No evolutionist ever has been or ever will be a great soul-winner. It is not by growth that men become such, but by revelation. It is not until God bursts through the veil and reveals Himself in their hearts through faith in His dear Son, and gives a consciousness of personal ac- ceptance with Him, and sheds abroad His love in the heart, destroying unbelief, burn- ing away sin, consuming selfishness, and filling the soul with the passion that filled the heart of Jesus, that men become soul- winners.
The experience that makes a man a soul- winner is two-fold. He must have so believed as to bring a rest- ful consciousness that for Christ's sake his sins have been forgiven and that he has been adopted into God's family and made one of His dear children. This consciousness re- sults from what Paul calls "the witness of the Spirit," and enables the soul to cry out in deep filial confidence and affection, "Abba Father.
He must be sanctified ; he must know that his heart is cleansed, that pride and self-will and carnal ambition and strife and sensitiveness and suspicion and unbelief and every unholy temper are de- stroyed by the baptism of the Holy Ghost — a personal Pentecost — and the incoming of a great love for, and loyalty to, Jesus Christ, before he can be largely used to win souls. It must he a constant experience. The very consciousness of defeat makes them uncertain in their exhortation, doubtful and wavering in their testimony and weak in their faith, and this will not be likely to produce conviction and beget faith in their hearers.
Asa Mahan lived in the enjoyment of full salvation for over fifty years, and only once felt a slight uprising of temper. Finney, Wesley, Fletcher and Bramwell, like Enoch, walked with God, and so walked "in the power of the Spirit" constantly, and were soul-winners all their lives, even to old age. Ill, It must he a joyful experience. And this was as it should be. John Bunyan tells us how he wrote the "Pilgrim's Progress" in his filthy Bedford dungeon.
He says, "So I was led home to prison, and I sat me down and wrote and wrote because joy did make me write.
God wants His people to be full of joy. And again He said, "Ask and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full. We have thought of Jesus as "the Man of Sorrows" until we overlook His fulness of exultant joy. Joy can be cultivated and should be, as is faith or any other fruit of the Spirit.
This we do by rejoic- ing in the Lord, and praising God for His goodness and mercy, and by shouting when the joy wells up in our souls under the pres- sure of the Holy Spirit. Many people quench the Spirit of joy and praise, and so gradually lose it. But let them repent, con- fess, pray and believe and then begin to praise God again and He will see to it that they have something to praise Him for, and their joy will convict sinners and prove a mighty means of winning them to Jesus.
O Lord, still "make Thy ministers a flame of fire," and flood the world with Thy mighty joy! The soul-winner is a man sent to God, and will have visions and reve- lations and secret orders that, if affection- ately heeded and heartily and courageously obeyed, will surely lead to success. He is pre-eminently "a worker together with God," and a soldier of Jesus Christ, and as such must obey. It is his business to take orders and carry them out. Be not afraid of their faces, for I am with thee to deliver thee," saith the Lord ; "thou therefore gird up thy loins and arise and speak unto them all that I shall command thee.
Be not dismayed at their faces lest I confound thee before them. Jesus, still lead on! The soul-winner must get his message from God and speak what and when He com- mands. Paul tells us that Jesus was "obedient unto death" Phil. This obedience must be prompt. In spite of the appeals and encouragements of Joshua and Caleb, the children of Israel refused to go over into Canaan, but after- wards, seeing their sin in refusing to obey promptly, they essayed to go over in spite of the warnings of Moses not now to attempt it, and met with bitter defeat.
Promptness would have saved them forty years of wandering in the wilderness. Once the soul- winner knows the Master's will, he must not delay to fulfill it. If he is in doubt he can take time to assure himself as to what that will is. God would not have him run before he is sure he is sent, nor go before he has his message, nor falter and possibly fall because of uncertainty.
Dewey's matchless victory at Manilla was won, and the geographical boundaries of the nations changed by the promptness with which he carried out his orders to destroy the Spanish fleet.
I have noticed that if I speak when the Spirit moves me, I can usually introduce the subject of religion and God's claims to any individual or company of men with happy results, but if I delay, the opportunity slips by, not to return again, or if it does re- turn, it does so with increased difficulties.
This obedience must be exact. Saul lost his kingdom and his life because his obedience was only partial. So also did the prophet who warned the wicked King Jeroboam. See i Kings, And so He will work miracles to-day through His chosen people, if they will do whatever He saith. The soul-winner must beware of quenching the blessed Spirit, and then he will find that it is not himself but the Spirit that speaks in him, so that he can say with Jesus, 'The words that I speak, I speak not of Myself, but the Father that dwelleth in Me He doeth the works," for does not Jesus say, "Whatso- ever ye shall ask the Father in My name, that will I do?
This obedience must be courage- ous. And again He said to Ezekiel, "And thou, son of man, be not afraid of them, neither be afraid of their words, though briers and thorns be with thee, and thou dost dwell among scorpions. Be not afraid of their words, nor be dis- mayed at their looks, though they be a re- bellious house. And thou shalt speak My words unto them, whether they will hear or whether they will forbear.
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God says, "Fear thou not, for I am with thee; be not dis- mayed, for I am thy God; I will strengthen thee ; yea, I will help thee ; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of My righteousness. I will not go in. If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to de- liver us from the burning fiery furnace, and He will deliver us out of thine hand, O king; but if not, O. Do you ask, how can a man get such a spirit of courageous obedience? I answer, by dying — dying to your selfish interests, dying to the love of praise, the fear of cen- sure, the hope of reward in this world, and by a dare-devil faith in the reward that God will give in the world to come ; by a steadfast looking unto and following of Jesus, and a constant comparison of time with eternity.
I read the other day that it was only dead men who were living preachers. The obedience must be glad. The command is, "Serve the Lord with glad- ness. There was no grudging about his obedience; it was his joy. It is a love service God wants, and that is always a joy service. Prayer is the way of approach to God, and the soul-winner keeps it open by constant use. It is the channel by which all spiritual blessings and power are received, and there- fore the life of the soul-winner must be one of ceaseless prayer.
It is the breath of the soul, and other things being equal, it is the secret of power. It is written of Jesus, "And it came to pass in those days that He went out into a mountain to pray, and' continued all night in prayer to God. What an amazing statement is this: The soul-winner must pray in secret; he must get alone with God and pour his heart into his Heavenly Father's ear with inter- cessions and pleadings and arguments, if he would have good success. There is no sub- stitute for much wide-awake, expectant, secret waiting upon God for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, the gift of wisdom, strength, courage, hope, faith, discernment of times and spirits, and a glowing, burning, comprehensive message from Him to the people.
H men fail at this point, they will in due time fail at every point. I say it reverently. He cannot turn away from us, but will surely reward us, and that openly, be- cause He said He would, and He cannot lie. Prayer must be definite. Once, when Jesus was leaving Jericho with His disciples and a great number of people, blind Bar- timeus sat by the wayside begging, and when he heard Jesus was passing by, he began to cry out and say: Jesus knew what Bar- timeus wanted, but He desired Bartimeus to state exactly what he desired, and said to him: We should be as definite when we go to God, in asking Him for what we want, as we are when we go to the store.
The sales- man is prepared to sell us anything and everything in the store, but he in reality sells us nothing until we tell him what we want, and so it is with our Heavenly Father. Our prayers must be bold. I have often been amused and amazed at the boldness with which chil- dren come to their parents for the things they need and the things they want, and how gladly does the true parent respond to the 22 THE soul-winner's secret.
It is not our Heavenly Father's will to dis- appoint His trusting children but rather to give them their utmost desire, yea, "ex- ceeding abundantly above all they ask or think," for His heart is all love toward them; therefore let them not be timid and wavering, but steadfast and bold as His dear children. Prayer must be importunate, persevering. Jesus teaches this very clearly in His par- able of the importunate friend. I cannot rise and give thee,' I say unto you, though he will not rise and give him because he is his friend, yet be- cause of his importunity, he will rise and give him as many as he needeth;" and then Jesus adds: For every one that asketh receiveth, and he that seeketh find- eth, and to him that knocketh it shall be opened unto him;" by which Jesus means to teach that we are to hold on in prayer till we get an answer.
If the answer is delayed, our own hearts will be searched, the purity of our motives will be proved, and our faith will be purified, tried, devel- oped and strengthened for future and greater triumph. Jesus prayed three times that the cup of death in the garden of Gethsemane might pass from Him. It was not death on the Cross, but death in the garden He feared, and the apostle tells us, in Hebrews 5: Daniel abstained from all pleasant food for three weeks at one time, and prayed until God appeared unto 24 THE soul-winner's secret.
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And Elijah, after his victory over the priests of Baal, sent his servant seven times to look for the cloud that should bring rain, while he bowed his face between his knees, and poured out his heart to God in prayer until the cloud ap- peared that should bring the floods of rain. Miiller sometimes prayed every day, and often several times a day, and that for months and years, for some things he wanted, before the answer came, but come it did, in due time.
Though the answer be delayed, it is not God's purpose to deny us without letting us know the reason why. Prayer must be for the glory of God and according to His will. If we ask things simply to gratify our own desires, God cannot grant them. James said of certain ones, "Ye ask Prayer must be mixed with faith — must be believing prayer. I laid hold of that promise and wrestled through to the solid rock of believing prayer, and had one of the most glorious soul-saving days in my life!
The man whose faith is constantly wavering shali receive nothing from the Lord. Finally, prayer must be in the name of Jesus. It is said that Sheridan went to battle with all the fury of a madman, and reck- lessly exposed himself to the shot and shell of the enemy. He told General Horace Porter that he never went into a battle from which he cared to come back alive unless he came as a victor.
This desperation made him an irresistible inspiration to his own troops and enabled him to hurl them like thunderbolts against his foes. If he became so desperate in killing men, how much more desperate, if possible, should we become in our desire and effort to save them! It was written of Jesus, "The zeal of Thine house hath eaten me up," and so it can be of every great soul-winner.
Not until a man can say with Paul, 28 THE soul-winner's secret. There are various kinds of zeal which should be avoided as deadly evils. Partial zeal like that of Jehu. God set him to destroy the wicked house of Ahab and the worship of Baal, and he did so with fury, "but Jehu took no heed to walk in the law of the God of Israel with all his heart, for he departed not from the sins of Jeroboam which made Israel to sin," and in due time God had to cut oflf his house as well. This kind of zeal is frequently seen in those who violently attack one sort of sin, while probably they themselves are secretly ZEAL.
Such people are usually not only intolerant of the sin, but also of the sinner, while true zeal makes one infinitely tender and patient towards the sinner, while absolutely uncompromis- ing with his sin. Party zeal like that of the Pharisees and Sadducees. In these days it takes the form of excessive sectarian and denominational zeal and makes bigots of men. Zeal for the particular church or organization to which one belongs is right within certain limits.
We are converted through the instrumentality of a certain religious organization, and we become chil- dren of its household, or we are led into it by the Holy Spirit through a blessed, divine affinity with its members, methods, spirit and doctrine, and we should in that case be loyal and true to its leaders who are over us in the Lord and who watch for our souls, and follow them as they follow Christ. We should also be loyal to the principles of the organization so far as they harmon- ize with the word of God, and we should seek in all true ways, by prayer and suppli- cation and ceaselessly zealous work to build up this organization in holiness and right- 30 THE soul-winner's SECRET.
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But we must at the same time beware of a party spirit that would despise other work and workers or tear them down that we may rise on their ruins. Such zeal is from beneath and not from above. It is contrary to that "love that seeketh not her own," and that "looketh not upon her own things, but also upon the things of others," and will come back, boomerang-like, upon our own pates, and bring ruin upon ourselves.
The zeal of ignorance. Paul said of his kinsmen, the Jews, "My heart's desire and prayer to God for Israel is that they might be saved, for I bear them record that they have a zeal for God but not ac- cording to knowledge, for they, being ignor- ant of God's righteousness and going about to establish their own righteousness, have ZEAL. True zeal is from above.
Its source is in the mountains of the Lord's holiness, and its springing fountains in the deep cool val- leys of humility. It is born of the Holy Spirit, and springs from a knowledge of "the truth as it is in Jesus. It is the knowledge of the dread condition of the sinner without Christ — his slavery to Satan; the inherited depravity of his nature; his bondage to sin, his love of it; his enmity toward God, of which he is probably not aware; his guilt; his help- lessness and his ignorance of the way back to his Heavenly Father's house and happi- ness, and his awful danger, if he neglects the offer of salvation and life in Jesus Christ.
It is the knowledge of the un- speakable gift of God, of the possibilities of grace for the vilest sinner, of the Father's pitying, yearning love, of sins forgiven, guilt removed, adoption into the Father's family, illumination, consolation, guidance, keeping, depravity destroyed, cleansing through the Blood, sanctification by the 32 THE soul-winner's secret. Thanks be to God which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
He was not content simply to get sinners to accept Jesus as their Saviour, but taught them that "Christ in you is the hope of glory, whom we preach, warn- ZEAL. Paul was jealous for the perfection in love and loyalty of all his converts, and his zeal led him to seek with all his might to lead them all into this blessed experience. And as was Paul, so also was Baxter, who labored indefatigably in spite of life-long sickness, and at times almost in intolerable pain, for the perfection of his people. And so also was Wesley and Fox and General and Mrs.
Booth, and so will be every soul- winner who is full of the zeal of God. True zeal is sacrificial. Jesus, consumed with zeal for the glory of God in the sav- ing and sanctifying of men, "was led as a lamb to the slaughter. Surely He hath borne our griefs and carried our sorrows: But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement of our peace was upon Him, and with His stripes we are healed. The Lord hath laid on Him the iniquity of us all.
He poured out His soul unto death for us, He gave His life a ransom for men. And the gift of His Spirit kindles and sus- tains this same sacrificial zeal in the hearts of all true soul-winners. The soul-winner must have the power of spiritual leadership, and spiritual leader- ship is a thing of the Spirit, and not of birth, or rank, or title, or education, or cir- cumstances.
Here is the secret of the power of humble Salvation Army officers from the lowly walks of life. Paul was a prisoner under Roman guards on board ship, hastening to Caesar's judg- ment bar; but one day, God's winds made the sea to boil, and winds and waves smote 36 THE soul-winner's secret. I knew a Lieutenant, a quiet, modest, thoughtful, prayerful, faithful, humble, holy lad, of moderate ability, stationed with an Ensign, at whose feet the Ensign and his wife sat for spiritual counsel, though the Lieutenant knew it not. They hung on his God-wise words, and remembered his ex- ample, and treasured his spirit, and talked to me about his saintHness and Christlike- ness long after he, as Captain, had left them for a corps by himself.
They commanded the corps, but he held spiritual supremacy because he walked with God, and God was with him and in him. Spiritual leadership is not won nor es- tablished by promotion, but by many prayers, tears and confessions of sin and heart-searchings and humblings before God, and self-surrender and a courageous sacri- fice of every idol and a bold and deathless, and uncompromising and uncomplaining em- brace of the Cross and an eternal, unfalter- ing looking unto Jesus crucified.
That is a great price, but it must be un- flinchingly paid by him who would be not merely a nominal, but a real spiritual leader of men — a leader whose power is recognized by three worlds and felt in heaven, earth and hell. Moses gained this spiritual leadership among Pharaoh's palace halls and Sinai's solitudes and fast- nesses, when he "refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter, choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season; esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures of Egypt.
Neither con- ferences, nor synods, nor councils can make them, but only God. Spiritual power is the outcome of spiritual life, and all life, from that of the moss and lichen on the wall to that of the arch- angel before the Throne, is from God, Therefore let those who aspire to this leader- ship pay the price, and seek it from God. Who made Elijah and John the Baptist — hairy, uncouth men of the wilderness and desert — prophets who awed kings and swayed nations? Who took Moses from the universities of Egypt and the palaces of Pharaoh and after drilling him among flocks of sheep on the back side of the desert for forty years, made him the meek, but unconquer- able leader of two millions of slaves, and the law-giver and fountain-head of jurispru- dence for all time?
Who took the baby Samuel and put into his mouth prophetic words to the aged priest Eli, and made him spiritual leader of Israel? Who took the boy David, trained to feed harmless, patient sheep, and put courage into his heart, and nerved his arm to fight the lion and the bear and the giant, and gave him skill to lead Israel's armies, so that the women sang: And why did God single them out and distinguish them, and give them this power above other men?
Because God was to them the supreme Fact. They believed God, sought God, feared and trusted and obeyed God. Read the Psalms and see how God fills the whole heaven of David's thought, desire and affection, and you will cease to wonder at his leadership. It was based on spiritual life, power and fellowship with God. This spiritual leadership once attained, can be maintained.
Witness Moses, Elijah, Paul, Fox, Wesley, Finney and General Booth, and ten thousand leaders in hum- bler spheres who still bear "fruit in old age," and continue "fat and flourishing;" like a white-haired old saint of eighty years, on whom I called who, after I had prayed, burst into prayer, and said: Father, I testify to Thee, and the angels, and these young brothers, that old age is not a time of dotage and second childhood, but the springtime of eternal youth.
Neither conferences, nor synods, nor coun- cils, nor commanders, can make a man acceptable to the people, however long his service and varied his experience, if he has lost the spirit of prayer and faith and fiery- hearted love, and the sweet simplicity and trustfulness and self-sacrifice of his youth, and is now living on past victories and revelations and blessings.
But fresh anointings of the Spirit and present-day experiences will make him acceptable, though his eye be dim and his back bent, and his voice husky with age. There have been ministers who in their prime fought holiness and refused the baptism of the Holy Ghost, or who, hav- ing received the baptism, neglected and lost it, who filled big pulpits and drew fat salaries, but whose influence gradually waned and whose old age was full of complainings and disappointments and bitterness and jealousies, and whose sun went down behind clouds, if not into a starless night, because they neglected God.
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And I know men — old men — full of God, who were persecuted in their prime for Jesus' sake, but who had salt in them- selves and kept sweet and delighted themselves in the Lord, whose bow abides in strength, whose sun is shining in full- ness of splendor, and who are filling the world with divine messages that men are eager to hear. God is always up to date. It is God men want. What service had they performed, and what experience had Moses, and David, and Daniel, and Paul, when God set them up as leaders?
But they were in touch with God; they were pliable to His will, teachable, trustful, obedient, cour- ageous and uncomplaining. They were full of God. And know this, you who fear the time is coming when your services will no longer be appreci- ated or wanted, and you will be thrust into a corner, that a man full of God can- not be thrust aside. They thrust Paul into prison, but he spoke and wrote words of life and power that burn with unquenchable fire of the Holy Ghost, and are doing more to direct the thought, inspire the faith and inflame the affections of men to-day than ever be- fore.
But who can silence the thunder of God's power, or hush His "still small voice," when He chooses a man to speak through him? Their silent prisons but become public telephone stations, con- nected with the skies. The other day, in one of our great cities, died an old man, long since past three score years and ten, a minister, who at the age of forty-seven, broke down so utterly in health from over work, that for five years he never read a chapter from a book, not even from the Bible, but he held fast his faith in both God and man, kept his love all aglow, and at last died full of years and was mourned by hundreds in all parts of the globe who had been saved, sanc- tified, inspired and qualified for service by his words and life, and the agencies he set in motion for the sanctification of the church and the salvation of the world.
And, by odds, his greatest work was accom- plished after he had passed three score years. God was with him. But while this spiritual power and leader- ship may be maintained, yet it is a subtle thing that may be lost for evermore. When Saul was little in his own sight, he was made king, but, when lifted up he became disobedient, his kingdom was rent from him and given to another. And is it not this we are warned against in the words: The one talent was taken from the "wicked and slothful servant," and given to him that had ten.
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I know a Christian worker surrounded by a number of other bright, earnest, teach- able, spiritually ambitious young workers, who looked to him for direction and guid- ance. As electric wires in order to carry the subtle current, must be insulated, so must men who hold spiritual leadership and who would transmit to their fellows spiritual power and life.
Now unto Him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy, to the only wise God, our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power both now and ever. The soul-winner must value time. Dia- monds and gold nuggets are not so prec- ious as minutes. One morning, about 5 o'clock, John Wesley lost ten minutes through the tardiness of his coachman, and mourned for them more than over lost treasure. Johnson tells us that "Whenever Melanchthon made an appointment, he expected not only the hour, but the min- ute to be fixed, that the day might not run out in the idleness of suspense.
Another young lady, better fitted for the position, arrived a bit late, and remarked, "I thought it wouldn't make any difference if I were a few minutes late. Eternity is made up of mo- ments, and "lost time is lost eternity. What is life but a glad, present conscious- ness of God and self and duty, and a hearty obedience thereto? But he that kills time seeks to forget, and would be far better dead. Let no idle, foolish, hurtful thoughts be harbored for an instant, but begin at once to pray and praise God and to meditate on His glories.
His goodness and faithful- ness and truth, and your heart will soon burn within you and bubble over with joy. Bounce out of your bed at once and get the start of your work and push it, else it will get the start and push you. For "If you in the morning Tlirow minutes away, You can't pick them up In the course of the day. You may hurry a,nd scurry, And flurry and worry, You've lost them forever, Forever and aye. H a man forms the habit, he natur- ally turns to it. I find it so with myself. I squander less time now than I used to do.
One redeemed it for the purpose he had in view; the other squandered it. One was a miser of the minutes; the other was a spendthrift of the days and months and years. The one was ever up and doing, packing into every hour some search for truth, some prayer to God, some communion with Jesus, some service to man, some counsel to a saint, some warning or entreaty to a sinner; the other was ever neglecting the opportunity of the present, but full of vague purposes and dreams for an ever-receding, will-o'-the-wisp-like future.
The one plods his way patiently and surely to ''glory and honor, and peace, and immortality, and eternal life;" the other drifts dreamily, but certainly into the re- gions of "indignation and wrath, tribulation and anguish," and finally lands in Hell. It was said of John Wesley that he was always in haste, but never in a hurry.
To save time the soul-winner will find it profitable to go to bed promptly after his meeting at night and to get up promptly on waking in the morning. Men who have accomplished anything in the world have usually gone to work early in the day. Albert Barnes wrote sixteen volumes in less than an equal number of years, devoting to them only the hours before breakfast. If you would save time, have a Bible, a note book and a pencil always at hand. Never go on to the street or take a journey without at least a Testament with you, and some other useful book if possible. And don't forget to use them.
The Gospel of St. Matthew can be read through in two hours. This may not be the most profit- able way to read it, and yet it will pay to read it right through at one sitting, that we may see the life of Jesus as a whole as we would the life of any man. Then don't throw away these minutes. General Booth had to snatch time from household duties and the care of small children to prepare her marvelous ad- dresses that stirred England, and helped so much in making and moulding The Army. The minister who sits about smoking and reading novels, and The Salvation Army officer who whiles away the minutes idly thrumming on his guitar and reading the daily papers will not succeed at soul-saving work.
Again, the soul-winner can redeem time by being "instant in season, out of season," in dealing with men about the things of God. Uncle John Vassar, an eccentric, but marvelously successful soul-winner, once saw two ladies in the parlor of a Boston hotel, and immediately inquired if they were at peace with God, and kindly and earnestly preached Jesus to them, and urged them to make ready for death and judgment by accepting Him as Saviour and Lord.
A few moments later the husband of one of them came in and found them in tears. He inquired for the reason, when his wife 52 THE soul-winner's secret. They met no more, and the stranger was ever wondering who the angel of mercy was that pointed him to Jesus. One day in Africa he received a box of books, and on opening a small volume of memoirs, he saw the picture of the saintly and sainted young man who was about his Father's business and redeemed the time at that watering trough by preaching Jesus and saving a soul, instead of idly gossiping about the weather.
With many much time is lost for want of sys- tem. Things are done at haphazard, duties are performed at random, and after one thing is done time is wasted in deciding what to do next. It is well, then, to have a pro- gram for every day, or, better still, for every hour and minute, as our General does when he goes on a tour. For months ahead the General will have a program for every hour of the day, and whether he succeeds or not in perfectly carrying it out in all its de- tails, he at least works to it, saves anxious worry, loses no time and accomplishes a well-nigh incredible amount of business.
Of course in this busy world, full of sur- prises and unexpected calls, any program must be flexible and not like cast iron, and in times of emergency the soul-winner must be prepared to cast it to the winds and follow according to his best judgment where the Spirit leads, singing with all his heart: My talents, gifts and graces, Lord, Into Thy blessed hands receive. Nothing saps a man's energies, dulls his faculties and takes from him all incentive to holy and high effort like doubt and discouragement.
It is your duty to expect victory. After the defeat at Ai, Joshua in a fit of discouragement stopped all efforts and fell flat on his face and stayed there till God came by and said, "Get thee up; where- fore liest thou thus upon thy face? Therefore the children of Israel could not stand before their enemies Up, sanctify the people and say, 'Sanc- tify yourselves. God wanted Joshua to be up and doing, and if he could not whip the enemy, then he was to clean out his own camp and not be discouraged.
Trust God, and trust man, and where men cannot be trusted, then love them and pray for them, and you will surely redeem the time and win souls to God. Neglect not the gift that is in thee. Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all. No man or woman need hope to be a per- manently successful soul-winner who is not a diligent student of the truth, of the will and ways of God, of men, and of methods.
A man cannot successfully build a house, or write a poem, or govern a city, or manage a store, or even shoe a horse or make a mouse-trap without thoughtful study. A lawyer must be a diligent student if he would win cases before judges and juries in the face of self-interest and skillful oppo- nents. How much more then should the soul-win- ner study in order that he may understand the diseases of the soul, the ramifications of evil, the deceitfulness of the human heart, and the application of the great remedy God has provided to meet all the needs of the soul; or, to change the figure, how must he study to win his case at the bar of man's conscience, when the man's own deceitful heart is the opposing counsel, assisted by that old adversary, the devil, who for six thousand years has been deceiv- ing the children of men and leading them down to Hell!
Oh, that every man who sets himself to be a soul-winner might fully recognize the tre- mendous odds against which he fights and set himself by much believing prayer and 58 THE soul-winner's secret. Only let him not bury his talent in a napkin, nor spend his time in idle dreaming, but let him stir up the gift that is in him and faithfully give a little time each day to those studies that will enlighten the mind and fit him for the work God has called him to, and he shall surely be blessed of God and find himself "furnished unto every good work.
The doctor may know all about law and art, history and theology, but if he is unacquainted with his medical books he is a failure as a doctor. The law- yer may have devoured libraries, traveled the wide world over, and become a walk- ing encyclopedia and dictionary, but if he is unacquainted with his law books, as a lawyer he is a failure. He must become full of the thoughts of God. He must eat the Word and digest it and turn it into spiritual blood and bone and muscle and nerve and sinew, until he be- comes, as someone has said, "A living Bible, eighteen inches wide by six feet long, bound in human skin.
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There is not a piece of advice in the whole book that will tempt the weakest saint to despair, no fancied heights which will be beyond their reach. Certainly none can read the book without getting a new impetus to do and dare for God and souls, and none who carry out these instructions can fail to become in the highest, noblest and most lasting sense, successful soul-winners.
Summary by Beth Thomas and the Preface. The Personal Experience of the Soul-Winner. The Studies of the Soul-Winner. The Renewing of Power. The Soul-Winner and the Children.
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