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Moses and Aaron could not enter into the land of promise because of their snbelief, Num 20.12. And the Lord pake unto Moses and Aaron, because ye believe me not, to Sex. Etifie me in the cies of the children of Israel, therefore ye shall not bring this congregation into the land which i have given them. Zachary was struck dumb for noc believing what God had revealed. Christ did never cbide his Disciples for any thing so much as their . belief, Luke 24.25. O ye fooles, and from of heart to believe. And, why doubt ye Oye of little Faith, Mar.8.26.
4. 'Tis a Pagan sh sin, as our Saviour intimatęs, Mat.6. For Heathens to be full of parking and caring, is noc so much to be wondred at, but for us chac profesie co believe in God, thac do acknowledge a partics lar Providence, and believe the happinesse of another world, to be under the tyranny of distracting cares, anxiety, of mind, and thoughtfulnese, (as if God had no carc of us) this is an exceeding unworthy carriage cowards God. Take heed cherefore of diftru Jing God, and overcharging thy felf misb she cares of this life. Lec noc chy heart be 100 much fixed on any ching here below. Lay not these qucward things too much to beart. And remember chac chen cares are inordiMate, when they cauile such a sumele nowfness,
and unyuietnesse in our thoughts, and affe&ti. ons, chac reason is disturbed, and cannot allay or compole chem: or when tbey exceed. ingly hinder, or quite put us by the duties we ought to perforin to God; or lastly, when they cause a finking, or dying in the heart, (as Nabals heart is said to die within him) when we are disappointed in that we were so eagerly solicitous about. And therefore our Saviour in Mat.6. bids us take no thought, and repeats it three several times, as v.25, Therefore I say unto you, take no thought for your life, what ye shall cat, or what ye hall drink, nor yet for your body, what ye shali put
. om. V.31. Therefore take notbought, saying, What fall we eat? or wbat hall we driuk; or wherewithall fhall we be cloathed? V.34. Take therefore no thought for the morrow : for the morrow shall take thought for the things of it felf, Soufficient unto the day is the evil there. of.
Direction 5. Take heed of limizing God, I. Either to the time of fulfilling his promises, Or 3. To the way; Faith doch not limit the holy One of Ifrael, co any set time, or any set means. Do thy duty therefore, and resigne chy self co God;
Commic chy felf, and all concernments to bis Fatherly carei agd be not ever-folicitous or perplexed about events. Whac ftrange diAtruftful language do che children of Israel use
in Pfal.78.20. Can the Lord prepare a table in the wilderneß, can be give bread also ? Canbe provide flesh for his people? And cherefore ac 0.41. What a black character is given of them, Theyturned back, and tempted God, and limited the holy one of Israel. We must not prescribe to God, we must not go about to subject bis Providence to our direction, and prescribe what be shall do for our facisfaction. * Direction 6. Reflect upon the Lords past kindnesle, and gracious dealings with chee. Consider how much God hath done for thee, and for others, that have trufted in him: and tha will send very much to encourage thee ftill to trust in him. The more experience and manifestation of Gods power and presence thou haft had, the greacer reason thou hast, to caft away all anbelief from thee. It exceedingly provoked God against Israel, that noćwithstanding so many experiences of his power, yet ftill they distrusted him, Num.14.1. And the Lord said, unto Moses, how long will this people provoke me? And how long will it be ere they believe me? for all the signes I have shewed among them. Byevery experience we should grow up into a greater comrage, and strength of Faich, as David drew inferences of hope against the presenc danger, from the lion and the bear, 1 Sam 17.36. Thy servant flew both the lion and the bear, and this uncircumcised Philistine fhall be as one of them,
seeing he hath defied the Armies of the living God. Or as Psul said, 2 Cor.1.10. He bath, and doch, and therefore will deliver. Who delivered us from so great a death; and doth deliver; in ophom we trust that he will get deliver us. Christ was angry with his Disciples for not remembring the miracle of the loaves, when they were in a like straic again, Mat 16.9. Doge not yet understand, neither remember the five loaves of the five thok. sand, and how many baskets ye took up? God is more angry with the unbelief of his children chan of others, because they have more experience of his love and care, and therefore that they should distrusthin that never failid chem; is ye. ry ungracefull. 2 Cor. 5-7. For we walk by Faith, not by sight. Hıb.2.4. Behold his fout which is lifted up is not
upright in him, but the just shall live by bis
Faith, Gal 2.20 I am crucified with Christ, neverthe
leffe. I live, yet not I, but Christ liveth in mé; and the life wbich I now live in the flesh, I live by the Faith of the Son of God, who loved me,
and gave himself for me. Job.13.15. Though he say me get will I trust in
him. Pfal.55.22. Caft thy burden upon the Lord, and
be shall sustain thee, be fball never suffer the righteous to be moved.
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i Cor.7.32. Bist I would have you without care
fulves,&c. Phil 4.6. Be careful for nothing, but in every
thing by praier and supplication, with thanksgi
ving let your requests be made known unto God. 1 Pec.5.7. Casting all your care upon him, for he
Careth for you. 1 Cor.7.35. This I speak for your own profit — that
1 you may attend upon the Lord without distracti.
izleml? Pfal. 1 19.49. Remember the word unto thy servant, upon which thou
hast caused me to koße.pl Psal.25.10. All the paths of the Lordare percy
and truth to such as keep hip Covenant and his
Testimonies. Pfal.112.7. He shall not be afraid of evil tidings,
his heart is fixed trusting in the Lord. Psal.89.33. Neverthelesse my loving kindnes will
I not utterly take from him nor suffer my faith
fulneß to fail. Píal.62.9. Surely men of low degree are vanity,
and men of high degree are a lie, to be laid in the ballance they are
altogether lighter than vanity 2 Chron.14.8. And Afa had an army of men,
that bare targets, and speares, out of Fudah three hundred thousand, and out of Benjamin that bare shields, and drew bowes, two hunared and fourscore thousand, all these were mighty men of valour.