Thomas Manton on true blessedness being the work of the Spirit

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Psalm 119:1
Blessed are the undefiled in the way,
Who walk in the law of the Lord.

“Wait for the light and power of the Spirit to incline and draw thy heart to God. Many times we are doctrinally right in point of Blessedness; but not practically: we content our selves with the meer notion, but are not brought under the power of these Truths; that is the work of the Spirit. It is easy to prove that it is the Beasts happiness to enjoy pleasure without remorse; easy to prove the uncertainty of riches, and what unstable foundations they are for the Soul to rest on; but to draw off the heart from these things to God, is the work of the Holy Ghost, Psalm 49:13. This their way is their folly, yet their posterity approve their sayings. Many a man who stands over the grave of his Ancestors, will say, Ah how foolish were they to waste their time and strength in pleasure, and in hunting after worldly greatness, and esteem, and favour with men, what doth it profit them now? And yet their posterity approve the same, that is, they live by the same Principles, are as greedy upon worldly satisfactions as ever those were that have gone before, that neglected God and heavenly things, and went down to the grave, and their honour was laid in the dust. Until the Lord take off our heart by the light and power of his grace, we remain as sottish, and foolish, and worldly as they. Thus you see how much it concerns you to be right in the notion of true blessedness.”

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One hundred and ninety sermons on the hundred and nineteenth Psalm preached by the late reverend and learned Thomas Manton, D.D. ; with a perfect alphabetical table directing to the principal matters contained therein.
Manton, Thomas
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