John Clarkston Fairbairn on James Halley as an example of Christian watchfulness

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... The jealousy with which [James] Halley watched over his own thoughts, and which was formerly noticed, he did not abandon after entering thus formally into covenant with God: nay, with care still more solicitous he scrutinized his heart, and brought the candle of the Word to the work. The complaints which he so often enters against his own depravity—the bitter words he writes against his secret thoughts and imaginations— his coldness, languor, and spiritual indifference—will be best understood, and most keenly sympathized in, by those who, by the like strict analysis of their own hearts, seek to know themselves.

Whilst they are firmly persuaded that the new and better covenant is in all things well ordered, having Christ Jesus at once for its Mediator and Surety; that its conditions change not with the risings and depressions of their spiritual experience, but are independent of the moods and frames of those who, by receiving Christ as all their hope and salvation, have their names entered in the Book of Life; yet it often occasions much grief, that their faith is so fruitless, their shortcomings so many, their graces so feeble, and their depraved passions so strong. Nor do they cease to be more anxious in watching against sin, crying for deliverance, knocking at heaven with importunate solicitude, and saying to God, “We will not go, unless thou bless us.” ...

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