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word, and I should be well in an instant! But has he not the same power, and the same tender pity and love for his poor dif: tressed creatures, now he is in heaven, that he had while here upon earth ? Surely he has, for he is unchangeably the same, yesterday, to.day, and for ever. If then I could believe, surely he would heal me, bad as I am ? He has said, “ According to thy faith, fo be it done unto thee;" and faith too, is his own gift: I will therefore pray to him that he may give me power to believe." She then broke out into earnest prayer and found uncommon liberty and access to the Throne of Grace. At length The thought she could believe that our Lord would heal her; and was enabled to lay hold upon his Truth and Faithfulness, upon his infinite Mercy and boundless Love. She then endeavoured to rise from her couch, and was enabled so to do. To her astonish: ment, she could stand upright, and found that she was perfectly well. Upon this, she thought, “ But I will try whether the Cure is perfectly wrought or not, and immediately got the brush and began to sweep the houle: While thus employed, Joseph re. turned to enquire how she was : having half opened the door, and seeing her sweeping the room, he was not a little surprised, and stopped short. She happened to look up, and peiceived his astonishment said, “Yes ; you may well look : here I am, as well as ever I was in my life: I have prayed to our blessed Lord, and he has healed me, and I am perfcétly well ;' and so she con. tinued. It is easy to suppose that her heart was filled with gratitude to her great Deliverer: and her christian friends, as well as all her family, cheerfully joined with her in most devoutly praising the Lord for this wonderful display of his tender pity, power, and love. ' · It is probable that some persons will deny the fact; and others will ascribe it to the power of imagination. With regard to the fact, it can be so well attested by persons of the greatest credit, now living, that there is no just ground to call it in question. And if she could exercise her imagination in such a manner, as to be delivered from so painful and distressing a situation, it was happy for her. But it afforded her far more solid happiness, to believe, that a compassionate God had mercifully interposed in her behalf, and in answer to prayer, had graciously healed her. If any person supposes himself possessed of ability to teach affli&ted people the happy art of imagining themselves well, and that upon so doing, they really are well, I doubt not but he will get employment enough. But those who form their ideas of the infinitely blessed God from that revelation which he has made of himself to us in his holy Word, will find no difficulty in ascribing this great deliverance to its real cause, viz. to the mighty power of God, and give the glory to him unto whom it is molt justly due.
To see and acknowledge the hand of God in the way qf his Providence, is our duty, and will be attended witb unspeakable
delight, as we shall frequently behold his wisdom, power, and goodness, wonderfully displayed; and as this will fill our souls with gratitude, so it will constrain us to give unto Him the honours due unto his holy Name.
TO THE EDITOR. ALTHOUGH fixteen years are gone since the following ex. A traordinary circumstance happened, yet being certain of some of the facts related, from personal knowledge of them, and so well informed as not to have the smallest doubt of the rest, I think the publishing the ensuing short extract, will manifest the providencial goodness of God, and may induce many to seek true happiness in the Lord who bought them with his blood. We see that the Almighty has several ways of bringing finners to himself; but let him change his mode as oft as he pleases, the work is the same; the finner is by some means made sensible that he is a sinner, and as such seeks and finds a Saviour; in conse. quence of which, a change takes place in the understanding, will. and affections; and this change is manifest in all the tempers, words, and actions. Such a change is what we call Conversion. Such were once in darkness, but are now light in the Lord, and walk as children of the light. Such was, and is the case with Several concerned in the following relation ; several of whom are landed safe in the haven of everlasting rest, and others are “ toiling to make the blest shore," whose names are not men, tioned, but having stood fast in their liberty for sixteen years, there is great reason to hope they wild hold out to the end, and receive the end of their faith, the salvation of their souls,
. THOMAS TAYLOR, · Oldham, Feb. 6, 1796.
In the years 1778, and 1779, it pleased God to revive his blessed work in Birstall Circuit in Yorkshire. In the former year the revival was chiefly in Birstall, but in the second year, to'wit, 1779, it spread throughout the Circuit; so that great numbers were brought to the knowledge of the Truth, insomuch that we admitted upward of seven hundred into the connection, Various and simple were the means made use of in that Revival: The preaching of the word was attended with much energy and life; and especially one plain simple man, who was with me that year. I do not remember labouring with any one whom God so owned in
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But our Lord did not confine himself to preaching alone; he let us see that he could carry on his own work without us : Prayermeetings were singularly useful, for in them many of these sinners were convinced and converted, giving ample proof of the reality of the change by their tempers and conversation. But in fhori,
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dreams and visions, thunder and lightening; yea, the very chirp: ing of a bird was made successful to the awakening sinners; and the carrying on of the work of our glorious Immanael. The last circumstance is well worth attention, and was as follows.
A young man, of the name of John Webster, lived with Mr. John Waller, a capital Clothier. This young man was, as the generality of young people are, very wild, foolish, and giddy, not to say, very prophane. This careless youth was one day walking in the garden by himself, and a bird lighted upon his hand, and gave three chirps, and flew away. I suppose the note of the bird might be chat, chat, chat, which induced the young man in his confusion to think that the bird called him by his familiar country appellation, Jack, Jack, Jack. Be that as it may, it had an awful, and in the end, a blessed effect upon him. He thought the bird was a supernatural messenger, or the harbinger of deaih; and, truly, he saw himself utterly unprepared to die. * He saw himself in a deplorable condition, and did not know what way to turn. He thought he would apply to one of those jugglers, whom, in Yorkshire, they call Wife-men, to explain this phenomenon to him. However, before he went to this agent, he very providentially met with a relation, a pious man, one that was joined to the Methodists, and to whom he related what had happened, and the effe&t it had upon him, also of his intention of going to the cunning-man for his advice: his friend heard him relate his story, and understanding his case better than he did him. felf, of course dissuaded him from going to the tool of Satan for advice, assuring him that such a physician would be of no service to him. He tried to convince him, that the Spirit of God was making him sensible of his loft and ruined state. "He advised him to go with him to a Prayer-meeting, intimating, that perhaps he might find some relief there. The young man did not relish this advice very much; for he had no great affection for the Metho. dists; but feeling himself so distressed, he was glad to go any where to find ease to his troubled mind. It is true, that the spirit of a man may sustain his infirmity, a kind of courage may bear him up, under many trials and difficulties; but a wounded fpirit who can bear? To the meeting he went, but the stubborn cara nal-mind rose up in him, he would not, at first, kneel down to prayer. However, he stayed till the meeting ended, and con: viétion stuck deeper in his soul, so that he was made fenfible of his real disease. He attended another meeting, but ftill his bura den increased, insomuch that he thought there was no mercy for him, but that he must be eternally lost. He next heard preaching, but that seemed to add grief to his woe; he still found no reit. Our quarterly love-feast at Birstall came on, and being informed what was the nature and design of that prudential means, a thought ftruck him, “ If I could be admitted into that meeting, God may set my soul at liberty." But his doubt was, that he could not be admitted, for he was ready to suppose every body saw him in the