A System of Practical Duties, Moral and Evangelical; Rev and Corr
General Books LLC, 2010 - 180 pages
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1760 Excerpt: ... ject in our Minds, and consider (as far a4 Words can convey the Idea) what it is to see and to converse with God, the Reflection would naturally arise, that we ought to purify ourselves, even as he is pure. To which Purpose it will be necessary, 3. To be earnest and importunate in our Prayers, that he would not lead us into Temptation, but keep us From such Objects, as are apt to kindle evil Thoughts, and would restrain the great Enemy of Souls from suggesting any: Above all, that he would send his Blessed Spirit to our Aid and Assistance; to enlighten our Understandings, to purify our Affections, and to fix it indelibly upon our Minds, that to be carnally minded is Death, but to be spiritually minded is Lise and Peace. 7. Of Heavenly-Mindedness. TH E R E are two Senses, wherein the Word Heaven may be taken, either for the State of another Life in general, or for the particular Glory and Happiness of that State. In the former of these Senses, Heavenly-Mindedness implies our perpetual Remembrance of our Mortality; our having a constant Prospect into the other World, which must be our final Home, and stedfastly looking beyond the Limits of Time, to the Fastness of Eternity; our dwelling, in short, on the Meditation of the four' last Things, Heaven, Hell, Death, and Judgment; how great they are in their Consequence, how certain in their Event, and how near in their Approach; and, in Consideration of this, always waiting, and preparing ourselves for this great and important Change. In the latter Sense of the Word, Heavenly-Mindedness implies our Contemplation of the infinite Perfection of the Divine Essence, and the inconceivable ceivable Happiness of those, who shall enjoy the Communications of his Blessedness. It is to meditate upon, and have always in View, ...
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