Saints, this article speaks of something we all on SermonIndex need to desire, nay, [i]yearn[/i] for to happen in our lives. This account by Brengle caused a deep stirring in my inner man...God wants us to know there is something far greater than any of us have experienced thus far in our walks - a graciously bestowed purity, a triumphant victory over the dark vices in our hearts, a deep, inner cleansing that causes the face of men to shine. My mind is entrenched in the thought of holiness unto the Lord, the obsession of yearning for purity in heart, of blessed victory over inner sin, lust, pride, hypocrisy, unbelief, carnality. Brethren, I know the scriptures tell us to count it all joy wen we fall into divers temptations, knowing that the trying of our faith worketh patience, ah, but this doesn't stop me from yearning for a holy, cleansed heart, free of deceit [i]now[/i]. This mysterious heart-change is mentioned throughout the holy hymns by saints like Wesley, Hoffman, and Crosby. O Lord, please give me this clean heart so that I may never offend thee again...and I ask also that you give it to any brother or sister reading these forums that may desire this blessed bestowal in all humility of faith. - Bro. Paul
"When we are converted, our sins are forgiven, and we feel a sweet peace within, and we love God and man, and want to do good and be good all the time, and we have power to do good, and to overcome bad habits and temptation, but there is still something in our hearts that needs to be removed before we are holy. That something within, the Bible calls, "the old man." It is the old nature that gets angry when people or things do not suit us; that is deceitful, and proud, and unclean, and disobedient, and silly, and selfish. Of course, conversion gives a great blow to this 'old man,' and subdues him, and makes him behave himself, so that he no longer acts so badly as he once did; but he is still alive, and watching his chance to get the victory again. And, sad to say, he often does get the victory, causing converted people to do and say things that are wrong, and that grieve and quench the Holy Spirit. The "old man" causes quarrels and jealousies, and envyings and evil speakings, in churches and in Corps, and leads to backslidings of all kinds, and the ruin of many Christian lives.
Before we can be holy, this "old man" must be put off, this evil within must die, this [i]seed of all sin[/i] must be destroyed, and this is something that can and does take place just as soon after conversion as we see the need and the possibility of its being done, and come to Jesus with all our heart, and with perfect faith to have it done.
Some people say that we cannot get rid of this evil nature until we die; but we must stick to the Bible, and believe what that Book says. And the Bible certainly teaches that we can be made holy in this life. The Bible says, "Be ye holy" and that means now, not after death. The Bible says, "Put off the old man, which is corrupt and put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness." (Eph. 4:22-24) We are told to put off all these: "anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth." And we are told to "be filled with the Spirit." All this is to take place now.
We read of the disciples who "were all filled with the Holy Ghost" (Acts 2:4), and of "Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Ghost" (Acts 6:5), and of believers whose hearts were purified by faith (Acts 15:9) long before they got to Heaven. God is no respecter of persons, and just as He gave this great blessing to the early Christians, He will surely give it to us, when we give ourselves fully to Him.
I shall never forget how one Sunday afternoon, after hearing of the possibility and blessedness of a pure heart, a beautiful girl of sixteen walked straight up to the penitent-form, fell on her knees, and lifting her face to Heaven with tears, told the Lord how she wanted a clean heart filled with the Holy Spirit just then. She saw that she need not wait, but that now was the accepted time. And oh! how God blessed her! Soon the smiles were chasing away the tears, and the joy of Heaven was shining on her face. Years after, I found her on the platform, a Lieutenant, with her face still shining, and her heart still cleansed.
And so, my dear young Comrade, this priceless blessing may be yours. Jesus has died to purchase this uttermost salvation, and it is your Heavenly Father's will for you, just now. Have faith in God, give yourself utterly to Him, even now, and begin to seek the blessing with a determination never to stop seeking until it is yours, and you shall not be long without it. Praise the Lord!
Saviour, to Thee my soul looks up, My present Saviour Thou; In all the confidence of hope I claim the blessing now.
'Tis done! Thou dost this moment save, With full salvation bless; Salvation through Thy blood I have, And spotless love and peace."
- Samuel Logan Brengle
Paul Frederick West