The Advices and Meditations

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General Books LLC, 2009 - 112 pages
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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. 1825. Excerpt: ... SECT. III. First, Prosperity, success, and the increase of outward enjoyments, are to grace what fire is to gold. Riches and honours make trial of what we are; and by'these things many a false heart has been detected, as well as the sincerity and eminency of other graces discovered. We may fancy the fire of prosperity to. be rather for comfort than trial, to refresh us rather than to prove us, but you will find prosperity to be a great discoverer, and that scarce any thing proves the truth and strength of men's graces and corruptions more than that doth. Says Bernard, " To find humility with honour, is to find a phoenix." Let an obscure person be lifted up to honour, and how steady and well composed soever he was before, it is a thousand to one but his eyes will dazzle, and his head run round, when he is upon the lofty pinnacle of praise and honour, Prov. xxvii. 21. "As the fining-pot for silver, and the furnace for gold, so is a man to his praise."--Put the best gold into the fining-pot of praise, and it is a great wonder if a great deal of dross do not appear, Isa. xxxix. 2. The vain glory of good Hezekiah rose, like a froth or scum upon the pot, when heated by prosperity. It was such a finingpot to Herod, as discovered him to be dross itself. Acts xii. 23. How did that.poor worm swell, under that trial, into the conceit of a God, and was justly destroyed by worms, because he forgat himself to be one! We little think, what a strange alteration an exalted estate will make upon our spirits. When the prophet would abate the vain confidence of Hazael, who could not believe that ever he should be turned into such a savage beast as the prophet had foretold, he only tells him, The Lord hath shewed me, that thou shalt be king, over Syria, 2 Kings, viii. 13. The...

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