An Extract of the Life of the Late Rev. David Brainerd: Missionary to the Indians

W. Cock, 1815 - 307 pages

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Page 249 - If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!
Page 14 - God, fasting, praying, &c. pretending, and indeed really thinking sometimes, that I was aiming at the glory of God ; whereas I never once truly intended it, but only my own happiness. I saw that as I had never done...
Page 128 - ... surprising operation. Old men and women, who had been drunken wretches for many years, and some little children, not more than six or seven years of age, appeared in distress for their souls, as well as persons of middle age. And it was apparent...
Page 217 - I have frequently been enabled to represent the divine glory, the infinite preciousness and transcendant loveliness of the great Redeemer, the suitableness of his person and purchase to supply the wants, and answer the utmost desires of immortal souls ; — to open the infinite riches of his grace, and the wonderful encouragement proposed in the gospel to unworthy, helpless sinners ; — to call, invite, and beseech them to come and give up themselves to him, and be reconciled to God through him...
Page 268 - There is nothing in the world worth living for but doing good and finishing God's work, doing the work that Christ did. I see nothing else in the world that can yield any satisfaction besides living to God, pleasing Him, and doing His whole will. My greatest joy and comfort has been to do something for promoting the interest of religion, and the souls of particular persons.
Page 27 - I now enjoyed great sweetness in praying for absent friends, and for the enlargement of Christ's kingdom in the world. Much of the power of these divine enjoyments remained with me through the day.
Page 207 - I enjoyed the evening before : had my heart enlarged in praying for the advancement of the kingdom of Christ, and found the utmost freedom in leaving all my concerns with God. I find discouragement to be an exceeding hindrance to my spiritual fervency and affection : but when God enables me sensibly to find that I have done something for him, this refreshes and animates me, so that I could break through all hardships, undergo any labours, and nothing seems too much either to do or to suffer.
Page 147 - He had not always, he said, felt as he now did, but had formerly been like the rest of the Indians, until about four or five years before that time: Then, he said, his heart was very much distressed, so that he could not live among the Indians, but got away into the woods and lived alone for some months. At length, he...
Page 147 - ... with some corn in it, and the neck of it drawn on to a piece of wood, which made a very convenient handle. As he came forward he beat his tune with the rattle, and danced with all his might, but...
Page 178 - One man considerably in years, who had been a remarkable drunkard, a conjurer, and murderer, and was awakened some months before, was now brought to great extremity under his spiritual distress ; so that he trembled for hours together, and apprehended himself just dropping into hell, without any power to rescue or relieve himself. Divers others appeared under great concern as well as he, and solicitous to obtain a saving change.

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