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shall be unstopped:"a that is, those that were deaf, not understanding any thing, shall be made to hear, that is, to understand.
Other sheep I have, which are not of this fold, them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice.” Which is a promise to the Gentiles, that they shall understand the voice of God.
If thou canst not see into the mysteries of the gospel.
“The eyes of the blind shall be opened.
“He hath sent me to recover sight to the blind.”e
These places tell what Christ will do to his people; therefore we need not fear our disease, seeing Christ is our Physician. If every creature do that for which it was ordained, then He will surely do that which he was sent to do of the Father,—" to give sight to the blind.”
If thou seest a good way, and hast no power to
walk in it.
When thou seest a good way and hast no power to walk in it, or art to perform any duty, ordinary or extraordinary, and feelest no strength to walk in that way, apply, “And I will put my Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my
c Isa. xxxv. 5.
a Isa. xxxv. 5. b John x. 16. xlii. 7. e Luke iv.18.
statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments and do them."
When thou lookest at the greatness of the duty which God commands, look also at the largeness of his promises, for the keeping of them, and then thou wilt not be discouraged at it. What matters it what he commands, seeing we have his promise ?
If thou fearest the strictness of thy ways, that thou shalt not be able to walk in them, though thou step into them sometimes, strengthen thy faith in this promise, “I will give thee my Spirit to cause thee to walk in my ways.” Can sin, or satan, then resist? Nay, surely, the Spirit is stronger; and greater is He that is in us, than those that are against us.
And when we see great duties which God commands, and fear we shall want strength to do them, apply, He hath said, “You shalı keep my judgments and do them.”
“They shall run, and not be weary; they shall walk, and not be faint:b that is, those which of themselves could not take one step, shall be able to run swiftly in the ways of God.
If thou wantest memory to remember the word of
“But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, He
a Ezok. xxxvi. 27. b Isa. xl. 31.
shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance whatsoever I have said
When thou seest thine own ignorance.
When thou seest thine ignorance, and fearest thou shalt not be able to glorify God as thou mightest if thou hadst more knowledge, stir up thyself to desire, and apply, "Thus saith the Lord, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and they shall all know me, saith the Lord, from the greatest to the least.b
“Thou shalt know the Lord. I will pour out my Spirit unto you, I will make known my words unto you.d
“The meek will he guide in judgment, and the meek will he teach his way. What man is he that feareth the Lord ? Him shall he teach in the way that he shall choose. The secret of the Lord is with them that fear him, and he will sbow them his covenant.e
“If thou seekest her as silver, and search for her as for treasures, then shalt thou understand righteousness, and judgment, and equity, yea every good path.f Discretion shall preserve thee, understanding shall keep thee, to deliver
a John xiy. 26. b Jer. xxxi. 33, 34. Hos. ii. 20. d Prov. i. 23. e Psalm xxv. 9, 12. 141 f Prov. ii. 4, 9, 11. 12, 13.
thee from the way of the evil man, from the mân that speaketh froward things; who leave the path of uprightness, to walk in the ways of darkness. The earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord.a
“ These that seek me early shall find me.b The fool shall not err. If any man will do his "will, he shall know of the doctrine whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself. The eyes of them that see shall not be dim, and the ears of them that hear shall hearken.d The heart also of the rash shall understand knowledge."e
When thou thinkest of the great mystery of GOD MANIFEST IN THE FLESH, and of one divine essence, and three persons, and seest thy own inability to conceive of this great God, apply, “They shall all know the Lord; the heart of the fool shall understand.”
When we fear God will not reveal his will to us, apply, “I will pour out my mind to you. He will teach the humble his ways; he will teach him the way he shall choose."
If thou fearest that, though God reveat his will, yet thy ignorance is such, as thou shalt noť be able to understand it, apply, “I will cause you to understand. Thou shalt understand judgment, righteousness, equity, and every good path.” If thou fearest men will draw thee away to
a Isa, xi. 9. b Prov. viii. 17. c Isa. xxxv. 8. d John vii. 17.
e Isa. xxxii. 3, 4.
error, apply, “Counsel shall preserve thee, and understanding shall keep thee, and deliver thee from the evil way, and from the man that speaketh froward things, and from them that leave the ways of righteousness, to walk in the ways of darkness. The fool shall not err ; he shall know the doctrine whether it be of God."
If thou desirest grace, and thy desires are not
“ Delight thyself also in the Lord, and he shall give thee the desire of thy heart.a
“He will fulfil the desires of them that fear him.b
“Open thy mouth wide and I will fill it.c “Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness, for they shall be filled.
“The desire of the righteous shall be granted.”e
Dost thou desire grace? Fearest thou God will not grant thy desire ? Apply, “He shall give thee thy heart's desire; he will fulfil thy desire."
Fearest thou, that if he give grace, it will be but a little ? Apply, “Open thy mouth wide, and I will fill it. Thou shalt be filled." “Blessed are all they which wait for him.
He will cers tainly have mercy upon thee, at the voice of thy cry; when he heareth, he will answer.”[
Psalm xxxvii. 4. b Psalm cxlv. 19. c Psalm lxxxi, 10. d Matt. v. 6. e Prov. x. 24. f Isa. xxx. 18, 19,