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stinet, they are like to have but a Dead force upon Souls.
"It is with the Children of our Brains, as of e our Bodies ; if they are not sanctify'd in the ( Womb, they rarely come fanctify'd into the • World. If we cannot say, Lord, let me
have no Children, rather than that they
should not be thine, we have little ground Sto assure our selves, that they will be his. ' Thus it is with the Ifue of our Minds. If
they are Conceiv'd in the Spirit, God will bring them home to the Souls which he has Loved ; there they will find the same Spi.
rit making way for them and closing in ' with them, as Tally answers to Tally, and ' they shall éffect the desired Good.
"But if it be said does not David com• plain, I was shapen in Wickedness, and in Sin
hath my Mother Conceived me? Whence
then can there be such a Holiness of Con. 'ception, if even so Holy a Person as David
had it not in his? It is true, the most Pious
Parents have Humane frailties, and nothing " is perfect on Earth. Who can say, he hath
made himself clean? Who can say his In' tention is so clear that the Eye of God can • discern no spot in it? But this is not expect.
ed by God from us, who knows whereof we are inade. In this case he accepts the De
fire of perfect sincerity, for perfect sincerity : ' it self. Humane nature is not free from " mixture; But if this mixture be not so great
as to darken the whole,and changethe Colour or Property of it, that is, that the main in
tent shou'd be for God's Service and Glory, I he graciously overlooks it, and accepts it for o perfect, more or less, according to the De• grees of this mixture. There will be some ' little sallies of self Complacency, some little
By Thoughts creeping in to glean among • God's fheaves, but if they be curb’d as soon 'as Discover'd, and the Intention again set ' right, the Work goes on orderly, and God " accepts and approves it.
• To conclude upon the whole. Can I think that any thing I do, will be able to do ' good to Souls, unless God give it his Blelling?
And will he Bless any thing that is not done ' wholly in his Fear, with an Eye continually ' looking up to him for his Guidance and Di
rection? Alas! How unhandy Creatures are we in God's Work, how apt to warp afide 'to worldly or self Ends ? It is not every for
wardness of our own to go on with his work, ' which we are to Eltcem a cail from him : " The more forward we are many times, the ' more of self Ends there is secretly lurking 'in the Bottom of our Hearts : But if I find 'my self at any time filled with a sincere
Zeal for God's Glory, and Pious Affecti'ons towards him, I may then go on with his
Work, he calls me co it: But if I find at 'any time the Esteem of Men, and the Plea: ' sure or good things of this world to have
a considerable Relish or Gust in my Mind, and by consequence my Heart not so tenderá ly Affected towards God (as it will necessarily follow) then let me not offer to put D 3
'my my Hand to his work, I shall pollute it. - And so if my Bodily Temper anfits me; as . God gives me other Work to do, according
to my Duty in my Station, then he calls me of from his Work by his Providence, and I ( must meekly submit to it, till he thinks fit
to give me leave to take it up again. He • thinks fit to put this Remora to it, this rub « in my way, and knows well why; And I (if "Trest satisfy'd in it) shall have the Pleasure ' and Glory another day, of knowing the 6 reason too.
And even in the midst of all our Confusi. ons and Dangers in this Kingdom in the Year 1689 Mr. Bunnell's Desires of being Employ'd in the Immediate Service of God continu'd the same as the following Prayer on his Birth Diy, November the 10h 1089 will sufficientJy new.
Thou hast granted me, O my Father, to ?be Burnen thai Day, in which those Words
of thy Dear Son are appointed for the Lesson, « Liame down froin Heaven not to do my own
JUill, but the Will of him that sent me. As if ! Thou did it delign me this in common with chini, lo be rent into the World in some kind & forchy Work, and on thy Errand : O that ! I may perform it in some measure with that ?Dulighi and Faithfulness which he did. O • Guide my war to it and assist me in it: And 5 let pię, Business I have so much long’d for,
the fervice of Souis, be the Work of my Life and Joy of my Mind, Amen.
During the late King James's Reign, Mr. His Behavi. Bonnell discharg'd his Office himself: And thoʻour in King he was one, whom the Party that then rul'd, James'sRe:. cou'd never hope to bring into their Interests; yet fo fully were they convinc'd of his Abilities and Faithfulness, that they never thought of removing him from his Employment: For such an openness and Sincerity shin'd in all his Actions, such unshaken Fidelity was his Rule and Guide, so known an Enemy was he to Faction and Intrigue; that he was not only free from Blame, but even Suspicion ; and the Enemies of his Religion Reverenc'd his Person.
He wanted not his fare of those Apprehensions, which the state of these Kingdoms (and of Ireland in particular) rais'd in the Minds of all true Protestants; He saw the Clouds gathering, and expected and prepar'd for a Storm : But the Effects which there threatning Dangers had upon him, were different from what they produc'd in the generality of Men. For, instead of being disinay'd at the prospect of them, initead of sinking inder a load of Fears, and despairing of Deliverance, he consider'd the true end and great benefit of Judgments; and what need most Churches have, of being awaken'd by Corre¿tions, who are too apt to be corrupted by Prosperity, and lulld a sleep by a long course of Peace and Safety. Therefore Writing to his Friend Mr. Strype, in the Year 1686, he expresses himself thus. "The Army is already chang'd, and God knows what an Effect
his Frances him and GOD 4
can Ecclesiastical Commission might produce s in the Church. I find our Church-men exspect it. Our Civil Officers depend on the
King's Pleasure; among the rest, my self. I
hope there is a happy time coming, of weed'ing the Church of Englard, and had rather, if it please God, bear my share in Suffer
ing, than that any scandalous Persons, shou'd ( make it part of their Character, to be of a
Church so truly resembling the Primitive, ( if it might be made happy with a quickening Diicipline.
All that Reign, his Thoughts 'were very much employ’d, in arming himself against those Dangers which he saw approaching, and preparing for the severelt Tryals. His Private Papers are full of excellent Prayers and Meditations, proper for a Devout Christianin times of Difficulty and Distress. And he seems to have then labour'd more, than at any time of his Life before, to disengage his Affections entirely from this World, and bring his Mind to such an Indifferency to it, that he might not be at all solicitous about his Fate here, but still be ready and willing to remove upon the first Summons. It was then his daily work to forlisy his Soul, with a noble Faith in God, with true Christian Courage and Bravery, and the firmest resolutions of Sacrificing Al, even Life it self, to God and his Duty, shou'd he be callid to it.
And that he was thus employ'd, the Two following Meditations (among many others of the same kind, which might be here Insert
e full werer