Abernathy - Houston-Packer Collection BX9178.A33 S4 1748 v.2

4;Í 90 Of Chriflian Fortitude. SEEM. couragement we have in * working out our. IV, own fàlvation with fiar and trembling, is, u v that God worketh in us both to will and to do of his own good pleafitre. Nothing, indeed, is more certain than the divine affiftance to men heartily difpos'd to perform their duty, which, inftead of fuperfeding the neceflity of their own endeavours, fhould animate their zeal, and excite them to induftry; as David in giving a charge to Solomon his fon, concerning that good work of building the temple, thus exhorts and encourages him, j arfe and be doing, and the Lord be with thee. Never is there the leaft countenance to a fupine negligence by the promife of di- vine aids, nor have men any reafon to expel that God will work their works in them and fir them, if they be wholly wanting to them - felves ; or that they(hall fie the jàlvation of God, if they fo Band Rill as to be idle, and do not call upon their fouls, and Ilk up all that is within them to a vigorous concurrence in improving every opportunity that prefents itfelf. The neceßity of this will appear, if we refle& on the conftitution of human nature, and the divine wifdom and condefcenfion in * Philipp, ii. 12, 13. -f i Chron. xxii. 16. ac*