The Bible's Purpose Tozer Devotional 4/6/17
Every day is a new wonder to me as I see the hand of God at work, prompting and moving minds and people for His will. Do I understand it all? NO, I surely do not.
Why, on an extremely busy day, would my mind be directed here, to the Scripture and Devotions that I am encouraged by my spirit to read and post?
Why are other people writing the things that they are, on the days that they do? The devotionals have been written many years ago, the Bible thousands of years ago. The 'words' of both can be used for spreading Truth or can be dissected, redefined and twisted to spread and encourage Error. May I continue daily, faithfully, to experience the joy of knowing better and better the voice of my teacher that leads me into all righteousness.
May I never again choose to disobey that still small voice that makes the Word of God come alive within. May I daily begin to glow, as Moses did, from being in the presence and under the influence of the Devine! As hard as it was to leave the entertainments and influences of this world, I have never regretted it for a moment!
I desire for all, who will, to choose to begin to, not just read the Bible, but to obey the Spirit of the Word of God, no matter how hard or impossible it may seem, or be. God is a patient and loving Father that will take you one step at a time, never pushing; but disciplining, teaching and revealing Himself, as you repent and obey His voice.
Today is the first day of the rest of your life!
Live it with your Deliverer experiencing deliverance from the control of the flesh, your senses, and the world with all its pleasures and addictions.
John 14:15 "If you love me, you will obey my commandments.
Joh 8:31-32 So Jesus said to those Jews who had believed in Him, If you abide in My word [hold fast to My teachings and live in accordance with them], you are truly My disciples. And you will know the Truth, and the Truth will set you free.
Here is Tozer's Devotional for today April 6... <https://www.cmallian...s/tozer?id=773>
The Bible's PurposeIn recent years the Bible has been recommended for many other purposes than the one for which it was written. The peace of mind cults, for instance, manage to find in it oil for the troubled waters of the soul; but to make it work they must pick, choose, misunderstand and misapply quite literally to their heart's content. Now, the Bible when read honestly and responsibly does bring peace of mind, but only after it has first brought the heart to a repentance that is often anything but peaceful. When the entire life has been morally transformed and the heart purified from sin, then the seeker can know real and legitimate peace. Any manipulation of the Scriptures to make them speak peace to the natural man is evil and can only lead to ruin.
A few years ago it was fairly popular practice for Bible teachers to claim to find in the Scriptures confirmation of almost every new discovery made by science. Apparently no one noticed that the scientist had to find it before the Bible teacher could, and it never seemed to occur to anyone to wonder why, if it was there in the Bible in such plain sight, it took several thousand years and the help of science before anyone saw it.
Now, I believe that everything in the Bible is true, but to attempt to make it a textbook for science is to misunderstand it completely and tragically. The purpose of the Bible is to bring men to Christ, to make them holy and prepare them for heaven. In this it is unique among books, and it always fulfills its purpose when it is read in faith and obedience.
''For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God.'' First Peter 1:23
Some view the Bible as great literature. Others treat it as something of a fetish to keep away evil. But the Bible's purpose is to change us as we read it, believe it and obey it.
Forgive me, Lord, for misuse of Your Word. May I listen to Your voice through it and so be changed by it.
Rev 22:10 And he [further] told me, Do not seal up the words of the prophecy of this book and make no secret of them, for the time when things are brought to a crisis and the period of their fulfillment is near.
Rev 22:11 He who is unrighteous (unjust, wicked), let him be unrighteous still; and he who is filthy (vile, impure), let him be filthy still; and he who is righteous (just, upright, in right standing with God), let him do right still; and he who is holy, let him be holy still. [Dan. 12:10]
Rev 22:12 Behold, I am coming soon, and I shall bring My wages and rewards with Me, to repay and render to each one just what his own actions and his own work merit. [Isa. 40:10; Jer. 17:10]
Rev 22:13 I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last (the Before all and the End of all). [Isa. 44:6; Isa. 48:12]
Rev 22:14 Blessed (happy and to be envied) are those who cleanse their garments, that they may have the authority and right to [approach] the tree of life and to enter through the gates into the city. [Gen. 2:9; Gen. 3:22, Gen. 3:24]
Rev 22:15 [But] without are the dogs and those who practice sorceries (magic arts) and impurity [the lewd, adulterers] and the murderers and idolaters and everyone who loves and deals in falsehood (untruth, error, deception, cheating).
Rev 22:16 I, Jesus, have sent My messenger (angel) to you to witness and to give you assurance of these things for the churches (assemblies). I am the Root (the Source) and the Offspring of David, the radiant and brilliant Morning Star. [Isa. 11:1, Isa. 11:10]
Rev 22:17 The [Holy] Spirit and the bride (the church, the true Christians) say, Come! And let him who is listening say, Come! And let everyone come who is thirsty [who is painfully conscious of his need of those things by which the soul is refreshed, supported, and strengthened]; and whoever [earnestly] desires to do it, let him come, take, appropriate, and drink the water of Life without cost. [Isa. 55:1]
Rev 22:18 I [personally solemnly] warn everyone who listens to the statements of the prophecy [the predictions and the consolations and admonitions pertaining to them] in this book: If anyone shall add anything to them, God will add and lay upon him the plagues (the afflictions and the calamities) that are recorded and described in this book.
Rev 22:19 And if anyone cancels or takes away from the statements of the book of this prophecy [these predictions relating to Christ's kingdom and its speedy triumph, together with the consolations and admonitions or warnings pertaining to them], God will cancel and take away from him his share in the tree of life and in the city of holiness (purity and hallowedness), which are described and promised in this book.