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seeth the secret Humiliations of your Souls, will reward you openly before Men and Angels. * . . . . .

19 In summ, whatever you do, regard not so much the appearances of this present World; but in all your Aćtions have principally a respect to that which is to come. Be not oversolicitous to lay up a Treasure of Riches upon Earth, which a thonsand Acci

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Christian Religion indispensably requires: But if the principal Aim of your Life, be to secure a Treasure of Happiness in Heaven ; then will your Heart, also and JAffections be settled there. 22. Above all things therefore be sure to preserve this true judgment of the dif. ference of Thing; ; viz., That the Happiness of Heaven is the Treasure upon which your Hearts are to be fixed; and that the things of this World ought not to be too

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Bye, is to the Direction of the Body; so is this True judgment of Thing, to the State of the Soul. If the Eye beclear & pure,the wholebody will be enlighten’d and well guided: In like manner, if this True judgment of Things be kept pure and uncorrupted,

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23. But as on the contrary, if the Eye be dim and cloudy, the whole Body will be in the dark and without guidance: Even so if in this Matter, your judgment be vitiated and corrupted, the whole bent of the Soul will be erroneous and without diretiion : And how great is the Errour and Misery of such a State :

24. The Judgment and Affections of the Heart and Soul, cannot at once be fix’d and settled upon things of a different and contrary Nature. No Man can at the same time serve two Masters of contrary Dispo. sitions, but he must obey the one and neglect the other. Ye cannot be truly Religious, and sincere Servants of God; while your Hearts and Affections are too intent upon the things of this present World 2 25. Since therefore ye Gannot attend, wholly to two contrary things at once; let your main and princi. pal Intentions be always

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24 of No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon, *

25 Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your


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Creatures of God, which are of a lower Rank than you ; the Birds, Beasts, and Plants. Consider how God, without their foreseeing their own Wants, or being able to make any provision

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your body what ye shall put on ; is not the life more then meat, and the body then raiment 2

26 Behold the fowls of the air : for they sow not, neither do they reap, morgather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better then they P

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