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ed thee; and when thou passest, through the water (of temptation), the rivers shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire (of tribulation), thou shalt not be burnt; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee. Is. 43. For who is he that will harm thee, if thou be a follower of that. which is good? But and if thou sufferest for righteousness sake, happy art thou; and be not afraid of their terror, neither be troubled; but sanctify the Lord God in thy heart. 1 Pet. 3, 13. 14.

Oh beloved pilgrim and fellow traveller to the regions of life! Should not the sweet and precious promises of God in Christ Jesus animate and encourage us to pursue our journey with assiduity, and to fight with alacrity the fight of faith? When the corrupt and anti-christian world is enraged at and calumniates us, pointing the finger of scorn and treating us with ignominy, let us ever reflect upon the words of Christ: Blessed are ye when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely for my sake; rejoice and be exceeding glad; for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you. Matt. 5, 11. 12.

Now, what do we desire more than that our reward should be great in heaven? Are we then willing to seek our reward here on earth in the enjoyment of a dissolute, sumptuous and magnificent life?

O, should we not gladly leave this licentious, carnal, honorable and sensual life to those who shall be tormented in another world, (Luke 16.) and patiently submit ourselves to reproach, as knowing that our reward is great in heaven.

All those, who have come out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb, are there before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple: and he that sitteth on the throne shall dwell among them. They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more; neither shall the sun light on them, nor any heat; for the Lamb, which is in the midst of the throne, shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes. Rev.7.

Now, faithful soul, who livest under the cross, is not this sufficient to render the yoke of Christ easy and his burden light? Or art thou desirous of hearing more of the heavenly life of the triumph

ant soldiers of Christ, that thou mayest be encouraged and animated in thy journey? Well then, hear what the Spirit saith to the churches:

To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God. Rev. 2, 7.

Fear none of these things which thou shalt suffer behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life. He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death. Verses 10, 11.

To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it. Verse 17.

And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations; and he shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers; even as I received of my Father; and I will give him the morning star. Verses 26, 27, 28.

He that overcometh, the same shall be

clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father and before his angels. Chap. 3, 5.

Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is the new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name. Verse 12.

To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame and am set down with my Father in his throne. Verse 21,

I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end: I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely. He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son. Chap. 21, 6. 7.

O serious inquirer! Is not thy heart replete with rapture in the contemplation of these heavenly promises? Yes, thou repliest, if I could only be made partaker of them; but I am so insignificant, so poor and despicable, that I fear I may at last be rejected. I answer: Come as thou art;

cast thyself down in thy humility at the feet of thy Saviour; bring neither money nor recompense, but surrender thyself unconditionally, that he may display his boundless mercy towards thee: hear now, all that is divine calleth upon thee: the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take of the water of life freely. Chap. 22, 17.

Now, faithful soul, contemplate all these heavenly promises, consider that God has tendered thee more than thou canst ask. What now is the language of thy heart? Art thou fully determined in thy humility to follow Christ under the cross? Art thou now willing to take the doctrine and conduct of Christ for the rule of thy life? Art thou willing now, not only to reign with Christ, but also to suffer with him? Answerest thou with Peter, Lord, to whom shall I go? thou hast the words of eternal life. John 6, 68. Well then, if such is thy mind, dismiss thy diffidence, discard thy manfearing spirit, and confess, by word and deed, the Lord Jesus in the midst of an adulterous and sinful generation; let thy speech be always with grace,

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