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things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me. Here was a snare indeed: I will make thee Lord of every thing thou seest, cities and fields, and towns and houses and men ; all shall be thine, if thou wilt worship me. Get thee hence, Satan, says our Saviour, begone from my presence: thou hast offered a great deal, but I spurn it all: the Lord God only is to be worshipped, and him only will I serve. Then the devil leaveth him, finding that he could not tempt him to obey him: and behold, angels came, and ministered unto him.
Thus ended this famous scene, in which our great Lord and Master conquered, and the devil was subdued and defeated. Adam, our first parent, was tempted, and fell, and so death and every evil came into the world. Jesus, our master, was tempted, but Jesus conquered, and he, my friends, has brought life and every good thing into the world. He has set you an example,
and you must follow it. The devil, the enemy of all good, is still at work, tempting us in many ways to do wickedness, and to ruin our souls. But whenever we are tempted by him to do wrong, we must say, as our Saviour said, Get thee hence, Satan: I will serve the Lord, my God: I will do, as Jesus commands. If you do so, he will leave you, as he did your Saviour: and though angels may not come and minister unto you, yet God will give you his grace and strength, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. Should you be tempted by hunger, or any other cause to steal, Remember Jesus Christ: man is not to live by bread alone : he can be supported under every distress by God himself: he is not to follow the temptation of the devil, he is to obey the will of God; he is to keep his tongue and his hands from evil. Should you be tempted to be discontented with your situation in life, and to wish that you were not to. labour, and toil, you must think this temp
tation cometh of the devil, who likes to throw every thing into confusion, and to do mischief where he can. Should he tempt you to take what does not belong to you, to take from another man his goods, his character, or the wife of his bosom, you must resist him, as your Saviour did. Get thee hence, Satan. In short, you all know well enough what things are wrong, and you must not yield to any temptation to do them. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Your Saviour will give you grace and strength to conquer, as he did before you.
Before I conclude, I will tell you one thing, by which the devil has ruined the body, and perhaps the soul of many a poor slave: I mean by the practice of witchcraft, or of obeah, as it is called by you. The more you know of your Bible, the less you will believe of this. Wicked men have no power to hurt you: wicked spirits have no power to hurt you, unless God
pleases. If, therefore, you put your trust in God, you need not fear what man, or the devil can do to you. One advantage of your coming to church and hearing what I say, will be, that from this time you will all have such a notion of God and of Jesus Christ, that it will be impossible for any one to hurt you by such foolish and wicked things, as used formerly to hurt such negroes, as were made to believe, thaa a poor weak mortal conld, by bis arts and craft, bring sickness and death upon them. It was because they were foolish enough to believe so, that they would pine away and die! No! my brethren ; God will preserve you from wicked men, and wicked spirits. Only pray to bim, endeavour to do no sin, and if you should fall into sin, pray to him to forgive you, be sorry, truly sorry for it, and beg strength from him, through Jesus Christ, that you may not do so again.
And now to God, &c.
ST. MATTHEW iv. 23.
And Jesus went about all Galilee, teach
ing in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness, and all manner of disease among the people.
WHEN I preached to you last, I gave you a full account of the manner in which our Saviour Jesus Christ was tempted by the devil. I told you how he was tempted, and how he conquered, how the devil, finding that he was not to be tempted to sin, was at last obliged to leave him. I told you, also, how it was our duty not to let the devil tempt us to wickedness, and how, by prayer to God, and trust in him through Jesus Christ, we may be able to get rid of