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him deny himself, and take up his Cross daily, and follow me, Luke ix. 23.
He that taketh not his Crofs, and fol loweth after me, is not worthy of me, • Matt. x. 38.
If thy right Eye offend thee, [that is, any Luft as dear as a right Eye] pluck it • out, and cast it from thee; for it is profit'able for thee, that one of thy Members 'fhould perifh, and not that thy whole Body fhould be caft into Hell, Matt. v. 29.
And if thy right Hand offend thee [that is, any Laft as dear as a right Hand] 'cut it off, and cast it from thee; for it is profitable for thee, that one of thy Members should perish, and not that thy whole Body should be caft into Hell, Matt. v. 30.
Enter ye in at the ftrait Gate, for wide is the Gate, and broad is the Way that leadeth to Deftruction, and many there be that go in thereat; because trait is "the Gate, and narrow is the Way which "leadeth unto Life, and few there be that • find it, Matt. vii. 13, 14.
• He that loveth Father or Mother more 'than me, is not worthy of me; and he that loveth Son or Daughter more than is not worthy of me, Matt. x. 37.
• Whofoever fhall be ashamed of me, and of my Words, of him fhall the Son of Man be afhamed, when he shall come ' in his own Glory, and in his Father's, and of the Holy Angels, Luke ix. 26.
Peter began to fay unto him, Lo, we have left all and followed thee. And Je• fus anfwered and faid, Verily I fay unto 6 you, there is no Man that hath left House, or Brethren, or Sifters, or Father, or Mother, or Wife, or Children, or Lands, for my Sake, and the Gospel's; but he shall receive an hundred-fold now in this Time, Houfes, and Brethren, and Sifters, ' and Mothers, and Children, and Lands, ' with Perfecutions; and in the World to
come, eternal Life, Mark x. 28, 29, 30. Whofoever will fave his Life, shall lofe it, but whofoever fhall lofe his Life for my Sake and the Gofpel's, the fame fhall fave it, Mark viii. 35.
• What shall it profit a Man, if he shall gain the whole World, and lofe his own Soul? Mark viii. 36.
This is the Will of God, even your Sanctification, 1 The. iv. 3.
• Blessed are they that do his Command'ments, that they may have Right to the Tree of Life, and may enter in through
'the Gates into the City (of the new Jeru'falem) Rev. xxii. 14.
• Grace and Peace be multiplied unto you through the Knowledge of God, and ' of Jefus Christ our Lord, that hath called us to Glory and Virtue; whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious Promises; that by these you might 'be Partakers of the Divine Nature, having efcaped the Corruption that is in the • World, through Luft,' 2 Pet. i. 2, 3, 4.
A Prayer in our Retirement after we are returned Home from the Lord's Table.
O Lord, my God! I acknowledge with
all Thankfulness of Heart, thy great Mercy and Goodnefs, in giving me an Opportunity of approaching thy Holy Table, and in difpofing my Mind to commemorate the infinite Love of my crucified Saviour, to render him Thanks and Praife for laying down his Life as a Sacrifice for the Sins of the World, and to prefent unto thee that Sacrifice, as a full Satisfaction for them, whereby thou doft incline me humbly to hope for all the Benefits of his Death and Paffion.
What Thanks, moft gracious God, can I return unto thy Divine Majefty, for impreffing a Senfe of my Duty upon my Mind, and for that Strength and Power whereby thou haft in fome Measure enabled me to perform it? I will praife and magnify thy great and glorious Name, and I will entirely devote myself to thy Service, as long as I have any Being.
Bleffed be thy Name for those fresh Supplies of Grace I have received; grant that they may make me run the Way of thy Commandments with Delight and Pleafure, that I may never any more faint or droop, or tire in my Duty.
Blessed be thy Name for thofe comfortable Affurances thou haft given me of Pardon and Forgivenefs. Let this thy com paffionate Goodnefs be a perpetual Obliga tion to Love and Gratitude. Let it put me upon my Guard, that I may watch over all my Ways, and do always that which is well-pleafing in thy Sight. of Lod
Bleffed be thy Name for that Peace and Quiet thou haft reftored to my Soul, for those Resolutions thou haft wrought in me to persevere in thy Service to the End of my Days: make them firm, vigorous, and
conftant; and never let any finful Paffions any more ruffle and difcompofe my. Mind.. Bleffed be thy Name for that Relifh thou haft given me of spiritual Delights; that Defire of poffeffing the eternal Inheritance: Let the Enjoyments of Senfe appear mean and contemptible, and let not the Pleafures of the World any more prevail upon me to tranfgrefs thy holy Laws.
Grant, O Lord, that I may walk worthy of these thy distinguishing Mercies, and live as becomes the Redeemed of the Lord. Without thee, O bleffed Jefus, I can do nothing; without thee, who art the Son of Righteoufnefs, I fhall walk in Darkness; without thee, who art the Physician of Souls, I fhall languish and die; without thee, who art the Joy of all devout Minds, I fhall confume my Days away in Sadness. Remain therefore, O Lord, and abide with me for ever: I fhall then be enabled to do thy Will in this Life, and thereby be qualified to partake of thy Glories to all Eternity in the next. Amen, Amen. 1724 [62 vs or buch wit