Tozer Brilliance

I’ve been reading Pursuit of God by A.W. Tozer, and it is PHENOMENAL.  I highly recommend it.  Here are a few sweet snippets:

“The blessed ones who possess the Kingdom are they who have repudiated every external thing and have rooted from their hearts all sense of possessing.  These are the poor in spirit.  They have reached an inward state paralleling the outward circumstances of the common beggar in the streets of Jerusalem.  This is what the word poor as Christ used it actually means.  These blessed poor are no longer slaves to the tyranny of things.  They have broken the yoke of the oppressor; and this they have done not by fighting but by surrendering.  Though free from all sense of possessing, they yet possess all things. ‘Theirs is the kingdom of Heaven.’….

“Abraham….had everything, but he possessed nothing.  There is the spiritual secret.  There is the sweet theology of the heart which can be learned only in the school of renunciation.  The books on systematic theology overlook this, but the wise will understand…

“If we would indeed know God in growing intimacy, we must go this way of renunciation.  And if we are set on pursuit of God, He will sooner or later bring us to this test.”

“God formed us for His pleasure, and so formed us that we, as well as He, can, in divine communion, enjoy the sweet and mysterious mingling of kindred personalities.  He meant us to see Him and live with Him and draw our life from His smile…

“The omnipresence of the Lord is one thing and is a solemn fact necessary to His perfection.  The manifest Presence is another thing altogether, and from this Presence we have fled, like Adam, to hide among the trees of the garden, or like Peter, to shrink away crying, ‘Depart from me; for I am a sinful man, O Lord.’

“So the life of man upon the earth is a life away from the Presence, wrenched loose from that ‘blissful center’ which is our right and proper dwelling place, our first estate which we kept not, the loss of which is the cause of our unceasing restlessness.

“The whole work of God in redemption is to undo the tragic effects of that foul revolt, and to bring back again into right and eternal relationship with Himself…

“Ransomed men need no longer pause in fear to enter the Holy of Holies.  God wills that we should push on into His presence and live our whole life there.  This is to be known to us in conscious experience.  It is more than a doctrine to be held; it is a life to be enjoyed every moment of every day…

“The world is perishing for lack of the knowledge of God and the Church is famishing for want of His Presence.  The instant cure for most of our religious ills would be to enter the Presence in spiritual experience, to become suddenly aware that we are in God and God in us.  This would lift us out of our pitiful narrowness and cause our hearts to become enlarged.  This would burn away the impurities from our lives as the bugs and fungi were burned away by the fire that dwelt in the bush.”

More to come!  This book is amazing.

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