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Their trouble was in seeking too small a blessing. They gave up certain outward things, but the inward self-life was still uncrucified. The gold miner washes the dirt off his ore, but he cannot wash the dross out of it. The fire must do that, and then the gold will be pure.
So the laying aside of outward things is necessary, but only the baptism of the Holy Ghost and of fire can purify the secret desires and affections of the heart and make it holy. And for this you must earnestly seek by perfect consecration and perfect faith.
There are other people who fail to obtain the blessing because they are seeking something altogether distinct from holiness. They want a vision of Heaven, of balls of fire, of some angel, or they want an experience that will save them from all trials and temptations and from all possible mistakes and infirmities, or they want a power that will make sinners fall like dead men when they speak.
They overlook the verse which declares that the end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned (1 Tim. 1:5), which teaches us that holiness is nothing more than a pure heart filled with perfect love, a clear conscience toward God and man, which comes from a faithful discharge of duty and simple faith without any hypocrisy.
They overlook the fact that purity and perfect love are so Christlike and so rare in this world, that they are in themselves a great, great blessing.
They overlook the fact that while Jesus was a great Man, King of kings, and Lord of lords, He was also a lowly Carpenter and made Himself of no reputation, and took upon Him the form of a servant
and humbled Himself (Phil. 2:7,8). They overlook the fact that they are to be as Jesus was, in this present world, and that this present world is the place of His humiliation, where He is despised and rejected of men, a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief, with no (outward) beauty that we should desire Him (Isa.53:2,3).
In this present world His only beauty is that inward beauty of holiness (1 Chron. 16:29), that humble spirit of gentleness and love, that ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price (1 Peter 3:4).
Is your soul hungering and thirsting for the righteousness of perfect love? Do you want to be like Jesus? Are you prepared to suffer with Him and to be hated of all men for His names sake (Matt. 10:22)? Then lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset you (Heb. 12:1), present your body a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service (Rom. 12:1), and run with patience the race which is set before you, looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of your faith (Heb. 12:1,2).
Come to the Lord with the same simple faith that you did when you were saved; lay your case before Him, ask Him to take away all uncleanness and to perfect you in love, and then believe that He does it. If you will then resist all Satans temptations to doubt, you will soon find all your hindrances gone, and yourself rejoicing with joy unspeakable and full of glory (1 Peter 1:8).
The very God of peace sanctify you wholly, and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. Faithful is He that calleth you, who also will do it (1 Thess. 5;23, 24). -Samuel L. Brengle
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