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mise helpin troubles, how are we cheared with it ? Ought not the promises of God chen co be a strong consolacion to us? The proper life of a Christian is to take his comforts; and fupports from the promises of God, and not only from his outward providences. God many times alters the diffenfations of his Providence, but does not alter nis promises. The promises are the Saints inheritance, 1/1.54.17, No weapon that is formed against thee shall profpers and every tongue that shall rise against thee injudgment, thou palt condemn; this is the heritage of the Servants of the Lord, Whilft Christ is ac Gods righe hand, and the Bible in the hand of gracious persons, they need not be dejected in any condition, why art thou cast down O my soul! and why, art thox disquieted within me! So David chides his soul, and rebukeshis feares, Pfal.42.s. and Psal 77.10. This is my infirmitie, He bewailes his unbelief, and chides his heart for dejection and distruft of Gods Providence. Direction

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Live upon God, and account him all in all, even in thy highest and fuliest enjoyment of the creature. Let not the creature be the object of thy trust at any time. Trust and dependance is che greatest homage and respect we can yeeld to the Creatour. Therefore Fob Chap.31.24. faies, If I have made Gold hope, or have said to the fine Gold, thou art my confidence. V.25. If I have rejoyced because my

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wealth was great, and because my hand had gotten much,&c. V.28. I should have denied the God that is above. Men are very apt to make riches the ftaffe of their lives, and the stay of their posterity, and so their hearts leaning on chem, are taken off from God. The great danger of riches is the trusting in them, Mark 10.23. Fefus saith unto his Disciples, how hardly shall those that have riches enter into the Kingdom of God. V.24. And the Disciples were astonished as his word, Bist Fesus answereth again, and faith unte them, children, how hard is it for them that trust in riches to enter into the Kingdome of God?

How many rich men are chere, that look apon themselves as it were intrenched within their eftates, and so promise themselves security against all dangers. Thus God is not regarded, but their wealth, and world!y greatnesse is made their rock and fortres: therefore covetoxfmeß is called Idolatry, Col 3.5. And the covetous man an Idolater, not so much for his love to riches, as his trust in riches. Take heed therefore of making an Idol of the creature, do not build thy happinesse, or felicity, on any thing thou dost here enjoy. When God aftords thee creature comforts, truft not in chem. Live upon God in the use, and live upon God in the abfence of the creature.

Direction 4. Use lawful and fair means, for accomplifhing and bringing about thy lawful

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designes, but let thy main trust be on God. Do thy ducy, and commic thy self and thy affairs to him in quietneffe of heart. For a man to say, he crofts in God, and yet neglects to do bis duty, this is but co mock God; a moderate care in the management of our affairs is very commendable, which puts a man upon praier, and an hum ble diligence in the use of lawful mcans ; that once done a Christian should labour after a holy

moderation and composednese of Spirit: and should I take heed his heart be noc fixed too much on a

ny thing here below to his disturbance. He should puc all his waies and affairs into Gods hands. He should wait patiently, how God will caft his affairs, and then submir, and acquieffe in the issues of Providence. O how sweet a life leads that Christian, who lives in conci. nual dependance on God! This kind of life discharges the creature of all char is burdeosom ; of all carking cares, and tormenting fears; Ic leaves nothing upon him, but a conscionable use of the means, no life makes us so bumble, fo lomly, so nothing in our own eies, as this life of Faith, which feccheeh all from God. Faith usech means, but trufteth in God alone.

In all thy affairs cherefore still seek co che Lord, and apply chy selfanto him, and trust in him. We are dark creatures, and easily overshoot our felves; we have not wisdome enough co manage our OwA affairs, God can counsell us,

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when we know not how to give counsell to our selves : And God takes it well co be advised with by us. Hereby we acknowledge our subjection to him, when we will nor stir a foot wichout advising with him, when we desire not to be ordered by our own wisdome, but trust in the Lørd with all our hearts, and do not lean to our own understanding, as Solomon advises, Prov. 3.5. Take heed therefore of inordinate carefulnesse

, and distrusting God. Consider the evil of rhis fio in chese four pariiculars.

1. No fin more dishonours God, and robs him of his Glory, than this fin doth. It cannoc indeed rob God of his effentiall, but it does of his declarative Glory. We glorifie God declaratively when we trust in him, and thereby declare to che world, that we own and acknowledge those his excellencies of wisdome, power, mercy, faithfuluesse, which his Word ascribes unto him: And therefore 'cis said of Abraham, Rom.4.20. That he ftag. gered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in Faith, giving Glory to God. V.21. As being fully perfuaded, that what he had promised, he was able also to perform, ver.22. And therefore it was imputed to him for righteousnes. Unbelief doth blemish all those four attributes of God, before men tioned, his Wisdom, hus Power, his Goodnesse, his Faithfulnelse ; 'cis an interprecative blaf

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phemy, and calling all these into question, and so an high injury and dishonour unto God: Whereas faith is said to justifie' God,Luk,1.29. that is, to professe and acknowledge him co be fach a God as his Word reveals him to be.

2. Nothing doch more debar, and thuc out Gods operation, in order to our relief and helpihin this fin. If by taking only moderate and due care, we would resigne up our selves, and our concernments into the

hands of God, he would charge himself with · us. But if we will immoderatly carks and care,

and be lo peremptory in our designes, and will not submit them unto him, chen God is discharged, we must look to our sèlves. Therefore 'cis not only our duty, but our intereft, to resigne up our selyes to God, and to submit our concernments to his will.

3. Unbelief'cis a sin, against which God hath exceedingly declar'd his dipleasure: The Apostle tels us, the children of Israel were de. stroied in the wildernesse for unbelief; Many were their fins chere,' i Murmurings, luftings, Idolatry, but the main reason of their punilhment was, they believed not. Look to their finall excifion, and cutting off, why what was ic for? for unbelief were they broken off, Rom. 11. 20. That noble man in 2 Kings 8.2. was troden to deach for distrufting Gods power, and could only see the plenty, did noc cast of it.

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