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according to the Directions I shall lay down from the Word of God. I demand nothing unreasonable ur impoffible. It is but to be tow a few Hours, to know what shall become of thee for ever. If a Neighbourg or Friend, desire but an Hour's Time of thee in Conversation, or Bufiness, or any Thing in which thou marit be of Service, surely thou wouldst not deny it; how much less shouldlt thou deny this to thyself in fo great an Affair? I pray thee take from me this Request, as if, in the Name of Christ, i presented it. to thee on my knees; and I will betake me on my Knees to Christ again, to beg that he will perfuade thy Heart to the Duty.
$ 12. (4) The Directions bewu to examine thy 'elf are. such as these: -Empty thy Mind of all other Cares and Thoughts, that they may not distract or divide thy. Mind. This Work will be enough at once, without joining others with it. Then fall down before God' in hearty Prayer, desiring the Allistance of his Spirit, to discover to thee the plain Truth of thy Condition, and to enlighten thee in the whole Progress of this Wojk.-llake Choice of the most convenient Time and Place. Let the Place be the most private;. and the Time, when you have nothing to interrupt you; and, if poffible, let it be the prelent Time. Have in Readiness, eitħer in Memory or IVriting, fime Scriptures, containing the Descriptions of the Saints, andi the Gospel Tems.of Salvation; and convince thyself thoroughly of their infallib'e Truth:----- Proceed then, to put the Question to thyself. Let it not be;. whether
. there be any Good in thee at a!?? Nor, whether thou ha? fuch or such a Drgree and Meaire of Grace? But, wherser juck or such a javing Gracle in thee in Sincerity, or not? --- If by Pleat diav lock froin the Work, force it in. Lay thy Command upon it. Let Reafon. "in:-rpoi, and use its Auihority. Yea, lay the
Command of God upon it, and charge it to obey upon Pain of his Displeasure. Let Conscience allo do its Ofice, till thy Heart be excited to the Work.
-Nor let thy Heart trifle away the Time, when it fsould be diligently at the Work. Do as the Psalmist, my Spirit made diligent Search. He that can prevail with his own Heart, thall also prevail with God. -If, after all thy Pains, thou art not refolved, then seek out for lielp. Go to one that is godly, experienced, able, and faithful, and tell him thy Cafe, and desire his belt Advice. Use the Judgment of such a one, as that of a Physician for thy Body; though this can afford thee no full Certainty, yet it may be a great Help to ftay and direct thee. But don't make it a Pretence to put off thy own Self Examination: Only use it as one of the last Remedies, when thy own Endeavours will not serve.--Ihen thore hajt. dif. covered thy true State, pofs Sentence on thyself according! either that thou art a true Christian, or that thou art
Pals not this Sentence rasily, nor with SelfFlattery, nor from melancholy Terrors; but deliberately, truly, and according to thy Conscience convinced by Scripture and Realon.-Labour to get thy Heart affected with its Condition, according to the Sentence pallid on it. If gracelets, think of thy Misery. If renewed and fanclified, think what a blessed State the Lord hath brought thee into.
Pursue these Thoughts, till they have left their Impression on thy Heart. -- Irite this Sentence, at leasl in thy Memori; " At such a Time, upon thorough Examination, 6 found my State to be thus, or thus.”
Such a Reo cord will be very useful to thee hereafter.----- Trul nt to this orie Diesvery, so as to try no more : Nor let it hinder thee in the daily Search of thy Ways: Neither be discouraged, if the Trial muit be often tepeated. ----Ejercially take Hised, if unregenerate, art 1)
conclude of thy future State by the present. Don't fay, “ because I am ungodly, I thall die fo, because I ain
an Hypocrite, I shall continue so." Don't despair. Nothing but thy Unwillingness can keep thee from Christ, though thou hast hitherto abused him, and diffeinbled with him.
$13. (5) Now let me add fome Marks by which you may try your Title to the Saint's Reji. I will only mention these two, taking God for thy chief God,
and heartily accepting Christ for thy only Saviour and Lord,
$ 14. Every Soul that hath a Title to this Refi, dith place his chief Hapriness in God. This Rest contiiteth in the full and glorious Enjoyınent of God.
He that maketh not God his chief Good, and ultimate End, is in Heart a Pagan and a vile Kolater. Let me ask then, Doft thou truly account it thy chief Happiness to enjoy the Lord in Glory, or doit thou not? Canít thou say, the Lord is my Portion? Whom have I in Heaven but thee? and there is none upon Earth that I dfire besides thee. If thou be an Heir of Reft, it is thus with thee. Tho' the Fluth will be pleading for its own Delights, and the World will be creeping into thine Affections; yet in thy ordinary, settled, prevailing Judgment and Affections, thou preferrest God before all Things in he World. Thou makeft him t'e very End of thy Defires and Endeavours. The very Reason why thou hearet and prayeit, and defiret io live on Earih, is chiedy this, that thou mayt seek the Lord, and make fu e of thy Reit. Though thou doit not fcek it fo zealously as thou fouldit; yet hath it the chief of thy Défire and Endeavours, so that nothing else is desired or preferred before it: -----Thou wilt think no Labozar or Svffering to great to obtain it. And though the Fleih Mis sometime thrink, yet thou art icolved and con
tented to go through all.-Thy Efteem for it will also be so high, and thy Affection to it jo great, that thou would not exchange thy Title to it, and Hopes of it, for any worldly Go.d whatsoever. If God lould set before thee an Eternity of earthly Pleasure on one Hand, and the Saint's Rest on the other, and bid thee take thy Choice; thou wouldit refule the World, and chuse this Reit.
But if thou art yet un fan&tified, then thou doft in thy Heart prefer thy world', Happiness before God; and tho' thy Tongue may say, that God is thy chief Good, yet thy Heart doth not fo efteem himFor the World is the chief End of thy Desires and Endeavours. Thy very Heart is set upon it. Thy greatest Care and Labour is to maintain thy Credit, or fleshly Delights. But the Life to come hath little of thy Care or Labour. Thou did it never perceive so much Excellency in that unseen Glory of another World, as to draw thy Heart after it, and set thee a labouring heartily for it. The little Pains thou bestowest that Way, is but in the fecond place. God hath but the Wold's Leavings, only that Time and Labour which thou canst spare from the World, or those few, cold, and careless Thoughts, which follow thy conftant, earnest, and delightful Thoughts of earthly Things. Neither wouldit thou do any Thing at all for Heaven, if thou knewest how to keep the World. But left thou should't be turned into Hell, when thou canst keep the World no longer, therefore thou wilt do something for the fame Reason thou think At the Way of God. too Arict, and wilt not be persuaded to the constant Labour of walking according to the Gospel-Rule; and when it comes to the Trial, that thou must forsake Christ, or thy worldly Happiness,. then thou wilt venture Heaven rather thair Eaith, and so wilfully deny thy Obedience to Godi And certainly if God would lit give thee Leave to live in
Health and Wealth for ever on Earth, thou wouldst think it a better State than Reft. Let them seek for Heaven that would, thou would it think this thy chief Happiness. This is thy Case, if thou art yet an unregenerate Person, and hast no Title to the Saint's Reit.
9, 15. And as thou takest God for thy chief Good, so thou dost heartily accept of Cbrift for thy only Saviour and Lord to bring thee to this Rej. The former Mark was the Sum of the first and great Command of the Law, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy Heart. This second Mark is the sum of the Command of the Gospel, Believe in the Lord Jesus Chris, and thou shalt be saved. And the Performance of these two is the whole of Godliness and Christianity. This Mark is hut a Definition of Faith. D:ft thou heartily consent that Christ alone fhall be thy Saviour? and no further trust to thy Duties and Works, than as Means appointed in Subordination to him? not looking at them as in the least Measure able to satisfy the Curse of the Law, or as a legal Righteousness, or any Part of it? but content to truft thy Salvation on the Re-, demption made by Chrift? Art thou also content to take him for thy only Lord and King, to govern and guide thee by his Laws and Spirit? And to obey him, even when he commandeth the hardeit Duties, and those which moft cross the Desires of the Flesh? Is it thy Sorrow when thou breakest thy Resolution herein? And thy Joy when thou keepest closest in Obedience to him? 'Wouldst thou not change thy Lord and Mafter for all the World? Thus it is with every true Chriftian. But if thou be an Hypocrite, it is far otherwije. Thou mayit call Christ thy Lord and thy Saviour, but thou never foundet thyself fo loft without him, as to drive thee to seek him, and trust him, and lay thy Saivation on him alone. At