Truth or Hearsay? Does Tozer Know?
When I read the first devotional in this series of devotionals by Tozer I felt to look ahead to the next day hoping that he would explain what I did not understand in that devotional.
Sure enough he continued to explain what God had given him. I was hooked, I could not stop reading until I read the last devotional in the series of eight devotionals. May they minister to you as they have to me!
It is interesting, the power of our electronics today. Have you ever considered turning off the TV and searching the web for Alliance Churches across the country that have web sites. Some of them post their sermons.
Maybe your not like me! I have a curiosity about what is being feed or taught to congregations.
Pastors might consider, when your sermons are posted, are you feeding the sheep lush green, nutritious meals, or are you giving them leftovers, from what you ate years ago? Maybe you are regurgitating something that sounded good on the internet or something you learned years ago in school.
I believe that Tozer is encouraging all to have a diet of daily manna from the Holy Spirit, including the refreshing Living Water from the Spirit of the Word. If your daily food and drink are received at the feet of Jesus, instead of the world, you will have regular fresh meat for all you speak with from the overflow of a pure heart that is feed with pure eyes. Matthew 6:22&23 and Matthew 15:18&19
The following is a read-through of Tozer's current series, including some thoughts and my amens from the Word.
Tozer Devotional Tue, July 11, 2017 https://www.cmallian...ns/tozer?id=869
There is a deeply spiritual and thoroughly mystical quality in New Testament religion that we cannot afford to ignore if we would be Christians in fact as well as in name.
I think it well to let our worshiping hearts decide our theological questions. After the purity of the text has been established and the mind assured that the translation is trustworthy, the best source of true light is always the Spirit-illuminated heart. A praying heart, aglow with love for God, will intuit truth, will pass behind the veil and see and hear that which is not lawful to be uttered, which indeed cannot be uttered or even intellectually understood.
It is my opinion that the real battle line in the theological war today is not the line that separates fundamentalism from liberalism. That war has been fought and won. No one need be in any wise confused on the question of Bible theology versus man-conceived liberalism. Both sides have said their say boldly. Everyone can know where he stands on such matters as the inspiration of the Scriptures, the deity of Jesus Christ, salvation through the blood of atonement, death and judgment, heaven and hell. The true battle line is elsewhere.
However, as it is written: 'No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him'--but God has revealed it to us by his Spirit. First Corinthians 2:9-10
Spiritual truth is spiritually discerned. The intellect is certainly active but there is truth communicated by the Holy Spirit to our human spirit which is beyond intellectual understanding.
Lord, give me a heart-understanding of You and Your truth!
Tozer Devotional Wed, July 12, 2017 https://www.cmallian...ns/tozer?id=870
Always the decisive conflict in religion will be where important concepts are joined in opposition, concepts so vital that they are capable of saving or wrecking the Christian faith in any given generation. At this critical juncture in church history, the real conflict is between those who hold to an objective Christianity capable of being grasped in its entirety by the human intellect and those who believe that there are far-in areas of religious experience so highly spiritual, so removed from and exalted above mere reason, that it takes a special anointing of the Holy Spirit to make them understood by the human heart. The difference is not academic merely. Should the advocates of religious intellectualism succeed in setting the direction for the church in this generation, the next generation of Christians will become helpless victims of dead orthodoxy.
In conversation with one of the better-known devotees of neo-intellectualism in evangelical circles, I asked the question bluntly, "Do you actually believe that everything essential in the Christian faith may be grasped by the human intellect?" The answer was immediate--"If I did not, I would be on my way toward agnosticism." I did not say, but might properly have said, "And if you do, you are on your way toward rationalism." For such indeed is the truth.
This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, expressing spiritual truths in spiritual words. First Corinthians 2:13
There is truth beyond the grasp of human wisdom--spiritual truth taught and interpreted by the Holy Spirit. That truth is in no way contradictory to the Written Word. It is a deeper level of understanding.
"Open my eyes, illumine me, Spirit Divine!"
Tozer Devotional Thu, July 13, 2017 https://www.cmallian...ns/tozer?id=871
One of the heaviest problems the inquiring Christian faces today is why so many good and apparently sincere religious leaders are going so far astray from the plain teachings and practices of the New Testament. Destructive elements are being innocently introduced into present-day worship and service by Bible-loving evangelicals, elements so opposed to the true genius of Christianity that the two are mutually exclusive. One or the other must go. Either these new parasitic growths must be destroyed, or they will in a short time destroy the Christian faith. Yet these deadly things are encouraged in the churches by some of the most zealous orthodox leaders. Why?
The answer is simpler than we might suppose. These leaders are depending on their brain to guide them in their religious practices. They conceive the truth to be a doctrinal deposit, a kind of a theological road map to lead them to heaven. They check the map to make sure they are going the right direction, and after that they are on their own. No Unseen Guide is necessary. If they should be attacked by doubts, they need only stop under a lamppost and reassure themselves that they have indeed "accepted" Christ. Then they get underway again with complete confidence that they are on the same road as the apostles and prophets.
(My Note: Their confidence tends toward a blind faith that is with out action or fruit. It does not rely or understand the true Holy Spirit lead life. Reliance upon the divine influence. Real Grace! " especially the divine influence upon the heart, and its reflection in the life; including gratitude")
Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth. Psalm 46:10
Do we need to turn down the sound systems, de-emphasize the tempo, reduce the chatter and just be quiet before the Lord? Are our church services in danger of becoming soulish rather than spiritual?
It is in the quietness of heart that I hear You, Lord, when the noise subsides and there is just You and me.
Tozer Devotional Fri, July 14, 2017 https://www.cmallian...ns/tozer?id=872
The question being discussed by many these days--why religion is increasing and morality slipping, all at the same time--finds its answer in this very error, the error of religious intellectualism. Men have a form of godliness but deny the power thereof. The text alone will not elevate the moral life. To become morally effective, the truth must be accompanied by a mystic element, the very element supplied by the Spirit of truth. The Holy Spirit will not be banished to a footnote without taking terrible vengeance against His banishers. That vengeance may be seen today in the nervous, giggling, worldly minded and thoroughly carnal fundamentalism that is spreading over the land. Doctrinally, it wears the robes of scriptural belief, but beyond that it resembles the religion of Christ and His apostles not at all.
Confining the Holy Spirit to a Footnote
The mysterious presence of the Spirit is vitally necessary if we are to avoid the pitfalls of religion. As the fiery pillar led Israel through the wilderness, so the Spirit of truth must lead us all our journey through. One text alone could improve things mightily for us if we would but obey it: "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding" (Proverbs 3:5).
(My Note: 2 Timothy 3:3-5 Men deny the power of godliness - holiness, purity, when they do not believe that Jesus died to deliver man from sin and the power of sin. They have a form of godliness but do not believe that they should and can look like Jesus Christ, let alone be one with Him as He was one with the Father. John 14:20-23 and John 17:20-23
How can anyone do that? Again John gives the answer, ”He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil. Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God. In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother.” 1 John 3:8-10
Is the Spirit of Jesus truly living and ruling within? Would He ever live in rebellion to the Father?
Do you love the Father with ALL your heart, soul, mind and strength or do you share your affections with some of the 'innocent' things of the world?
Are you a pure bride of Christ or are you flirting with other lovers?
"If you love me you will keep my commandments."
Jesus replied, “If anyone loves me, he will obey my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and take up residence with him. The person who does not love me does not obey my words. And the word you hear is not mine, but the Father’s who sent me. John 14:23-24)
Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6
Trusting in the LORD with all our heart relieves us of dependence upon our own understanding. Acknowledging Him in all our ways invites Him to make our paths straight. All of which opens the way to deeper perception.
Forgive me, Holy Spirit, for over-dependence on my own understanding and so relegating You to a footnote. I want to trust You with all my heart.
I will be posting the other devotionals of Tozers in this series, at a later date.