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Spiritual Maxims.

Spiritual Maxims.

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BY REV. J. H. POTTS, A.M.,


Stirring Spiritual Maxims Chosen from the Writings
OF Bishop Joseph Hall, Thomas a Kempis, Thomas Adam,
Fenelon, Madame Guyon, Hannah More, Dyer, Pere la
Combe, Matthew Henry, Richard Baxter, Jean Pierre
Camus, Francis de Sales, and others.
BY REV. J. H. POTTS, A.M.,


Stirring Spiritual Maxims Chosen from the Writings
OF Bishop Joseph Hall, Thomas a Kempis, Thomas Adam,
Fenelon, Madame Guyon, Hannah More, Dyer, Pere la
Combe, Matthew Henry, Richard Baxter, Jean Pierre
Camus, Francis de Sales, and others.

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SPIRITUAL MAXIMS.BY REV. J. H. POTTS, A.M.,Stirring Spiritual Maxims Chosen from the WritingsOF Bishop Joseph Hall, Thomas a Kempis, Thomas Adam,Fenelon, Madame Guyon, Hannah More, Dyer, Pere laCombe, Matthew Henry, Richard Baxter, Jean PierreCamus, Francis de Sales, and others." In God's own mightWe gird us for the coming fight.And, strong in him whose cause is oursIn conflict with unholy powers,We grasp the weapons he has given, — The L/'ght and Truth and Love of Heaven." — J. G. Whittier." Thy Hfe's a warfare, thou a soldier art,Satan's thy foeman, and a faithful heartThy two-edged weapon, patience thy shield.Heaven is thy chieftain, and the world thy field." — QUARLES." ' Life is before ye ! ' from the fated roadYe cannot turn ; then take ye up the load ;ot yours to tread or leave the unknown way,Ye must go o'er it, meet ye what ye may.Gird up your souls within you to the deed,Angels and fellow-spirits bid ye speed." — Mrs. Butler.Scdvatioii^^nxh^^trWorhs. 197" Think not of rest ; though dreams be sweet,Start up, and ply your heavenward feet.Is not God's oath upon your head,e'er to sink back on slothful bed ;
 
ever again your loins untie,or let your torches waste and die.Till, when the shadows thickest fall,Ye hear your Master's midnight call ? " — Keble,If we pronounce condemnation upon ourselves,Christ is able to save; but if we excuse ourselvesand impenitently await the condemnation of Christ, we are forever undone.ever go to war in another man's armor. Da-vid was wiser than this. Saul put upon him acoat of mail, but he would not meet Goliath in itbecause he was untrained. Choosing a smoothstone from a brook, he put it in his oft-triedsling, and with it smote his giant foe to thedeath. Every man in his own order.The cross of Christ produces two seeminglydifferent effects in a believer: it makes him sen-sible of his own vileness, yet prompts him towork for the good of others.Good works follow salvation just as naturallyas saving faith precedes it. For this reason Paulfelt perfectly safe in uttering the challenge,*' Show me thy faith without thy works, and Iwill show thee my faith by my works." Faith198 Spiritual Maxims.is the blossom which brings forth the fruit of obedience.The day is lost in which we gain no step to-ward heaven, and worse than wasted in which welose ground.Christ's free man, heaven-taught and Spirit-led,aims at perfection in the love of God, and grievesonly for the want of it.
 
Most men depend upon to-morrow for happi-ness and achievement, yet they never overtake it;they ignore to-day which is ever present, untillife becomes an eternal yesterday. Work whilethe day lasts.Death does not change character, it only fixesit. Bring, then, to the hour of death such acharacter as you can be happy with to alleternity.Sin known and pardoned is heaven on earth,and is the song of praise in glory; sin known andunpardoned is the source of misery here, and willbe a burning torment hereafter.From Bishop Joseph Hall.When we go about any enterprise of God it isgood to see that our hearts be clear from anypollution of sin, and when we are thwarted inour hopes it is our best course to ransack our-From Joseph Hall 199selves, and to search for some sin, hid from us inour bosom, but open to the view of God.There can be no mercy in injustice, and noth-ing but injustice in not fulfilling the charge of God. The death of malefactors, the condemna-tion of wicked men, seem harsh to us; but wemust learn of God, that there is a punishingmercy. Cursed be that mercy that opposes themercy of God. Let our own sins first fall.With us there is no way to victory but fight-ing, and the strongest carries the spoil; God cangive victory to the feet as well as to the hands;and when he will, makes weakness no disadvan-tao^e. What should we do but follow God throucch

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