A.W. Tozer: Shooting From The Hip

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From The Best of A.W. Tozer:

“No man is better for knowing that God so loved the world of men that He gave His only begotten Son to die for their redemption. In hell there are millions who know that. Theological truth is useless unless it is obeyed. The purpose behind all doctrine is to secure moral action.”

“What is generally overlooked is that truth as set forth in the Christian Scriptures is a moral thing; it is not addressed to the intellect only, but to the will also. It addresses itself to the total man, and its obligations cannot be discharged by grasping it mentally. Truth engages the citadel of the human heart and is not satisfied until it has conquered everything there. The will must come forth and surrender its sword. It must stand at attention to receive orders, and those orders it must joyfully obey. Short of this any knowledge of Christian truth is inadequate and unavailing.”

“Bible exposition without moral application raises no opposition….As long as people can hear orthodox truth divorced from life they will attend and support churches without objection….Much that passes for New Testament Christianity is little more than objective truth sweetened with song and made palatable by religious entertainment.”

Now, this is almost funny coming from one who ran willy-nilly in his late teens from legalism into license, like a chipmunk my daughter and I once saw in my yard that ran frantically out of the claws of our black cat straight into the mouth of our little black terrier (I did manage to rescue the chipmunk). This sort of writing, whether from Tozer, or MacDonald, or Lewis, or whoever, used to scare me and get my heart pounding. But as I get older it really prompts desire in me.

I do know experientially at this point in my life that there is no will-power in me that can do this or that for God, as if the Christian life is lived by mere mental and moral effort; it is only the living Truth, Christ Himself with me, that can do so. All I can do is confess, “I belong to You. I give myself to You. And I want You to set me on fire, in every aspect of my being, with You.” Then, of course, I must step out in faith and expect Him to do so; I must watch and wait for Him to show me, not only things in my life that need changing (as if this were all about me) but I must watch and wait especially for those opportunities He invariably gives us to love others, to help others, to draw others into relationship, or deeper relationship, with Him. And I must also watch for those teachable moments where God is giving the Lesson of the Day through some circumstance or person; our daily life is a great devotional if we just keep our eyes and ears open.

Faith – faith in Christ, the real kind, the Biblical kind – always brings serious life change, changes in outlook, changes in behavior. Mere intellectual assent doesn’t accomplish a whole lot; the demons intellectually assent to all kinds of truth about God and yet never faithe in God. I can assent to a million different courses of action as being good and right, and yet sit and do nothing. From Screwtape: “Your man has been accustomed, ever since he was a boy, to have a dozen incompatible philosophies dancing about together inside his head.”

People like Tozer and MacDonald were always reacting to the climate of their day on this point. They were always sounding the cry, “Beware of mere intellectual assent!” At least some of what is called Christianity throughout all ages (and, gasp, even today!) is really mental assent to ideas, theories, or facts about God, disguised as the reliant faith in God that produces action.

The theoretical and theological must become experiential – on that the Word is clear.

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27 Comments

  1. paulh

    Amen!

    I certianly needed to be shown this today. It is amazing when I realize that what I am carrying around maybe just an illusion of something, and not that genuine product I claim to have. Self-examination must be done daily as Paul the Apst. and others have pointed out. I must check my motives as a pilot just his horizon.

    Thanks Ron

  2. Mike

    Ron, If morality is a Christian virtue then why isn’t a “strictly” Christian virtue? Can we tell a person’s relationship with God because of their actions? The more righteous I tried to be the more like me I became.”Mike” (self) Righteous. Paul said in Ephesians 3:19 that to know the love of Christ was to be filled with all the fullness of God. Could it be that the reason that we struggle with morality is that we don’t KNOW Him. Ravi Zacharias says that Jesus didn’t come to make bad people good but to make dead people alive.

  3. Andrew

    Boy does this ever go right along with so much that God has been doing in my heart lately.

    So where do we go from this point? I’ve been thinking about that a lot over the past few days. At least for me, it is very easy to go from the points you have made and think that I have to develop some elaborate personal strategy of how I am going to passionately follow God, make a difference and change the world. I’ve realized it’s not like that at all.

    When I read and hear His word it inherently will include a command to take some step of obedience. It might be small or it might seem so radical that I don’t want to pay attention to it. But there is always a step of obedience to be taken if I am to continue to walk with Jesus in this journey.

    Somehow it is easy to either make all of this so intellectual and heady that nothing changes, or like you said, to disguise the real command and necessary obedience in nice religious language – and nothing changes.

    Wow, this is a huge challenge…but so simple to change. In my experience, the issue at hand is Jesus’ command to reach out and love “the least of these”.

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    Mike,

    Paul talked about the Law being written on Gentiles’ hearts – unbelievers. That divine image is still stamped on people; that’s why love is considered a virtue by believers and unbelievers alike. But it has been “dumbed down” by the fall to go only so far (loving others only if they love me). The kind of love exhibited by the Saints and the other wives of the five missionaries shows the full extent of God’s morality.

    The Tozer statements aren’t merely about morality and trying to be good. Tozer’s mentor was A.B. Simpson, whose theology was completely and utterly “Christ in you, the hope of glory.” Tozer wrote from the perspective that Christ in us is the very power of God, and that we certainly should be making good use out of the gift we’ve been given – we are partakers of the divine nature.

    I totally understand “the more righteous I tried to be the more like me (self righteous) I became.” That was me as well; I understand it from the inside. But the deeper we go into Christ, and the more we step out in faith on His promises to us, the more like our real selves we become (because, as Lewis said, our real selves are all waiting for us in Him). As we get in touch with Christ in us, as we commune with Him and go deeper into union with Him, it is a matter of course that we trade in any self-righteousness; the self-sins (including self-condemnation) cannot exist in that heavenly air.

    I also totally understand thinking that if I “trust Christ for my salvation” and that I am “saved by grace through faith” that I can just go and do anything I want to – sin or otherwise – because “all things are lawful.” I know that one by experience. And it is true. All things are lawful. But all things are not beneficial. Sin hurts God, others, and ourselves as well.

    The way through isn’t to exert moral effort (as I said in my post). That kind of exertion is important, in the beginning stages of our Christian life, as a means of showing us our weakness. But as your Ravi quote said, Jesus came to make dead people alive. And Tozer wrote to those people who had been made alive in Christ.

    That’s what we don’t realize; we don’t take hold of the gift we’ve been given. Christ died for me, yes. But I also died in Him. And since I died in Him, I also was resurrected in Him as a whole new me – the human me with the Spirit of Jesus Christ now living in me, through me, and even as me, if I continually abide. “He that abideth in Him sinneth not,” John said. So the way to a righteous life is not moral effort, but abiding – daily, continual abiding.

    Our thinking about ourselves, and especially about what God has done for us and in us in Christ, has to be totally renewed. We have to get our thinking in alignment with the Word of God – we have to take God literally when He says we’re kings, priests, holy, accepted, one spirit with the Lord, that we no longer live but Christ lives in us, that Christ in us is the hope of glory. We’ve got to stop condemning these blood-bought, blood-washed, new wine in new wineskins, these new hearts we’ve got. We’ve got to stop being fooled by the devil into thinking, “Oh, here’s the old man again. I’m still the same person – I’m never gonna change.” That’s all false-self, satanically driven junk by which the devil wants to keep God’s people from engaging, abiding, and walking in the Spirit.

  5. euphrony

    Ron, I was actually just confessing this about myself and my past “worship” of God this past Sunday night in a small group study. There were a few people in their who had no idea that a person could live like this – that someone can look at the word of God and His promise and glory and not be moved in the heart to obedience. I almost envy someone whose own response is so naturally from the heart that they see life like this. My own intellect gets in the way too much.

    Thanks for the reminders. Good words from Tozer.

  6. Mike

    Ron

    Since trusting in Christ for my morality, it has become effortless as opposed to the effort that was exerted when I thought it was my place to produce it. There seems to be too much of an overlap in the Christ in me and “me Christianity.” Where does one stop and the other begin. The more I know him the more obedient I become, not necessarily as the organization sees obedience, but as Jesus taught it. Loving Him and my neighbor. Not sunday school badges, and church attendance.

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    Mike,

    There will be a lot of people who, after saying, “Didn’t I do A, B, and C for You, Lord?” will be told, “Depart from Me; I never knew you.” So this isn’t about going out and doing a bunch of “good works” to “prove” we are in the Spirit. Rather, we so “get into” God, into communion and union with Christ, we so abide, and step out in faith and reliance upon that Power within us, that we continually expect Him to act through us throughout every day.

    Also to keep in mind is the person in 1Cor 3, who had the foundation of the building laid (Christ) but didn’t build Christ (gold, silver, precious stones) upon Christ (the foundation). Instead, this person will have built up his own righteous works, or his own licentiousness. All of it will be burned up, and he will be as a refugee escaping through the flames. He himself will be saved, yet so as by fire.

    The Christian life is paradox. We are to step out in faith; the word translated as “faith” and “believe” is an action word, a verb in the Greek. We can intellectually assent to truths about God all day long without ever trusting God Himself; if my children trust me they will do as I say, motivated by that trust and not by mere fear of punishment.

    A quote from Leonard Ravenhill:

    “One of these days some simple soul will pick up the Book of God, read it, and believe it. Then the rest of us will be embarrassed. We have adopted the convenient theory that the Bible is a Book to be explained, whereas first and foremost it is a Book to be believed (and after that to be obeyed).”

    “The fact beats ceaselessly into my brain these days that there is a world of difference between knowing the Word of God and knowing the God of the Word.”

    And one last quote, from J. I. Brice, quoted in Ravenhill’s book, Why Revival Tarries, “The church has halted somewhere between Calvary and Pentecost.”

    And that’s where a lot of us are, smack between the Event that can give us power and Power Himself. The church continues to linger at the door of the great Mansion, where we are let in through the Blood and forgiveness of sins. Then we camp out there, and every Sunday remind ourselves that we don’t deserve to be let in, that we are forgiven all the same piddling things this week that we did last week. And so our growth is markedly slow. And if we read Paul’s letters we find him outraged at sin – because a sinning life is not meant to be the hallmark of the abider in Christ. And of course, don’t misunderstand me – we sin. But we get so used to thinking that we’re-sinners-and-every-breath-we-take-is-sinful-and-we-are-depraved, and the-heart-of-man-is-desperately-wicked, never stepping into the real Facts that God has made us saints, kings, priests, holy, blameless before Him in love, and that He has given us new hearts – new wine in new wineskins. God wants us to step out in faith on these Facts that are so clearly stated in His Word, and stop denying them by defining Reality by our own thinking, our own upbringing, our own experience. The Word is the arbiter, the definer, of true Reality.

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    Andrew,

    The only power to love comes from Love Himself – and that’s what (Who) we’ve got to stay centered on. Abiding and stepping out in faith is our business. The rest of it, the fruit-bearing, that’s God’s business.

    When I sin the first thing I ask myself is “Where am I not trusting God?” And always there is some point at which I think “I” must do it: “I” must make my kids behave so they don’t turn into rotten people; “I” must make my wife do things “my” way; “I” must build my career, etc. As soon as I am thinking of “I” as an independent self, I cut myself off, in that area, from the power of Christ in me, and I’m heading off into the desert-land of Romans 7.

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    Euphrony,

    I think I write on these topics so much because I need to be reminded more than anyone. Unless I am saturated in Christ-life, I head right back into Romans 7. And having breathed the air of Romans 8 and 9, I feel suffocated in 7 anymore and can’t last too long there.

    Abiding is possible to every believer – not only possible; it is commanded, and “whom the Lord calls, He enables.” If we put our “effort” into abiding, rather than striving and trying to “be like Christ” and “do good works 4 God,” all that other stuff will come spontaneously. Real Spirit-life is manifested through us – as if it were us doing it – when we enter His rest, abide, trust, rely, and then step out on that trust as if it were more real than anything we feel, think, see, hear, experience (and it is!).

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    Mike,

    Somehow I missed your last comment – and yes on effortless! The Christian life is not meant to be one of drudgery; His yoke is easy, His burden light. That’s because as we yoke ourselves with Him, He does the pulling; we just go along in trusting obedience to where He leads. He puts the words in our minds and mouths; He causes forgiveness to rise up in us; He is the Love with which we love others.

    But to start – we have to reprogram all the damned world-think that we’ve been programmed with:

    WORLD-THINK ALERT!
    “I am acceptable when I perform well.
    I will love others when they love me.
    We’ve got to ‘do our part.’
    God is my co-pilot.
    Christians aren’t perfect, just forgiven.
    God helps those who help themselves.
    I have to believe A,B, and C about God, and then do good works.
    Jesus died to pay my sin-debt, and now I show my appreciation by doing good things for Him.”
    END WORLD-THINK

    I came to a time, in the mid ’90s, where all my world-think crashed, and I found that the Word of God completely contradicted my ways of thinking about myself. There was a reprogramming time in those particular areas of my life (and as time goes on God keeps reprogramming other areas). Learning our identity is like learning a language; it is hard at first, and hard to believe we can learn it. But we persevere in faith, and then one day comes that we are speaking the language and thinking in it and able to be ourselves in it. That’s what learning our identity is like. As we persevere in faith, God brings it to fruition in us and we begin to find the Christian life to be a lot more spontaneous and effortless (though not always ‘easy’, because we always have contrary circumstances in world, flesh, devil, to deal with).

  11. Mike

    Ron, I read this just this morning. It seems to address the struggle of being and doing which gets micsed

    “A woman cannot receive the love of a man if she doesn’t allow him to love her. If she believes that she is unlovable, the man will be frustrated because the love he has for her will have no outlet.

    The same principle works with God. The greatest thing that keeps Christians from experiencing His love is their view of themselves. Most Christians that I meet feel (deep down) that they are unlovable by a holy God. They feel that they aren’t doing enough to please Him. Underneath the religious layers lies a fear of God. I don’t mean a reverence, but a terror of Him: a feeling of uneasiness and unworthiness. This prevents them from truly believing that God loves them unconditionally and accepting that love.

    Part of the reason for this is because we have been preached a bait-and-switch gospel. We tell non-Christians, “Come as you are. God loves you. It doesn’t matter what you’ve done. He accepts you because He loves you. Christ died for you while you were a sinner.” But once that nonbeliever becomes a Christian, the message suddenly changes dramatically. They are told: “You have to do the following things to make God happy. If you don’t read your Bible daily, pray daily, do thus and so daily, then God will not be happy with you.”

    As a result of this mixed message, the contemporary Christian lives on a treadmill of performance.”

    Frank Viola

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    Mike,

    Perfect!

    Our self-concept has to switch.

    We go from a self-justifying, self-loving, self-driven, falsely independent self (really satanically driven and dependent if we believe Eph 2:2), then, our self-justification being broken in Christ, we carry our false independence right into our Christian lives, not realizing our total dependence. Our very nature was created as a cup or vessel for the divine nature. We are branches in the Vine – dependent totally on the life of the Vine to produce fruit through us. But we’ve got to learn that – often the hard way. That’s how I learned it. I wasn’t Joe Bible Study anymore. I found I was just a cup that had nothing to offer God but itself; in offering all “my effort” I was really offering God satanically driven and deluded works of my own hands. God has to strip us of those false identities before we’ll really listen; until then we’re like teenagers that think their Father doesn’t really ‘get it’.

  13. Macie

    The thoughts in the post and all the comments were deep and really got my mind reeling again.
    Lately I’ve been at a place where I realize more and more that I am a wretched sinner, yet dearly loved by God. NOTHING I do is devoid of some twisted aspect. Any good that comes from me is all Christ in me.

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    Mike:

    Here’s a Major Ian Thomas quote for ya:

    “You and I have only accomplished our mission in the measure in which other people in our presence become compellingly aware of God’s character.

    This is what the Gospel is all about, and we need to constantly remind ourselves of this fact.

    God did not send His Son, incarnate in this world, to die upon a Cross and shed His own precious blood and then rise again from the dead and ascend to be with the Father simply that guilty sinners might get out of Hell and into Heaven. It’s gloriously true but it’s entirely incidental. Entirely incidental.

    The gospel of the grace of God was designed not just to get sinners out of Hell and into Heaven but above everything else to get God out of Heaven and into men.”

  15. Mike

    Ron, I do believe I sense a little passion. That’s what I’ve always enjoyed about your writings. Thanks. We need more of it.

    Yes. I believe the boat that we’ve failed to board is one in which God directs our ‘living’ and not our just dying.

  16. J

    How did I miss this post yesterday? I”ve been watching for another post for weeks….
    Anyway, it doesn’t surprise me any that this is again what I needed to hear today.
    In your response to Mike, I love the quote you noted by J. I. Brice, quoted in Ravenhill’s book..isn’t that where the devil wants us to be? And as you’ve told me many times, “Learning our identity is like learning a language; it is hard at first, and hard to believe we can learn it. But we persevere in faith, and then one day comes that we are speaking the language and thinking in it and able to be ourselves in it. That’s what learning our identity is like. As we persevere in faith, God brings it to fruition in us and we begin to find the Christian life to be a lot more spontaneous and effortless (though not always ‘easy’, because we always have contrary circumstances in world, flesh, devil, to deal with).

    It’s just refreshing to read this and to find out as we re-allign ourselves w/Christ (allowing our old ways, thoughts, actions to be dead) and truly trusting the Lord to work, live and love through us, it’s no longer our efforts that bring fruit, but our obedience, our trust and faith in HIM b/c he does all these things for us. It makes life so much sweeter, so much brighter once we realize this. I know there still will be trials, temptations and that the way is not easy, but that the Lord will hold our hands and carry us through these times if we allow him to. It’s so exciting to see what he has ahead for all of us. B/c as you said, once we surrender our old self to him, we can find the person he intended us to be all along.

  17. euphrony

    Ron, your right – Romans 7 is suffocating when you know better than that. I really appreciate your thoughts on this. Like I said, it’s too easy to rely on me and my mind to try to work this out – I do that every day on my job, so why not here? It just doesn’t work that way, though. With my job I am discovering how things work in the way that God has set aside for us; but, with Himself, we can only truly discover Him when enveloped in Him. Intellect is nothing compared to a life of faith.

    These days I honestly don’t do that much study of the bible (admittedly, I probably need to do more that I am). The facts and figures I know fairly well, though. What I try to spend more time on is seeing where God is working in my life, what He wants me to be doing, and then doing it. Acting in faith, rather than building knowledge. That’s why I got involved with Inspired to Action, to talk about and encourage people to do the works which He created for each of us (Eph. 2:9-10). By immersing myself in that, I hold God in my heart more than I ever had before in my life.

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    Euphrony,

    I’ve certainly gone through seasons of not doing as much Bible study – times where I am assimilating and learning to use what I’ve studied. It can be easy to study from mere intellect rather than from a desire for application – not knocking intellect, because it certainly has an important place, but if our heart is not sitting before God as we study we’re likely to get into trouble.

    As always it’s paradox that makes truth go ’round. We have study, and study must result in application. If our study isn’t changing our world view, isn’t changing what we’re relying on, and so changing our actions, we’re getting into Romans 7 desert territory. The whole point of the Scriptures is Jesus Christ – the Scriptures do not contain eternal life; they point us to the Person who is eternal life. “You search the Scriptures, thinking that in them you have eternal life, but you won’t come to Me that you might have life.” It is good to search the Scriptures daily, like the Bereans, but let’s make sure our Bible study keeps leading us deeper and deeper into Christ and not somewhere else (ego, self-sufficiency, self-hatred, self-condemnation, and the rest).

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    Macie,

    The human cup that we call “myself” is a cleansed vessel, washed out by the Blood, made holy, indwelt by Christ as our Source, our Power cell – the power to love. Paul says, “For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live, then, as children of light.” In other words, you were indwelt by the power of darkness. Now you are indwelt by the power of light – Christ Himself. Since that is true, live that way, as a child of light, as someone who has an indwelling Power source of goodness, as a partaker of the divine nature,

    It is true we have a flesh; our soul, our mind, our body have been programmed from birth with World-Think. We are told to renew our minds; this mind renewal is what connects us with the transforming power of Christ within us. Our flesh is going to try to go with its programming; if we “walk according to the flesh” as believers, when we are “not in the flesh but in the Spirit”, we’re in the living hell of Romans 7. So our job, as believers, is to simply abide – to enter His rest – to cease from our own works and rest in His. Abiding, which involves recognition of our union, communing with the Lord Jesus Christ, trusting Him, prayerful study of His Word, listening for His voice – abiding is our chief business. When through unbelief we fail to abide, we’re sitting ducks for the devil’s trick bag of smoke and mirrors. But in abiding we become a greased pig to the devil – he can’t get a hold on us.

    I would advise any believer to begin serious and literal recognition of the facts about us as presented in the Word; agree with God, exercise faith, or faithe, in these Facts. If we do so we eventually begin to see ourselves as God’s assets while always recognizing that we are just weak, temptable earthen vessels, cups designed to contain Christ. This maintains humility, for to recognize our total dependence on God, and His total supremacy, is the cure for pride. We so often think self-hatred and self-condemnation are the cure, but really they are simply injured pride; they are the remnants of fallen thinking that we should be able to choose to do good and reject evil (reference Genesis 3 for the originator of that classic, insidious bit of World-Think), and we hate ourselves because can’t seem to do it.

    To know, really know experientially, that we’re God’s sons and assets, and that He delights to use us (while keeping a humble vessel-attitude) is to live in Romans 8 and 9.

  20. Kevin

    Ron

    I am curious to hear if you have read Deverne Fromke’s “Ultimate Intention”. Although the prose is very hard to get through it talks about some of ideas you have raised below.

    “God did not send His Son, incarnate in this world, to die upon a Cross and shed His own precious blood and then rise again from the dead and ascend to be with the Father simply that guilty sinners might get out of Hell and into Heaven. It’s gloriously true but it’s entirely incidental. Entirely incidental.

    The gospel of the grace of God was designed not just to get sinners out of Hell and into Heaven but above everything else to get God out of Heaven and into men.”

    Fromke argues that the pursuit of mens hearts by God did not start after the fall but began within the intimacy of the trinity. He goes on to argue that if we understand this as the starting point, self becomes even more irrelevant and Christ is all that is seen thru us.

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    Kevin,

    I’ve never read Fromke’s book. But that idea of the Trinity being the starting point I recall in foggy memory is mentioned in Norman Grubb’s and C.S. Lewis’ books. Screwtape: “‘To be’ means ‘ to be in competition.’ Now the Enemy’s philosophy is nothing more nor less than one continued attempt to evade this very obvious truth. He aims at a contradiction. Things are to be many, yet somehow also one. The good of one self is to be the good of another. This impossibility He calls love, and this same monotonous panacea can be detected under all He does and even all He is – or claims to be. Thus He is not content, even Himself, to be a sheer arithmetical unity; He claims to be three as well as one, in order that this nonsense about Love may find a foothold in His own nature.”

    It is God’s nature to be relational and to have some place for His love to go outward, because that’s what love does. That love flows into us in Christ and is meant to flow outward. But many people stop the flow by living in the foyer of the great Mansion, the entryway called Forgiveness of Sins. There is so much more in this life to see and be and do in Christ than we can begin to imagine. That’s why people like Ravenhill, MacDonald, Tozer, were always sounding the alarm: “WAKE UP, CHURCH!!”

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    Mike,

    Very few facts are required for salvation. A sense of sin. Christ lived, died, and rose again, somehow for me, to wash away my sins. That’s basically it.

    What we really deal with in the Heaven or Hell issue is the will – not knowledge, confusion, or clarity. “Better to reign in Hell than serve in Heaven” is the will-choice that leads to Hell. Creation declares God’s glory – if we look we can see truth in a tree, a leaf, a dog, a hand, the stars. I don’t want to lead into a whole predestination/free will discussion, though – as the Bible is full of paradox, I suspect that both are true somehow. I think (and I say that meaning I don’t know positively) that there is the moment or moments where God really reveals Himself to a man, strips away all the excuses, and there is also the man’s response to that. And in addition I see God wanting us, as the Body, to earnestly, fervently, and expectantly pray for those who we know that are unsaved. I believe God waits for each of us to stand in the gap for the people in our circle of influence; He wants us to be caught up in His love-plan, and to be His chosen assets in implementing salvation for others.

  23. Kevin

    Oh what God would do in the world if Christians were able to daily surrender ourselves and enter the dens and parlor rooms of His great mansion to truly understand what it means to abide in Him.

  24. jeremy

    ron, thanks for this. i am the missions leader at my church and we are meeting tonight to discuss our conference theme, “moving another 24 inches…” which is basically a call to Christians to have them move not just from head to heart (12 inches) but another 24 inches to their hands (to action). i was thinking particularly of the passage in james…and tozer’s and your quote works wonderfully in balancing the truth presented in that passage. Peace!
    jb

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