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5. A complete satisfaction and resting in Christ. Since then, there has been no favourable response from within to temptations from without. Before, I often found elements in my heart siding with the tempter, and felt that all was not right within. There appeared to be an aching void, or a place in my soul which grace had never reached.
But since Jesus sent the refining fire through and through my poor heart, I have been sweetly assured that grace has permeated every faculty and fibre of my being, and scattered light, love, and saving power through every part. Hallelujah to Jesus ! I have found satisfaction, rest, and exultation in Christ.
6. A great increase in Spiritual power. This I have realised in my closet devotions, in my pastoral duties, and especially in the ministrations of the blessed truth. Blessed be the Lord, I have learned by experience that men may receive the Holy Ghost in measure limited only by their capacity to receive and feeble ability to endure. God could easily bless men beyond the power of the body to endure and live, if He were disposed to take them to Heaven in that way.
This increase of power has delivered me from all slavish fear of man or of future evil. It has given me such a love to the Saviour and to His glorious Gospel, as to make all my duties sweet and delightful. Truly, “Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace.”
7. A clear and distinct witness of purity through the blood of Jesus. The testimony of the Holy Spirit, and of my own spirit, to the entire sanctification of my soul have been more clear and convincing than any I ever had of my regeneration, although I had no doubts of that for years before the Lord extirpated inbred sin from my soul. “Meridian evidence puts doubt to flight.”
Dear reader, how I wish I could tell you how clear and sweet the light of purity has shone through the very depths of my soul! How I wish I could tell you the complete satisfaction I have realized since I obtained this pearl of great price! If I could only tell you all about the full and perfect love of Christ! But, oh! It can never be told! Its fulness, its richness, and its sweetness can never be expressed! You can know it only by experience, and this is your solemn duty and most exalted privilege. Will you not seek it? Will you not begin now? A holy life is the happiest life, the easiest life, and the safest life you can live. O, be persuaded to settle the matter at once, and begin now to seek for purity, and never yield the struggle until you obtain the glorious victory!
I might have written much more in regard to my weakness, unworthiness, and imperfections, and would have done so had I supposed it would honour Christ more than to write about the fulness of His grace and the riches of his love.
My experience is not my own, and it is in the hope that my humble testimony to the fulness and freeness of the grace bestowed upon me, the most unworthy, may encourage and lead others to avail themselves of this fullness of Christ, that I record my experience of the perfect love of Christ. I have given but a brief and imperfect sketch, a mere
outline of the mercies that the Lord has heaped upon his poor servant. To him be all the glory.
Dear reader, seek holiness. At all hazards seek it. Expect no rest until your soul is made “ free indeed” in the blood of Jesus. And when once you have tasted the blessedness of purity, you will never be able to be sufficiently thankful that you were induced to seek it. If you do not seek it, the period is not distant when you will never be able to forgive yourself for the neglect.
And now, reader, “I commend you to God, and to the word of His grace, which is able to build you up, and give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified.”
The War Cry, No. 62.-FEB. 24, 1881.
OBEDIENCE TO THE LIGHT:
AN ADDRESS AT THE HOLINESS COUNCIL, ST.
JAMES'S HALL, FEB. 5, 1881.
By MRS. BOOTH.
“I beseech you, therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
“And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God." -Romans xii. 1, 2. I HAVE been thinking about the word in the text, “that"_" That ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God.” This advance in the Divine life, as well as every other, right to the end, till we advance into glory, has its conditions. The conditions of the advance from an absolutely unawakened worldly condition, to that of a convinced sinner, IS THE RECEPTION OF THE LIGHT. God awakens and enlightens thousands, and tens of thousands reject the light, instantly put it away, shut their eyes, will not have the light; these go back into greater darkness, and sin with more alacrity than ever they did before. Those who receive light, become convinced of sin-awakened, enlightened souls.
The next condition of advance from the state of
converted, struggling sinner, willing to part with his sins and to follow Christ is faith ; to believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, that he may receive the forgiveness of sins. And every advance onwards, if the believer is ever to get beyond the first principles if he is ever to grow a single inch, so to speak, there is a condition involved in that advance! For instance, if after conversion, the Holy Spirit reveals to him something which is inconsistent, which he did not before see, the condition of his advance another step is the renunciation of that thing! The reception of the light, and OBEDIENCE TO IT—and if he shrinks from, and does not receive and obey the light, he will never advance any more until he does. There are thousands of Christians instead of advancing have gone back since their conversion, because they would not comply with the condition “that they might prove the good and acceptable and perfect will of God."
There was a condition. They would have proved it, if there had been no condition ; but there was a condition they would not comply with. They would not receive and obey the light. So there they stick, just where they were; or, rather, they have gone back.
Well, now then, here is a condition to this grand and glorious advance from the state of justification —where, while the believer is given power over sin, so that it does not rule over him, yet he sometimes, through its inward workings, falls under its