A. W. Tozer – Acceptarea lui Cristos

A. W. Tozer – Acceptarea lui Cristos

CUM VOI PUTEA AJUNGE SALVAT PRIN RELATIA MEA CU HRISTOS?

Ce inseamna sa-L accepti pe Hristos? Ce este? Sunt foarte incantat ca sunt capabil sa va spun ca sunt foarte putine lucruri in aceasta lume care conteaza cu adevarat si ca sunt si mai putine care fac diferenta dintre viata si moarte. Sunt de asemenea cateva care ar trece neimportante dar au o importanta vitala, chiar o importanta decisiva.

A.W.Tozer – In Everything by Prayer

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1 Phillipians 4:6

Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God

This is the key to the treasure house of  God.

A W Tozer – Poarta-ti crucea, dar nu pune niciodata una pe spatele altcuiva

A W Tozer: nascut in 1897. In 1914, la doar 17 ani a simtit chemarea lui Dumnezeu. Cu numai 5 ani mai tarziu si fara nici o scoala teologica/biblica, A W Tozer a devenit pastor la varsta de 22 de ani.

A W Tozer:

Poarta-te mai aspru cu tine si mai bland cu altii. – Poarta-ti crucea, dar nu pune niciodata una pe spatele altcuiva. Cultiva partasia cu Dumnezeu prin rugaciune, smerenie, ascultare si renuntare la sine.
A W Tozer

O dragoste creştinească radiantă. Îmi doresc să văd o restaurare a dragostei creştineşti care să radieze în aşa fel încât să fie imposibil să găseşti pe cineva care să vorbească cu asprime sau fără milă despre cineva sau cuiva. Aceasta necesită multa chibzuinţa şi multa rugaciune necontenită. Diavolul ar intra în convulsii. Ar fi atât de supărat şi aşa de dezamagit că ar sta îmbufnat ani în şir în iadul creat chiar de el. În această ultimă perioadă de moarte a dispensaţiunii creştine ar trebui să existe un grup de creştini care să aibă dragoste radiantă, nişte oameni atât de iubitori încât să nu-i poţi face să vorbească nedrept şi fără milă.

Din Din 8 lucruri pe care le tanjesc intr-o biserica.

Tozer, Ravenhill and a poem on christians facing the judgment seat of Christ

Excerpted from one of Leonard Ravenhill’s sermons titled: The Judgment Seat of Christ, which you can read in its entirety here.

A.W.Tozer-

A W TozerI think again of a statement A. W. Tozer made to me once. He said, „Len, you know, we’ll hardly get our feet out of time into eternity that we’ll bow our heads in shame and humiliation. We’ll gaze on eternity and say, ‘Look at all the riches there were in Jesus Christ, and I’ve come to the Judgment Seat almost a pauper.'” For God had not only given us Jesus Christ – He has with Him freely given us all things (Rom. 8:32).

Leonard Ravenhill-

I heard the story for years, about the woman who came to Jesus with an alabaster box of ointment, before I understood it – before I realized that she came for one reason only. She came to worship Jesus. How do I know? Because she brought the most sacrificial gift she had and because she never said a word while she was there. How do I know? Because she didn’t wash His feet with water, but with her tears. She didn’t dry His feet with a towel, but she dried His feet with the hair of her head. And she poured out that costly fragrance and then wiped His feet. So what happened? The fragrance she poured out on Him came back on her.

Leonard RavenhillDo you wonder why your life isn’t more fragrant? It’s because you don’t take time to be holy. You don’t take time to be with Jesus. Because you think all the knowledge you get at Bible school is enough. Oh no, God isn’t going to measure your intellect. He’s going to try your life with His fire. Did you get up this morning and thank God you were pure? Did you thank Him that He broke that devilish fever you used to have for sniffing cocaine or something? Are you really glad you’re not a prostitute anymore, but now you’re a part of the Bride of the Lamb instead? Are you glad He removed your bad temper and all those creepy horrible things that used to master you?

…….

WILL CHRISTIANS BE JUDGED?

I heard a woman say not long ago, „Well, praise the Lord. I’m glad I don’t have to account for anything when I go to heaven. There is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” Wait a minute, you can never isolate a scripture by itself. There’s no condemnation for our past sins, and I’m sure we are all mighty glad of that. But God was always saying to Israel, „Remember when thou wast a bondsman in Egypt…remember your sin…remember your iniquity.”

You might say, „It doesn’t say the Christians are going to be judged out of the books.” Yes, I think it does. Where? In Malachi (Mal. 3:16). It says that God has a Book of Remembrance, and I think it would do you good before you go to bed every night this week to ask God, „What did You put in Your book today for my life?” It doesn’t have to be some outward act. You can worship God on a tractor. It may not be the best way, but you can do it.

The Bible says that „we shall all stand before the Judgment Seat of Christ” (Rom. 14:10). I think that scripture means just what it says.

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Do you get so near to the heart of God that you share His grief over the world and over the backslidden and apostate church that we have today? One of the most famous preachers in the country recently called at nearly midnight and said, „I’ve come to this conclusion: God Almighty has already taken His hand off America – for the simple reason that we’ve had so much light and we’ve rejected it!” It’s not only true that we live in a world of bankrupt politics, we live in a world (this is the most tragic part of all) of a spiritually bankrupt church.

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We ought to live our lives conscious of eternity – ready to be cut off at any moment. If you were to stand before the Lord at this very moment, would you like your life story read by all the millions in eternity? None of the outcasts of hell are going to be there. Won’t it be wonderful – or will it? Or do you think you might shrink a bit when you hear now God used David Brainerd or John Wesley or some little washerwoman that had a life of intercession?

There’s no burden too heavy, or no situation too hard for the one that you love. If we are love-controlled, love-motivated, and love- energized, it will be all right when we stand up there, because if there’s anything about love – it’s obedient. We need to become a people who are baptized with obedience. We need to be submissive to the total will of God, not concerned about human opinion, and not asking for more to spend on ourselves. We need to say, „Oh God, I want this life of mine to glorify You, so that when I stand in Your awesome presence, as John says, I shall not be ashamed at Your appearing” (I John 2:28).

His Plan For Me

When I stand at the Judgment Seat of Christ
And He shows His plan for me,
The plan of my life as it might have been
Had He had His way – and I see
How I blocked Him here, and checked Him there,
And I would not yield my will,
Will there be grief in my Savior’s eyes,
Grief though He loves me still?
Would He have me rich and I stand there poor,
Stripped of all but His grace,
While memory runs like a hunted thing,
Down the paths I cannot retrace.
Lord, of the years that are left to me
I give them to Thy hand
Take me and break me and mold me,
To the pattern that Thou hast planned!
-Author Unknown

A must-read free book on the attributes of God

From the introduction to the book (pp 2,3) – Bob Deffinbaugh:

A. W. TozerOver 30 years ago, A. W. Tozer wrote concerning the desperate need for the church to revise its concept of God due to a very distorted conception of Him:

It is my opinion that the Christian conception of God current in these middle years of the twentieth century is so decadent as to be utterly beneath the dignity of the Most High God and actually to constitute for professed believers something amounting to a moral calamity.
Tozer goes on to say,
The heaviest obligation lying upon the Christian Church today is to purify and elevate her concept of God until it is once more worthy of Him–and of her.
A. W. Pink is of the same opinion:
The god of this century no more resembles the Sovereign of Holy Writ than does the dim flickering of a candle the glory of the midday sun. The god who is talked about in the average pulpit, spoken of in the ordinary Sunday school, mentioned in much of the religious literature of the day, and preached in most of the so-called Bible conferences, is a figment of human imagination, an invention of maudlin sentimentality. The heathen outside the pale of Christendom form gods of wood and stone, while millions of heathen inside Christendom manufacture a god out of their carnal minds.
In one of his letters to Erasmus, Martin Luther said, “Your thoughts of God are too human.” Speaking for God, the psalmist of old penned the same thought in these words:
21 These things you have done, and I kept silence; You thought that I was just like you; I will reprove you, and state [the case] in order before your eyes (Psalms 50:21).
It would be difficult to over-estimate the importance of the study of God. Charles Haddon Spurgeon’s words are often quoted by those who embark upon a study of the attributes of God:

C. H. Spurgeon, "The Prince of Preachers&...Nothing will so enlarge the intellect, nothing so magnify the whole soul of man, as a devout, earnest, continued, investigation of the great subject of the Deity. The most excellent study for expanding the soul is the science of Christ and Him crucified and the knowledge of the Godhead in the glorious Trinity.

The proper study of the Christian is the Godhead. The highest science, the loftiest speculation, the mightiest philosophy, which can engage the attention of a child of God, is the name, the nature, the person, the doings, and the existence of the great God which he calls his Father. There is something exceedingly improving to the mind in a contemplation of the Divinity. It is a subject so vast, that all our thoughts are lost in its immensity; so deep, that our pride is drowned in its infinity. Other subjects we can comprehend and grapple with; in them we feel a kind of self-content, and go on our way with the thought, “Behold I am wise.” But when we come to this master science, finding that our plumbline cannot sound its depth, and that our eagle eye cannot see its height, we turn away with the thought “I am but of yesterday and know nothing.”
The study of God’s nature and character is the high calling of the Christian and is of great importance and

practical value:

What were we made for? To know God. What aim should we set ourselves in life? To know God. What is the ‘eternal life’ that Jesus gives? Knowledge of God. ‘This is life eternal, that they might know thee, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent’ (John 17:3). What is the best thing in life, bringing more joy, delight, and contentment, than anything else? Knowledge of God. ‘Thus saith the LORD, Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches; but let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me’ (Jer. 9:23f.). What, of all the states God ever sees man in, gives Him most pleasure? Knowledge of Himself. ‘I desire . . . the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings,’ says God (Hos. 6:6) . . . Once you become aware that the main business that you are here for is to know God, most of life’s problems fall into place of their own accord . . . What makes life worth while is having a big enough objective, something which catches our imagination and lays hold of our allegiance; and this the Christian has, in a way that no other man has. For what higher, more exalted, and more compelling goal can there be than to know God?

Let Me See Thy Glory:

A Study of the Attributes of God

Preface
No study is of more importance or value than a study of the nature and attributes of God. It is our hope that these messages will enhance your knowledge of God, resulting in a greater love for Him and for others.
This material is from a series of messages on the attributes of God delivered by Bob Deffinbaugh, a teaching elder at Community Bible Chapel in Richardson, Texas. Anyone is at liberty to use this material for educational purposes, with or without credit. Community Bible Chapel believes the material containedin this series to be true to the Word of God, and desires to further, not restrict, its potential use as an aid to the study of God’s Word.
Robert Deffinbaugh graduated from Dallas Theological Seminary with his Th.M. in 1971and has contributed many of his Bible study series for use by the Foundation. E-mail address: deffinba@ix.netcom.com.
©1995 by Community Bible Chapel, 210 Abrams Road, Richardson, TX 75081, http://www.bible.org.
Anyone is free to reproduce this material and distribute it, but it may not be sold under any circumstances
whatsoever without the author’s consent.
Lesson 1: Exploring the Excellencies of God
Lesson 2: The Power of God
Lesson 3: The Goodness of God
Lesson 4: The Wisdom of God
Lesson 5: The Holiness of God
Lesson 6: The Righteousness of God
Lesson 7: The Wrath of God
Lesson 8: The Grace of God
Lesson 9: The Sovereignty of God in History
Lesson 10: The Sovereignty of God in Salvation
Lesson 11: The Nearness of God
Lesson 12: The Immutability of God
Lesson 13: The Joy of God
Lesson 14: The Invisibility of God
Lesson 15: The Forgiving God
Lesson 16: The Truth of God
Lesson 17: The Love of God
Lesson 18: The Glory of God
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FREE Audio Book Download – A W Tozer’s life story

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A Passion for God

The Spiritual Journey of A. W. Tozer

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Pastor A. W. Tozer, author of the Christian classics The Pursuit of God and The Knowledge of the Holy, was a complex, intensely private, deeply spiritual man, and a gifted preacher whose impact for the kingdom of God is immeasurable. In this thoughtful biography, bestselling author Lyle Dorsett traces Tozer’s life from his humble beginnings as a Pennsylvania farm boy to his heyday as a Chicago pastor–when hundreds of college students would travel to his South Side church to hear him preach and thousands more heard his Sunday broadcasts on WMBI. Eventually, he came to his final pastorate in Toronto.

From his conversion as a teen to his death in 1963, Tozer remained true to one passion: to know the Father and make Him known, no matter what the cost. The price he paid was loneliness, censure from other, more secular-minded ministers of the times, and even a degree of estrangement from his family. Read the life story of a flawed but gifted saint, whose works are still impacting the world today.

„I fear we shall never see another Tozer. Men like him are not college-bred but Spirit-taught.” Leonard Ravenhill, 20th century British evangelist.

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Called to Preach – Leonard Ravenhill recounts a story told by A.W. Tozer

A. W. Tozer

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Leonrad Ravenhill recounts meeting A.W.Tozer, who was holding a scrap of paper in his hand which to Tozer was more valuable than receiving a letter from the President. The letter was from an african man named Dumas, who was saved in a small baptist church in Africa.

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A.W. Tozer Sermon – God’s Great Promise to His Church

Published on Jun 11, 2012 by  A.W. Tozer Sermon – God’s Great Promise to His Church- A.W. Tozer sermon playlist: http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=66987CD6E419E258

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Acts 24 and Luke 1

Aiden Wilson Tozer was born April 21, 1897, on a small farm among the spiny ridges of Western Pennsylvania. Within a few short years, Tozer, as he preferred to be called, would earn the reputation and title of a „20th-century prophet.”
Able to express his thoughts in a simple but forceful manner, Tozer combined the power of God and the power of words to nourish hungry souls, pierce human hearts, and draw earthbound minds toward God.
When he was 15 years old, Tozer’s family moved to Akron, Ohio. One afternoon as he walked home from his job at Goodyear, he overheard a street preacher say, „If you don’t know how to be saved . . . just call on God.” When he got home, he climbed the narrow stairs to the attic where, heeding the preacher’s advice, Tozer was launched into a lifelong pursuit of God.
In 1919, without formal education, Tozer was called to pastor a small storefront church in Nutter Fort, West Virginia. That humble beginning thrust him and his new wife Ada Cecelia Pfautz, into a 44-year ministry with The Christian and Missionary Alliance.
Thirty-one of those years were spent at Chicago’s Southside Alliance Church. The congregation, captivated by Tozer’s preaching, grew from 80 to 800.
In 1950 Tozer was elected editor of the Alliance Weekly now called Alliance Life. The circulation doubled almost immediately. In the first editorial dated June 3, 1950, he set the tone: „It will cost something to walk slow in the parade of the ages while excited men of time rush about confusing motion with progress. But it will pay in the long run and the true Christian is not much interested in anything short of that.”

Tozer’s forte was his prayer life which often found him walking the aisles of a sanctuary or lying face down on the floor. He noted, „As a man prays, so is he.” To him the worship of God was paramount in his life and ministry. „His preaching as well as his writings were but extensions of his prayer life,” comments Tozer biographer James L. Snyder. An earlier biographer noted, „He spent more time on his knees than at his desk.”
Tozer’s love for words also pervaded his family life. He quizzed his children on what they read and made up bedtime stories for them. „The thing I remember most about my father,” reflects his daughter Rebecca, „was those marvelous stories he would tell.”
Son Wendell, one of six boys born before the arrival of Rebecca, remembers that, „We all would rather be treated to the lilac switch by our mother than to have a talking-to by our dad.”
Tozer’s final years of ministry were spent at Avenue Road Church in Toronto, Canada. On May 12, 1963, his earthly pursuit of God ended when he died of a heart attack at age 66. In a small cemetery in Akron, Ohio, his tombstone bears this simple epitaph: „A Man of God.”
Some wonder why Tozer’s writings are as fresh today as when he was alive. It is because, as one friend commented, „He left the superficial, the obvious and the trivial for others to toss around. . . . [His] books reach deep into the heart.”
His humor, written and spoken, has been compared to that of Will Rogers–honest and homespun. Congregations could one moment be swept by gales of laughter and the next sit in a holy hush.
For almost 50 years, Tozer walked with God. Even though he is gone, he continues to speak, ministering to those who are eager to experience God. As someone put it, „This man makes you want to know and feel God.”

A W Tozer – Riches that Bring No Sorrow

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Proverbs 10:22 The blessing of the Lord, it maketh rich, and he addeth no sorrow with it.

From the introduction:

The blessing of the Lord; what it is and what it means to us and it leaves no bitter taste. Solomon was one of the richest and the wisest and as he writes in Proverbs in his old age, he says very simply that a man who has God’s blessing on him is a rich man and that he will never have any regrets or sorrow as a result of those kinds of riches.

Here was an old man, Solomon and he had lived it up in his days, he had plenty of everything and time was running up on him and he was writing his proverbs. Solomon wasn’t putting sour grapes in here, he watched the drama of humanity  and he looked in his own heart and saw how empty it was, and so he said, „The blessing of the Lord maketh rich”. What is this blessing of the Lord?

If I was reading this without the benefit of reading the rest of the Bible I wouldn’t know what this man means; but, when you allow the rest of the Bible to be a commentary on this, then you know what this means. It began back there, when God said to Abraham, „Abraham, come out of that country and thy kingdom and  come to a new place and I will show thee and I will bless thee and make thy name great…

Published on Jun 3, 2012 by  A.W. Tozer Sermon – Riches that Bring No Sorrow

Aiden Wilson Tozer was born April 21, 1897, on a small farm among the spiny ridges of Western Pennsylvania. Within a few short years, Tozer, as he preferred to be called, would earn the reputation and title of a „20th-century prophet.” Able to express his thoughts in a simple but forceful manner, Tozer combined the power of God and the power of words to nourish hungry souls, pierce human hearts, and draw earthbound minds toward God.

When he was 15 years old, Tozer’s family moved to Akron, Ohio. One afternoon as he walked home from his job at Goodyear, he overheard a street preacher say, „If you don’t know how to be saved . . . just call on God.” When he got home, he climbed the narrow stairs to the attic where, heeding the preacher’s advice, Tozer was launched into a lifelong pursuit of God. In 1919, without formal education, Tozer was called to pastor a small storefront church in Nutter Fort, West Virginia. That humble beginning thrust him and his new wife Ada Cecelia Pfautz, into a 44-year ministry with The Christian and Missionary Alliance. Thirty-one of those years were spent at Chicago’s Southside Alliance Church. The congregation, captivated by Tozer’s preaching, grew from 80 to 800.

In 1950 Tozer was elected editor of the Alliance Weekly now called Alliance Life. The circulation doubled almost immediately. In the first editorial dated June 3, 1950, he set the tone: „It will cost something to walk slow in the parade of the ages while excited men of time rush about confusing motion with progress. But it will pay in the long run and the true Christian is not much interested in anything short of that.”

Tozer’s forte was his prayer life which often found him walking the aisles of a sanctuary or lying face down on the floor. He noted, „As a man prays, so is he.” To him the worship of God was paramount in his life and ministry. „His preaching as well as his writings were but extensions of his prayer life,” comments Tozer biographer James L. Snyder. An earlier biographer noted, „He spent more time on his knees than at his desk.”

Tozer’s love for words also pervaded his family life. He quizzed his children on what they read and made up bedtime stories for them. „The thing I remember most about my father,” reflects his daughter Rebecca, „was those marvelous stories he would tell.”
Son Wendell, one of six boys born before the arrival of Rebecca, remembers that, „We all would rather be treated to the lilac switch by our mother than to have a talking-to by our dad.”

Tozer’s final years of ministry were spent at Avenue Road Church in Toronto, Canada. On May 12, 1963, his earthly pursuit of God ended when he died of a heart attack at age 66. In a small cemetery in Akron, Ohio, his tombstone bears this simple epitaph: „A Man of God.”

Some wonder why Tozer’s writings are as fresh today as when he was alive. It is because, as one friend commented, „He left the superficial, the obvious and the trivial for others to toss around. . . . [His] books reach deep into the heart.”
His humor, written and spoken, has been compared to that of Will Rogers–honest and homespun. Congregations could one moment be swept by gales of laughter and the next sit in a holy hush.

For almost 50 years, Tozer walked with God. Even though he is gone, he continues to speak, ministering to those who are eager to experience God. As someone put it, „This man makes you want to know and feel God.”

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A W Tozer – One cause of our moral weakness today is an inadequate Christology

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THE LORDSHIP OF THE MAN JESUS IS BASIC

by A. W. Tozer


WE ARE UNDER CONSTANT TEMPTATION these days to substitute another Christ for the Christ of the New Testament. The whole drift of modern religion is toward such a substitution.

To avoid this we must hold steadfastly to the concept of Christ as set forth so clearly and plainly in the Scriptures of truth. Though an angel from heaven should preach anything less than the Christ of the apostles let him be forthrightly and fearlessly rejected.

The mighty, revolutionary message of the Early Church was that a man named Jesus who had been crucified was now raised from the dead and exalted to the right hand of God. „Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made that same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ.”

Less than three hundred years after Pentecost the hard-pressed defenders of the faith drew up a manifesto condensing those teachings of the New Testament having to do with the nature of Christ. This manifesto declares that Christ is „God of the substance of His Father, begotten before all ages: Man of the substance of His mother, born in the world: perfect God and perfect Man, of a reasonable soul and human flesh subsisting: Equal to His Father, as touching His Godhead: less than the Father, as touching His manhood. Who, although He be God and man, yet He is not two, but one Christ. One, not by conversion of the Godhead into flesh, but by the taking of the manhood into God. One altogether, not by the confusion of substance, but by the unity of Person. For as the reasonable soul and flesh is one man, so God and man is one Christ.”

Even among those who acknowledge the deity of Christ there is often a failure to recognize His manhood. We are quick to assert that when He walked the earth He was God with men, but we overlook a truth equally as important, that where He sits now on His mediatorial throne He is Man with God.

The teaching of the New Testament is that now, at this very moment, there is a man in heaven appearing in the presence of God for us. He is as certainly a man as was Adam or Moses or Paul. He is a man glorified, but His glorification did not dehumanize Him. Today He is a real man, of the race of mankind, bearing our lineaments and dimensions, a visible and audible man whom any other man would recognize instantly as one of us.

But more than this, He is heir of all things, Lord of all worlds, head of the church and the first-born of the new creation. He is the way to God, the life of the believer, the hope of Israel and the high priest of every true worshiper. He holds the keys of death and hell and stands as advocate and surety for everyone who believes on Him in truth.

This is not all that can be said about Him, for were all said that might be said I suppose the world itself could not contain the books that should be written. But this in brief is the Christ we preach to sinners as their only escape from the wrath to come. With Him rest the noblest hopes and dreams of men. All the longings for immortality that rise and swell in the human breast will be fulfilled in Him or they will never know fulfillment. There is no other way (John 14:6).

Salvation comes not by „accepting the finished work” or „deciding for Christ.” It comes by believing on the Lord Jesus Christ, the whole, living, victorious Lord who, as God and man, fought our fight and won it, accepted our debt as His own and paid it, took our sins and died under them and rose again to set us free. This is the true Christ, and nothing less will do.

But something less is among us, nevertheless, and we do well to identify it so that we may repudiate it. That something is a poetic fiction, a product of the romantic imagination and maudlin religious fancy. It is a Jesus, gentle, dreamy, shy, sweet, almost effeminate, and marvelously adaptable to whatever society He may find Himself in. He is cooed over by women disappointed in love, patronized by pro tem celebrities and recommended by psychiatrists as a model of a well-integrated personality. He is used as a means to almost any carnal end, but He is never acknowledged as Lord. These quasi Christians follow a quasi Christ. They want His help but not His interference. They will flatter Him but never obey Him.

The argument of the apostles is that the Man Jesus has been made higher than angels, higher than Moses and Aaron, higher than any creature in earth or heaven. And this exalted position He attained as a man. As God He already stood infinitely above all other beings. No argument was needed to prove the transcendence of the Godhead. The apostles were not declaring the preeminence of God, which would have been superfluous, but of a man, which was necessary.

Those first Christians believed that Jesus of Nazareth, a man they knew, had been raised to a position of Lordship over the universe. He was still their friend, still one of them, but had left them for a while to appear in the presence of God on their behalf. And the proof of this was the presence of the Holy Spirit among them.

One cause of our moral weakness today is an inadequate Christology. We think of Christ as God but fail to conceive of Him as a man glorified. To recapture the power of the Early Church we must believe what they believed. And they believed they had a God-approved man representing them in heaven.

A.W.Tozer – Man: The Dwelling Place of God, Chapter 1

Introduction

THE SUPREME INTEREST in the life of A. W. Tozer was God: He who spoke and brought the world into being, Who justly rules over men and nations, yet deigns to make man His dwelling place. He believed that all that really matters is for man to be in right relationship with God, that his first duty-and privilege-is „to glorify God and enjoy Him forever.” For this reason he delighted to speak to men of God’s majesty and wonder and grace and he ever sought to instruct and exhort Christians to let this be the purpose of their lives. He grieved that they should be content with less.

Nothing he preached or wrote was merely academic or theoretical. What he said about God came out of many hours spent in His presence and with His Word. What he wrote about men was what he knew of his own heart and observed in others. With the Spirit’s anointing came discernment; perception and clarity issued out of a disciplined mind. A broad knowledge averted dullness, and a lively wit brought freshness.

The chapters in this book deal with many aspects of one subject: the relationship of God and man. They are above all practical and all who read them will profit.

Anita M. Bailey

Chapter 1

DEEP INSIDE EVERY MAN there is a private sanctum where dwells the mysterious essence of his being. This far-in reality is that in the man which is what it is of itself without reference to any other part of the man’s complex nature. It is the man’s „I Am,” a gift from the I AM who created him.

The I AM which is God is underived and selfexistent; the „I Am” which is man is derived from God and dependent every moment upon His creative fiat for its continued existence. One is the Creator, high over all, ancient of days, dwelling in light unapproachable. The other is a creature and, though privileged beyond all others, is still but a creature, a pensioner on God’s bounty and a suppliant before His throne.

The deep-in human entity of which we speak is called in the Scriptures the spirit of man. „For what man knoweth the things of man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God” (I Cor. 2:11) . As God’s self-knowledge lies in the eternal Spirit, so man’s selfknowledge is by his own spirit, and his knowledge of God is by the direct impression of the Spirit of God upon the spirit of man.

The importance of all this cannot be overestimated as we think and study and pray. It reveals the essential spirituality of mankind. It denies that man is a creature having a spirit and declares that he is a spirit having a body. That which makes him a human being is not his body but his spirit, in which the image of God originally lay.

One of the most liberating declarations in the New Testament is this: „The true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth” (John 4:23, 24) . Here the nature of worship is shown to be wholly spiritual. True religion is removed from diet and days, from garments and ceremonies, and placed where it belongs-in the union of the spirit of man with the Spirit of God.

From man’s standpoint the most tragic loss suffered in the Fall was the vacating of this inner sanctum by the Spirit of God. At the far-in hidden center of man’s being is a bush fitted to be the dwelling place of the Triune God. There God planned to rest and glow with moral and spiritual fire. Man by his sin forfeited this indescribably wonderful privilege and must now dwell there alone. For so intimately private is the place that no creature can intrude; no one can enter but Christ; and He will enter only by the invitation of faith. „Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me” (Rev. 3:20).

By the mysterious operation of the Spirit in the new birth, that which is called by Peter „the divine nature” enters the deep-in core of the believer’s heart and establishes residence there. „If any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his,” for „the Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God” (Rom. 8:9, 16). Such a one is a true Christian, and only such. Baptism, confirmation, the receiving of the sacraments, church membership-these mean nothing unless the supreme act of God in regeneration also takes place. Religious externals may have a meaning for the God-inhabited soul; for any others they are not only useless but may actually become snares, deceiving them into a false and perilous sense of security.

„Keep thy heart with all diligence” is more than a wise saying; it is a solemn charge laid upon us by the One who cares most about us. To it we should give the most careful heed lest at any time we should let it slip.

What Does it Mean to Accept Christ? A.W.Tozer

Tozer speaks on the phrase ‘accept Christ’, which he says is not a biblical phrase, however, it does have the connotation of Biblical truth. Tozer explains that while telling a man to „accept Christ” is relatively right, yet, if it is not carefully explained, it can make one think that Christ is waiting hat in hand on a person’s pleasure, neatly awaiting a person’s verdict on Him (Christ). It permits one to accept Christ by an impulse of their mind or their emotion and to accept Him painlessly and with no cost and no inconvenience.The sermon is closed-captioned-You can read it off the video’s screen.

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A.W.Tozer Sermon – The Path to Power (Holy Spirit) and Usefulness

A.W. Tozer – some powerful preaching on the Holy Spirit’s work.

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If you don’t have time to listen to all 5 parts in one sitting, here are  links to

Part 2 –  Part 3 –  Part  4 –  Part  5

Other A. W. Tozer pages:

In ENGLISH:

  1. Tozer – John 1:1  In the beginning was the word
  2. Tozer – Praying ’til we pray
  3. Tozer  –Unity that brings revival
  4. Tozer –The Path to Power (Holy Spirit) and Usefulness

In Limba Romana

  1. Tozer – O Biografie
  2. Tozer – Opt lucruri care le tanjesc in Biserica
  3. Tozer – Isus Capetenia Credintei noastre
  4. Tozer – Crucea veche, crucea noua
  5. Tozer – Cum ne sustinem convingerile
  6. Tozer – Fugiti de idolatrie
  7. Tozer – Un nou val de religie
  8. Tozer – Ingerul lucrurilor obisnuite
  9. Citate despre inchinare (via) Flacara Inchinarii

A.W. Tozer Sermon – Unity That Brings Revival

Other A. W. Tozer articles/written sermons:

In ENGLISH:

  1. Tozer – John 1:1  In the beginning was the word
  2. Tozer – Praying ‘til we pray

In Limba Romana

  1. Tozer – O Biografie
  2. Tozer – Opt lucruri care le tanjesc in Biserica
  3. Tozer – Isus Capetenia Credintei noastre
  4. Tozer – Crucea veche, crucea noua
  5. Tozer – Cum ne sustinem convingerile
  6. Tozer – Fugiti de idolatrie
  7. Tozer – Un nou val de religie
  8. Tozer – Ingerul lucrurilor obisnuite
  9. Citate despre inchinare (via) Flacara Inchinarii

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Opt lucruri pe care le tanjesc intr-o Biserica de A W Tozer

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Opt lucruri pe care le tanjesc intr-o Biserica

Mi-este teamă de noul val de religie care a venit. A început în Statele Unite şi acum se răspândeşte. Este un fel de ezoterism al sufletului şi al minţii însoţit de fenomene ciudate. Mi-e teamă de orice nu necesită de curăţie de inimă şi neprihănire a conduitei în viaţa din partea individului.
Tânjesc de asemenea ca, prin îndurările blânde ale lui Cristos, să existe printre noi urmatoarele lucruri:
1. O simplitate frumoasă. Întotdeauna sunt precaut faţă de artificialitate şi complexitatea religiei. Aş vrea să văd simplitate. Domnul nostru Isus a fost unul dintre cei mai simpli oameni care a trait vreodată. Pur şi simplu, nu-L puteai implica în nimic formal. El a spus ce avea de spus la fel de frumos şi de natural precum cântă o pasăre dimineaţa în copac. Aceasta este ceea ce aş vrea să văd restaurat în biserici. Opusul acesteia este artificialitatea si complexitatea.

2. O dragoste creştinească radiantă. Îmi doresc să văd o restaurare a dragostei creştineşti care să radieze în aşa fel încât să fie imposibil să găseşti pe cineva care să vorbească cu asprime sau fără milă despre cineva sau cuiva. Aceasta necesită multa chibzuinţa şi multa rugaciune necontenită. Diavolul ar intra în convulsii. Ar fi atât de supărat şi aşa de dezamagit că ar sta îmbufnat ani în şir în iadul creat chiar de el. În această ultimă perioadă de moarte a dispensaţiunii
creştine ar trebui să existe un grup de creştini care să aibă dragoste radiantă, nişte oameni atât de iubitori încât să nu-i poţi face să vorbească nedrept şi fără milă.

3. Un sentiment de reverenţa plină de umilinţă. Sunt dezamăgit de faptul că venim la biserică fără sentimentul prezenţei lui Dumnezeu şi fără sentimentul reverenţei pline de umilinţa. Există religii false, secte religioase stranii şi secte ale creştinismului care cred că Îl ţin pe Dumnezeu într-o cutie şi atunci când se apropie de cutia aceea, simt o reverenţă plină de teamă şi de uimire. Binenţeles că tu şi eu vrem să fim izbaviţi de un asemenea păgânism sau de o asemenea sectă falsă. Dar am vrea de asemenea să vedem un grup de oameni care să fie ferm convins că Dumnezeu este cu ei – nu într-o cutie sau într-un biscuit, ci în mijlocul lor – să ştie că Isus Cristos este cu adevarat printre ei şi să aibă sentimentul reverenţei pline de umilintă atunci când se aduna împreună!.

4. O adiere a informalitaţii pline de bucurie. Marele predicator englez care a fost păstor timp de mulţi ani la capela Westminster din Londra – G. Chambal Morgan – şi-a lăsat biserica şi s-a dus în Ţara Galilor unde trezirea era în desfaşurare sub Evan Roberts la începutul secolului. A stat în acea ţară o vreme şi a absorbit slava ce ieşea de acolo. Am citit predica care a tinut-o congregatiei lui dupa aceea; a fost cea mai mustrătoare predică pe care a ţinut-o el vreodată.
Le-a spus:,,Cântările voastre sunt lipsite de bucurie, comportarea şi vorbirea sunt lipsite de bucurie şi nu aveţi acel avânt şi acea bucurie pe care am văzut-o în Ţara Galilor.”I-a sfătuit că au nevoie să ajungă într-un punct în care să-I cuprindă acea adiere a informalitaţii pline de bucurie.

5. Un loc în care fiecare să-i socotească pe ceilalţi mai buni decât pe ei însişi.
Ca urmare a acestui lucru, toţi ar trebui să dorească să slujească şi nimeni să nu caute să obţina o poziţie anume. Nimic nu e mai dureros de amuzant ca ambiţia în biserica lui Cristos. E ca şi cum un om, care ajunge într-o barcă de salvare datorită faptului că a fost salvat de la moarte în adâncurile oceanului, începe să se ambiţioneze pentru a deveni căpitanul micii bărcii în drumul acesteia de a-i salva pe cei ce sunt în ea. E ca şi cum un om ar vrea să pătrundă într-o zonă distrusă, lovită de cutremur în care oamenii mor, iar el se luptă pentru o poziţie înaltă acolo.

6. O sinceritate de copil. Iubesc copii datorită sinceritaţii lor incredibil de frumoase. Se uită la tine şi iţi spun cele mai simple lucruri posibile. Dacă ar fi puţin mai mari, ar roşii până în vârful urechilor, însă ei sunt absolute de neprefăcuţi. Îmi place să vorbesc cu ei, îmi place să vină la mine şi să stăm de vorbă, pentru ca înainte să plece întotdeauna îmi spun anumite lucruri. Dacă nu vrei să se afle ceva, nu spune celor micuţi, deoarece ei spun absolut orice. Nu au nimic de ascuns. Cred că, cu limitele cuvenite vârstei noastre adulte, ar trebui ca, din punct de vedere spiritual, să fim atât de neprefăcuţi încât să nu fie loc pentru duplicitate sau pentru nesinceritate.

7. O prezenţa a lui Cristos care să fie un miros placut de smirnă şi aloe. Când te obişnuieşti cu mirosul hainei Lui, nu mai vrei nimic mai puţin. Dacă nu ai mirosit niciodată smirnă sau aloea din plantele de fildeş putem să ne continuăm viaţa şi să nu tânjim după aşa ceva. Dar o singură adiere frumoasă a miresmei hainei Lui şi nu vom mai fi vreodata multumiţi cu ceva mai puţin!

8. Răspunsuri la rugăciuni.Minunile n-ar trebui să fie rar întâlnite. Nu sunt un predicator al miracolelor. Am fost în biserici în care se anunţau întâlniri în care urma să se înfăptuiască miracole. Dacă arunci o privire într-un ziar de sâmbătă, vei vedea din când în când pe cineva care ajunge în oraşul tău şi face următorul anunţ:,,Veniţi să vedeţi minuni\”.De acest fel de minuni nu-mi pasă.
Nu poţi să obţii un miracol aşa cum obţii o reacţie chimica. Nu poţi să obţii un miracol, aşa cum obţii cine ştie ce act de magie făcut de un magician pe scenă. Dumnezeu nu se vinde în mâinile magicienilor religioşi. Eu nu cred în acest fel de miracole. Cred în miracolele pe care Dumnezeu le dă oamenilor Lui care traiesc atât de aproape de El, încât răspunsurile la rugăciuni sunt obişnuite, iar minunile nu le sunt nefamiliale.
Johm Wesley nu şi-a permis niciodată să predice despre minuni, dar minuni care au urmat lucrarea lui John Wesley au fost de necrezut.Odată, trebuia să-şi împlinească o obligaţie, dar calul a început deodată să şchiopăteze şi nu a mai putut merge. Wesley s-a dat jos, a îngenunchiat lângă cal şi s-a rugat pentru vindecarea lui.A poi s-a urcat din nou şi a început să călăorească înspre locul în care trebuia să ajungă, fără ca animalul să mai şchiopăteze. Wesley nu a făcut reclamă acestei minuni şi nu a spus:\”O să ridicăm un cort mare şi o să facem miracolul cunoscut.” Dumnezeu pur şi simplu făcea aceste minuni pentru el.

Deşi Charles Spurgeon nu a predicat vindecarea, totuşi, în Londra s-au vindecat mai mulţi oameni ca răspuns la rugăciunile sale, decât a vindecat vreodată un doctor acolo. Despre acest fel de minuni vorbesc.

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