's way. It was Christ's own command to his apoftles, Bless them H 3
thatrcurferyon, pray for them that despitefully oferoni,
that ye may be the children of your Father;' Matth.ry. 144,45. Why were they got children before? Yes, but this declares it ; *00w God owns them for his children. And certainly if we behave onrlelves thus, we may have the comfort of this, that our reproaches come to us as to God's people, wetare the children of God. . 47: Itour perfecutions be in deed, as to impprifoomedi, loss of goods,' exile, or ideath, then practise these roles have elf where laid down, ut in Self-denial, and Saints Sufferings.
SECT. IV. Of Satan's Femptations by the flesh. CATAN's Dext assaults, we call temptations, which w are by the flesh, our own lusts, or concupifcence; Rot bat that Satao can tempt us by himself, and fo can we; he can tempo us, and we not join with him; and me çap-tempt ourselves, aod Satan not join with us; but most times our temptations are mixt, he and we concur, -and make one act of tempting; and herein either Satan begias, to us, and we pledge bim, or we begin to him, and he joins :with us. When we by discontent or inward motion expose ourfelves 10 temptation, then we begin to him; but wheo Satán doth make the offer, by moving the fancy with thoughts within, or by propoging fome object with ont, then doth he begin to us. Thefe ways are ordinary, and it is but rare that the devil will not inter pose. Hence Paul speaking of the married, he bids them not to be long afunder, but come together again, lest Satan tempt then for their incontineocy, 2 Cor. vii. 6. Why was there oot Beth and blood in them, corrupt affections, and patural concupiscence enough to dispose them to lusts, and to make them incontinent? Yes, but they wrestle not against flesh abd blood, but agaiost sprigcipalities and powers. The devil puts in, even in those very things wherein flesh and blood doch affail us also; as we have temptations withio, so the devil without sharpens those temptations, and gives them points, and makes them taking, and mingles and, joins binafelf with the temptation
, SECT, W. 0 Temptations in refpe&t of our natural difpofitions. E N O W thcfe temptations are infinite, and past my far
T V counting; get that I may reduce them into lont method, tlrey have either , respect to our Batural dift pofitions, to our outward conditions, or to our fpiritual, estates,
1, Satan hath an eye to our dispositions, he observes the What fips we are most inclined by our Dature, temptr, and e bodily constitution, and to those he inchinge us, thruiting,
us, as it were down the bill, where we are apk forum head-long of our own accord, for example, if he fiad a
man ambitioully effucted, then he covers his hook with the á bait of honour; or if he fiod a mao addicted to voluptujy ournis, then he covers 't with the bait of pleafgres; or if
keads a boa given to covetousness, then he lays for him sa golden ist, or he makes a breach ia his heart with a gold en vitet
ha this case, it is the Christian's beft fill, as faon as mu ne, to observe his own nature, semper, and dispoli thug, -and to find out what fin be is most prone to; I may call it his botom lin, his beloved fia, his darling pleasure, his minion delight; curtainly this is Satan's Ntrongefi hold, his tower of greatest confidence and security. Ob hour it cleaves and tricks to the soul! Oh what a deal ado muft the beg faints have with Satan and this lią, before it be killed?
In some this lin is worldligess, wanpongess, pride, par ng fan; in other it may be drunkoanufé, gluttony, gaming,
Leurril jetting, obstinate insatiablenes in allowed recreatie ans, or the like. I cannot speak to every of these farlo would the work fwell under hand, yet to some I dare for but fpeak and Oh that it may be with fruit and profile both to others and my own foul.
.. SECT. VI.
Of Satan's Temptations to Worldiness... : COME louls the devil tempts to worldilness; he fees w them prone to it, and he lets it on, and drives it for wards. But how does he that? I answer, 1. He lometimes sets the very image and representations
War with Devils. of the world's glory before men's eyes, and so he temps them. Thus I am sure he dealt with Chrift, He jbewed him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of the Mat. iv. 6, i, e. He offered the images sensibly and we tually, after a wonderful and strange manner, making the images to appear to his senses. This is not ordinary, bu this, no question, is in Satan's power. If a man by this art can represent to the senses, in a glass, any person of thing, by which he that sees oot the thing itfelt, difcerne eth'a Dotable image of it; how much more may we think that Satan by his art can represent to the fen les the images
of things not present? .
2. He lometimes sets the very world itself, or the things
dels is called by the apostle, the luft of the
3. He sometimes, and most usually works upon the lo magination, affections, and consequently vpon And indeed, an easy thing it is for him to move when they are all so willing to receive his luggento of themselves urge the soul to yield to his temi This mide the apostle to say. They that we into temptations and fnares, for the deji root of all evil, i Tim. vi. O, 10. Satan le there's a man resolved that he will be rich, a Satan needs not strive against the stream, je the tide of such a man's will, and he may can
pulling, even as the stone that descends natur wards) into temptations and snares,
8 it is for him to move them all,
a to his temptations,
. SECT. VII. 'n Of wrestling with Satan to overcome this Sin. MTOW if this be thy darliog fin, then wrestle chus, IV I. Consider worldliness is extreamly fertile of ill; what frauds, what deceits, what perjuries, what cruelties, what hatereds, what murders, what villapies have been exercised for the nourishing of this lust? other sins have their aggravations, but this is the most earthly of all other, and in some respect the most unworthy a map; why,
map hath a foul, which is a sparkle of heaven aod for chim to employ it io no other service but meerly to an heart
worm, to creep in and upon the ground, this must needs to be a very great evil, 3 2. Consider worldliness is attended with manifold for.' & rows. As, T. It is full of cares. 2.' It is full of soares; Bc Grios are in gold, bird lime io filver, faith ap aptieot. 3.
: It is full of labours, men toil all day, and they cannot rest aby night; the fear of losing pierceth as much as the pain
of getting, and there is no cod of their travel. 4. It is
tull of trouble of conscience, and flashes of hell fire. : 5. It may be the devil for a while may conceal these griefs; cil it is said that he shewed Christ the kiogdoms of the world,
and the glory of them, Mat. iv. 8. only the glory: He thewed the pleasure, but not the punishment: he shewed
the gain, but not the pain; now we knowing this craft, helyen most labour in these temptations to see that which the devil
hides, and to apprehend the fearful after-claps, Oh let us Jabour to see Jael's nail, as well as her milk, the bees sting, as well as her honey, the fpakes poison, as well as her beauty and embraces: That speech of Aboer is true of the world, Knowest thou not that it will be bitterness in the 'latter end? 2 Sam. ii. 26. Oh let this be considered seri. duny!
3. Consider A man's life fand not in the abundance of the things that he poselseth, Luke ii. 15. A man's life, i.e. the good, and happiness, and comfort of his life, is not in riches, but in God thar fills them. And hence we say that the true enjoyment of riches is the portion of God's
people, and not of the wicked; they may have them, but . they do not truly enjoy them; the devil encourageth them