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THE UNCONVERTED. 103 willingly; but yet' ' who will set the b1·iers and tho1-ns against me in battle~ I woitlr!_ go th1·ough them; I would bum them together. 01~ let him take hold cif my strength, that he may make peace with me." It • is an unequal combat for the briers and stubble to make war with the fire. And thus you see, who it is that calleth you, that would move you to hear his call, and turn: so con- ~ider also by what instruments, and how ofl:en, and how earnestly he doth it. 1. Every leaf of the blessed book of God hath, as it were, a voice, and calls out to thee, Turn, and live; turn, or thou wilt die. How canst thou open it, and read a leaf, or hear a chapter, and not perceive God bids thee turn? 2. It is the voice of every sermon that thou hearest: for what else is the scope and drift of all, but to call and persti.ade, and entreat thee for to turn. 3. It is the voice of many a motion of the Spirit that secretly speaks over these word's again, and mgeth thee to turn. 4. It is likely, sometime it is the voice of thy own conscience. Art thou not sometimes convinced that all is not well with thee? And doth not thy conscience tell thee th::tt thou must be a new man, · and take a new course, and often call upon thee to return? 5. It is the voice of the gracious examples of the godly. When thou seest them live a heavenly life, and f:ly fi·om the sin which is thy delight, this rea:lly calls on thee to turn. · .,, 6. It is the voice of all the works of God: for they also are God's books that teach thee this lesson, by showing thee his greatness, and wisdom, and goodness, and calling thee to observe them, and the Creator. Psalm xix. I, 2. "The heavens declare the glory of God, and the firmament showeth his handy work: day unto day uttereth speech, night unto night showeth knowledge." Every time the .sun riseth unto thee, it really calleth thee to