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loofed your heart from all other lords and lovers, and joined your heart unto him as the Lord your God, the Lord your captain, the Lord your righteousness, the Lord your strength, the Lord your falvation? The Lord thy God will put out the nations before thee. Now, the heartdrawing discovery of Christ, uniting the foul to him, is a great matter ; for thus the believer is unite to Christ by faith, and the relation constitute, fo as he is the Lord thy God, thy Head. Indeed a saving discovery of God in Christ, natively brings this along with it: if you fee not God in Christ, you cannot see him to le thy God, but rather thy enemy; but to see him in Chrift, is to see him thy God, and thy friend : for they that see him in Chrift, they see him in whom he is well. pleased; and to see God well-pleased in him, is to see God as thy God. This appropriation, then, is imported in the very nature of faith, according to the measure of it; and the ground of this believing appropriation is the word of promise, I will be thy God; which is the great fundamental promise; and the proper echo of faith is, AMEN; I will take it on thy word, that thou wilt be my God, Zech. xiii. 9. “ I will say, It is my people ; and they thall say, The Lord is my God.” There the Spirit of God declares what shall be the language
of faithi, when it acts like faith indeed, The Lord is my God. But, say you, can every believer say, The Lord is my God? My friends, I never thought that every believer could say so, nor that any believer in the world could always say fo: but as every believer is not always believing ; fo I speak of what faith says when it is acting, and what the believer says when he is believing, not when he is doubting and misbelieving. Neither do I think that every act of faith is a faying exprefly, He is my God; but every appropriating act of faith faj's this upon the matter, and every heart-engaging view of a God in Christ hath a my God wrapt up in the bosom of it, whether it dare say it expresly or not; for, in Christ, they see him to be a well-pleased God, and a friend. You know, saving faith is thy “receiving and resting * on Christ for falvation, as he is offered to tbee, to ' thee in the gospel-promile ;' and this receiving is no other thing than believing, John i. 12.; and so it is a taking him on his word for salvation to thee, as a Captain to thee. Take away this particular application, and it is no faith at all, and constitutes no union to him, no relation to him as the Lord thy Goul. I alk then, if the discovery of the glory of Christ hath joined your heart to him as the glorious Captain of salvation, to as you have been taken on with him? Then thou art in. titled to the complete victory; The Lord thy God will fnet out these nations before thee.--This mark excludes all these that never closed with Christ by a peculiar believing, but satisfy themselves with a general faith, and may be called but general believers; they have no particular words on which they have been caused to hope, and no particular faith applying Christ to themselves. Such feem not yet to have entered the field of batile, nor closed with the Captain.
4. Hath the Lord begun to put out these nations before you ? Hath he begun to exert his power, by subduing your lusts? Did you never know the day wherein Satan fell like lightening, as it were, from heaven; when the strong man and his goods, that were at ease, were cast out of his habitation? How was it with you in the day of believing, in the day when the Lord your God manifested himself, and appeared as a mighty Conqueror to you? Got you not all your lufts and corruptions, as it were, drowned in the blood of the Lamb, fo as you thought you should never fee them again? You know, believer, that was a false thought, but yet it was a glad thought to you, to think ye would never be under the feet of your corruptions again, and you would never dishonour the Lord as you had done, however fome time or other you have found the Lord pulling down the strong holds of unbelief, atheism, and enmity, and giving you the necks of your enemies. This looks like a good work begun, a battle begun, and a breach made upon the rule and dominion of fin.-This mark excludes all these, in whom sin stiil reigns, and in whom the glorious Captain hath never so much as begun to give a blow to the enemy. 5. If you be a soldier on your march to the heavenly
Canaan, then I ask you, If you be of
any considerable standing in the Lord's way? Have you not had many a bloody battle with the nations, and many a fearful onset by the enemy, attacking you with main force, and may be taking you captive; yea, and bringing you into captivity to the law of fin that is in your members? Rom. vii. 23. Have you not found your enemies return- . ing with such power and prevalency, that you was ready to think that you had lost all ground that ever you had got, and lost all the victories that ever you had gained, the Canaanites prevailing against you? Iniquities prevail against me, lays David. You would think this an odd mark; for, says the belicver, it is the prevalency of fin that makes me fear I am not a true Ifraelite bound für Canaan. Butstay a little till I furtherclear it.--This mark excludes all these, in whom fin and lusts have not the power of prevalency only, but the power of dominion.
Quest. What is the difference between the power of PREVALENCY, and the power of DOMINION ?
Answ. The power of dominion is a regal power; there fin is king: but the power of prevalency is a tyrannical power; there it is only a tyrant, whose authority is rejected. The power of dominion is a monarchial power, where fin rules alone; but the power of prevalency only is where another power is also; there are two armies on the field. The power of dominion is uncontroulable, the man fins without controul; but the
prevalency is a resisted power, where it meets with resistance unto blood. The power of dominion is an absolute power; but the power of prevalency is a limited one, with respect to some particulars only. The power of dominion is a habitual power; but the power of prevalency is occasional only. And, in a word, the power of dominion is an intire power; but the power of prevalency is a broken power, the head of it is broken, and the back of it is broken, though it prevail.-Now, to find the prevalency of the enemy, is not inconsistent with the believer's militant state, which supposes manifold inroads and incursions of the Canaanites upon him. And, indeed, they are not capable to find the joy of the victory, who
never feel the strength of the battle : fin reigns in the wicked, and hath too peaceable dominion with them; iniquity cannot be said to prevail against them, but rather it prevails with them; it goes well enough with them, before and after their sinning. But, Oh! says David and the believer, Iniquity prevails against me ; it is against my heart, against my will, against my desire, againit my design, against my resolution, against my hope, against my faith, against my tears, against my prayers.
6. If you be soldiers on your march to the heavenly Canaan, then I would alk, Whether or not you find the power of the glorious Captain as necessary for your deliverance, upon every new assault of the enemy, as ever you found it before? For true Ifraelites, fighting their way to heaven, find more and more evidences of their own utter insufficiency, and more and more need of grace's all-fufficiency. Oh! the nations are as strong as ever, and the need of powerful succours and auxiliaries from heaven as great as ever. This is plain also from the text; it is the Lord thy God that begins the battle ; and the Lord thy God that carries on the extirpation of the Canaanites. Do you find, then, as much need of his power to excite grace, as to work it at first; as much need of his fencing the rear, as of his leading the van?- This nark excludes all these that have a power in their own hand, and never came out of them. selves, both for righteousness and strength, in to the Lord Jesus Christ : but it is encouraging to these who are saying, in the exercise of faith, * I will go in the strength of the Lord, making mention of his righteoulness, and his only." O to be clothed with his righteoufness, and girded with his strength, is the great desire of all true Ifraelites !
7. If you be foldiers on march to the heavenly Canaan, you may try it by this, you will not only be perfectly at a point in this matter, that the battle is the Lord's, and that without him you cannot give one fair ftroak to the enemy; but also you will find to your experience, that, by little and little, the conquest is carried on, and the Canaanites driven out; and that help and
aslistance comes from heaven by degrees, as the fovereign General is pleased to order: though you get not all the great things you would be at, yet by little things you are carried through. Can you not fay, believer, that such a place was a little Bochim, where you got leave to weep out your heart before the Lori, because of the prevalency of fin; and such a place was a little Bethel, a house of God, where you had such a meafure of divine presence, as strengthened you against the enemy; such another place was a little Peniel, where you saw. God face to face, as it were, and a fight of the Captain of salvation gave the nations of hell a dash ? And though, in the interval, your enemies and lusts rise up again in fury, and rage against you, like to devour your soul, to devour your graces, to devour your comforts, and to devour your peace ; yet there comes another little recruit from heaven, that gives you a new occasion to set up an Ebenezer, saying, Hitherto tbe Lord bath belped; and to sing with the church, Pfal.cxxix. 1, 2.
Many a time have they afflicted me from my youth, may Israel now say ; many a time have they afflicted me from my youth, yet have they not prevailed againit me.”. Many a tine have these Canaanites vexed me, and foiled me, yet they have not prevailed to my utter overthrow ; for still, when I was brought to any extremity, the Lord was a little fanctuary to me, and communicated his grace by little and little to me, in a suitableness to my need ; allowing me here a little crumb of comfort, when I was like to faint in battle; and there a little crumb of courage, when I was like to yield; and at another time a little crumb of wonderful deliverance out of the hands of mine enemies, after I was led captive by them. Why, what is the meaning of all this? It is the Lord thy. God driving out these nations before thee, by little and little.
Use 4. The fourth and last use, shall be in a sort addrefs to two forts of persons here. 1. To these that are at peace with the nations that stand betwixt them and the poffeflion of the heavenly Canaan, and so are at way with heaven. 2. To these that are making war with the