- STANLEY JONES
I came to Christ bankrupt. My capacity to blunder drove me to his feet, and to my
astonishment he took me, forgave me, and sent my happy soul singing its way down the years. By grace was I saved, through faith, and that not of myself — it was the gift of God.
I walked in the joy of that for months and then the clouds began to gather. There was
something within me not redeemed, something else down in the cellar that seemed to be sullenly at war with this new life. I was at war with myself.
I think I can see what happened. We live in two minds — the conscious and the
Into the conscious mind there is introduced at conversion a new life, a new loyalty, a new
love. But the subconscious mind does not obey this new life. Its driving instincts drive for fulfillment apart from any morality built up in the conscious mind. There ensues a clash between the new life in the conscious mind and the instinct of the subconscious. The house of mansoul becomes a house divided against itself.
I wondered if this was the best that Christianity could do — to leave one in this divided
condition? I found to my glad surprise the teaching concerning the Holy Spirit, and I found the area of the work of the Holy Spirit largely, if not entirely, in the subconscious. I found that if I would surrender to the Holy Spirit this conscious mind — all I knew and all I did not know — he would cleanse at these depths I could not control. I surrendered and accepted the gift by faith. He did cleanse as a refining fire. In that cleansing there was a unifying. Conscious and subconscious minds were brought under a single control and redemption. That control was the Holy Spirit. I was no longer at war with myself. Life was on a permanently higher level. It was no longer up and down. The soul had caught its stride. I went on my way singing a new song. That song has continued. It is fresher today than then.
Source: “The Meaning of Sanctification”
by Charles Ewing Brown
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HOW THEY ENTERED CANAAN (A Collection of Holiness Experience Accounts) Compiled by Duane V. Maxey
Vol. I — Named Accounts