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Text Sermons : ~Other Speakers M-R : Old Paths Magazine - Issue 13 : Following Hard After God! by A.W. Tozer

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HOW TRAGIC THAT WE IN this dark day have had our seeking done for us by our teachers. Everything is made to center upon the initial act of ¬ďaccepting¬Ē Christ (a term, incidentally, which is not found in the Bible) and we are not expected thereafter to crave any further revelation of God to our souls. We have been snared in the coils of a spurious logic which insists that if we have found Him, we need no more seek Him. In the midst of this great chill there are some, I rejoice to acknowledge, who will not be content with shallow logic. They will admit the force of the argument, and then turn away with tears to hunt some lonely place and pray. ¬ďOh God, show me Thy glory.¬Ē They want to taste, to touch with their hearts, to see with their inner eyes the wonder that is God.

I want deliberately to encourage this mighty longing after God. The lack of it has brought us to our present low estate. The stiff and wooden quality about our religious lives is a result of our lack of holy desire. Complacency is a deadly foe of all spiritual growth. Acute desire must be present or there will be no manifestation of Christ to His people. He waits to be wanted. Too bad that with many of us He waits so long, so very long in vain. Every age has its own characteristics. Right now we are in an age of religious complexity. The simplicity which is in Christ is rarely found among us. In its stead are programs, methods, organizations and a world of nervous activities which occupy time and attention but can never satisfy the longing of the heart. The shallowness of our inner experience, the hollowness of our worship, and that servile imitation of the world which marks our promotional methods all testify that we, in this day, know God only imperfectly, and the peace of God scarcely at all.

A.W. Tozer (1897-1963) - Known as the ¬ď20th century prophet¬Ē his writings and preaching have stirred and brought many to a deeper walk with God. Pastored in the Alliance church denomination for many years.





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