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Mofes and Aaron could not enter into the land of promise because of their anbelief, Num 20.12. And the Lord spake unto Moses and Aaron, because ye believe me not, to SemEtifie me in the eies of the children of Israel, therefore ye ball not bring this congregation into the land which I have given them. Zachary was struck dumb for not believing what God had revealed. Christ did. never chide his Disciples for any thing fo much as their belief. Luke 24.25. O ye fooles, and flow of heart to believe. And, why doubt ye oye of little Faith, Mar.8.26.

4. 'Tis a Pagan sh sin, as bur Saviour intimates, Mat.6. For Heathens to be full of carking and caring, is noc so much to be wondred at, but for us chac profesle co believe in God, that do acknowledge a particu. lar Providence, and believe the happineffe of another world, co be under the tyranny of distracting cares, anxiety, of mind, and thoughtfulneffe, (as if God had no carc of us) this is an exceeding unworthy carriage cowards God. Take heed cherefore of diftrs. Jing God, and overcharging thy felf wibshe cares of this life. Lec noc chy heart be 100 much fixed on any ching here below. Lay not these ourward things too muchto beari. And remember that chen cares are inordiMace, when they cause such a surmult soufnes,

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and unquietnesse in our thoughts, and affeti-
ons, chac reason is disturbed, and cannot al-
lay or compole chem: or when they exceed.
ingly hinder, or quite put us by the ducies we
ought to perforin to God; or lastly, when
they cause a finking, or dying in the heart,
(as Nabals heart is said to die within him)
when we are disappointed in that we were
so eagerly solicitous about. And therefore
our Saviour in Mat.6. bids us take no thought,
and repeats it three several times, as v.25.
Therefore I say unto you, take no thought for
your life, what ye shall eat, of what ye shall
drink, nor yet for your body, what ye shall put
om. V.31. Therefore take notbought, saying,
What shall we cai? or wbat Shall we driuks or
wherewithall fhall me be cloathed? V.34.
Take therefore no thought for the morrow : for
the morrow shall take thought for the things of
it felf, fufficient unto the day is the evil there
of.

Direction 5. Take heed of limiting God. t. Eicher to the time of fulfilling his promises, Or a. To the way; Faith doch got limit the holy One of Ifrael, co any set time, or any fet means, Do thy duty therefore, and refigne chy self to God; Commic chyself, and all concernments to his Fatherly carci and be not over-folicitous or perplexed about events. What ftrange difruftful language do che children of Israel use

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in Psal.78.20. Can the Lord prepare a table in the wildernes, can be give bread also ? Canbe provide fles for his people. And therefore ac W.41. What a black character is given of chem, Theyturned back, and tempted God, and limited the holy One of Israel. We must not prescribe to God, we must not go about to subject bis Providence to our direction, and prescribe what

shall do for our facisfaction. * Direction 6. Reflect upon the Lords past kindneffe, and gracious dealings with chee

. Consider how much God hath done for thee, and for others, that have trusted in him: and tha will tend very much to encourage thee fill to trust in him. The more experience and manifestation of Gods power and presence thou haft had, the greacer reason thou hast, to tast away all mbelief from thee. It exceedingly provoked God against Israel, that nocwithstandin; so many experiences of his power, yet still they distrusted him, Num.14.1. And the Lord said, unto Moses, how long will this people provoke me? And how long will it be ere they believe me? for all the signes I have showed among them. Bye. very experience we fhould grow up into a grea ter courage, and strength of Faich, as David drew inferences of hope against the presenc danger, from the lion and the bear, 1 Sam 17.36, Thy servant flew both the lion and the bear, and this uncircamcised Philistine shall be as one of them,

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feeing he hath defied the Armies of the living God.
Or as Paul said, 2 Cor.1.10. He bath, and doth,
and therefore will deliver. Who delivered us from
So great a death; and doth deliver ; in ophom we
trust that he will yet deliver 15. Christ was an-
gry with his Disciples for not remembriog the
miracle of the loaves, when they were in a like
straic again, Mat 16.9. Doge not yet understand,
neither remember the five loaves of the five thok.
fund, and how many baskets ye took up? God is
more angry with the unbelief of his children chan
of others, because they have more experience
of his love and care, and therefore that they
Thould distrusthiin chat never fail'd chem; is ye
ry ungracefull.
2. Cor. 5.7. For we walk by Faith, not by sight.
Hib.2.4. Behold his fout which is lifted up is not

upright in him, but the just shall live by bis

Faith.
Gal 2.20 I'am crucified with Christ, neverthen

leffe i live, yet not 1, but Christ liveth in ;
and the life wbich I now live in the flesh, I live
by the Faith of the Son of God, who loved me,
and gave himself

for me. Job.13.15. Though he lay me get will I trust in

him. Pfal.55.22. Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and

he shall sustain thee, be shall never suffer the righteous 10.be moved.

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i Cor.7.32. But I would have you without care

fulnej,&c. Phil 4.6. Be careful for nothing, but in every

ihing by praier and supplication, with thanksgi

ving let your requests be made known unto God. 1 Pec.5.7. Casting all your care upon him, for he 1 Cor.7.35. This I speak for your own profit that

you may attend upon the Lord without distracti.

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Psal.1 19.49. Remember the word unto thy servant,

upon which thou hast caused me to koße.pl Pfal.25.10. All the paths of the Lord, are percy

and truth to such as keep hip Covenant and his

Testimonies. Pfal.112.7. He shall not be afraid of evil tidings,

his heart is fixed trusting in the Lord. Pfal.89.33. Nevertheleffe my loving kindnes will

I not utterly take from him nor suffer my faithfulnes to fail. Píal.62.9. Surely men of low degree are vanity,

and men of high degree are a lie, to be laid in the ballance they are altogether lighter than va.

nity 2 Chron.54.8. And Afu had an army of men,

that bare targets, and speares, out of Fudah three hundred thousand, and out of Benjamin that bare shields, and drew bowes, two hunared and four score thorfand, all these were mighry men of valour.

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