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ought not to have done? Am I seeking to be renewed day by day, by his Holy Spirit, that I may bring forth "the fruit of the Spirit," which is "love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance," the "crucifying of the flesh with the affections and lusts," and thus glorify my Heavenly father? Do I live in daily dependence upon God for every temporal and spiritual blessing, worship him in sincere, fervent prayer, as if I really wished for the things for which I ask, and as if I really valued the things for which I give thanks; and do I offer up my prayers in the Name of the one Mediator, Jesus Christ? Do I habitually read or hear the Holy Scriptures, and meditate upon His word, that I may be made "wise unto salvation, through faith which is in Christ Jesus," and be "thoroughly furnished unto all good works?"* Am I willing and wishful to have all my faults pointed out by it? Do I hallow the Sabbath, and observe it as

+ Gal. v. 22, 25. * 1 Tim. iii. 15, 17.


a day holy unto the Lord," whose sacred hours are not to yield to my own gain, or pleasure, or convenience, but in which I am to "honour God, not doing mine own ways, nor finding my own pleasure, nor speaking mine own words, on His holy day?" Do I devoutly attend upon the ordinances of His church, and worship Him there in spirit and in truth? Do I seek to profit by the hearing of His word, both read and preached, and as often as I have opportunity, resort to the Lord's Table, to renew the Covenant which God has graciously made with man, and into which I entered with Him at my baptism? And do I reflect upon these employments, upon the prayers I have offered I have offered up, and upon the

words which I have heard? Do I add watchfulness to my prayers, that I may be on my guard against every enemy of my soul within and without, and may live in the spirit of the prayers I offer up; and when I am betrayed by my own heart, and + Isaiah lviii, 13.

fall from any of the holy commandments of God, in thought, desire, word, or deed, does this humble me before God, and do I pray in Christ's name, that this sin may be forgiven, and that more strength may be given me from on high? And am I more watchful at present, and do I aim daily to "grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ?"* Am I zealous for the kingdom of Christ, and do I endeavour by means suited to my ability, and station, to promote its extension? Do I live in habitual expectation of His coming again to judgment, and seek to be always ready? Do I employ the time and the money which God has given me, as one that must render an account to Him? Do I watch against the love of ease and indolence, and seek to be diligent, as a servant of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart?

Has the Lord prospered me in my worldly circumstances? and am I thankful and do

* 2 Peter iii. 18.


I employ His gifts in such service of myself as is reasonable, and to the benefit of my fellow-creatures and the glory of the Giver? or, am I needy and afflicted? do I patiently submit myself to Him who "loveth whom he chasteneth,"* and seek to amend under every correction and trial, and have I learned" in whatever state I am, therewith to be content?" Do I seek my rest and happiness in God, and aim to be nothing, and to do nothing but what is pleasing in His sight?

Then again, as to the regulation of your own temper and affections, ask yourself, do I watch against all pride and vanity and self-conceit, and aim to be of a lowly mind before God, and humble, meek, and gentle in my conduct towards others, as a believer in Him who for our sakes "emptied himself of His glory and took upon Him the form of a servant, and being found in fashion as a man humbled Himself and became obedient unto Death, even the death of the Cross," as becomes a frail and imperfect Philipians ii. 6, 9.

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Hebrews xii. 6. † Philipians iv. 11.

creature, who has the remembrance of many sins in himself, and as one, who have nothing but what I have received from God* and as dependent upon Him for the continuance of every thing I enjoy? Do I labour to keep my body under, and bring it and all its appetites and passions into subjection, and to walk in habitual sobriety, temperance and chastity of thought, word and deed? Do I abstain from, and discountenance, all such amusements as have a tendency to draw away the heart from God and His service? Do I keep myself from that prevailing intoxication, and blindness of heart, under which the body, and temporal, and outward things are more thought of, than the soul, and spiritual, and eternal things? Do I look upon my mind and spirit as truly constituting myself, and the graces of Christian wisdom and a Christian life, as the peculiar ornament of man?

With regard to your neighbour, or all

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