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• It is with the Children of our Brains, as of our Bodies ; if they are not sanctify'd in the | Womb, they rarely come sanctify'd into the r World. If we cannot say, Lord, let me

have no Children, rather than that they should not be thine, we have little ground to assure our felves, that they will be his. Thus it is with the Ilue of our Minds. If they are Conceiv’d in the Spirit, God will bring them home to the Souls which he has

Loved; there they will find the same Spi• rit making way for them and closing in

with them, as Tally answers to Tally, and they shall effect the desired Good.

But if it be said does not David complain, I mas fhapen in Wickedness, and in Sin hath my Mother Conceived me? Whence then can there be such a Holiness of Conception, if even so Holy a Person as David had it not in his? It is true, the most Pious Parents have Humane frailties, and nothing

is perfect on Earth. Who can say, he hath (made himself clean? Who can say his In

tention is so clear that the Eye of God can discern no spot in it? But this is not expect. ed by God from us, who knows whereof we are made. In this case he accepts the Desire of perfe&t fincerity, for perfect sincerity

it felf. Humane nature is not free from "mixture; But if this mixture be not so great

as to darken the whole,and changethe Colour or Property of it, that is, that the main in

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tent shou'd be for God's Service and Glory, he graciously overlooks it, and accepts it for

perfect, more or less, according to the De• grees of this mixture. There will be some • little fallies of self Complacency, some little By Thoughts creeping in to glean among • God's leaves, but if they be curb'd as soon

as Discover'd, and the Intention again fet right, the Work goes on orderly, and God accepts and approves it.

• To conclude upon the whole. Can I ' think that any thing I do, will be able to do good to Souls, unless God give it his Blesling? And will he Bless any thing that is not done wholly in his Fear, with an Eye continually looking up to him for his Guidance and Direction ? Alas! How unhandy Creatures are we in God's Work, how apt to warp aside to worldly or self Ends? It is not every forwardness of our own to go on with his work, which we are to Estcem a cail from him : The more forward we are many times, the more of self Ends there is secretly lurking ' in the Bottom of our Hearts : But if I find

my self at any time filled with a sincere 'Zeal for God's Glory, and Pious Affecti

ons towards him, I may then go on with his ' Work, he calls me to it: But if I find at

any time the Esteem of Men, and the Plea. sure or good things of this World to have

a considerable Relish or Gult in my Mind, ' and by consequence my Heart not so tendera

ly Affected towards God (as it will necessarily follow) then let me not offer to put

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my Hand to his Work, I shall pollute it.

And so if my Bodily Temper nnfits me; as < God gives me other Work to do, according ?to my Duty in my Station, then he calls me ' of from his Work by his Providence, and I " must meekly submit to it, till he thinks fit

to give me leave to take it up again. He • thinks fit to put this Remora to it, this rub

in my way, and knows well why; And I (if 'Trest satisfy'd in it) shall have the pleasure ' and Glory another day, of knowing the reason too.

And even in the midst of all our Confusions and Dangers in this Kingdom in the Year 2689 Mr. Binnell's Desires of being Employ'd in the Immediate Service of God continu'd the fame as the following Prayer on his Birth Diy, Noven.ber the 14th 1089 will sufficientJy shew.

Thou hast granted me, O my Father, to be Burnen thai Day, in which those Words ! ofthy Dear Son are appointed for the Lesson,

I i ame down froin Heaven not to do my own

Will, but the will of him that sent me. As if 'Thou didit delign me this in common with

him, to be sent into the World in some kind

for thy Work, and on thy Errand : O that "I may perform it in some measure with that

Dulighi and Faithfulness which he did. O • Guide my was to it and assist me in it: And " let the Business I have so much long'd for,

the fervice of Souis, be the Work of my Life and Joy of my Mind, Amen.

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During the late King James's Reign, Mr. His Behavi. Bonnell discharg’d his Office himself: And tho’our in King he was one, whom the Party that then ruld, James's Reign. cou'd never hope to bring into their Interests; yet so fully were they convinc'd of his Abilities and Faithfulness, that they never thought of removing him from his Employment: For such an openness and Sincerity snin'd in all his Actions, such unshaken Fidelity was his Rule and Guide, so known an Enemy was he to Faction and Intrigue; that he was not only free from Blame, but even Suspicion ; and the Enemies of his Religion Reverenc'd his Person.

He wanted not his share of those Apprehensions, which the state of these Kingdoms (and of Ireland in particular) rais'd in the Minds of all true Protestants; He saw the Clouds gathering, and expected and prepar'd for a Storm : But the Effects which these threatning Dangers had upon him, were different from what they produc'd in the generality of Men. For, instead of being disinay'd at the prospect of them, initead of sinking under a load of Fears, and despairing of Deliverance, he confider'd the true end and benefit of Judgments; and what need most Churches have, of being awaken’d by Corrections, who are too apt to be corrupted by Prosperity, and lulld a seep by a long course of Peace and Safety. Therefore Writing to his Friend Mr. Strype, in the Year 1686, he expresses himself thus. • The Army is already chang'd, and God knows what an Effect

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can Ecclesiastical Commission might produce

in the Church. I find our Church-men expect it. Our Civil Officers depend on the King's Pleasure; among the rest, my self. I hope there is a happy time coming, of weeding the Church of Englar.d; and had rather, if it please God, bear my hare in Suffer

ing, than that any scandalous Persons, shou'd I

make it part of their Character, to be of a

Church so truly resembling the Primitive, 'if it might be made happy with a quickening { Discipline.

All that Reign, his Thoughts were very much employ'd, in arming himself against those Dangers which he saw approaching, and preparing for the severest Tryals. His Private Papers are full of excellent Prayers and Meditations, proper for a Devout Chriftianin times of Difficulty and Distress. And he seems to have then labour'd more, than at any time of his Life before, to disengage his Affections entirely from this world, and bring his Mind to such an Indifferency to it, that he might not be at all folicitous about his Fate here, but still be ready and willing to remove upon the first Summons. It was then his daily work to fortify his Soul, with a noble Faith in God, with true Christian Courage and Bravery, and the firmelt resolutions of Sacrificing Al, even Life it self, to God and his Duty, shou'd he be call’d to it.

And that he was thus employ’d, the Two following Meditations (among many others of the same kind, which might be here Insert

ed)

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