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Life of Faith. their fin; so it is not unlike that (according to Gods ordinasy way of punishing) it was also a mataral offed of their cxccls.

8. It is a moft unsuitable thing to fuob'great finners as we are, who have forseited all our mercies, and are called fa loud to peniteat humiliation; when we fhould turn to the Lord with all our hearts, with fifting, weeping and mourning, to be tbex pleasing our fic{hly appetites with curiofities and excels, is a fin chat God once threated in a terrible fort, 1/2.22.12,13. Fisting is in such cases a duty of Gods appointment, Joel 2.12. Lük! 2. 37. 1 Cor. 7.5. Cornelius his fafting and alms.deeds came up before God, Acts 10. 30. Daniel was heard upon his faft, Dan. 9. 3. Chrift fafted when he entered folemnly on his work, Mattb. 4. And some Devils would not be calt out witbout fafting and prayer: And is luxury fit in such a casc?

9. Lattly, Remember what was said before, thac orbers are cmpy, while we are full: Thousands need all that we can spare: And they are members of Christ, and of the same body with us : And so much as we waste on our appetite, or pride, lo much the less we have to give. And be tbær seer bi bio Brosber in need, and futterb up bis bowels of compassion from bim (when he cannot deny superfluities to himself) bow doeletb the Love of God in bim"? When the poor we shall bave alwaies wirb us that we may alwaies have exercise for our love: And he that glurich his own flesh to the full, and giveth the poor but the leavings of his luft, if it were a thousand pound a year that he givech, must look for small reward from God, however he may do good to others.

Morc particular Dirc&tions may be as followeth. "Dire&. 1. Uaderftand well bow mach obe fl.sh in tbis lapsed Aate is our enemy; and how much gulofiy doch Arengthen it aguint us ; and how much of the work of grace lyeth in refuiting and overcoming it; and what need we have to serve tbe Spirit, and not to be belpers of the Acth : And the truc confideration of these things may du much, Gal. 5.17,18,19,22,23. Rom. 8. 6, 7, 8,9,10,13. Direct. 2. Set your felves to the work of God according to your

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; bindersib you in your work. If you play not the loitering hiy. pocrites, but make your duties the serious bufiness of all your lives, you will quickly find how inconsistent a bruitish appetite, and a ful bely, and a curious, coftly, and time-wafting pampering of the flith, is with such a Chriftian Nife.

Direct. 3. Study well the life of Christ, and tbe example of the ancient Saints.Remember what dyet was in use with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob; with the Apoftles, and holiest fervants of Chrift. And that it was Solondon the moß voluptuous King of Ifrael, that was told by his Mother, that it is not for Kings to drink wine, but for them that are of a sorrowful beart: And that the defcription of the luxurious then was [riotous eaters of flesh, Prov.31.5.& 23. 20. And that it was the mark of Acthly Hca reticks, to feast themselves witbout fear, Jude 12. And that they were destroyed by Gods wrath, though they had their defire who murmured for want of Aish, after many years abftinence in a wilderness, and it's called, Asking meat for their luft, Pfal. 78. 18. I doubt miny of our servants now, would be disconcented, and think their bellies too hardly used, if they had no better than the milk and boney of the Land of Promisc; yca or the Onions and filel.pots of Egypt.

Diree. 4. Think wbat e base and swirish kind of fin it is, to be a flove to ones guts or appetité : And how far it is below,not only a Chriftian, but a man, and what a Thamt to humano nature,

Dire&. 5. Look ofren to tbegrave, and observe those skulls into which once the pleasant meats and drinks were put; and those jows that were fo of employed, in grinding for the belly: And remember how quickly this will be your case, and think then whether such a carkass deserve fo much care, and coft, and curiosity, to the neglect and danger of an immortal soul.

Dire&. 6. Lay a constant Law upon your appetite, and use it not to be pleased without cause and benefit ; but use it to a wholesome, but not a ful, a coftly, a curions, or a delicious food And use will make intemperance to be loathsome to you, and temperance to be sweet. Dirca. 7. Learn so much reason as to knowo truly what is 000

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most conducible to your health, botb for quantity and quality, and muk what diseases and deaths are usually caused by,cxcess : It is more rcasonable to be temperate for prevention of difcafes, than under the power and feeling of them; when pain and fickness force you to it, whether you will or not. If you will not obey God so carcfully as your Physician ; yet obcy the preventing counsels of your Physician, before you need his curing counsel.

Dircet. 8. Neglca not the manly and the sacred delights wbicle God alomeib: I mean, the pleafures of boneft labours, and of your calling, and of reading and knowledge, of meditation and prayer, and of a well ordered soul and life, and of the certain bopes of endless glory. Live upon thelc, and you will casily spare che Atlhly pleasures of a Swinc.

CHAP. XVII.

How to conquer Sloth and idlexess by rbie Life of Faib.

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nejl, the nature and signs of it, and then the cvil of it ; and then give you more particular Dircâions against ir: Bir this allo bur bricily, because I have done it more largely in my Cbriftian Dire&ory.

1. That you may know who are guilty of this fio,and who not, I shall firG premisc thcsc Propolitions.

1. Nothing but disability will excusc any one from the ordinary labours of a lawful calling. Riches or honours will cxcusc nonc. They are the subjects of God, as well as others that have less : And he that hash moft, hath most to use, and most to anfwer for: To whom men commit much, of them they require the morc, Luke 12. 48. & 19. 23. Greatness and wealth is so far from excufing the forbearance of a calling, that it will not allow any one the omission of one hours labour and diligence in his calling. If God give thc Ricb mara wages aban otbers, it's unreasonable to think that therefore they may do lefs work

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2. Yet when meer neceffity, compelleth the poor to labour more than clic they were obliged to do, even to the detriment of their bealtb, or shortening of Gods Worship, the rich are not bound therefore to imitate them, and to incurr the same inconveniencies; because they have not the same wocefuies. As in their dyet, the rich is not allowed to take any more for quan, tity.or quality, than is truly for their good, any more than the poor : but they are not bound to live as those poor do, who want that çither for quantity or quality, which is truly for their good; fo is it allo in ihis ase of labouring.

3. The labours of every oncs calling muft be the ordinary lufiness of bin life ; and not a little now and then instead of a rea crcation. If it be a mans caling, hc muft be confiant and laborious in it.

4. Yea no interpored recreation or idleness is lawful, but that which either is neceffitated by disability, or that which is neede full to fit tbe mind or body for its work: As whctting to the

5. All mens callings tye them not conftantly to one kind of la. bour ; but some may be put to vary their employments every day: as poor men that live by going on crrands, and doing other mens business, under several Masters, several waics: And as many rich people whosc occafions of doing good may often vary.

6. The rich and honourable are not bound to the same kind of labour as the poor. A Magiftrate or Paftor is not bound to follow the Plow; nay, he is bound Hot to do it ordinarily, left he negle& his proper and greater work. Somc mens labours arc with the band, and some mens with the bead.

7. Every man should chuse that calling which is molt agrace able to his mind and body: Somc arc Atrong, and fomc arc. Wcak : fomc arc of quick wits, and some are dull : All should be deligned to that which they arc fitted for.

8. Every one should chuse that calling (if he bc fit for it) in which he may be most serviceable to God, for the doing of cho greatest good in the world : and nor thy in which he may

have mod case, or wealth, or bonour :. God and the publick good muA be our chicfcft ends in the choice. : 9. And in the labours of our calling, the getting of riches

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muft never be our principal end: But wc mult labour to do the molt publick good, and to pleasc God by living in obedience to his commands.

10. Yet every man muft defire the success of his labour; and the blessing of God on it, and may continue his work as belt tendeth to success. And though we may not labour to be rich, Prov. 23. 4. as our principal end; yet we must not be formal in our callings; nor think that God is delighted in our meer Boil; to fcc men fill a bottomless voffel; but we mult endeavour after the most successful way, and pray for a just prosperity of our labours : and when God doth profper us with wealth, we mul take it thankfully (though with scar) and use it to his Service, and do all the good with it that we can, 1 Gor. 16.2. Lay by as God batb prospered every man, Ephes. 4. 28. Let bine work with his bands tbet bing that is good, that be 'may bave to give to bim that neederb, James 1. 9. Let tbe brorber of loso degret rejoyse 'in i bat be is exalted.

11. The loveness of a mans caling,or baseness of his employment, will not allow him to be negligent or weary of it, or uncomfortablc in it: Seeing God mult be obeyed in the loweft fervices, as well as in the highet sand will reward men according to their faitbful labour, and not according to the dignity of their place: And indeed no service should-be accounted low and base, which is fincerely done for fo great and bigb a Mafter, and hath the promise of fo gloriones a rebound, Col. 3. 23; 24.

12. Tbe greater and more excellent any mans work and caling is, bis idleness and weligence is the greater for. It is bad in i Plowman, orany day-labourer ; but it is far worje in a Minister of the Gospel, or a Magistrate : Because they wrong many and that in the greateft ibings, and violate the greatest trust from God; Chritt biddeth us pray the Lord of the barvest to Send fortb Łabourers into his barvest, Luke 10:27.and not proud, coverous, idle drones, that would have honour only for their wealth and titles': And he faith, that the Labourer is wortby of bis bire, but not the loiterer. Among the Elders that rule the Church, it is especially the labourers in the Dord and djarine that are worthy of double honour. Dr. Hammond notcth on 1 Tbef. 5. 12. that thc Bishops whom they are required to know and honour, were thosc thát laboured among them, and

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