Chapter X

Eight Practical Suggestions

I believe it will help you to, as briefly as possible, condense these thoughts into the following steps:

First: A surrender, complete and unconditional unto the Lord; a laying on the altar every part of the life, past and future; heart and mind; will and emotions; hopes and desires; plans and ambitions; in fact, ALL.

Second: Study God’s Word for the building up of faith, reading promise after promise until they are ingrained into your heart.

Third: Commit at least one promise to heart, know it thoroughly (three or four, if possible).

Fourth: Claim this promise definitely of the Lord. Hold it up before Him, saying: “This is Thy Word on which Thou hast caused me to hope.”

Fifth: Close the deal with God. Make the transaction very definite, literally writing your name on the dotted line. For you are really to count it done.

Sixth: Count it done; it is a closed matter now. You are not to go back over the same ground, excepting to point back to the time you made the transaction, saying, “It was at that moment I drove the stake down and took the stand of faith.” Now, “having done all, I stand.”

Seventh: Stand now on the promise you have taken; stand on the Word of God; Stand notwithstanding every onslaught of the enemy; stand, though doubts and fears would try to move you; stand, saying, “I believe God’s Word against everything else; I believe, though every natural sense of my own makes it untrue. “Let God be true, but every man a liar that thou mightest be justified in thy saying” (Romans 3:4).

Eighth: Praise. Thank Him now for the answer; praise Him for His faithfulness. The parcel has not been delivered at your door, but you have closed the deal with Him over the royal telephone, and there is in your heart a very sweet trust and precious confidence in His promise, while you are waiting for the doorbell to ring. We began with prayer, but we end with praise. “God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able to bear, but he will, with every temptation, make a way to escape” (1 Corinthians 10:13).