Baxter - BV4831 84 F3 1830

Chap. 12.] LIFE UPON EARTH. an antipathy between this sin and God, that thou wilt never get thy heart near him, nor get him near thy heart, as long as this prevaileth in it. If it cast the angels out of heaven, it must needs keep thy heart from heaven. If it cast our first parents out of paradise, and separated between the Lord and us, and brought his curse on all the creatures here below, it will certainly keep our hearts from paradise, and increase the cursed separation from our God. Inter- course with God will keep men low, and that lowliness will promote their intercourse. When a man is used to be much with God, and taken up in the study of his glorious attributes, he abhors himself in dust and ashes; and that self abhorrence is his best preparative to obtain admittance to God again. Therefore, after a soul-humbling day, or in times of trouble, when the soul is lowest, it useth to have freest access to God, and savor most of the life above. The delight of God is in " him that is poor, and of a con- trite spirit, and trembleth at his word ;" and the delight of such a soul is in God; and where there is mutual delight, there will be freest admittance, heartiest welcome, and most frequent converse. But God is so far from dwelling in the soul that is proud, that he will not admit it to any near access. " The proud he knoweth afar off;" "God re- sisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.'? A proud mind is high in conceit, self - esteem, and carnal aspiring; a humble mind is high indeed, in God's esteem, and in holy aspiring. These two sorts of high- mindedness are most of all opposite to each other, as we see most wars are between princes and princes, and not between a prince and a ploughman. Well, then, art thou a man of worth in thy own eyes ? Art thou delighted when thou hearest of thy esteem with men, and much dejected when thou hearest that they slight thee ? Dost thou love those best that honor thee, and think meanly of them that do not, though they be otherwise men of godliness and honesty? Must thou have thy humors fulfilled, and thyjudgment be a rule, and thy word a law to all about thee? Are thy passions kindled, if thy word or will be crossed ? Art thou ready to judge hu- mility to be sordid baseness, and knowest not how to sub- mit to humble confession, when thou hast sinned against God, or injured thy brother? Art thou one that lookest strange at the godly poor, and art almost ashamed to be