- NEFF (Methodist)
About three weeks after I was converted, I felt the necessity of holiness. I read the
Memoirs of Mrs. Rogers and Carvosso, and the Path of Life, and these books confirmed me in the belief that it was my privilege to be made free from sin. I prayed earnestly for heart purity, for about one week, when I was able to lay all on the altar, and believe that the offering was accepted. God then gave me such a view of himself and of the power of the gospel, as I never had before. I was overwhelmed with the divine glory. I did not shout aloud, but felt
“The silent awe that dares not move,”
while the fire of God seemed to be penetrating my being. I felt lifted above the world, above the cares and sorrows of life; peace and joy filled my soul. I felt a power which I never felt before–power to sing and pray, and work for God. I remained in this state of mind for many months, during which time I was much exercised on the subject of preaching the gospel. I resisted this convection of duty, when almost imperceptibly the witness of holiness was lost. Sometime after this I entered the ministry. Years of affliction and trials came, during which God often blessed me, and showed me the light of His countenance. I passed through powerful revivals, and saw many sinners converted to God. But in the midst of all this I was conscious of a want of holiness. About three years ago I was able to consecrate anew. God met me again in a powerful manner. Since then I have been trying to live holiness and preach entire sanctification as a distinct blessing.
Source: “Pioneer Experiences” by Phoebe Palmer
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HOW THEY ENTERED CANAAN (A Collection of Holiness Experience Accounts) Compiled by Duane V. Maxey
Vol. I — Named Accounts