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himself when he created the world, every day looked over his own works. Surely God had no need to examine his works that were so exact and perfect; but'cis written for our instrum &tion, that we should do so likewise. Therefore for the keeping thy Coxscience clear from guile, it will be very requisice, thou shouldst take thy self in private, before chou liest down to sleep, and cousider chy whole carriage and behaviour thac day; that so thou maist by a serious humiliacion, rétract and undo whatever has been amisse, and maist make all streight between God and thy soul. If thou findest out thy lips, when chey are but a day old, before they become customary, and have taken root, they will be more easily removed, by serious and speedy repentance, and applying ihy self co Chrift for pardon. Buc for want of this frequent self-examining, and soul-pørging, the heart becomes hardned, singers root, the devil gets poffeffion, and the soul is more and more alienated from God.
To conclude this head of Watchfulnesse.
Let ic be thy férious and fixed purpose every morning (chrough the assistance of Grace) noc willingly or knowingly co commit any sin, or co do any thing thy Conscience fill tell thee is dispicasing to God. But if (contrary to thy ferious intention) through infirmity, sudden furprizal, violence of temptation, incogitancy, thou
dost at any cime fall; humble thy soul before the Lord, bewail and confesse thy fault with sorrow and grief, and speedily recover thy self by a serious repentance, and flying to the blood of Christ for pardon. When thy peace is broken with God at any time, by fin; reft not, till it be inade up again: And rise from thy fall with a greater detestation of sin, a stronger refolution against it, with a greater love to Christ, and thankfulnesse for his pardoning Grace. And begging help from God, be more watchful for the future.
ge enter not
Mitch.25.13. Watch therefore, for we know nei.
ther the day nor the honr wherein the Son of man
cometh. Match.26.41. Watch an!
that into temptation, the spirit indeed is willing, but
the flesh is weak. Matth. 13.35. Warch ye therefore (for ye know
not when the master of the house cometh, at evin,or at midnight, or at the cock crowing, or in
the morning) V.36. Lest coming fuddenly, he find you sleep
ing. V.37. And what I say unto you, I say snto allo
Watch. Luke 12. 37. Blessed are those servants, whom
the Lord when he comcth, shall find watching. Luke 2 1.34. Take beed to your filves, left at any
time your hearts be overcharged with surfeting and drankennesse and the cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares. V.36. Watch ye therefore and pray alwaies, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to passe, and to stand be
fore the Son of man. 1 Cor. 15.34. Awake to righteousnesse, and fin
not. Rom.13.11. And knowing the time, that now it
is high time to amake out of sleep, for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed. 2 Tim.4.5. Watch then in all things, endure af
fliktions, do the work of an Evangelist, make
full proof of thy Ministry. i Pec.4.7. The end of all things is at hand; be ye
therefore sober, and watch unto prayer. 1 Pet. 5. 8. Be sober, be vigilant, because your
adversary the devil as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour. V.9. Whom resist, stedfast in the FaithI Cor.16.13. Watch ye, 'ft and fast in the Faith,
quit your selves like men, be strong. Col.4.2. Continue in prayer, and watch in the
lame, with thanksgiving. 1 Thes.5.6. Let us not seep, as dg others, but let
us watch and be sober. Rev.3.2. Be watchful, and strengthen the things
which remain, that are ready to die, for i hava not found the works perfect before God.
repent; if thou
V.3. Remember therefore how thou haft received,
and heard, and hold fast, and repent ;
that watcherh, and keepeth his garments, Eph.6.10. Finally my Brethren, be strong in the
Lord, and in the power of his might, V.11. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the de vil. V:12. For we wrestle not against flesh arid blood, but against principalities, against powers, 4: gainst the rulers of the darkneß of this world, against spiritual wickednesse in high places. V.13. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all to stard. V.14. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breaft-plate
of rightcoufnejle. V.15. And your feet shod with the preparation
of the Gospel of peace. V.16. above all things taking the shield of
Faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all
the fiiry darts of the wicked.
Sword of ibe Spirit which is the Word of God.
plication, in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance, &c.
. CArefully make use of all good means God
hach appointed for the begetting, and in. creaping saving Knowledge and Grace in thee. ! Under this head I shall treat of these five Parts. culars.
1. The observation of the Lords day.
1. Concerning the observation of the Lords day.
Be careful religiously co observe the Lords dag, the Christian Sabbath.
The Law of Nature dictaces to us that there ought to be a due proportion of time set apart for Gods solemn Worship and Service. God hath in his Word appointed one day in seaven to be kepe holy co him
; which was the last day of the week, from the beginning of the world to the resurrection of Christ; and the first day of the week ever since, and so to concinue to the end of the world; which is the Christian Sabbath, and in