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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."