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A Discourse, containing se. veral usefull Directions to be Praetised by those who seriously desire
to save their Sou & S.
CHAP. I. of Consideration. T convenient times use to be a
fone ; and laying aside all worldly cares & businesses, spend now and then a secret hour in strict
Self-examining, and Confidering, how the case stands between God and thy foul. Ask thy self these two serious Questions:
, What is it thy heart is most fet upon ? What is thy great care, thy main designe? What is it that doch mot deeply and most frequently possefle thy thoughts? What is it that thou dost most love, and prize and most defie to enjoy? Is thy mind fo fpiritually inlightened as to see the lovelinesse of God, and the greatnesse, and excellency of that Glory, that is to be had with him: so as the main drift and bene of thy heart, is after the enjoyment of God, and to be happy with him for ever? Or doft thou find, chat the main bent of thy heart is to che things of this World, to the Profics, the Pleasures, the sensual facisfactions of this life and these things thou molt mindest, regardeft
, and laboureft for ; these chy thoughes, and heart
Secondly, Ask thy self, whether ever thou didft feel, and apprehend thy self in a loft, and undone condition by reason of thy fins ? Hast thou noc seen thy selfe in danger of everlasting misery? Haft thou ever put this serious questiOn to thy felfe, what sball I do to be saved Haft chou in chis or the like manner ever difcoursed with thy self?
O my soul, how ftands the cafe with me? What am I? Am I a truc Convere? a real Penitenc, a new Creacure, one born again? Have I an interest in Chrift? And is my peace made with God through him ? or am I as yet
most run upon.
in the face of Nature, under the guilt of all my fins, with the wrath of God abiding on me? Iffo, is this a Condition to be rested in ?
Let me advise thee, as chou lovest thy soul, to deal faithfully, and in good sadnesse with thy self: Let me advise thee to review, and seriously to reflect upon the whole course of thy life past; And (besides thy nacural vilenesse)
Confider, how many actual sins, failings, milG carriages, and violations of Gods righteous
Law, omiffions of good, commissions of vil, thou hast been guilty of, in the feveral parts of thy life, and in the several places where thou haft lived. Believe it, few people do reckon up one fin of ten chat they are guilcy.of. Allow thy Copscience therefore, a liberty to speak freely ro thee, and to set thy sins in order before chee. And if thou findest chy self for the presenc in a bad condition, and chat the case is not with thee as it Thould be, consider whether it will not be an extream folly and madnesse, to go on in chat course, noe minding, nor regarding speedily-co curn to God, and to seccle the great affairs of thy soul, while thou hast time : O Remember, remember, thou hast a precious and immorial soul, chat must be shortly either in Heaven, or Hell; either in unconceiveable Joyes, or in endlessé, easeleffe, and remedilesse torments. Doch ic nor therefore concern thee to confider, and cast about, how to
attain the one, and escape the other ? Doch it not behoove thee to look co the securing of the main Chance, and to deliver thy self from the wrath ro comeBelieve it, nothing undoes mankind more, than wanc of due and serious Consideracion ; than want of frequent examining the face of their Consciences, and often pondering and thinking of their everlasting Concernments.
2 Cor.13.5. Examine your felves, whether ye be : in the Faith, prove your owse selves; know ye
not your owne selves, bow that Fesus Christ is
in you, except ye be Reprobates ? Pfal.119.59. I thought on my waies;, and turned
my feet unto thy Testimonies. V.60. I made haft, and delaied not to keep tby
Commandements, 1[3.1,3. The Oxe knoweth his owner, and the Aß
bis masters Crib, but Israel dith not know, my
people doth not consider. Deut.22.29. O tbat they were wise, that they sa
derstood this, that they would consider their lat
ter end. Hag.v.s. Now therefore, thus faith the Lord of
Hofts, Consider your wajes. Lam. 3:40. Let us search and try our waies, and
turn again to the Lord. Gal.6.4.- Let every man prove his owne work,
and then shall be have rejoycing in himlelt, and not in another.