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devil spread upon the earth, sat down and mourned, and
said in himself. Who shall pass through these ?' Where-
unto he heard a voice answering; . Humility shall. God
has said, that he will teach the humble, and that he will
dwell with the humble, and that he will fill and satisfy
the humble; and if the teachings of God, the in-dwellings
of God, if the pourings in of God, will not keep the soul
from falling into Satan's snares, I do not know what will:
and therefore as you would be happy in resisting Satan,
and blessed in triumphing over Satan and all his snares,
keep hunible; I say again, keep humble.
Direct. 7. If you would not be taken in any

of Satan's snares, then keep a strong, close, and constant watch. secure soul is already an ensnared soul. The soul that will not watch against temptations, will certainly fall before the power of temptation. Satan works most strongly on the fancy, when the soul is drowsy. The soul's security is Satan's opportunity to fall upon the soul, and to spoil the soul, as Joshua did the men of Ai. The best way to be safe and secure from all Satan's assaults, is, with Nebemiah and the Jews, to watch and pray, and pray and watch : by this means they become too hard for their enemies, and the work of the Lord did prosper sweetly in their hands." Remember how Christ chid his sluggish disciples, What, could ye not watch with me one

What, cannot you watch with me? How will you then die with me? If you can'not endure words, how will you endure wounds? Satan always keeps a crafty and malicious watch, seeking whom he may devour, or whom he may drink, or sip up, as the apostle speaks in 1 Pet. y. 8. Satan is very envious at our condition, that we should enjoy that paradise out of which he is cast, and out of which he shall be for ever kept. Shall Satan keep a crafty watch'; and shall not Christians keep a holy spiritual watch ? Our whole life is beset with temptations ; Satan watches all opportunities to break our peace, to wound our consciences, to lessen our comforts, to impair our graces, to slur our evidences, and to damp our assurance. O what need then have we to be always upon our watch-tower, lest we be surprised by this subtle serpent.

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soul. It is a continual, careful observing of our hearts and ways, in all the turnings of our lives, that we still keep close to God and his word. Watchfulness is nothing else but the soul running up and down, to and fro, busy every where. It is the heart busied and employed with diligent observation of what comes from within us, and of what comes from without us and into us. Ah, souls, you are no longer safe and secure, than when you are upon your watch. While Antipater kept the watch, Alexander was safe, and while we keep a strict watch, we are safe. A watchful soul is a soul upon the wing, a soul out of gun-shot, a soul upon a rock, a soul in a castle, a soul above the clouds, a soul held fast in everlasting arms.

I shall conclude this seventh head with this advice remember the dragon is subtle, and bites the elephant's ear, and then sucks his blood, because he knows that to be the only place which the elephant cannot reach with his trunk to defend; so our enemies are so subtle, that they will bite us and strike us where they may most mischief us; and therefore it very much concerns us to stand always upon our guard.

Direct. 8. If you would not be taken with any of Satan's snares and devices, then keep up your communion with God. Your strength to stand, and withstand Satan's fiery darts, is from your communion with God. A soul high in communion with God may be tempted, but will not easily be conquered ; such a soul will fight it out to the death... Communion with God furnishes the soul with the greatest and the choicest arguments to withstand Satan's temptations. Communion is the result of unioni. Communion is a reciprocal exchange between Christ and a gracious soul. Communion is Jacob's ladder, where you have Christ sweetly coming down into the soul, and the soul by divine influences sweetly ascending up to Christ. Communion with Christ is very inflaming, raising, and strengthening

While Sampson kept up his communion with God, no enemy could stand before him, but he goes on conquering, and to conquer: but when he was fallen in his communion with God, he quickly falls before the plots of his enemies. It will be so with your souls. So long as your communion with God is kept up, you will be too hard for spiritual wickednesses in high places; but if you fall from your communion with God, you will fall as others before the face of every temptation. David, so long as he kept up his communion with God, stands, and triumphs over all his enemies; but when he was fallen in his communion with God, then he falls before the enemies that were in his own bosom, and flies before those that pursued after his life. It will be so with your souls, if you do not keep up your communion with God. Job keeps up his communion with God, and conquers Satan upon the dunghill

. Adam loses his communion with God, and is conquered by Satan in paradise. Communion with God is a shield upon land as well as an anchor at sea: it is a sword to defend

you, as well as a staff to support you ; therefore keep up your communion.

Direct. 9. If you would not be taken in any of Satan's snares, then engage not against Satan in your own strength, but be every day drawing new virtue and strength from the Lord Jesus. Certainly, that soul that engages against any old or new temptation, without new strength, new influences from on high, will fall before the power of the temptation. You may see this in Peter. He rested upon some old received strength, (Though all men should deny thee, yet will not I.) and therefore he falls sadly before a new temptation; he curses, and swears, and denies him thrice, who had thrice appeared gloriously to him. Ah, souls, when the snare is spread, look up to Jesus Christ, who is lifted up in the gospel, as the brazen serpent was in the wilderness; and say to him, 'Dear Lord, here is a new snare laid to catch my soul; and grace formerly received, without fresh supplies from thy blessed bosom, will not deliver me from this snare. O give me new strength, new power, new influence, new measures of grace, that so I

may escape this snare.' Ah, souls, remember this, that your strength to stand and overcome, must not be expected from graces received, but from the fresh and renewed influences of heaven. You must lean more upon Christ than upon your duties; you must lean more upon Christ than upon spiritual tastes and discoveries ; you must lean more upon Christ than upon your graces ; or else Satan will lead you into captivity.

Direct. 10. If you would not be taken in any of Satan's snares, then be much in prayer. Prayer is a shelter to the soul, a sacrifice to God, and a scourge to the devil. David's heart was more often out of tune, than his harp. He prays, and then, in spite of the devil, cries, Return unto thy rest, O my soul. Prayer is the gate of heaven, a key to let us into paradise. There is nothing that renders plots fruitless like prayer; therefore says Christ, Watch and pray that

ye enter not into temptation. You must watch and pray, and pray and watch, if you would not enter into temptation. When Sennacherib and Haman had laid plots and snares to destroy the Jews, they prayed, and their souls were delivered, and Sennacherib and Haman destroyed. David had many snares laid for him, and this puts him upon prayer; Keep me, says he, from the snares which they have laid for me, and the gins of the workers of iniquity. Let the wicked fall into their own nets, whilst that I withal escape, Psal. cxli. 9, 10. The proud have hid a snare for me, and cords ; they have spread a net by the way side ; they have set gins for me. I said unto the Lord, Thou art my God; hear the voice of my supplication, O Lord, Psal. cxl. 5,6. Saul and many others had laid snares for David, and this puts him upon prayer; and so the snares are broken, and he is delivered. Ah, souls, take words to yourselves, and tell God that Satan has spread his snares in all places and in all companies. Tell God that he digs deep, and that he has plot upon plot, and device upon device, and all to undo you. Tell God that you have neither skill nor power to escape his snares. Tell God that it is a work too high and too hard for any creature to work your deliverance, unless he put under his own everlasting arms. Tell God how his honour is engaged to stand by you, and to bring you off, that you be not. ruined by his plots. Tell God how the wicked would triumph, if you should fall into Satan's snares. Teil God of the love of Christ, of the blood of Christ, and of the intercession of Christ for you, that a way may be found for your escape. Tell God, if he will make it his honour to save you from falling into Satan's snares, you will make it your glory to speak of his goodness, and to live out his kindness. Christians must do as Dedalus, who when he could not escape by a way upon earth, went by a way of heaven; and that is the way of prayer, which is the only way left to escape Satan's snares.


The next use is a use of thankfulness to those that escape Satan's snares, that are not taken by him at his will. O Christians, it stands upon you, with that princely prophet David, to call upon your souls, and say, Bless the Lord, our souls, and all that is within us, bless his holy

Bless the Lord, 0 our souls, and forget not all his benefits, who has not given us to be a prey to Satan, and to be ensnared by those snares that he has laid for our souls. The sense of this great favour did work up

David's heart to praises ; Blessed be the Lord, says he, who hath not given us us a prey to their teeth.

Our soul is escaped as a bird out of the snare of the fowlers, the snare is broken, and we are escaped, Psal. cxxiv. 6,7. Ah, Christians, remember that the greatest part of the world, yea, the greatest part of professors are taken in Satan's snares. Can you think seriously of this, and not blush to be unthankful ? What are you better than others ? and what have you deserved of God or done for God, more than others, that you should by the help of a divine hand escape the snares, when others are taken, and held in the snares of the devil to their eternal overthrow? Will you be thankful for escaping the snares that men spread for your lives or estates ? and will you not be much more thankful, for escaping those snares that Satan has laid for your precious souls ?

Remember this, that deliverance from Satan's snares carries with it the clearest, and the greatest evidence of the soul and heart of God to be towards us. Many a man, by a common hand of providence, escapes many a snare that man has laid for him, but yet escapes not the snares that Satan has laid for him. Saul, and Judas, and Demas, doubtless escaped many snares that men laid for

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