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 The Saint Must Walk Alone - A.W. Tozer

Greetings beloved brothers and sisters in Christ.

I wanted to share this with everyone. This has been a real encouragement to me lately. I have been going through times of loneliness, discouragement and feelings of being downcast. I have read this many times in the last month or two and I believe the Lord has spoken to my heart through these words. I've had it for many years in a tract format that I got from Rare Christian Books but just recently found it and it was very timely. I pray that if any of you are going though the same things it talks about that you will be lifted up, not out of your trial but within your heart to trust God and draw closer to Him. I am learning to trust Him and worship Him no matter how I feel or what I'm going through.

"The Saint Must Walk Alone"

By A.W. Tozer

Most of the World’s GREAT SOULS have been lonely. Loneliness seems to be one price the saint must pay for his saintliness.

Enoch, Noah, Abraham and Moses all walked a path quite apart from their contemporaries even though many people surrounded them.

The prophets of pre-Christian times differed widely from each other, but one mark they bore in common was their enforced loneliness.

Jesus died alone in the darkness hidden from the sight of mortal man and no one saw Him when He arose triumphant and walked out of the tomb, even though many saw Him afterward and bore witness to what they saw.

The cheerful denial of loneliness proves only that the speaker has never walked with God without the support and encouragement afforded him by society. The sense of companionship that mistakenly attributes to the presence of Christ may and probably does arise from the presence of friendly people. Always remember: you cannot carry a cross in company. Though a vast crowd surrounds a man, his cross is his alone and his carrying of it marks him as a man apart. Society has turned against him; otherwise he would have no cross. No one is a friend to the man with a cross. “They all forsook Him and fled.”

The loneliness of the Christian results from his walk with God in an ungodly world, a walk that must often take him away from the fellowship of good Christians as well as from the unregenerate world. His God-given instincts cry out for companionship with others who can understand his longings, his aspirations, and his absorption in his love for Christ; and because within his circle of friends there are so few who share his inner experiences he is forced to walk alone.

The man who has passed on into the divine Presence in actual inner experience will not find many who understand him. A certain amount of social fellowship will of course be his as he mingles with religious persons in regular activities of the church, but true spiritual fellowship will be hard to find.

The truly spiritual man is indeed something of an oddity. He lives not for himself but to promote the interests of Another. He seeks to persuade people to give all to his Lord and asks no portion or share for himself. He delights not to be honored but to see his Saviour glorified in the eyes of men. His joy is to see Jesus promoted and himself neglected. He finds few who care to talk about that which is the supreme object of his interest, so he is often silent and preoccupied in the midst of noisy religious shoptalk. For this he earns the reputation of being dull and over-serious, so he is avoided and the gulf between him and society widens. He searches for friends upon whose garments he can detect the smell of myrrh and aloes and cassia out of the ivory palaces, and finding few or none he, like Mary of old, keeps these things in his heart.

It is this very loneliness that throws him back upon God. His inability to find human companionship drives him to seek in God what he can find nowhere else. He learns in inner solitude what he could not have learned in the crowd-that Christ is All in All.

Two things remain to be said about the man that is in this state of loneliness. First, he is not a haughty man, he is not holier-than-thou, and he is not an austere saint. He is likely to feel that he is the least of all men and is sure to blame himself for his loneliness. He wants to share his feelings with others and to open his heart to some like-minded soul who will understand him, but the spiritual climate around him does not encourage it, so he remains silent and tells his grief to God alone.

The second thing is that the lonely saint is not the withdrawn man who hardens himself against human suffering and spends his days contemplating the heavens. The opposite is true. His loneliness makes him sympathetic to the approach of the brokenhearted and the fallen and the sin-bruised. Because he is detached from the world he is all the more able to help it.

The weakness of so many modern Christians is that they feel too much at home in the world. In their effort to achieve restful “adjustment” to an unregenerate society they have lost their pilgrim character and become an essential part of the very moral order against which they are sent to protest. The world recognizes them (modern Christians) and accepts them for what they are. This is the saddest thing that can be said about them. They are not lonely, but neither are they saints.

- A.W. Tozer


 2003/12/16 10:52Profile

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 Re: The Saint Must Walk Alone - A.W. Tozer

Thanks for sharing this. One of the things I long for most in heaven is eternal fellowship with other genuine believers.


 2003/12/16 12:39Profile

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Just thought this was worth putting back up



 2009/5/7 9:15Profile

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Anyone have this in audio?

 2009/5/7 9:24Profile

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Thank you for the 'bump' of this piece.

It came at a very appropriate time.

This is a very confusing period in my life. I hold on to Jesus for my life.

This scripture is a wonderful help. Romans 8:28

And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.

Kind regards,
white stone


 2009/5/7 10:44Profile

 Re: The Saint Must Walk Alone - A.W. Tozer

This piece touches my soul and makes me weep and long all the more for that time when we gather around the throne. When the heavenly throng stand as one and worship Him who is high and lifted up. God bless all the lonely saints of God, the path is indeed narrow and often requires that we walk single file. I met many lonely prayer warriors in Scotland at the conference. An honor and a blessing................Frank

 2009/5/7 11:44

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 Re: The Saint Must Walk Alone - A.W. Tozer

This touches many of us deep in our heart for we too walk alone. For me I thought for the longest time that there must be something wrong with me since I have been without true fellowship most of my life. The fellowship of God is sweetest when one is alone.

The Master picks us out of the flock and carries us on his shoulders. Yet he requires all from us. Our reward lies over the next hill Brethren, let us press on!



 2009/5/9 0:52Profile

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 Re: The Saint Must Walk Alone - A.W. Tozer

[b]Yes Ravenbrook,He carries us[/b]: Hearken unto me, O house of Jacob, and all the remnant of the house of Israel, which are borne [by me] from the belly, which are carried from the womb: And [even] to [your] old age I [am] he; and [even] to hoar hairs will I carry [you]: [b]I have made, and I will bear; even I will carry, and will deliver [you][/b]. Isa. 46:3-4

This world is not our Canaan destination and the way through the desert kingdom is walking in the Spirit which really is a lot more like being carried along. Hebrews 11: 8-10 “obeyed and went out”, “in the land of promise as in a strange country”.

Remember the first time you knowingly sang “Though none go with me, still I will follow.”

[u]Quote[/u]: “Jesus died alone in the darkness hidden from the sight of mortal man and no one saw Him when He arose triumphant and walked out of the tomb, even though many saw Him afterward and bore witness to what they saw.”

[b]But oh, in the garden ..... Appolus[/b], He longed also. Tozer meant to mention the garden (surely did). Now the rare moments (swept up to the throne along with others), then will be the unending communion made manifest. Between these, we have a precious intimacy.

There is a must.

 2009/5/9 2:37Profile

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 Re: The Saint Must Walk Alone - A.W. Tozer

I read the following today and remembered this thread:

[b]Standing Alone[/b]

There are people who can move in crowds, and who will act when they have others supporting and encouraging them, but many fade out when it is a case of facing this tremendous thing alone. Superior greatness is shown by taking personal responsibility whether others do so or not.

Superior greatness is willingness to stand for what God has revealed as His will, though we have to stand alone. It may be one against many, there may be a considerable amount of aloneness, but that is where the test of our spiritual measure comes in, in initiative and responsibility that does not wait for an organization to come into being to deal with the situation, but makes it a personal matter—and a thorough-going one, too. - [b]T. Austin-Sparks[/b]

 2009/5/10 10:11Profile

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 Re: The Saint Must Walk Alone - A.W. Tozer

Only He can truly fill us,
From the void, He hears our cry.
Loneliness is but a hunger;
Only Christ can satisfy.

C.E. White

 2009/5/13 14:19Profile

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