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AND SMOKING FLAX. 55 God only wise. 'Ve must therefol'e walk by his light, and not by the blaze of our own fire. God must light our cand1e, or we are likely to abide in darkness. Those sparks which are not kindled from heaven, are not strong enough to keep us from lying down in sorrow, though they make a greater blaze and shew than the light from above. As mad men do greater things than sober, but by false strength; so the excess of these men's joy ariseth from false light. " The ·candle of the wicked shall be put out." The light that some men have is like lightning, which after a sudden flash, leaveth them more in darkness. Thev can love the light as it shines, but hate it as it discovers and directs. A little holy light will enable us to keep Christ's word, and not to betray religion and deny his name, a.s he speaketh of the church of Philadelphia. Rev. iii. 8. 4 , Where this fire is, it will separate things of diverse natures, and shew a difference between things, as gold and dross, It will separate between flesh and spirit, and shew that this is of nature, this of grace. All is not bad in .a bad action;