Live in dependence upon Christ, in
the exercise of faith upon God in
Christ. Trust him in all, for all, with
all. Trust him with all your con-
cerns, for soul and body, for this life
and eternity, for yourselves and
posterity. Have confidence in him.
You can have no fellowship or inti-
macy with one in whom you have not
confidence. So far as you have fears,
doubts, suspicions, jealousy, distrust
of him, so far you will be estranged
from him. These will keep you off
from him, as from one whom you
cannot fully trust ; and will dis-
oblige him, and so keep him off from
you. These, so far as they prevail,
will occasion a mutual distance and
estrangement, which will not stand
with near and mutual fellowship.
When you find anything too hard
and difficult for you — sin, the world,
temptation, any spiritual duty, any
service — he calls you to commit your
way to him (Psa. xxxvii. 5). When
you find anything too heavy for you —
any want, affliction, suffering — when
it proves too burdensome, cast it
upon him. M Cast thy burden upon
the Lord, and he shall sustain thee"
(Psa. lv. 22). He will show the part
j> of an intimate friend, and put his
<j shoulder under, and not suffer thee
j> to shrink, to be moved, much less to
sink. When you are apt to be trou-
bled, perplexed, solicitous about any-
thing, cast that care upon him
(IPet. v. 7; Phil. iv. 6).
;> Those who have lived most in com-
> munion with God have lived most in
the exercise of faith; trusting him
with all they have, in all they fear,
for all they want. Walking in com-
munion with God is a walking by
faith, not by sense : not making sen-
sible objects, persons, or things,
their support and confidence; but
renouncing all confidence in the flesh,
or in the arm of flesh, or in those
things which a carnal heart has re-
course to for support. Rely on, and
stay yourselves upon God (Isa. 1. 10),
else you will walk in darkness, not
see your way to communion with
God, nor discern the comfort of it.
There is perfect peace and repose in
this communion ; but how may one
come by itP (See Isa. xxvL 3.) While
you stay yourselves on God, and go
leaning on him, you are near him, he
is near you, you are in fellowship <
with him. This is the posture of <
intimate friends ; thus they enjoy
one another; herein their commu-
nion shows itself. — ClarTcsoris Ser-
mons, a.d. 1696.
" My faith looks tip to thee,
Thou Lamb of Calvary,
Saviour Divine !
Now hear me while I pray ;
Take all my guilt away ;
Oh, let me from this day
Be wholly thine.
" May thy rich grace impart
Strength to my fainting heart,
My zeal inspire :
As thou hast died for me,
Oh may my love to thee
Pure, warm, and changeless
A living fire.
" While life's dark maze I tread,
And griefs around me spread,
Be thou my guide :
Bid darkness turn to day,
Wipe sorrow's tears away,
Nor let me ever stray
From thee aside."
RELIGIOUS TRACT SOCIETY,
56, PATERNOSTER ROW, AND 164, PICCADILLY.