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done nothing of yourself. He offers to give you all the armour you need for the war : Do you need the sword, the breast-plate, the helmet, the shield, mentioned, Eph. vi. He himself is the great magazine of all the military provision; and therefore, if you take on with him you shall want for nothing that is necessary for carrying on the war to a complete victory. O come and take on with him for wisdom, righteousness, fanctification and redemption ; take on with him for armour, strength, victory and all. Why, but what mean you by taking on with him? I know not how to take on with him. Why, firs, to take on with him, is to believe in him. But what am I to believe, say you, that I may take on with him? 1. You are to believe, that he is speaking to you, and inviting you to take on with him ; even you my dear friends. Let none here fay, that there was not a word spoken to them at Carnock : Nay, I take you all to witness, that have ears to hear, that the Lord is by the poor worm that is here preaching, speaking to every one of you, and saying, To you o man, do I call, and my voice is to the Sons of men; and he is bidding you take on with him. Believe that he is speaking to you, and that this gospel-offer is to you. 2. You are to believe that you cannot believe. This were one good step towards faith, to believe that you are an unbeliever, and shut up in unbelief as in a prison, which none can open but the captain of salvation. And therefore, 3. You are to believe in him for grace to believe in him, or to come to him for grace to come to him, and to take on with him for faith, as well as for other things, because he alone is the author of faith. He never called any to bear the expence of one jot, from the beginning to the end of the war, out of their own pocket, and much less, the expence of this great thing we call believing, which is the effect of the exceeding greatness of his almighty power. And then having believed these things, 4. You are to believe his word, that he will not fail you in a jot of what he is offering to you,
Take his word for it, that he will do as he hath said unto you; and trust him that speaks to you by us. To take on with him by faith, is to take his word who is Truth itself, for your security ; and lay the stress of the whole war' upon him, saying Lord, art thou calling me, even me, that have been a slave to the devil and the nations of lufts? Art thou calling me to take on with thee? Content, Lord, Come thou and reign over us, as the trees said, in Jotham's parable, Judges ix. 10. Come thou and reign over me, and be thou my glorious captain, to fight for me, and to slay all the nations of lusts in my heart. And, if you indeed take on with him in this manner, he will do as he hath said ; he will put out these nations before you by little and little. May the Lord second his call with power.
Secondly, To you that are believers, on the field of battle, making war with the nations, the spiritual Canaanites; and before whom the Lord hath begun to drive them out by little and little: I should offer you, 1. A word of Comfort. 2. of Counsel.
ift, for Comfort. O believer, though the nations be greater and mightier than you, yet the Lord hath engaged to drive them out; there is a power in Christ, the believers head and husband, that will, in process of time, bring every power contrary to him in subjection; it is in Christ that believers thall be more than conquerors. It is very grievous to the believer, to feel the assaults of sin, such as that
of pride, filthiness, covetousness, unbelief, atheism and enmity. But it is the privilege of the believer, that he hath such things that he may be humbled. not that he may be conquered and destroyed thereby. You know, a snake may be fo handled, by taking out his sting and teeth, that it cannot hurt us, tho' it touch us; yet we abhor it for the nature of it, and are afraid to have it come near to us : Even so fin is in such a manner handled by our Lord Jesus Christ, that it cannot hurt the believer in Christ; hence the believer is many times more afraid than hurt : Yet it is very becoming the true believer to hate sin from the very nature of it, and stand at a distance from it. Mean time, you have the greatest encouragement in the world to fight against the nations of enemies, the nations of lusts; for the battle is the Lord's, he stands engaged to put out the nations, Deut. vii. 17, 18., Were there an uncertainty of the victory you might be discouraged, and loath to undertake such a warfare ; but now, when the Lord hath assured you of the victory, and that you have his blood, his spirit, his faithful promise for it, there is no more ground of difcouragement. Object. O what comfort can I take, when I find the nations of enemies and lusts still living and lively, yea, strong, mighty and prevalent, and even growing stronger and stronger upon my hand, instead of being subdued and destroyed? Answ. Perhaps it is so between battles, or single combats that you have with your corruptions; but, do you not find also your captain coming sometimes into your assistance, and making up all that you loft, by his gracious, powerful, fanctifying and comforting presence? And thus do you not find even after fin’s victory over you, which makes you
judge the nations are increasing on your hands; do you not find (I say) your hatred of sin increafed, your self-abhorrence increased, your dependence on the Lord for strength increased, your desire to be rid of sin increased, and your heart longing for the final victory over the nations, and the full poffeffion of Canaan? Why, what is this but the Lord your God putting out the nations before you by little and little Mean time, during these battles, is it not ground of comfort, i. That there is a sentence past in your favour against the nations, even a sentence of condemnation and destruction; and accordingly Sin is condemned in the flesh, Romans viii. 3. and Satan is condemned to destruction ; The God of peace will bruise Satan under your feet. 2. Is it not ground of comfort, that the sentence past against fin and Satan is executed in part? Your old man is crucified, the head of the serpent is bruised : For this cause was the Son of God manifested, to destroy the works of the devil; and, by death be bath destroyed bim that had the power of death. 3. Is it not ground of comfort, that the day of full and final execution is at hand, wherein he will take vengeance on the nations? For the day of vengeance is in mine beart, Ifa. Ixiii. 4. the year of my redeemed is come; the day of the Lord is at band, wherein he will bring fortb judgment into victory, and death shall be fwallowed up in victory : Christ will reign till all bis eneo mies bceome his footstool; to bim every knee Mall bow. 4. Is it not ground of comfort, that the remaining power of the nations in the interim fhall never be able to break the relation that is betwixt your captain-general and you, nor to cast you out of his covenant, out of his heart, nor out of his love? My covenant will I not break, says he, my loving-kindness will I not take away, Pfal. Ixxxix. 33, 34. He is still tbe Lord thy God, and therefore he will put cut the nations before tbee by little and little. I offer you,
2dly, a word of Counsel. O believer, are you indeed engaged in battle against the nations ? And has the Lord begun to drive them out before you? Then pursue thy victory, and fight out the good fight of faith, for the Lord thy God is he that does fight for thee, as the apostle' fays in a like case, Pbil. ii, 12, 13. Work out the work of your salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God that worketb in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure. Even to fight out the battle against the nations, for the Lord thy God will put them out before thee by little and little. . And, since the battle is the Lord's, and your captain goes before you to divide the spoil with the strong, go on couragiously: And, that you may do so the more successfully, I shall branch forth this word of counsel in these few particulars.
1. Put on the whole armour of God; and go not forth against the nations in your own strength, otherwise you will find them too hard for you, but go on in the Arength of the Lord, making mention of bis righteousness, and bis only; being strong in the Lord, and in the power of bis might; and strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus; baving no confidence in the flesh, but always your confidence in, and dependence upon the Lord Jesus Christ, the captain of your salvation.
2. Search out these nations that are most invisible and hidden; for your greatest danger is from your