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fing upon our endeavours, we take a right course to profper.'TisGods blessing maketh rich, and he addeib no forror with it, P10.10.22. 'Tis his blessing that giveth thee power to get wealth, Deut.8.18. It his bieffing be wanting, (which thou art not like 10 bave, except thou cravest it) all thy labours are to little purpose, Psal. 127. 1, 2. Excepe he blesse thee, 'iis in vain to rise early, to set up late, and eat the bread of carefulnesse, &c.

IV. In the management of thy Caling, labour to exercise these Graces,

1. Faith & affiance in the goodnesle of God; cafting chy self on his gracious promises and provi : dence in the use of lawful means; expecting succelle from him alone, according to thac of the Pialınist, Pfal

. 37.5. Commit thy way unto the Lord, trust also in him, and he shall bring it to paffe,

2. Moderation of affections : Benot over. eager, nor inordinately bent on chy worldly affairs. Remember our Saviours precept ; Let not your hearts be overcharged with surfetting, and drunkennesse and the cares of this life, Luke 21.34. Pursue not thy worldly busines with too much anxiety and fervour of mind.

3. Contentacion: Becontent with that partion (little or much) which God upon thy honest labours fhill plcase to allot thee, quietly acquiesce In his wife disposal.

4. Patience : Be not dismaid, neither fret

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nor repine at those crosses and troubles which befall thee,' in the way and course of thy calling; considering God doth often exercise his own dearest children with many afflictions.

V. Let noe thy particular calling too much incroach upon thy general: The world is of an in. croaching 'nature. 'Tis hard to converse with it, and not come into bondage to it. Worldly employments will be apt to justle ont Spiritual duties; if thou hast not a great care.

Now the true Christian should especially look to these iwo things.

1. That his worldly businesse do not eat up and devour that time which should be set apart (every day) for communion with God, and for the exercife of religious duties.

2. That his worldly employments do not blunt the edge of his affections to Spiritual things. Thou maist use the world, but cake heed of loving the world, i John 2.15,16. Love not the world, nei. ther the things that are in the world; if any mar love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh the lust of

the

eye, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of this world.

VI. Labour carefully to avoid the temptations that chy particular calling is most liable unto. Every calling and condition of life hath its peculiar templations. And a great deal of care and Christian prudence is required to foresee chem, and avoid

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them that so we be not infrared with them.

vil. In the mannaging of thy worldly affairs, endeavour to carry a Heavenly mind. Be often lifting up thy heart in Spiritual and Heavenly medications. Think how little it will profit thee, if thou shouldst gain the whole world, and loose thy soul.' Think how Godlines is profitable for all things, having the promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come, i Tim.4.8. Remenaber chou art buc a pilgrim, and a stranger here upon earch : Heaven is the proper Country of holy souls.

VIII. When succeß crowns thy faithful endeavours in thy calling, let God have all the Glory. If chou speed well, thrive, and proper, facrifice not to thy own net, to thy wit, parts, industry, or any second caufe ; but ascribe the Glory wholly to him, in whose hands alone it is to give sucsesse. I Thel.4.11. Study to be quiet, and do your own

basissesse, and to work with your own hands, as

we commanded you. V.12. That ye may walk honeftly towards them that are without, and that ye may have lack of

nothing 2 Thef. 3. 11, For we hear that there are fome

which walk among you disorderly, werking met at all, but are busie bedies. V.12. Now them that are such, we command

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and exhort by our Lord Fesus Christ, that with

quietnesse they work and eat their own bread. Prov. 18.9. He also that is slothful in his work,

is brother to him that is a great water. Prov. 21.17. He that loveth pleasure shall be a

poor man, he that loveth wine and oil shall not

be rich. Prov. 28.19. He that 'tilleth his land shall have

plenty of bread, but he that followeth after vain

persons shall have poverty enough. 1 Tim.5.8. But if any provide not for his oron,

and especially for those of his own house, he hath denied the Faith and is worse than an løfi.

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Prov.26.13. The Rothful man faith, there is a lion

in the way, a lion is in the streets.
V.14. As the door turneth upon bis hinges, so
doth the pothful upon

bis bed.
V.15. The pothful hideth his hands in his bosom,

it grieveth him to bring it again to his mouth. V.16. The Puggard is wifer in his own conceit,

tban seven men that can render a reason. Prov.6.6. Go to the Ant, thou suggard, consider

her waies and be wise. V.7. Which baving no guide, overseer, or ra

ler, V.8. Provideth her meat in the Summer, and

gathereth her food in the harvest. V.9. How long wilt thou neep, o luggard? when wilt thou arise out of thy peep.

V.10. Tet a little feep, a little Number, a little

folding of the hands to sleep. V.11. Sosballihy poverty come as one that travels

leth, and thy want as an armed man. Mat.25.26. His Lord answered and said unto him,

tbou wicked, and fotbful servant, &c. Pfal.128.1. Bleßed is every one that feareth the

Lord, that walketh in his wales. V.2. For thou shalt eat the labour of thine hands, happy sbalt thou be, and it shall be well with

thee. Prov.10.4. He becometh poor that dealeth with a

Jack hand; but the band of the diligent maketh

rich. Prov.22.7. The richruleth over the poor, and the

borrower is servant to the lender, Prov.31.27. She looketh well to the waies of her

bousehold, and eateth not the bread of idle

nelle, Epb.4.28. Let him that stole, Steal no more ; but

rather let him labour, working with his hands, the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth.

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