February 6, 2017 // Story



I was brought up in a very respectable church, and knew nothing about conversion. At

about the age of seventeen I felt that I ought to be a Christian. How, I did not know. Nobody told
me. I supposed the only way would be to read the Bible and pray, and I went at it. When I was
converted I do not know, but I am very sure I was. I don’t know the date, for there was no
particular sensation or emotion to mark it.

Some four or five years after that I met with a great sorrow, and I consecrated myself

wholly to God. Soon after I thought about being something for the Master, and it came about, in
answer to prayer, in the establishment of a Consumptives’ Home and other institutions. My thought
then was how to conduct this work–whether or not I should beg. The promises of God were
brought very forcibly to my mind as to whether they were true or not. I puzzled over them for a few
days, and the more I puzzled and thought the more doubt began to came in, until one day I took my
Bible between my two hands, and, holding it up, in my room alone, I said, “I will believe every
word inside of these two covers whether I understand it or not.”

From that moment to this I have never had the least shadow of doubt of the truth of God’s

Word, and have acted upon the promises and lived according to them for nearly twenty-five years.

This was my justified state, in which I found a good deal of comfort; but how should I get

rid of the natural temperament, and the failing, which was a great one with me, of getting irritated
over very little things, and then getting a vexed with myself because I did get irritated! I had spent
hours and hours upon my knees, with tears running down my cheeks, praying that the Lord would
help me to overcome this; but He did not.

One day, in prayer, the Lord’s Prayer came home to me very blessedly by the Spirit, in its

closing sentences, “Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory.” It flashed through my soul
in a moment, “Thine is the power, and, Lord, I have been asking Thee to help me to overcome this;
thine is the power to do it all”; and with joy unspeakable in my soul I got up from my knees


praising God for victory. Whether this was my reception of sanctification or not I do not know. It
is the only very marked experience of deliverance that I ever had. I believe that years ago He gave
me a clean heart and baptized me with the Holy Ghost. There have been occasional slight lapses
through weakness of faith, but the light has been burning steadily from that day to this. My Saviour
has become more and more precious to me, and I am conscious that the blood cleanseth, and the
Holy Ghost abides.


Source: “Forty Witnesses” by S. Olin Garrison

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