God Sanctified My Soul

by | Dec 1, 2006

On January 9, 1885, at about nine o’clock in the morning, God sanctified my soul. I was in my own room at the time, but in a few minutes I went out and met a man and told him what God had done for me.

The next morning I met another friend on the street and told him the blessed story. He shouted and praised God and urged me to preach full salvation and confess it everywhere. God used him to encourage and help me. So the following day, I preached on the subject as clearly and as forcibly as I could, and ended with my testimony.

God blessed the word mightily to others, but I think He blessed it most to myself. That confession put me on record. It cut the bridges behind me. Three worlds were now looking at me as one who professed that God had given him a clean heart. I could not go back now. I had to go forward. God saw that I meant to be true to death.

So two mornings after that, just as I got out of bed and was reading some of the words of Jesus, He gave me such a blessing as I never had dreamed a man could have this side of heaven. It was a heaven of love that came into my heart. I walked out over the Boston Commons before breakfast, weeping for joy and praising God.

Oh, how I loved! In that hour I knew Jesus and loved Him till it seemed my heart would break with love. I loved the sparrows. I loved the dogs. I loved the horses. I loved the urchins on the streets. I loved the strangers who hurried past me. I loved the heathen. I loved the whole world.

Do you want to know what holiness is? It is pure love. Do you want to know what the baptism of the Holy Ghost is? It is not mere sentiment. It is not a happy sensation that passes away in a night.

It is a baptism of love that brings every thought into captivity to the Lord Jesus; that casts out all fear; that burns up doubt and unbelief as fire burns tow; that makes one “meek and lowly in heart”; that makes one hate uncleanness, lying and deceit and a flattering tongue, and every evil way with a perfect hatred; that makes Heaven and Hell eternal realities; that makes one patient and gentle with the froward and sinful; that makes one “pure, peaceable, easy to be entreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy”; that brings one into perfect and unbroken sympathy with the Lord Jesus Christ in His toil and travail to bring a lost and rebel world back to God.

God did all that for me, bless His holy name!

Oh, how I had longed to be pure! Oh, how I had hungered and thirsted for God—the living God! And He gave me the desire of my heart. He satisfied me—I weigh my words—He satisfied me! He satisfied me!! These ten years have been wonderful. God has become my Teacher, my Guide, my Counselor, my All and in All.

He has allowed me to be perplexed and tempted, but it has been for my own good. I have no complaint to make against Him. Sometimes it has seemed that He had left me alone, but it has been as the mother who stands away from her little child to teach it to use its own legs that it may walk.

He has been with my mouth and helped me to speak of Jesus and His great Salvation in a way to instruct, and comfort, and save other souls. He has been light to my darkness, strength to my weakness, wisdom to my foolishness, knowledge to my ignorance.

Oh, glory to God! What has He not done for me? What has He not been to me? I recommend Him to the world.

Commissioner Samuel Logan Brengle (1860–1936) was a well-known holiness advocate and expositor in the Salvation Army. His written works have helped many into the experience of entire sanctification.