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grace he has already vouchsafed is enough.
These reflections may be useful to those who
do
pray,

and yet do not receive the kind of
assurance they expected at God's hand.
By far the greater number of

persons, however, who neglect to seek the Spirit of God, are influenced by totally different views. They seek their salvation in another way; they think they are able enough without help to do good; they look upon some of their actions as in themselves sufficiently excellent to be approved of by God. In their virtues they depend on their own strength to carry them through, and 'tis only when they fail, that they look to the merits of the Saviour. There cannot be a more unchristian principle. For it at once lowers the honour of God, and raises the pride of man. All our acceptance is in the Beloved, and.in nothing less. It is true, that Christ takes upon himself the transgressions committed through the unavoidable weakness of our nature, and even our tresspasses if through faith they be sincerely repented of. But it is not true of transgressions, that they were unavoidable, when we have neglected to seek and use the means of help that God has given against them.

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have done his utmost against the power of sin, who has not asked often and fervently in prayer for the Holy Spirit, and thus sought that aid whereby he might quench the fiery darts of inward and outward wickedness?

Men pray for the help of God where their daily bread is concerned. They pray to Christ to forgive them the crimes they have committed, but they do not pray with half so much desire to have subdued in themselves the seeds of crime, to 6 be converted, that their sins

may be blotted out.” They rejoice to have the punishment done away, which they know was deserved by their iniquitous acts, but they do not go the full length of making a death unto sin, and a new birth unto righteousness. They are content without seeking to have their thoughts made godly, which is the particular office of the Holy Spirit, as is declared in the daily service of our Church. The

“ O Lord, make clean our hearts “ within us,” the people answer,

" and take “ not thy Holy Spirit from us.” Yet, what are the numbers who never think at all whether he rules in their hearts or no ? Nor do they pause to consider how they can invite him into their hearts. It is a great mistake to think that we need the aid of the Holy Spirit only in trials, in difficulties and in temp

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grace he has already vouchsafed is enough. These reflections may be useful to those who do pray, and yet do not receive the kind of assurance they expected at God's hand.

By far the greater number of persons, however, who neglect to seek the Spirit of God, are influenced by totally different views. They seek their salvation in another way; they think they are able enough without help to do good ; they look upon some of their actions as in themselves sufficiently excellent to be approved of by God. In their virtues they depend on their own strength to carry them through, and 'tis only when they fail, that they look to the merits of the Saviour. There cannot be a more unchristian principle. For it at once lowers the honour of God, and raises the pride of man. All our acceptance is in the Beloved, and in nothing less. It is true, that Christ takes upon himself the transgressions committed through the unavoidable weakness of our nature, and our tresspasses if through faith they be sincerely repented of. But it is not true of transgressions, that they were unavoidable, when we have neglected to seek and use the means of help that God has given against them.

Would any one, be thought to have done his best to put out a fire who had never called for assistance to extinguish the flame ? or can that man be said to

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have done his utmost against the power of sin, who has not asked often and fervently in prayer for the Holy Spirit, and thus sought that aid whereby he might quench the fiery darts of inward and outward wickedness?

Men pray for the help of God where their daily bread is concerned. They pray to Christ to forgive them the crimes they have committed, but they do not pray with half so much desire to have subdued in themselves the seeds of crime, to “be converted, that their sins

may be blotted out.” They rejoice to have the punishment done away, which they know was deserved by their iniquitous acts, but they do not

go the full length of making a death unto sin, and a new birth unto righteousness. They are content without seeking to have their thoughts made godly, which is the particular office of the Holy Spirit, as is declared in the daily service of our Church.

The Priest

says, “ O Lord, make clean our hearts “ within us,” the people answer,

6 and take “ not thy Holy Spirit from us.” Yet, what are the numbers who never think at all whether he rules in their hearts or no? Nor do they pause to consider how they can invite him into their hearts. It is a great mistake to think that we need the aid of the Holy Spirit only in trials, in difficulties and in temp

tations, or that we need pray to God for no cleansing but from our faults. The best that man can do is lamentably imperfect, and requires the sanctifying influence of the Holy Spirit, to make it acceptable by Jesus Christ. Without him, the Prophet by the word of God assures us, that, “ all our righteousnesses " are as filthy rags.” The history of the first Gentile convert may clearly be a proof of it. Cornelius was a just man; he was frequent in prayer; he took care that his household should be pious; he gave much alms to the poor;

if this was enough, this he had done. But what followed ? God in mercy, for his sincerity sent an Angel to tell him where he might learn more, might learn the sanctification that is in Christ Jesus, and so make his good deeds what they should be, the offspring of a lively faith, as flowing from a heart religiously instructed in the knowledge of Christ, and religiously inclined in the faith of Christ, which in Scripture language is called a heart renewed by the power of the Holy Ghost.

With respect to other men, we can only judge of them by their actions, where we are called upon to judge, which is not often. But with respect to ourselves, we can go a step farther, we can examine not only what we do, but why we do it-whether the thought of

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