I have not been reading the Tozer devotionals lately! Have you? What was in Tozer's heart when he wrote these devotionals? Do you even Care?
What occupies your heart and mind? Where or What is your will up to? Where and on What do you focus your time? What influences are you placing yourself under?
What does the "Deeper Life" mean to you... an internet forum, a concept, a wish, a goal, a passion ....or something you rarely think about? (Matthew 13:44-46)
I have been dealing with a number of personal issues lately and trying to concentrate on the Scripture; just to keep my head above water, so to speak.
In doing that, there is only so much time in each of our lives. Devotionals, being what they are, can be nourishing meat or weak sugar water. Therefore, devotionals are not number one, in my mind, to receive spiritual strength from, the Spirit taught Word is my top priority!
Tozer lost my attention, or I was distracted from his devotional thoughts, about a week or two ago. Today 8/2/17 my pastor brought him back into my mind, by sharing with me the following devotional... <https://www.cmallian...s/tozer?id=891>
The Lord than lead me to read more of Tozer's devotionals, only going backward, I read to the devotional at ... <https://www.cmallian...s/tozer?id=886>
My opinion on Tozer is that he is a bit prophetic in what he has written! The church and its leadership appears to me to be somewhat worse. Tozer is not at all out of touch! Would modern religious people consider him old-fashion? Probably!
If you are not overcome by apathy, blindness, deafness or a hard heart and you really want to mature in the Spirit of Jesus Christ, I would recommend reading, very meditatively, the devotionals from < https://www.cmallian...s/tozer?id=886>
My personal experience, to find the deeper life, required the shutting down, in my life, of all the media of the world. The big ones, at that time, were movies and internet news. If you have a passion to grow, I know that our Heavenly Father will clearly point out all the areas, in your life, that must be cleansed of adulterous activity, which are hindering or stopping your relationship with Him. As the worldly influences, not necessarily evil influences, but just worldly, faded, my spiritual eyes and ears started to open up in a new way. I began to see and understand things in the Word of God that I never saw before. The wrong attitudes were being replaced by God's heart and ways. If you rationalize or excuse those areas, in your life, which the Holy Spirit speaks to you about to deal with and do not deal with them, you will be weak or eventually die spiritually!
The relative spattering of posts that I have been lead to read since I have become involved in the Alliance Deeper Life Forum do not demonstrate to me that there is very much true comprehension of 'the deeper life' that Tozer writes about in this series of devotionals within the C&MA internet community. I rather have seen, in what is written, the patterns of thinking and living, which are similar to what Tozer is trying to warn the church against especially those within the C&MA organization.
An intimate relationship with the Holy Spirit and obedience to His guidance, is the only true way to abundant life! He knows are hearts and our weaknesses. We must give it our all His way! Do you truly love the Lord your God with ALL your mind, heart, strength, soul, with a passion? If you do, then you will not have the struggle to love your neighbor as yourself, with God's definition of love, not the world or psychology's definition of love.
Not everyone who says to Me, Lord, Lord, will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father Who is in heaven.
Many will say to Me on that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name and driven out demons in Your name and done many mighty works in Your name?
And then I will say to them openly (publicly), I never knew you; depart from Me, you who act wickedly [disregarding My commands]. [Psa. 6:8]
So everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts upon them [obeying them] will be like a sensible (prudent, practical, wise) man who built his house upon the rock. (Matthew 7:21-23 Amplified)