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When I look at these things I am reminded of our Saviour's words to his disciples, and I would address them to you: Will ye also

go away? I am afraid lest any, especially of the younger part of my flock, of whose ardent zeal and devotedness I have had many proofs, should be led away · by those who, though pious men, hold and are zealous to propagate new theories in religion, as if there could be a superior way of life than the meek, contrite, humble, and loving way arising from the Spirit's work on the heart, the view of our own depravity, and the Saviour's rich grace in freely justifying and then sanctifying and making us meet for heaven. I fear lest any should become heady and high-minded, trusting in themselves that they are the temple of the Lord, and despising others.

These are sifting times; men's hearts are failing them for fear of what is coming on the earth; they are exciting times, and Christians may be carried away with the excitement; but ever remember Christ's words, My kingdom is not of this world; ever act on Solomon's direction, My son, fear thou the Lord and the king, and meddle not with them that are given to change. (Proverbs xxiv. 21.)

True it is that any thing is better than a general torpor and death in religion, and self-satisfaction in that torpor and death; and the very excite

ment of the present day shews that there is great good going on; yet many peculiar temptations beset the Christian at such times, and those who would avoid them must walk closely with God, and wait constantly upon him.

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GIVEN.

PRACTICAL

DIRECTIONS

Be perfect, be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace.

Here are four plain practical directions. May the Lord enable me duly to set them before you. BE PERFECT.

Be entire and complete. Be consistent throughout; a thorough Christian walking worthy of the Gospel. This includes the whole practical walk of the Christian.

The root of this perfection is only in the Lord Jesus Christ and our union with him. As we are one in Christ we are perfect. Ye are complete in him. You are witnesses how constantly your minds have been directed to Him, the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the ending. All your justification is in him who is made of God unto you righteousness. All your adoption is in him, to as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name. (John i. 12.) All your sanctification is by him. He is made of God unto

us sanctification, (1 Cor. i. 30,) as the fulness of the Spirit was received by him for sinners, and is from him communicated to them, that they may be enlightened, purified, and comforted. Never can I regret having directed you simply to the Saviour for all you need; and had I a thousand tongues, they should all speak of Christ, and direct the hearers only to him. Now abide in him.

But, if you would be perfect, while God is working in you to will and to do of his good pleasure, you must work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. (Phil. ii. 12, 13.) As ye have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him. (Col. ii. 6.) Nothing is more essential to your prosperity than maintaining habitual communion with God. My beloved brethren, I beseech you to seek God in private prayer, with all diligence and patient perseverance every morning before you go to your business, and let not this allimportant work be conducted carelessly and cursorily, but earnestly and steadily. And again in the evening, it is a bad habit to defer private devotions till a late hour, when usually men become heavy and sleepy. Many Christian families have found it a good rule for the several members to retire at a fixed and early hour in the evening, for their more private devotions. The due and serious observance of family worship, including

a hymn of praise, reading the Scriptures, short observations upon the portion read, and a devout prayer, is another material part of the order of a religious household walking according to the rules of the gospel. The diligent, holy, watchful and conscientious keeping of the Sabbath-day, is eminently needful for your soul's welfare. As is the regular attendance at the preparatory meetings, and at the monthly and other communions around the table of the Lord, seasons in which we have now so long together enjoyed fellowship with our Saviour, and fellowship with each other. O my brethren, be not slack and negligent in private preparation for those duties; your spiritual profit in them is greatly connected with previous diligence in retired duties, in holy meditation, self-examination, humiliation, prayer, and renewed exercises of faith. My prayer for you is, the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is well-pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and Amen. (Heb. xiii. 20, 21.)

ever.

BE OF GOOD COMFORT.

Are any of you cast down? I believe that some of you, knowing that there has been a remarkable blessing in the last year or two of my ministry

here, and that institutions have been formed among us that have been greatly prospered, have been ready to fear that these things may not go on, when the instrument in some degree used, has been removed. But why despond? remember David's resource, Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? Hope thou in God; for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God. (Psalm xlii. 11.) The same gracious God who makes use of what instruments he pleases, knows what his garden needs, and if he lays one aside, or takes it for other work, it is only to raise another instrument that shall more completely accomplish his work. I would apply to you Jacob's consolation to Joseph; though I remove God does not. The dying Patriarch said, I die, but God shall be with you, and bring you to the land of our fathers.

It pleased God to bless among you a sermon upon these words, Cease ye from man, whose breath is in his nostrils; for wherein is he to be accounted of? Some, I believe, remember that sermon : now you and I are called to practise in this instance the duty there prescribed. O it is good to look wholly off the poor creature, and to glory only in the Creator. And what grounds of comfort there are for you! True, you are needy creatures; the very fulness and extent of God's

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