More Bits Of A.W. Tozer

More wisdom from A.W. Tozer for us to ponder today.

“I want deliberately to encourage this mighty longing after God. The lack of it has brought us to our present low estate. The stiff and wooden quality about our religious lives is a result of our lack of holy desire. Complacency is a deadly foe of all spiritual growth. Acute desire must be present or there will be no manifestation of Christ to His people. He waits to be wanted. Too bad that with many of us He waits so long, so very long, in vain.”

“We need a baptism of clear seeing. We desperately need seers who can see through the mist–Christian leaders with prophetic vision. Unless they come soon it will be too late for this generation. And if they do come we will no doubt crucify a few of them in the name of our worldly orthodoxy.”

“One hundred religious persons knit into a unity by careful organization do not constitute a church any more than eleven dead men make a football team.  The first requisite is life, always.”

“Wise leaders should have known that the human heart cannot exist in a vacuum. If Christians are forbidden to enjoy the wine of the Spirit they will turn to the wine of the flesh….Christ died for our hearts and the Holy Spirit wants to come and satisfy them.”

“The neglected heart will soon be a heart overrun with worldly thoughts; the neglected life will soon become a moral chaos; the church that is not jealously protected by mighty intercession and sacrificial labors will before long become the abode of every evil bird and the hiding place for unsuspected corruption. The creeping wilderness will soon take over that church that trusts in its own strength and forgets to watch and pray.”

“It is because of the hasty and superficial conversation with God that the sense of sin is so weak and that no motives have power to help you to hate and flee from sin as you should.”

“What comes to our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us.”

“An honest man with an open Bible and a pad and pencil is sure to find out what is wrong with him very quickly.”

“God is not silent. It is the nature of God to speak. The second person of the Holy Trinity is called “The Word.”

“The Word of God well understood and religiously obeyed is the shortest route to spiritual perfection. And we must not select a few favorite passages to the exclusion of others. Nothing less than a whole Bible can make a whole Christian.”

“Faith, as Paul saw it, was a living, flaming thing leading to surrender and obedience to the commandments of Christ.”

“For not only does sound reason direct us to refuse the guidance of those who do or teach anything wrong, but it is by all means vital for the lover of truth, regardless of the threat of death, to choose to do and say what is right even before saving his own life.”

“A pharisee is hard on others and easy on himself, but a spiritual man is easy on others and hard on himself.”

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3 thoughts on “More Bits Of A.W. Tozer”

  1. I so dearly love Tozer. In my private cannonization of holy texts, the book of Tozer is tucked in between the Gospel of John and the book of Thomas Merton. The first time I read Tozer was “The Pursuit of God” and it literally changed my life. I could feel the passionate, persistent love of God pouring off of the pages. He seems to write from a place of complete peace, where the Spirit is pushing the words out of his hands and heart. One of my goals in life is to love God half as much as Mr. Tozer. He reminds us that love in many ways is a place, a place of being in God’s presence, and we press harder and harder to enter into that divine rest where our worries and lives become so light as to cause us to fly upward into our Lord’s waiting arms.
    Thank you for reminding me why I write…
    May the Lord continue to bless you. Much love from your brother,
    Gideon

  2. Thank you, Gideon! Reading Tozer convicts me of how far I have yet to go in my relationship and love for the Lord. What a blessing that we have the writings of men of God like Tozer to encourage us as we make our way through life. They help me to keep focused on what’s important and to toss aside what is not.

    Blessings,
    Susan

  3. “We need a baptism of clear seeing. We desperately need seers who can see through the mist–Christian leaders with prophetic vision. Unless they come soon it will be too late for this generation. And if they do come we will no doubt crucify a few of them in the name of our worldly orthodoxy.”

    “As the manner in which the majority of Old Testament kings dealt with the deeply-cutting words of the Hebrew prophets, so do many of our arrogant leaders deal with the correcting voice of the disenfranchised prophets of God in this era.” [Real Christianity, page 81]

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