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ChrisJD
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 Desire to Be Filled ~ A.W. Tozer

[b]Desire to Be Filled[/b] by [i]A.W. Tozer[/i]

And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit. --Ephesians 5:18

Again, before you can be filled with the Spirit you must desire to be filled. Here I meet with a certain amount of puzzlement. Somebody will say, "How is it that you say to us that we must desire to be filled, because you know we desire to be. Haven't we talked to you in person? Haven't we called you on the phone? Aren't we out here tonight to hear the sermon on the Holy Spirit? Isn't this all a comforting indication to you that we are desirous of being filled with the Holy Spirit?"

Not necessarily, and I will explain why. For instance, are you sure that you want to be possessed by a spirit other than your own? even though that spirit be the pure Spirit of God? even though He be the very gentle essence of the gentle Jesus? even though He be sane and pure and free? even though He be wisdom personified, wisdom Himself, even though He have a healing, precious ointment to distill? even though He be loving as the heart of God? That Spirit, if He ever possesses you, will be the Lord of your Life! How to Be Filled With the Spirit, 42-43.

"Even so come, Holy Spirit! Amen."


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Christopher Joel Dandrow

 2007/1/27 2:06Profile
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 Re: Desire to Be Filled ~ A.W. Tozer

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For instance, are you sure that you want to be possessed by a spirit other than your own?


A very penetrating and demanding question... to ask oneself. The easy answer would seem to be [i]of course![/i] but I think often enough it is laced with a conditional backdrop. Have had this line repeating in my ear lately, Len's voice speaking;

[i]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
[b]Had He had His way - and I see
How I blocked Him here, and checked Him there,
And I would not yield my will[/b],
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![/i]
-Author Unknown

[url=http://www.sermonindex.net/modules/articles/index.php?view=article&aid=13622]The Judgment Seat of Christ [/url]


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Mike Balog

 2007/1/27 10:35Profile
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Brother...

[i]Lord, of the years that are left to me
I give them to Thy hand
[/i]



Living Sacrifice

I take my cross and follow you
Forsake my life in this world
Through the cross, the world is dead to me and I am dead to the world

chorus:
Bind me to the horns of Your alter, oh Lord
I’ll be a living sacrifice
I lay down everything that hinders
And cry out for a brand new heart

I put my hand to the plow
I never will look back
Remove the stones from this well
And let the living waters flow


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