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been Weighed, Tested, and Proved in much practical witnessing work. Here they are, all Ready-made, Headed, Pointed, and Arranged, only waiting the hand of the willing worker to make them a real spiritual power in the King's business. If these Nails prove a substantial help to any of the Lord's weary workers—we shall rejoice, and to God Himself be all the glory.


October 1903.

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COULD'ST thou have thy work to last?

Nail it, brother, firm and fast.
Would'st thou have thy work abide ?
Nail it well on every side.
Would'st thou have thy work eternal,
Baffling the fiend infernal:
Strong, whoever may assail it?
Brother, take advice, and nail it.
Would'st thou be another Jael,
And o'er Sisera prevail ?
In amazement dost thou ask,
Where the nails for such a task ?":
Lift the lid, my brother, look!
Thou wilt find them in this book.






Notes on Nehemiah.


1. The worker's Cbaracter.

Nehemiah i. 1-4. NHE Book of Nehemiah consists chiefly of an autobiography

of a remarkable man. Nehemiah was no ordinary individual, but a special instrument chosen by the Lord to do a wonderful work, and he did it. As a Jew he was in the deepest sympathy with his afflicted people ; as a witness for God he let his light shine in the palace; and as a leader of men he possessed a great deal of tact, common sense, and grace, and his example is full of stimulus and help for every Christian worker. A few notes of his personal character may guide us to the same kind of active service.

1. He was a Man of God, or God's man for his time. He was in the line of God's purposes and plans; he knew God's heart of love for Israel ; he saw God's hand in every event; and he knew God's word could never fail.

2. He was a Man of Prayer. He knew the great secret of relief. In this science Nehemiah was proficient. Prayer is both the telegraph of faith and the telephone of love, and Nehemiah understood both (chap. ii. 4; i. 5–11; iv. 9; vi. 9; and ix. 8-32). A little girl being asked, “What is prayer ? ” replied, “Prayer is the wish of the heart."

3. He was a Man of Intelligence. His mind was sanctified as well as his heart; he knew God (chap. iv. 14 ; ix. 17, 32). He knew his Bible (viii. 9); he knew men and things (vi. 2); he knew history (ix. 7-31); and he knew his business (vi. 3).

4. He was a Man of Action. He was not a man of theory, plan, and purpose only, but of practical service. He had method, patience, courage, and thoroughness. He saw what was to be done, and did it. He had a few great principles of service so useful for every worker, namely, Division of Labour, Adaptation of Workers, Honesty and Economy, Co-operation and Concentration. He had wonderful tact in doing the right thing at the right time.

5. He was a Man full of the Holy Ghost. Therefore Faithful and Hopeful (chap. ii. 20); Prayerful and Cheerful (chap. iv. 4, vi. 14); Joyful and Glad (chap. viii. 10, xii. 43).

What is it to be a man of God ? It is to have a heart in touch with God by the Holy Spirit, a mind in the light of God by the Scriptures, a life in harmony with God by obedieuce. To be in the secret of God by prayer, and to delight in the service of God with a heart burning with love.

2. The worker's sympatby.

Nehemiah i. 1-4.

This first chapter introduces us into the secret feelings, deep sympathies, and burning love of Nehemiah for his people, and leads us straight in to the sacred chamber of

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