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« consumed of the fire, thu founder melteth in vain, “ reprobate silver shall men call them, because the « Lord liath rejected them,” Jer. vi. 29, 30.
Father of Spirits! take the heart in hand that is too hard for my weakness : Do not thou end, tho? I have done; half a word from thy effectual power will do the work. Othou that haft the key of David, that openest and no man fhutteth, open thou this heart as thou didft Lydia's, and let the King of Glory enter in, and make this foul thy captive! let not the tempter harden him in delays; let him not stir from this place, nor take his eyes from these lines, till he be resolved to forego his fins; and accept
of life on thy felf-denying terms. In thy name, o Lord God, did I go forth 10 these labours, in thy name do I shut them up. Let not all the time they have cost be lost hours i let not all the thoughts of heart, and all the pains that have been about them, be bur loft labour. Lord, put in thy hand into the heart of this reader, and send thy Spirit, as once thou didst Philip, to join himself to the chariot of the Eunuch, while he was reading the word. And though I hould never know it while I live, yet I beseech thee, O Lord God, let it be found at that day that some fouls are converted by these labours; and let some be able to stand forth and say, that by theie persuafions they were won unto thee, Amen, Amen, Let him that readeth say Amen.
Mr. Alleine's Counsel for PERSONAL and
salvation without fanctification, or posseffing
you of happiness without persuading you to holiness. God knows, I have not the least hope ever to fee one of your faces in heaven, except you be converted, and fanctified, and exercise yourselves unto godliness: I beseech you, study personal godliness and family godliness.
ist, Personal godliness. Let it be your first care to set up Christ in your hearts : See that you make all your wordly interests to stoop to him, that you be entirely and unreservedly devoted unto him. If you wilfully, and deberately, and ordinarily harbour any sin, you are undone, Psalm lxviii. 21. Ezek. xviii. 20. See that you un feignedly take the law of Christ as the rule of your words, thoughts, and actions; and subject your whole man, members, and minds, faithfully to him, Psal. cxix. 34. Rom. vi. 13. If you have not a true respect to all Gcd's commandments, you are unfound at heart, Pfal. cxix. 6. O ftudy to get the image and impress of Christ upon you within. Begin with your hearts, else you build without any foundation. Labour to get a faving change within, or else all external performances will be to no purpose : And then study to shew forth the power of godliness in the life: Let piety be your first and great business: it is the highest point of justice to give God his due. Beware that none of you be a prayerless person; for that is a moft certain discovery that you are a Christless and graceleís person; or one that is a very stranger to the fear of God, Pjal. v. 7.
your gather duit; see that you converse daily with the word, John v. 39. That man can never lay claim Lo blefedness, whose delight is not in the law of
the Lord, PJ. i. 1, 2.
Let meditation and selfexamination be your daily exercile.
But piery without charity is but the half of Chriftianity; or rather impious hypocrily. We may not divide the tables; see therefore that you do justly and love mercy, and let equity and charity run like an even thread throughout all your dtaiings. Be you temperate in all thing, and let chattity and fobriety be your undiviu d companions. Let truth and purity, serioufnefs and modetty, heavenlinels and gravity, be the constant ornaments of your speech. Let patience and humility, fimplicity and fincerity, Mine out in all the parts of your conversation. See that you forget and forgive wrongs, and requite them with kindness, as you wonni be found the children of the Molt High. Be nercisul in your censures, and put the most favourable construction upon your bre. thren's carriage, that their actions will reatonably bear. Be flew in prorniting, pur aval in fulfilling. Let meekness and innocence, affability, yieldingness, and fimplicity, command your convertations
Let none of your relations want that love and loyalty, reverence and duty, that tenderness, care, and vigilance, which their several places and capacities call for. This is thorough godlincis. 1
charge you before the most high God, that nono of you be found a sucarer, or a liar, or a lover of evil company, or a scuffer, or malicious, or covetous, or a drunkard, or a glutton, unrighteous
in his dealings, unclean in his living, or a quarrel, elller, or a thief, or a backbiter, or a railerį tur !
dencunce unto you from the living God, that de. Aruction und damnation is the end of all lucha
to all men.
vi. 9, 10,
Prov. xiii. 20. James V. 12. Rev. xxi. 8. 1 Cor.
Gal. v. 19, 21. 2. Family Godlines. He that hath fet up Chrift in his heart, will be sure to study to fet him UP
in his house. Let every family with you be a Chriftian church, 1 Cor. vi. 19 ; every house a house of prayer: Let every householder lay with Joshua, “ I and my house will serve the Lord," chap. xxiv. 15. and resolve with David, “ I will walk in my house “ with a perfect heart,” Palm ci. 2.
Let me press upon you a few duties in general.
Firsi, Let religion be in your families, not as a matter by the bye, (to be minded at leisure, when the world will give you leave) but the standing business of the house: Let them have your prayers as duly as their meals. Is there any of your families but have time for their taking food! wretched man! canst thou not as well find time to
Secondly, Settle it upon your hearts, that your souls are bound up in the fouls of your family; they are committed unto you, and if they be lost through your neglect, they will be required at your hands. Sirs, if you do not, you shall know that the charge of souls is a heavy charge, and that the blood of souls is a heavy guilt. . O man, halt thou a charge of souls to answer for, and doft thou not yet bettir thyself for them, that their blood be not found in thy skirts? Wilt thou do no more for immortal souls than thou wilt do for the bealls that perish? What dost thou do for thy children and servants ? Thou provideit meat and drink for them agrecable to their nature; and dost thou not the same for thy beasts? Thou giveft them me
6 dicines, and cherishest them when they be fick;
and doft thou not the same for thy swine? More particularly,
1. Let the folemn reading of the word, and finging of psalms, be your family-exercises, Johnv. 39. Psalm cxviii. 15. See Christ singing with his family, namely, his disciples, Matt. xxvi. 30.
2. Let every person in your families be as duly called to an account of their profiting by the word heard or read, as they be about doing your own business: This is a duty of consequence unspeakable, ard would be a means to bring those under your charge to remember and profit by what they receive. See Christ's example in calling his family to account, Matt. xvi. 11, 13, 15.
3. Often take an account of the souls under your care, concerning their spiritual states, (herein you must be followers of Christ, Matt. xiii. 10, 36, 51. Mark iv. 10, 11.) make inquiry into their condition, infiit much upon the finrulness and misery of their natural state, and upon the neceffity of regeneration and conversion, in order to their falvation. Admonish them gravely of their fins, encourage their beginnings, follow them earnestly, and let them have no quiet from you,
fee in them a saving change. This is a duty of very great consequence, but, I am afraid, most feartoliy neglected: Doth not conscience fay, “ Thou « art the man !”
4. Look to the friet fanctifying of the Sabbath by all your household, Exod. xx. 10. Lev. xxiii. 3. Many poor families have little time else. O im. prove but your fabbath days as diligently in Jabouring for knowledge, and doing your Maker's work,