Baxter - HP BV4920 B38 1829

182 NOW OR NEVER, vVhen thou art praying in secret, or in thy family; "do it with thy might:" cry mightily to God, as a soul under sin, wants, and danger, that is stepping into an endless life, should do. Let the reverence and the fervour of thy prayers, show that it is God himself that thou' art speaking to: that it is heaven itself that thou art praying for; hell itself that thou art praying to be saved fi-om. vVilt thou be dull and senseless on such an errand to the living God? Remember what lieth upon thy failing or prevailing: and that it must be now or never. Art thou a preacher of the gospel, and takest charge of the souls of men? "Take heed to thyself and to the whole flock, over which the Holy Ghost hath maJe thee an overseer, to feed the church of God, which he bath purchased with his own blood." L et not the blood of souls, and the blood that purchased them, " be ~·equued at thy hands." Thou art charged" before--God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing, and his kingdom, that thou preaeh his word: be instant in season, and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with all longsuffering and doctrine." "Teach every man, and exhort every man,- even night and day with tears." " Save men with fear, pulling them out of the fire. Cry aloud: lift up thy voice like a trumpet; tell them of their transgressions." Yet thou art alive, and they alive; yet· thou hast a tongue, and they have ears: the final sentence hath not yet cut off their hopes. Preach, therefore, and preach with all thy might. Exhort them, privately and personally, 1-vith all the seriousness thou canst. Quickly, or it will be too late; prudently, or Satan will overreach thee; fervently, or thy words are likely to be disregarded. Remember, when thou lookest them in the faces, when thou beholdest the assemblies, that they must he converted or condemned, sanctified on earth, or tormented in hell; and that this is the day: it must be now or never.