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in this position presented the same to and there are other troubles the poor him as he did to Paul, and why did soul gets into which may not be parhe not fall into the temptation ? ticularly concerning his eternal state. why, be was preserved in Christ Je. Dear John Bunyan said, sus, and called to feel the need of his helping hand.

There is no tempta. A christian man is never long at ease, tion that happeneth unto you but when one trial's gone another doth him what is common unto man; but God

seize." is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that you are able. There are troubles in providence but will with the temptation also which are so peculiarly difficult which make a way to escape, that ye may you may not be able to relate to any be able to bear it."

one that

may

be able to help you, no Another place we see where there not if it be the nearest friend you is a distinct mark made between have in the world. When God the sorrow of the world and that of shuts up there is no communication godly sorrow is in those two passages

that can be made that will prosper. in the Acts of the Apostles, the one in

And this may appear very strange the 2nd chap. 37th verse, when Peter why there should be this bondage, preached to the conscience they were but it would not be an errand tu the pricked in their heart, which pro- Lord, if we could unbosom ourselves duced a cry from real trouble; but to man, therefore, if the Lord has the other in the 7th chap. 54th ver., hedged us in, it is for some wise purwhen Stephen charged tbem of mur- pose.

He does not afflict willingly, der they were cut to the heart ; but nor grieve the children of men ; but all the effect it bad with them they

what makes this trial so heavy to a continued to go on in their abo- real believer is “ the honour of God,” minations, to fill up the measure of lest by this trouble I should fall, and their iniquity. Yet God had mercy bring a reproach upon his most holy

one of them, and heard Ste. name, and his precious name be blas. phen's prayer, for Paul said he was pkemed through me, I say, this will there consenting to the deed, but he produce real trouble, and cause the obtained mercy, for he did it in igno. poor soul to cry, Oh, Lord, under. rance and in unbelief. But when take for thy great name's sake. The God brings a poor soul into these trouble is such at times that he places he does the work most effec- knows not how to put his petitions tually, he lays judgment to the line, into words; and when such a text as and righteousness to the plummet; this meets him, “call upon me in the and it is “precept upon precept, line day of trouble,” he finds that he upon line, here a little and there a lacks something to enable him to little," and the work is not to be prevail, which increases the trouble hurried, " he that believes shall not ten-fold. But, poor soul, these are make baste.” God will show this some of the means, God, in his wis. soul the danger there is in the way dom, uses to bring the christian into without a guide, and if he steps a a right spot, where he shall say, step further he fears it will be his ut- "thy will be done,” and to acknow. ler destruction ; destruction, too, ap- ledge in that spot

“ without me ye pears behind, and no way of escape can do nothing;” where the worth on either side, and what to do he and blessedness of such a Saviour knows not. He mounts up, and he shall be found in the deliverance of goes down into the depths, and he the soul from whatsoever trouble it staggers to and fro, and reels like a may be in. drunken man-he is in real trouble But it is not so with a carnal pro.

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fessor, he says, well I cannot help could not find him whom my soul it, God could help it if he chose, and loveth, the good man had taken the could make it very different; and he bag of money and gone a long jour. bath said in his word, “ be careful for ney.

And here I find self pity to be nothing,” and again, “ labour not for a very predominant feature, together the meat which perisheth ;" and thus with unbelief, which sinks the soul he unwarrantably charges God fools into a state of total helplessness to ishly, and makes him the author of wrestle with God in prayer ; but it is his trouble, when oftentimes he is in these spots of real necessity and buffetted for his faults. But remem- trouble that God places the words of ber this, ob, vain man, this is not the my text, viz., “in the day of troufaith of God's elect. But, perhaps, ble.” It is not when

we may it will work another way with others. imagine the trouble before us,

but His trouble is lest he should lose bis “ in the day of trouble,"

when we reputation among men; but as sure are really in want of assistance. “In as it is so, so sure as there is a God that day, saith the Lord, I will living this trouble will only work pour upon the house of Israel the death. The prayer may be answered, Spirit of grace and supplication, they as was the Israelites of old, “God shall call upon me and I will hear gave them the desire of their hearts, them,” which cry I shall endeavour but sent leanness into their souls." to show in the next part

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text. But the Christian will go on to Secondly, having shown a little find other troubles mixed with these. what trouble is, I will now endeavour He will, perhaps, in these places have to prove, the real cry or call.

It to mourn for the presence of an absent bath oftentimes been a trial to a God like one that mourneth for her child of God, that their cries have first born, and like the dove that been as consistent with the word of mourneth sore for its mate, David God as possible, yet, they have not speaks in the 42nd Psalm, as the been answered; when it is declared hart panteth after the water brooks, by Christ himself, that “ whatsoever 80 panteth my soul after thee, O we ask the Father in bis name, it God. My soul thirsteth for God, should be given to us.” This mystery for the living God : when shall I can be unfolded, by none other than coine and appear before God?” And God the Holy Ghost, wbere he will all down that psalm he is pouring out shew this poor soul, bis faith is not to his complaint before God, but at last stand in word only, but in power ; be encourageth himself, and says, and that this power is not inherent “Why art thou cast down, ob, my in the creature, “ not by might, nor soul? and why art thou disquieted by power, (of the creature) saith the within me? Hope thou in God Lord, but by my Spirit," and " when for I shall yet praise bim, who is the he the Spirit of truth is come, be health of my countenance, and my shall lead you into all truth,” he will God.” Here the man of God found not lead into presumption, no, he a place of rest where he might bring will strip the soul of all confidence his trouble, and “cast his burden in the creature, and he will put the upon the Lord.” I know this spot cry there himself, and enable the well of late, my soul has been like poor soul, to mix it with humble faith, Job's, where he cries out, " Oh, that the Spirit itself making intercession I might know where I might find within us, with groanings wbich can. bim.” I have sought him in one not be uttered,” will be the prevailplace and in another place, and again ing power, that shall bring us into in another place, but could find no the presence of God, wbere we shall place to pour out my soul in; I pour out our souls, in spirit and in

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very next

truth; witness the poor man in the same with the thief upon the cross, temple, his cry was simple and short, “ Lord remember me, when thou but it contains a volume of matter ; comest into thy kingdqm;" and it was there was a feeling sense of his sin. said of Paul, when the Lord comnership before God; secondly a sense manded Ananias to go to see Saul of the omniscience of God, in his of Tarsus, and to comfort bim, for boundless knowledge, and thirdly, of he said, “behold he prayeth," and the omnipresence of God, to hear his the poor woman, with an issue of cry, and fourthly, of the omnipo- blood, said, “ if I may but touch the tence of God, in his power to save or hem of his garment, I shall be destroy, as seemed him good, but the whole ;" the cry of a poor soul in real Spirit making intercession within him trouble, consists of a very few words. with a “God be merciful to me a sin. I remember a very short time ago, ner,” turned the eye of justice from being in deep trouble, and not knowhim to the Lord Jesus Christ, in ing what to do, nor which step to whom there was full satisfaction, for take, I could find no access at a throne all his demands, the poor man of grace, yet there was no guilt upon set free, and God was glorified, for it the conscience, but I was in darkness, is written, “ he went done to his and had no light as to what I was to house justified rather than the Phari. do, and it appeared that the see," again, when Hezekiah was pres. step I took, would bring me deeper sed without measure, by Sennacherib and deeper into trouble, at length I king of Assyria, by his blasphemous fell down in my spirit before God, letter, he took them to the Lord, and and these words came sweetly into spread his case before him, (not to my mind,

my mind," let the sigbing of the man, for vain is the help of man,) needy come before thee,” that mo. and the Lord heard him, and said of ment a light broke in upon me, and of Sennacherib, " Because thy rage a way was made as clear as the sun, against me, and thy tumult is come in the noon day, for my deliverance, up into mine ears, therefore will I put here I found, we cannot always pray my hook in thy nose, and my bridle when we would, yet it is not right to in thy lips, and I will turn thee back, neglect tbe means of grace, for here by the way which thou camest.” and the Lord often meets the soul, and thus the Lord fought his battles, and shows him many things, wbich the enabled him to say, when he had careless and unwary miss ; bumbled bim, “ O Lord, by these diligent soul shall be made fat," things men live, and in all these and “

you

if things is the life of my spirit.” not” saith the Lord. “ The disci

The cry of the Syrophenician ples said, Lord, teach us to pray," woman, was of that nature, that she we need teaching, for we know not could not take any denial, though how to order our speech before him there appeared to be so many appa. by reason of darkness; now I know rent discouragements to damp her some will fly over these troubles, and faith ; but many waters could not treat these cries as low and despicable, quench it, it was an immortal seed, and will soar about over the head of down there by the Lord of the har. a poor soul that is down, and take a vest, and he was come to seek the taunting proverb against such and fruit, and when he discovered it fully say “he trusleth in God that he ripe, namely, an acknowledgement would deliver him, let him deliver of what she was as a gentile dog, him if be delight in him," such He said unto her, “ O woman, great was the reproach they threw in the is thy faith, be it unto thee even as face of Christ; and Christ says to thou wilt,” and it was so. - It was the thee, poor soul, “ the reproaches of

" the

shall reap,

you faint

them that reproached thee are fallen God the Holy Ghost; in the 5th upon me, and reproach bath broken chapter of John it is blessedly illus. mine heart." Thus my friend, the trated in the 17th verse, Jesus said blessing lies in this secret spot, which My Father worketh hitherto and I none but the elect can find, and it is work,” and you will find because he here, where Christ comes down and made himself equal with God, the makes known to us himself as a Jews sought to kill him; and if you brother born for adversity, a friend read on, you will see how blessedly that loveth at all times, and sticketh he shows the unison of the will be. closer than a brother in the flesh, tween him and his Father, and he and in all our trouble and trials, he says in the 21st verse, “ for as the as a merciful High Priest is able to Father raiseth up the dead and quick. succour us, being in all points temp- eneth them, even so the Son quickented like as we are, yet without sin; eth whom he will, for the Father he having taken our nature in union judgeth no man, but hath committed with his own nature is both able to all judgment unto the Son; that all succour and to save, being in one, men should hononr the Son,' even as perfect God, and in the other, perfect they honour the Father, he that man, God's fellow, and man's fellow, honoureth not the Son, honoureth not and yet inseparably connected ; and the Father which sent him.” And he it is be that calls upon the poor soul speaks further “ that the hour is to call upon him, he shows the sin- coming when the dead shall hear the ner the situation in which he is in, voice of the Son of God : and they and makes him willing in the day of that bear shall live;" “ for as the his power, puts the cry into the Father bath life in himself, so bath heart, and bring him to the footstool he given to the Son to have life in of mercy where he proclaims himself himself.” And thus he clearly proves to be " the Lord, the Lord God, mer, that he is one with the Father, conseciful and gracious, slow to anger, quently a proper object for worship, pardoning iniquity, and passing by and adoration ; even so is the Father, the transgression of the remnant of his which most men will acknowledge. people, but will in no wise clear the But remember this my friends, God guilty.” Thus having treated a little is an inexorable God out of Christ, as upon the

cry or prayer, I pass on to the Apostle saith, “our God is a the third head which is to show the consuming fire.” Even so is the Holy object, this poor sinner in his distress Spirit a person in the adorable trinity, is directed to.

as an object of proper and divine Thirdly, the object, me, “call upon worship : for it is written “if I go me." I have often been tried in my not away, the Comforter will not come, first setting out as to whom I was to who is the Spirit of truth, whom the direct my petitions, whether to God world cannot receive because it know, the Father, or to God the Son, or to eth him not: but if I go away, I will God the Holy Ghost, and perhaps it send him, and when he, the Spirit of is a trial to God's dear children to this truth, is come he shall reprove the day; well, I shall endeavour as the world of sin, and of righteousness, and Lord shall enable me to gather out judgment," thus you see he is a per, these stones, and cast up the high son, and he is the eternal Jehovah the way; God said to me

“ be that hath Spirit, God over all blessed for ever. my word let him speak my word more, faithfully, what is the chaff to the But we are instructed in scripture wheat ;” now poor soul, it matters in all our petitions, to remember little whether

you
direct your petition the name of Jesus Christ.

And why to God the Father, God the Son, or is this 2 I answer, because he is near.

est to us, being one in our nature; you ask the Father in my name, he and in that nature he satisfied all the will give it you.” But this name, the demands of divine justice ; and fur- name of Jesus, is to be held sacred, ther, he as the Head of the church, is as sacred as the name of God; for it the representative, and as the sacri. is written, at the name of Jesus every fice he is the object God looks upon, knee shall bow. I tremble someconsequently the object we are times when I hear people in prayer directed to ; and the object the eye use this name without the least auof justice is upon, as you see in thority or reverence. Surely, God Zechariah, ix, 11. 12, as for will not wink at this; for he says, thee, (says Justice to Christ), by “I will not hold him guiltless that the blood of thy covenant, I have taketh my name in vain.' It is not sent forth thy prisoners out of the pit to be used in every circumstance we wherein there is no water.” And may think proper, for James says, Justice by this very sacrifice preaches " you ask and you receive not, be. the gospel to the poor sinner that is cause you ask amiss, that you may in these bonds, saying, “Turn you to consume it upon your lust.” Ask the strong hold, ye prisoners of that you might receive: that is, “ in hope : even to day do I declare that the day of trouble," ask to be brought I will render double unto thee;" submissive to the will of God, whether and Christ says himself “ Look unto it is his will you should be brought me, and be ye saved all the ends out of this trial or not, and if not, beg of the earth, for I am God, and there for strength to bear it, “ for ye

have is none else.” This was the object need of patience after you have done all the patriarchs and prophets looked the will of God that ye might receive to through the types, and died in the promise.” And remember this, that faith, not having received the poor soul, there is not a trial, diffifulfillment of his incarnation ; God culty, or temptation you can go into, having provided some better things but what Jesus Christ is well acthan types and shadows frrus : quainted with the nature and power even a body hast thou prepared, of it; he being tempted in all points not prepared before the virgin like unto his brethren, knows well was conceived, no, but prepared the force of temptation, and the of the woman, the actual seed and power it needs to stand against it. substance of her body, yet without He needed, in the days of his flesh, sin, for as Adam, in his sinless state, his own divine nature to support him, was holy, so was he the figure of which was never one moment absent him that was to come, who was from him ; consequently, be proclaims called that “ Holy thing," which was himself not only to be man, but " I made of a woman, made under the am God, and beside me there is none law, and which should be called the else.” And his name to the children Son of the Highest; I do not believe of Israel was, "I AM that I AM," that when he became incarnate, he able to save to the very utmost all was absent from heaven one that comes unto God the Father by ment; as dear Mr. Hart sings

He is not a subordinate God,

or a begotten God, as many in this “ His shoulders held up heaven and earth, day will tell us, but he is the eternal While Mary held up him.”

Son of God, full of grace and truth.

Thus, my friends, this is the ob. He was the omnipotent and omni

ject the poor soul in distress is di. present God, that filled all space, and rected too, and all other Christs that possessed all power, and so he does

men may invent, will never do you now, therefore, he says, “whatsoever

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