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to dampa godly zeal, and to perplex thy mind with intricate and endless doubts.

2. Happy is that meekness and poverty of fpirit, which industriously declines the rugged thorny paths of controversy and captious difputes; and walks in the plain smooth


of duty and practical religion; which studies God's commands, and labours to understand things of a size with its own capacity, without troubling itself about his doings and decrees.

3. Too many instances there are of daring men, who, by presuming to found the deep things of religion, have cavilled and argued themselvesout of all religion. These men miftake their business: for the thing required of a christian, is not penetration, and fubtilty of wit, nice distinction, or sublime notions, but victorious faith, and an honest holy life; fo

briety, and temperance, and chastity, justice | and charity, piety and devotion.


These doubts are not always sinful, nor always from themselves, but frequently owing to the temptations of the devil, and industriously scattered by him, with wicked artifice and malicious design. Be not therefore too axious upon these occasions. Trouble not

thythyself to argue nicely, nor employ thy thoughts upon the matter, nor hold thyself concerned to be able to answer every cavil, which he puts into thy head: but keep close to scripture, and do thy duty; and the enemy will soon retreat when he finds thee neglect his attempts.

5. Think not these inward distractions a sign that thou art forsaken of God. They are rather on the contrary, a mark of grace. God suffers them to exercise thy patience, to try thy constancy, to promote thy spiritual advantage. Proceed then in thy christian course with resolution and patience, and still frequent the sacrament with stedfast faith, and humble reverence.

6. Whatever there thou findest to exceed é thy understanding, put it to God's account;

and leave him tomake it good, tho’thou canst not conceive how it should be done. He will not deceivethee; but they, who rely upon their

own understanding, are sure to deceive them- felves. For,

7. Remember, God hath faid; that he walks and dwells with the bumble; and shews his ways to the meek; that be reveals bimself to babes; that


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of the honest and sincere, but hides his grace and knowledge from the proud and wife in their own sight. Human

both deceive and be deceived: but faith hath God for its foundation, and cannot err; because depending upon one who is truth itself, incapable of mistaking, or of imposing

reason may

upon others.

8. 'Tis therefore highly fit, and in matters of religion, absolutely necessary, that these two principles should know their order, and respective stations; and each contain itself within its proper sphere. Faith (which supposes a revelation received and acknowledged) challenges the highest place; and reason ought to keep

her distance, to serve and follow after, not to set bounds to, or assume, and encroach, and usurp over the other. For,

9. Faith and charity are the two pillars, upon which christianity stands; the two governing principles of a good man's opinions and actions. And their authority and influence are, in no one instance, more confidera able, than in this of the blessed facrament. God is infinite and eternal, his power unbounded, and incomprehensible, he does whatfoever pleaseth him in heaven and eartb: and who


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can understand his council, or find out all his metbods?

10. If the works of God were such, as hu- man reason could penetrate with ease, they I would lose great part of their glory. We I should soon abate of our awe and veneration

for their author, if his dealings were not above the power of our tongues to express, and the utmost extentof our imaginations to conceive. O that men would therefore praise the Lord for bis goodness, and confess the wonders that he doth for the children of men for great and marvellous are thy works, O Lord God almighty; how unsearchable are thy judgments, and thy ways past finding out ? Psalm cvii. Rev. xv, Rom. xi. A prayer of thanksgiving, in our retirement, after we

are returned home, from the Lord's table. Behold thou art made whole, sin no more, left a worse thing come unto thee. John v.

Lord my God! I acknowledge with all

thankfulness of heart thy great mercy, and goodness; in giving me an opportunity of approaching thy holy

table, in disposing

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mind to commemorate the infinite love of my - crucified Saviour, to render him thanks and

praise for laying down his life as a sacrifice for 9. the sins of the world, and to represent unto



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thee that facrifice as a full fatisfaction for them; whereby thou dost incline me humbly to hope for all the benefits of his death and passion. But,

ins What thanks, most gracious God, can I return unto thy divine majesty, for impressing a sense of my duty upon my mind; and for that strength and power, whereby thou hast, in fome measure,

enabled me to perform it? I will praise and magnify thy great and glorious name, and I will entirely devote myself to thy service, as long as I have any being.

Blessed be thy name for those fresh fupplies of grace I have received; grant that they may make me run the way of thy commandments, with delight and pleasure, that I may never more faint, or droop, or tire in my duty. Blessed be thy name for those comfortable assurances thou hast given me of pardon and forgiveness.

Let this thy compassionate goodness be a perpetual obligation to love and gratitude. Let it put me upon myguard, that I may watch over all my ways, and do always that which is well-pleasing in thy sight.

Blessed be thy name, for that peace and quiet thou hast restored to my soul, for those resolutions thou hast wrought in me to perfe

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