Hugh, a personal friend, was converted in the early 70’s. He recently sent this video to me with Eric Clapton & Steve Winwood singing “Presence of The Lord.”
His testimony demonstartes what some refer to as “pre-conversion sanctification”.
The Holy Spirit often employs unique and diverse means to initate his seminal work in a sinners life and does so long in advance of bringing one to saving faith. This was true in my own life as well.
“…..believe it or not my first ever encounter with Holy Spirit conviction was from hearing this song. When I was about 15, I spent the night with two of my friends. I was asleep on the floor and had the radio playing. During the night, this song played. I felt a serious tug, and I think I actually prayed some.
The two friends were brothers and my drinking and doping friends. The Lord saved me just before turning 18. One of the brothers died when he was about 40, and the other brother about 5 years later. Neither of them ever stopped using. I did get a chance to talk with them about my conversion. ”