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cxli. 2. What more delightful than alms? This is a sacrifice acceptable and well pleasing unto him, Phil. iv. 18. How happy a testimony had Cornelius ? Thy prayers and alms are come up as a memorial before God, Acts x. 4. Yet when self is predominant in those duties, prayers, almas, &c. are all lost, Matt. vi. 7, and xxiii. 5.
Rule V. When you have done all, be careful to deny all, Luke vii.7. Or not deny God's mercy in enabling and assisting you. This must be with all thankfulness observed ; but attributing nothing to yourselves, and give ing God all the glory. Take the pattern of holy David, 1 Chron. xxix. 14. But who an I, and what is my people, that we should offer. 80 willingly? Of thine own have we given thee: And of blessed Paul, 1 Cor. xv. 10. Not 1, but the grace of God which was with me : And of good Nehemiah, who wiren he had done most eminent service for God, flies at last for pardoning mercy, Neh. xiii. 22. Remember me, O God, concerning this also, and spare me according to the greatness of thy mercy.
Rule VI. Do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, Col. iii. 17. Having carefully set out for God in the morning, and directed your common actions to him as your end through. out the day, doing all in his sight, and with a desire to please him therein, bring all to Christ in the evening, and present all unto God by him, confidently expecting God's ac. ceptance and reward for all that you have done. For this he hath promised, be your
actions never so mean, because they were done as his service, Col. iii. 22, 23, 24. Eph. vi. 6, 7, 8. If you neglect this, you lose all at last ; for God will accept of no sacrifice but from the hand of the priest, and therefore you must look for no acceptance with God, nor any reward from him, but only through Christ, 1 Pet. ii. 1, 5. John xiv. 6. You must be sure therefore not only to make a formal mention of Christ's name, but to build all your hopes and success only upon him, and to come to God with an actual and lively dependence npon him.
Thus I have resolved the case propounded, I will but answer an objection, and so conelude,
Obj. You bind heavy burdens. Wbat! must we be always in the traces ? Surely this severity of religion is more than needs.
Ans. 1. Burden, man! Why, it is thy happiness: if holiness and pleasing God be a burden, health is a burden, heaven and happiness are burdens.
Ans. 2. This is no other burden than what God himself hath bound upon your consciences, Rom. ix. 20. Who art thou, O man, that repliest against God? Have I put upon you a devised and unnecessary strictness ? or bound that burden upon you, which I will not touch with one of my fingers ? 1 Cor. ix. 8. Say I this as a man? or saith not the law the same also ? I pray you whose word is this? Be thou in the fear of the Lord all the day long, Prov. xxiii. 17. Do all to the glory of God, 1 Cor. x. 31. Exercise thyself unto
God, 1 Tim. iv. 7. What have I pressed, but what the saints have practised ? Phil. iii. 13, 14.
One thing I do, I press toward the mark. Ps. xxvii. 4. One thing have I de. sired of the Lord, that will I seek after. And Ps.cxix. 38. Thy servant that is devoted to thy fear. Gen. v. 22. Enoch wulled with God three hundred years.
What is this, but what the scripture hath foretold shall be ?They shall walk up and down in the name of the Lord, Zech. x. 12.
Then shall be upon the bells of the horses, and on every pot in Jerusalem, HOLINESS TO THE LORD, Zech. xiv. 20, 21. Dispute not against God, but op and be doing. It is an ill sign when the heart rises against the strictness of the duty: You utterly mistake in thinking this life of strictness to be a bondage. Who have joy unspeakable and full of glory, who do know the peace that passeih all understanding, if not those that do thus walk with God?