When I call to mind that in me, "that is, in my flesh, dwelleth no good thing;" when I stand convinced, (as I do most fully, blessed be God the Holy Ghost, for having exercised his gracious office in my soul, to this gracious effect,) that though renewed in the spirit of my mind, yet in that unrenewed part of myself, which is hastening to the grave, every member is virtually all sin; when I know that never did sin break out in acts of open wickedness, in any son or daughter of Adam, but that the seeds of the same sin are in me and my nature; I long not only to know, but always to keep in remembrance by what means, and from what cause it is, that those seeds do not ripen in my heart, as well as in others; that while corrupt nature is the same in all, it is restrained in me, while so many of my fellow-creatures, and fellow-sinners, fall a prey to temptation. Blessed Spirit! the merciful scripture of the evening answers the important question. They who are kept, "are kept by the power of God, through faith unto salvation." Here is the solution of the whole subject. With what humbleness of soul, then, ought every child of God to fall down before the throne of grace, under the deepest sense of distinguishing love, in the consciousness that it is divine restraint, and not creature merit, which maketh all the difference. Help me, Lord, to go humble all my days, in this view, and let it be my morning thought, as well as my mid-day and evening meditation, that I am kept by thy power, through faith unto salvation. Almighty Father, help me to be living upon thy faithfulness in the covenant of grace, established and sealed as it is in the blood of thy dear Son, that "thou wilt not" turn away from me to do me good; and that thou wilt put thy fear in my heart, that! shall not depart from thee. - Jer, xxxii. 40. Precious Lord Jesus! give me to rest also upon an union with thee, a communication of grace fromthee, and a participation in thee, in all the blessings of thy redemption. Surely! am the purchase of thy blood, and thou hast said," thy sheep shall never perish, neither shall any pluck them out of thine hand."- John x. 28. And Oh! thou blessed Spirit of all truth, be thou to me an indwelling security from sin, to keep me from falling, and to preserve me faultless in Jesus, until the day of his coming. Make my body thy temple, and cause me, by thy sweet constraining love, to "glorify God in my body, and in my spirit, which are his. "- 1 Cor. vi. 20.From the POOR MAN'S MORNING AND EVENING PORTIONS.
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