A genuine encounter with God — A. W. Tozer

“Whatever else it embraces, true Christian experience must always include a genuine encounter with God.  Without this, religion is but a shadow, a reflection of a reality, a cheap copy of an original once enjoyed by someone else of whom we have heard.  It cannot but be a major tragedy in the life of any man to live in a church from childhood to old age and know nothing more real than some synthetic god compounded of theology and logic, but having no eyes to see, no ears to hear, and no heart to love.”

“But the man who has been taught even slightly by the Spirit of Truth…his language will be, ‘I have heard Him and observed Him.  What have I to do any more with idols?’  For he cannot love a god who is no more than a deduction from a text.  He will crave to know God with a vital awareness that goes beyond words and to live in the intimacy of personal communion.”

— A. W. Tozer

OF and FOR and THROUGH

From 1 Corinthians…

“to us there is one God,
the Father,
of Whom are all things,
and we for Him;

and one Lord,
Jesus Christ,
through Whom are all things,
and we live through Him.”

–1 Corinthians 8:6

How wonderful that we are OF and FOR Abba Father God; having originated from Him and intended to go to Him. What everlasting love and unending belonging there is in this!

And God has provided His Way for all to come to Him…

How wonderful that we are THROUGH our Lord Jesus Christ. What care and concern and redemption and restoration there is through Jesus!

Thank You Abba Father In Jesus’ Name…for YOU!!!

Living Embrace

Moses had a special life. He spoke to God face to face. He had no book or writing to consult to give him thoughts and ideas about God. Rather, he had God Himself; a living, interactive, real-time, moving, active and animated relationship with God. Moses knew God. Moses heard the Voice of God immediately as God spoke directly to him. Moses saw the glory of God with his own eyes. God drew near to Moses and Moses responded to the Person and Presence of God. And it was out of this ongoing embrace between God and Moses that Moses found himself writing. Moses wrote about his experiences with God. Experiences. Let us never forget that. If anyone has ears to hear and eyes to see and a heart that is tender and yearning to know God, let him/her remember that there were no written words at first. Rather there was, at first, a living, loving real relationship between two persons; between the Person of the Living God and the person of a living man. God loved Moses and made Himself known to Moses in many intimate manifestations.

What kind of relationship do you want to have with God? Will it start and end with words in a book? Or will it start and end with a living embrace? Will we seek to be known by God by feverishly reading more and more, trying to be justified by our own works (see Romans 9.30-33)? Or rather by faith in the works of God? Yes, we must read the Scripture, and reading is good, but reading alone is not enough or all there is. The relationship that God wants us to have with Him is not merely literary, but living. So yes, learn about God in the Scriptures, and be obedient to do the work of God found there (see John 6.29). But also ask God to manifest Himself to you and fill you with His Holy Spirit. Ask God to teach you how to hear His Voice, and keep in step with Him as He moves about and leads you. Draw near to Him and yearn for Him to draw near to you.

Oh Abba Father, please make Yourself known to us. Let us experience You. The longing and yearning in the depths of our hearts is only and always for You. We draw near to You by the Living Way You have made in Your beloved Son Jesus. We ask to know You in a real relationship. Please embrace us as we make our feeble attempt to embrace You. Take us up into Your arms. Let us hear Your Voice. Only say the word! Carry us close and never let us go. Spread out Your Lordship over us. Precious Lover, Father of Eternity, You Who have loved us with an everlasting Love: more than anything else in all the universe, thank You for You!

Jesus answered them, “This is the work of God, that you believe into Him Whom He has sent.” -John 6:29

Spiritual Sleepwalkers – by A.W. Tozer

When the Bible says “Awake to righteousness and sin not,” it indicates the possiblity of a sudden awakening, like when an alarm clock going off rouses you out of sleep. There is such a thing as being asleep and suddenly being wakened, and this is surprising to people. People often say, “You know, I was living a life displeasing to God. I was a church member, but though I didn’t know it, I was displeasing to God. My life wasn’t right. Then suddenly I was wakened by God. It was a surprise.” . . . People who are awakened from moral sleep say, “Well, what’s the matter with me? I’ve been living a life that’s been displeasing to God, and I simply did not know it. “Surely the LORD is in this place, and I was not aware of it. . . . This is none other than the house of God; this is the gate of heaven'” (Genesis 28:16-17). Jacob must have been rather disconcerted when he awoke and found that he had been in the presence of God all the time, but he had been asleep. He was not morally dead; he was not cut off from the covenant–he was merely asleep.

Acceptable

“Peter opened his mouth and said, “Truly I perceive that God doesn’t show favoritism; but in every nation He who fears Him and works righteousness is acceptable to Him. The word which He sent to the children of Israel, preaching good news of peace by Jesus Christ — He is Lord of all — that spoken word you yourselves know, which was proclaimed throughout all Judea, beginning from Galilee, after the baptism which John preached; even Jesus of Nazareth, how God anointed Him with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.”
—Acts 10:34-38