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the money for the land: they thought no one saw them;—but God's eye was there; and when they told the lie to the Apostle, first Ananias, and then Sapphira, fell down dead at the Apostle's feet; and the young men wound them up, and carried them out; and great fear was upon all. My dear children, all through your future lives, remember, The eyes of the Lord are in every place, beholding the evil and the good; and if you wish to be happy here and hereafter, you must serve and love God, and then God will protect and bless you.
The fifth thought is, That even if wicked men are not found out in this world, they certainly will in the next. If, for wise reasons, God sees fit to let the wicked sometimes escape in this life, he will punish them in another world. The day of judgment is approaching. God now marks all, and enters down all in his Book of Remembrance, and then he will bring forth every thing. Then the murderer will be found out; the thief will be found out; every sin done in secret, and which was hidden from the eyes of men so long as the sinner lived, will be published before the sun, whilst angels and men hear. The grave is only a prisonhouse, from which God will bring forth the wicked to be judged at the last day; and there is no escape from that eternal judgment.
Now, my dear children, in conclusion, I
Repent and return to God; obey God; and trust in God, whose eye is in every place, beholding the evil and the good.
1. Repent, and return to God. God will see what children, after sermon, think over what they have heard, and pray to Jesus Christ for the pardon of their sins; and what children do not. -God sees every child here present, however many there are. Let God see you returning in earnest toward him, laying your salvation to heart, and beginning, like Timothy, Josiah, and Abijah, to serve the Lord in your youth. Are you four years old, or five years old? Begin, my child, to pray to God. Are you seven, or eight, or nine; and have you lived without thinking of God so many years? then, O, begin this day. Are you ten, or eleven, or twelve; and never prayed to Jesus Christ yet, nor begged for his Holy Spirit ? then remember it is high time that you repent and return to God, whose eyes are in every place. Remember, when no one sees you pray, God sees you, and hears you, and will give you his grace, if you ask for it. There is not a child now present that I would not call to repentance and faith in the death and passion of Jesus Christ. All are sinners-Christ died to save sinners--the Holy Spirit can change the hardest heart; and Jesus Christ said, when on earth,
Suffer little children to come unto me and forbid them not, for of such is the kingdom of heaven.
2. Obey God all your future lives. Set the Lord always before you. Live as under his all-seeing eye. Honour your parents; love your brothers and sisters; do your duty; love your Bible; keep holy the Sabbathi remember God is in every place, and let that outweigh every temptation to evil.
3. Trust in God in all your troubles. My dear children, I know the troubles of a child, and how hard it is to be good, and obey your parents, and overcome your bad tempers, and submit your will to God's ;—but God will help you, if you seek his grace. Remember, when you are in trouble and temptation, the eyes of the Lord are in every place. God is a
God is a refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. There is not the weakest child now before me but may be stronger than the world, and sin, and Satan, by God's grace and Spirit dwelling in him. And remember, there is nothing God's eyes look on with more delight than a little child trying to serve him. For thus saith the Lord, The heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool; but to this man will I look, -and much more to this child-even to him that is poor, and of a contrite spirit, and trembleth at my word.
And now, my dear children, I commend you to God. I love to preach to you from year to year; and my prayer is, that God may bless you all, and sow the seed of eternal life in your hearts, that you may live as under his all-seeing eye on earth, and when you die, go and be happy with Him in heaven.