"The soul realizes that nothing stands between it and hell except Christ; and rather than die she cries out to Him, willing to follow His direction.
I hope you do not think I limit the Holy One of Israel in working to the same degree and measure in everyone. But in all cases the humbling work of the Spirit must convince a person before peace and comfort come to empty the soul of false confidence which she has stored up. Then the heart becomes like a vessel whose bottom has been beaten out until all the water spills out. It hates sin it once loved. The hopes, which pleased and sustained her are gone and the person is left in a desolate and solitary condition.
The soul realizes that nothing stands between it and hell except Christ; and rather than die she cries out to Him, willing to follow direction. The soul is like a patient who is thoroughly convinced of her doctor's skill and care. This is what I call "the broken heart."
I beg you, though, not to rest until your conscience answers some questions. Was your wine once water? Does your light arise from darkness? Is your peace the product of soul-conflict and trouble? Did you bleed before your were healed? If so, bless God who has turned your mourning into dancing.
On the other hand, if you drank wine before your pots were ever filled with water; if your morning dawned before there was evening; if your peace was settled before your false peace was broken; if your conscience was sound and whole before it was lanced and drained of pride and carnal confidence-- you may possess short-lived peace. But Jesus denies all this to be His cure. It requires far more power to work true godly sorrow than false joy. You would be happier mourning from distress of a troubled conscience than dancing around the devil's idol of peace.
"As many as walk according to this rule, peace be on them" Galatians 6:16. Now "this rule" is the holy walk of the "new creature" according to God's Word (v. 15). The principles of grace planted in the believer's soul are as appropriate to it as the agreement between the eye and light.”Quoted material from, ”The Christian in Complete Armour Daily Readings in Spiritual Warfare” by Gurnall and James S Bell. http://www.moodypublishers.com/pub_productDetail.aspx?id=41823&pid=53617