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and received into his presence, is the only effectual preparation. To this, if your strength and senses permit, add serious warnings and exhortations to all around you, to be “ ready also,” for they know not when their time shall come.
10. Finally, if you find your health restored, and your release from confinement approaching ; “ con“ sider” that you are returning to the converse and business of a world full of snares and temptations; and, with serious apprehensions of the consequences, by earnest prayers commit yourself to the keeping of divine grace, that the world, the flesh, and the devil may not prevail against you. Leave the hospital or your sick room“ with fear
of God which are upon you, and return again to sinful practices. Not only return thanks to your kind benefactors, or formally in some place of worship; but let it be your first business, in secrecy and seriousness, and also in your family if you have one, to render thanks to God for his inercies, to beg his grace to enable you to make suitable returns, and to supplicate his blessing upon the instruments of his goodness. Like Hezekiah after his sickness, and the man whom Christ healed and afterwards found in the temple, let the house of God be the first place you go to Make a daily practice of reading the scriptures seriously and attentively: begin and end each day with fervent prayer; avoid ungodly company, as you would persons infected with the plague : dread, and pray against, temptations
: Read John v.
to sin : be sure to hallow the whole Lord's day, and attend on every means of grace: that you may “sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto you." And may the Lord make these few plain pages the means of your everlasting salvation, through Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour! Amen.