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the thoughts of the heart, as well as the outward man; nor from his Fuftice, which will call us to account for our sinful thoughts, nor from the rebukes and scourgings of an awakened Conscience ; which are no small punishmears.
3. Let it bechy care to suppreffe, and crush bad thoughts at the very first rising : Do not at all consent, or comply with them; but abhor, and abandon them presently, and cry out unco the Lord for help against them: Take heed of representing, or acting sin in chy choughts. If thou wouldnt keep thy soul pure, beware of speculative funfulnes
Be carefull co have a stock of good materials alwiies in readinesse for thy thoughes to work upon. Have some good fubjects ready to present and offer to thy mind, to entercain thy chougbes with. A good man hath a good treasure in his keart, out
of which he bringerb forth good things, Mat.12.35. Let thy mind cherefore have alwaies some good heads cọ medicace on: As the evil and danger of fin, the neceffaty of conversions ; thy absolute need of Christ; the varity of the crea
the shortresse and uncertainty of this life; the everlastingnes of thy future ftate,&c.
5. Avoid Idleneffe, and allow no chy self in melancholy. If chou dost not employ thy mind about that which is good, it will busie is self about evil: The mind of man if it be not well emploied, will be ranging, and roviog all over
the world, and will be intent on things it should not. The spiric of man is active, and restlesse; 'Tis like a mill; it will be either grinding of that which is put into it, or else working upon it self, wearing, and wearying it self in foolish, fruitles, and unconcerning thoughts, Idlenese is a grand occasion of impure and impertinent thoughes : 'Tis che devils hour,in which he takes advantage to fill and defile maps mind with wicked sug. gestions ; and melancholy disposeth the mind to strange, absurd, incoherent, anreasonable imao ginations ; to many sad, perplexing, afflicting thoughts. Man disquieteth himself in vain, faich che Pfalmist, Pfal.39.6. framing many inagi. nary evils and grievances to himlelf, which God hach noc really laid upon him.
Let it be chy care cherefore to keep thy mind well employed, either in the duties of piety, or the works of thy particular calling. When chou dost relax chy mind at any time, from being intent or serious things, for thy necessary refreshment, be careful to allow thy self onely in innocent cheerfulnesse; When the loines of thy mind are ungirt, and chy thoughes lec loose co run at random, and have not Conscience set over them as a Governour , thou arc in great danger of linning against God.
6. Do not cumber thy self with coo much worldly bufinesse, that will overcharge chy mind with solicitude, and force too many earth
ly thoughts upon ic : ic will fill thee with di. fracting, disturbing thoughts, and torturing Cares. When Martha was careful, and troubled about many things, the neglected the one thing necessary, Luke 10.41,42.
7. Learn to spiritualize earthly obj: Cts, and to raise holy medications from them. This will be an excelent and advantageous employment for thy mind. This was our blessed Saviours practise, and canst thou follow a becser example?
8. Learn to divert and put by bad thoughts, by introducing and bringing in some good thoughts that are contrary to them inco cheir roomes : Thus overcome evil thoughts by good thoughis. If self magnifying thoughts come in ; bring in self abasing it difrustful; put thy
: It soul upon thinking of Gods Faithfulneß: If revengefull; think how much thou needeft forgivenesse from God: Thus lec one wedge drive out another.
9. Beg of God to new mould thy mind, and to put it into such an holy and heavenly frame, chat it may be fic to produce good thoughes, as
ic a good tree doch bring forth good fruit. Beg That Grace may be the Law of thy mind Rom.7.23. Pr.uy earnestly, act Faith, and put thy trust in i he
power, and promise of God, for the casting down of all sinful im.ginations in thy foul, and subduing thy thoughts to ike obedience of Christ.
10. If thou wouldst keep bad thoughts out of thy mind, be ready to entertain the gracious mations of the blessed Spirit of God, Rev.3.20. Behold I stand at the door, and knock : if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him and will sup with him, and he with me. O do not grieve this holy Spirit; do not repell so blessed a guest, who knocks at thy heart in many a fermon, and by many a providence, and sues for entrance that he may make thee happy. What! shall the devil, with his wicked fug geftions be lec in, and shall the King of glory with his train of Graces, be shut oue? O lec it not be.
II. Remember that if thou willingly catertainest, and lodgest in thy mind wicked thoughts naw, (and diest in an impenitenc and unconvere ced ftare) thy thoughts will be thy execucioners and cormencers in Hell. As light as thou makest of evil thoughts now, they will then prey upon thy soul as so many vultures, and be a never-dying worm in thy Conscience.
And the more to quicken thee to practise these directions ; Consider,
This will be a great argument of thy sincerity, and of the iruth of Grace in chee, if chou are con scientiously watchfull over thy thoughts. Many restraints lie upon the outward man co over-awe it and keep it from evil; buc the power of Grace does chea much appear when it cominands
the inward man, and laies reftraines upon our
meditation all the day.
love. Mat, 12.35. A good man out of the good treasure of
his heart bringethfortbgood things, and an e
vil man out of the evil treasure, bringerh forth Mat.15.19. For out of the beart proceed evil
thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications,
the unrighteous man his thoughts, and let him
marrow and fatnesse ; and my mouth sball praise thee with joyful lips. V.6. When I remember thee mpon my bed, and
meditate on thee in the night watches. Pfàl.94.11, The Lord knowerb the shoughts of
man, that tbey are vanity. Jer.4.!4; 0 Ferufalem, wash thine he art from wickednelle, shat thou maist be faved; hovo