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Tuesdays with Tozer

Margaret —  April 6, 2010 — 1 Comment

Tuesdays with Tozer

I've been thinking a lot about spiritual transformation--what really changes us? What makes us more into the image of Christ?

The newborn Christian is a migrant; he has come into the kingdom of God from his old home in the kingdom of man and he must get set for the violent changes that will inevitably follow.

One of the first changes will be a shift of interest from earth to heaven, from men to God, from time to eternity, from earthly gain to Christ and His eternal kingdom. Suddenly, or slowly but surely, he will develop a new pattern of life. Old things will pass away and behold, all things will become new, first inwardly and then outwardly; for the change within him will soon begin to express itself by corresponding changes in his manner of living.

--A.W. Tozer (The Dwelling Place of God, pg 62) Continue Reading...

Tuesdays with Tozer

Margaret —  March 30, 2010 — Leave a comment

Tuesdays with Tozer

Tozer's words remind me that as we seek to know God, the desire begins both on an individual and corporate level. It's a hunger. A longing. A desire that stirs above other. Is it possible that the Christian church is now satisfied to accept God as simply the God of history? Does it feel no need for individuals to meet God in living, personal experience?

We do have God in history and Christ in history. But where is the emphasis on the need for a transforming encounter with the living God who transcends history? Continue Reading...

Tuesdays with Tozer

Margaret —  March 23, 2010 — Leave a comment

I've asked the question, "Which comes easier for you-silence or stillness?" I think it's important to distinguish the subtle but significant difference.

Few realize secret of bathing our souls in silence. It was a secret our Lord Jesus Christ knew very well. There were times when He had to send the multitudes away so He could retire alone into the silence of the mountainside. There He would turn the God-ward side of His soul toward heaven and for a long time expose Himself to the face of His Father in heaven.

--A.W. Tozer (Men Who Met God, p. 103) Continue Reading...

Tuesdays with Tozer

Margaret —  March 16, 2010 — 1 Comment

Tuesdays with Tozer

I love Tozer's feistiness! I have to remind myself that he wrote this nearly half a century ago. Not much has changed--except for maybe what's on the menu (lasagna instead of ham)!

If the bush had been burning in that way in our day, do you know what we would do? We would advertise a great Bible conference. We would spend tens of thousands of dollars promoting an international "retreat." We would eat up all the ham and sweet potatoes in the area while we talked and gossiped. Then we would pass a resolution to build a fence around the area containing that miraculous desert bush.

Friend, our preservation and our security do not depend on bylaws and regulations. Our security lies in the presence of God in the midst of His people.

It takes the church a long time to learn some of these lessons. Centuries ago, a serious-minded monk named Simeon Stylites climbed to the top of a pillar 60 feet high and stayed there for 30 years. He said it was his way of trying to preserve his holiness.

My comment is this: If Simeon Stylites had read the third chapter of Exodus, he would have learned that when the fire of God dwells within a person, he does not have to climb 60 feet and be completely without elevator service to be in spiritual safety. ... Continue Reading...

Tuesdays with Tozer

Margaret —  March 9, 2010 — 2 Comments

Tuesdays with Tozer

I cringe when people suggest that becoming a follower of Jesus will provide a shield from hurt, pain, and loss. After all, Jesus was nailed to a tree, betrayed by a best friend, and stared death in the eyes. Yes, he triumphed, but he also never went numb. He felt. He sensed. He ached. He cried out.

We will, too.

It is amazing to me! There are people within the ranks of Christianity who have been taught and who believe that Christ will shield His followers from wounds of every kind.

If the truth were known, the saints of God in every age were only effective after they had been wounded. They experienced the humbling wounds that brought contrition, compassion and a yearning for the knowledge of God. I could only wish that more among the followers of Christ knew what some of the early saints meant when they spoke of being wounded by the Holy Spirit. Continue Reading...