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CH A P. VII. The Neceffity of diligently seeking the

Saint's Rest.

$1. The Saint's Rest surprisingly neglected; particularly,

$ 2. by the Worldly-mirded, $ 3. the prophane Multitude, $ 4. formal Profesors, § 5-8. and by the Godly themselves, whether Magiftrates, Ministers, or People. $ 9. The Author mourns the Neglect, and excites the Reader to Diligence by considering, $ 10. the Ends we aim at, the TVork we have to do, the Shortness and Uncertainty of our Tiine, and Diligence of our Enemies; 11. cur Talents, Mercies, Relations to God, and our Aflictions; $ 12. what Ajiances we have, włat Principles we profess, and sur Certainty never to do enough; $13. that every Grace tends to Diligence, that to trife is toft Labour, that much Time is nispent, and that our Recompence and Labour will be proportionable; $ 14. that striving is the divine Appointment, all Men do or will approve it, the best Christians at Death lament their Want of it, Heaven is often loft for Want of it, but never ob

tained without it; § is. God, Christ, and the Holy . Spirit are in earnest, God is so in hearing and answer

ing Prayer, Ministers in their Inftruētions and Exhortations, all the Creatures in ferving us, Sinners in serving the Devil, as we were once, and now are, in worldly Things, and in Heaven and Hell all are in

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Warning.

$ 3. As for the profane Multitude, they will not be persuaded to be at fo much Pains for Salvation, as to perform the common outward Duties of Religion. If they have the Gospel preached in the Town where they dwell, it may be they will give the Hearing to it one Part of the Day, and stay at home the other; or if the Master come to the Congregation, yet Part of his Family must stay at home. If they want the plain and powerful preaching of the Gospel, how few are there in a whole Town, who will travel a Mile or two to hear abroad; though they will go many Miles to the Market for Provision for their Bodies? They know the Scripture is the Law of God, by which they must be acquitted or condemned in Judgment; and that the Man is blessed who delights in the Law of the Lord, and in his Law dith meditate Day and Night; yet will they not be at Pains to read a Chapter once a Day. If they carry a Bible to Church, and neglect it all the Week, this is the most Use they make of it. Though they are commanded to pray without ceasing, and to pray alway; yet they will neither pray conia, Itantly with their families, nor in Secret. Though Daniel would rather be cast to the Lions, than forbear praying three Times a Day in his House, where his Enemies might hear him; yet these Men will rather venture to be an eternal Prey to Satan, the roaring Lion, than thus seek their own Safety. Or their cold and heartless Prayers invite God to a Denial: For among Men it is taken for granted, that he who asks but fightly and feldom, cares not much for what he alks, They judge themselves unworthy of Heaven, who think it is not worth their more constant and

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