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Lord not to delight in thee, apply, "I will delight in thee.”
If thou fearest thy sin will cause the Lord to hide himself from thee, apply, “I will show my own self unto him.
When thou feelest thy spiritual poverty.
“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.a
"To him will I look, saith the Lord, that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembleth at my
When thou feelest thy sins many, and thy graces very few, and therefore fearest that such a miserable creature as thou art, shall not inherit heaven, apply, "Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”
If thou fearest the Lord will not look upon thee, apply, “To him will I look, saith the Lord, that is of a contrite spirit.”
When thou art in a strait.
When thou art in a strait, either in some truth, or in something that is to be done, and thou knowest not what to choose, apply,“ Him shall he teach in the way that he shall choose; his soul shall dwell at ease.c “In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he a Math v. 3. b Isa. Ixvi. 2. c Psalm xxv. 12, 13.
shall direct thy paths :a Commit thy works unto the Lord, and thy thoughts shall be established.b
“And thine ear shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left.
“The Lord shall guide thee continually.d
“I will cause them to walk by the rivers of water, in a straight way, wherein they shall not stumble."
When thou doubtest of some truth, apply, “He shall teach him the way that he shall choose, his soul shall dwell at ease. Thine ears shall hear a voice behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk in it. I will direct thy way in truth."
When thou art thinking what course to take, and fearest thou shalt not know what the Lord would have thee to do, apply, “Thy thoughts shall be directed, he shall direct thy ways."
When thou fearest thy weakness will at some times carry thee astray, apply, “The Lord will guide thee continually; the Lord will lead thee in a straight way, that thou shalt not stumble.”
a Prov. ii. 6. b Prov. xvi. 3. c Isa. xxx. 21. d Isa. Iviii. 11. e Isa. Ixi. 8. f Jer. xxxi. 9.
If thou fearest satan will cause thee to fall, and art
troubled with his temptations.
“He shall bruise his head:12—Therefore fear not, for Christ hath overthrown all his power and subtilty, that he cannot do us any harm.
“Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler. He shall cover thee with his feathers; and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.b
“The God of peace shall bruise satan under your feet shortly.”
Doth satan press thee with strong temptations, and fearest thou his power ? Apply, “He shali bruise his head. He will cover thee under his wings, and thou shalt be safe under his feathers; his strength shall be thy buckler.”
Fearest thou his subtilty ? Apply, “He shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and bruise his head,” wherein lie all his powers and plots.
If thou canst not profit by the word of God, or by
his works of mercy, or afflictions. “ I am the Lord thy God which teacheth thee to profit, who leadeth thee to the way that thou shouldest go.
“The kingdom of God shall be taken from
a Gen. iii. 15. d Isa. xlviii. 17.
b Psalm xci. 3, 4.
c Rom. xvi. 20.
you, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof.a
This is a promise that the Gentiles shall bring forth the fruit of the gospel; therefore every believing Gentile may apply it.
If thou findest thyself unlike God's people, either in
heart or life.
"I will give them one heart and one way." When thou seest thine heart not like the
people of God, either in their affection to God, or his people, or ordinances, or in their sorrowing for sin, apply, “I will give them one heart.”
When thou seest thy life and conversation not so holy as the people of God, apply, “I will give them one way.”
If thou wouldest have God's blessing rest ироп thee,
“ The Lord will bless the righteous.
“He shall receive the blessing from the Lord, and righteousness from the God of his salvation.
“ The Lord will bless us, he will bless the house of Aaron. He will bless them that fear the Lord, both small and great.”g
a Matt. xxi. 43. b Jer. xxxii. 39. c Psalm v. 12 d Deut. vii. 13. e Psalm iji. 8. f Psalm xxiv. 5. g Psalm cxv. 12, 13.
If thou wouldest be a blessing in thy place.
“I will bless thee, and thou shalt be a blessing. I will make them about my hill a bless
If thou separatest thyself from the wicked in their
corrupt worship and manners.
“I will dwell in them and walk in them, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people: Wherefore come oạt from among them; and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch'not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, and I will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.”
OF THE MEANS OF GRACE.
A promise to be applied in every ordinance. “With joy shall you draw water out of the wells of salvation."d
Now in that it is said, out of the 'wells' of salvation, and not "well, I think we ought to apply
a Gen. xij. 2. b Ezek. xxxiv. 26. c 2 Cor. vi. 16, 17, 18. d lsa. xii. 3.