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. God used him to encourage and help me.
That confession put me on record. It cut the bridges behind me. I could not go back now. I had to go forward. God saw that I meant to be true till 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. I walked out over Boston Common before breakfast weeping for joy and praising God.
Oh, how I had longed to be pure! Oh, how I had hungered and thirsted for God! He gave me the desire of my heart. He satisfied me. God has become my Teacher, my Guide, my Counselor, my All and All.
He has helped me to speak of Jesus and His great salvation in a way to instruct, comfort and save other souls. He has been light to my darkness, strength to my weakness, wisdom in my foolishness, knowledge in my ignorance.
When my way has been hedged up and it seemed that no way could be found out of my temptations and difficulties, He has cut a way through for me.
When my heart has ached, He has comforted me. When my feet have well-nigh slipped, He has held me up. When my faith has trembled, He has encouraged me. When I have been in sore need, He has supplied all my need. When I have been hungry, He has fed me. When I have thirsted, He has given me living water.
He has taught me that sin is the only thing that can harm me. He has taught me to hang upon Jesus by faith for my salvation from all sin, and to show my love by obeying Him in all things and by seeking in all ways to lead others to obey Him.
My whole being is His for time and eternity. I am not my own. He can do with me as He pleases for I am His.
“Holiness to the Lord” (Exodus 28:36 KJV) has been my motto. It has been the only motto that could express the deep desire and aspiration of my soul.
Samuel Logan Brengle, Helps To Holiness