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dersfield sinners are not quite so hard as that, yet; so that I am behind my Lord, and not by his side, in this matter! Jesus aimed at souls, not popularity. He hazarded, indeed, a shower of stones; but, in doing so, he adorned his diadem with many immortal gems. Having gained his object, he quietly avoided the storm; stopping for a moment to give sight to a blind man. blows nobody good; the threatened stone-shower brought eyesight to the blind man.

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THE following chapter will lead the reader into the onward movement of the revival.

Jan. 14, Tuesday. - Yesterday busy in writing most of the day. Felt the effects of the Sabbath's labor in confusedness of brain and absence of gladness from the heart. Walked out in the afternoon, and the tired heart threw off its weight of care, regained its elasticity, and praised God aloud. "Faith quickens and love sweetens every duty," said an old Christian. That was my experience. But joy, like sunshine, brightens everything. It is, besides, a sort of spiritual delight, which bears the soul onward, like a ship before the wind. My soul felt very humble, however, and small, and unworthy-even a blessedness in being little in the world, and in self-estimation. Returned glad in heart, and refreshed, but trying to gird on the armor for this week's fight. There were ten or twelve saved last


Jan. 15. — A gracious season last night to believers. I spoke on the cultivation of religious principle, to aim at pleasing God in everything,-"one desire and one aim, entire devotion to God," as Mr. Wesley expressed it, or, as a divine in Switzerland defined it, "It is to submit one's life to a single principle and one's conduct to a single

impulse." Our world has one sun, and it answers every purpose; any more would be an inconvenience. A millwheel has one motive-power, turning it in one direction, and so there is harmony among the machinery within; but two motive-powers, driving in contrary directions, would create disorder, retard business, and strain and damage everything.

One motive-power for the soul! a constant, steady aim at pleasing God in every thought, word and action! Then, as Dr. Chalmers happily says, "there is the well-going machinery of a well-conditioned soul, and principles in full. consenting harmony with the laws of eternal rectitude." But a second motive-power, turning the soul to selfpleasing, and devil-pleasing, and world-pleasing, sets all the soul out of gear:

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Many felt the truth, and took higher ground in Christian principle-to aim at pleasing God in everything, and to seek all their happiness in him; which is, in fact, nothing less or more than practical and experimental Christianity, through faith in Christ Jesus. A large number were saved.

Ten o'clock, P. M.-To-night I delivered a temperance address in the Philosophical Hall. A great crowd, a stirring time, but the place like an oven. England has been called "a reservoir of strong drink." Well, there will be fewer by several hundreds to drink from it, after this night. It is hard coping with the drinking customs of this country, in the church as well as outside. But the principles of the temperance reformation are taking deep root; despite of opposition, they are making themselves to be felt. The old citadel had a shaking to-night; several of the moderation outposts and bastions crumbled and surrendered.

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Jan. 16. An adoring state of mind, which some, in old times, supposed to be the highest love. It is, certainly, a sweet state of soul,- full of gratitude, love, contentment, humility, and decided happiness,-a sort of quit-rent one pays to the Author of all our blessings. It is the duty we pay to Heaven on our goods. He who avoids the duty is a smuggler, and risks all his merchandise. There are many smugglers now-a-days, and many forfeitures. It costs some all they possess; and some lose their health, and others their lives, by running their goods through Immanuel's land without paying the duties. Sinners do not or will not understand, and wonder at the severity of God's government towards them. Professors are often in trouble for their neglect. God will have his revenues, or resume his property. "She did not know that I gave her corn, and wine, and oil, and multiplied her silver and gold, which they prepared for Baal."- Hosea 2: 8. Ah! Baal received the revenues that belonged to God, just as the world and Satan receive them now! What does the Lord resolve upon? "Therefore will I return and take away my CORN in the time thereof, and my WINE in the season thereof, and will recover my wooL and my FLAX given to cover her nakedness.' Hosea 2: 9. Remarkable language! Those who think God cares little for this world, because of its insignificance, are greatly mistaken. Sooner or later they will find this out, to their sorrow. Think of this, O my soul, and be much in doxologies! Amen. In order to this, let me hold fast to CONTENTMENT; it is a buoyant, light-hearted, yet profound emotion-more of a habit of mind than an emotion, perhaps; but it is as full of sweet sensibility to one's happy condition, as of rest and quietness of mind. A contented mind may be likened to a stanch ship, which, though tossed among the waves, is


buoyant and unhurt. Discontent is like a leak- it sinks the ship, the poor heart, till all the waves go over it, and it sinks down, down into the abyss of misery. It is economy to pump out discontent as speedily as possible, but better economy never to let it in.

Ahab called Elijah "a troubler of Israel," falsely; but discontent is a real soul-troubler. It brings troubles, frequently, "not singly, but in battalions." It grieves the Holy Spirit. It arrests the kind designs of Providence. It tempts the soul to plan for itself, to say, I know better than Providence seems to know what is best for me. Discontent would not allow the soul of one to hearken to that piece of good advice,-"The man who thinks he can manage his affairs himself better than Providence seems to be managing them has as much lost his wits as his faith; he might as well take upon himself to govern the world!”— but no; he would carve for himself, and cut his fingers! and so he entered "Disappointment's school, amidst the wreck of IS, and the wreck of WAS, things incomplete, and purposes betrayed; with sad fears, swayed by sorrow and plenitude of ill." And what is this, O my soul, but the history of thousands in epitome?

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Discontent vitiates PRAYER. Its requests are often granted in anger, and no good comes of them. "Give me children, or I die," cried discontented Rachel. Her request was granted, but it cost her life. "O that Ishmael might live before thee!" prayed Abraham. The boy lived, grew to be a man; but Abraham had little comfort from Ishmael. He became a man of strife. His hand was against every man, and every man's hand was against him.

There was weeping in the tents of Israel, and murmuring. They were discontented with the manna, the heavenly manna, and longed for flesh, and looked back towards

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