Sunday, April 10, 2016
The Pursuit of God review...
Here are some of my favorite sections/highlights from the book:
"The art of worship has been lost entirely, and in its place has come that strange foreign thing called the "program"." ~I find this true amongst many churches and in this generation especially. All we need are open hearts and ears to hear His truth and we needs Pastors willing to speak truth. For which I am thankful to be in a church that is like this.
He writes about following hard after God.. "The impulse to pursue God originates with God, but the outworking of that impulse is our following hard after Him; and all the time we are pursuing Him we are already in His hand: Thy right hand has upheld me."
Removing the Veil... "Let us beware of tinkering with our inner life in the hope of rending the veil ourselves. God must do everything for us. Our part is to yield and trust. We must confess, forsake, repudiate the self-life, and then reckon it crucified. But we must be careful to distinguish lazy acceptance form the real work of God. We must insist upon the work being done. We dare not rest content with a neat doctrine of self-crucifixion." I confess I can be lazy at times!
"Insist that the work being done in very truth and it will be done. The cross is rough, and it is deadly, but it is effective. It does not keep its victim hanging there forever. There comes a moment when its work is finished and the suffering victim dies. After that is resurrection glory and power, and the pain is forgotten for the joy that the veil is taken away and we have entered in actual, spiritual experience the presence of the living God." ~To which I say hallelujah! We will have trails on this earth, but glory is coming to all believers in eternity!
Tozer shared this from a sermon by Faber about His love for Christ, these words and his heart, beautiful..."Wherever we turn in the church of God, there is Jesus. He is the beginning, middle, and end of everything to us...There is nothing good, nothing holy, nothing beautiful, nothing joyous which HE is not to His servants. No one need be poor, because if he chooses, he can have Jesus for his own property and possession. No one need be downcast, for Jesus is the joy of heaven, and it is HIS joy to enter into sorrowful hearts. We can exaggerate about many things; but we can never exaggerate our obligation to Jesus, or the compassionate abundance of the love of Jesus to us. All our lives long we might talk of Jesus, and yet we should never come to an end of the sweet things that might be said of HIM. Eternity will not be long enough to learn all He is or, to worship Him for all He has done, but then, that matters not; for we shall be always with HIM, and we desire nothing more."
Apprehending God..."We must avoid the common fault of pushing the "other world/spiritual world" into the future. It is not future, but present, it parallels our familiar physical world, and the doors between the two worlds are open....The soul has eyes with which to see and ears with which to hear. Feeble they may be from long disuse, but by the life-giving touch of Christ alive now and capable of the sharpest sight and most sensitive hearing." `Our focus is to be upon God and when it is, our spirits take shape and will bring inward revelation.
The Universal Presence... "We need never shout across the spaces to an absent God. He is nearer than our own soul, closer than our most secret thoughts." "The will of God is the same for all. He has no favorites within His household. All He has ever done for any of His children He will do for all of His children. The difference lies not with God but with us." ~Oh how HE loves us, HE has made the way easy to enter, it is for all that accept Jesus
"Any man who by repentance and a sincere return to God will break himself out of the mold in which he has been held, and will go to the Bible itself for his spiritual standards, will be delighted with what he finds there."~ Oh how we need to repent and be sincere, God is here!
"We have within us the ability to know Him if we will but respond to His overtures, what is called pursuing God! We will know Him in increasing degree as our receptivity becomes more perfect by faith and love and practise." ~I find faith is not a quick fix, it is a journey. This world we live in wants quick and easy.
The Speaking Voice..."The order and life of the world depend upon that voice, but men are mostly too busy or too stubborn to give attention." "It is important that we get still to wait on God. And it is best that we get alone, preferably with our Bible outspread before us." ~I admit I struggle with distractions, time, and to do's but when we let Him lead we will live in peace. So I have to remind myself this daily, so I don't lose hearing from Him.
The Gaze of the soul... " To run life's race with our eyes fixed on Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith. From all this we learn that faith is not a once-done act, but a continuous gaze of the heart at the tribune God." "Since believing is looking, it can be done without special equipment or religious paraphernalia." "Since believing is looking, it can be done any time. No season is superior to another season for this sweetest of all acts. God never made salvation dependent upon new moons or holy days or Sabbaths. A man is not nearer to Christ on Easter Sunday than He is, say on Saturday, August 3..." ~ And this does happen today, don't ever quench the spirit from moving in your life.
Meekness and rest... "Come unto me,..and I will give you rest. The rest He offers is the rest of meekness, the blessed relief which comes when we accept ourselves for what we are and cease to pretend. It will take some courage at first, but the needed grace will come as we learn that we are sharing this new and easy yoke with the strong Son of God Himself. He calls it my yoke, and HE walks at one end while we walk at the other." ~This is not being weak but be brave and letting go of the need to do it on our own.
The Sacrament of Living..."Let every man abide in the calling wherein he is called, and his work will be as sacred as the work of the ministry. It is not what a man does that determine whether his work is sacred or secular; it is why he does it. The motive is everything."
I could share more, I tried to share a little from most of the chapters from the book, and this is already getting long. So hopefully this will give you enough to want to read this book yourself and may it inspire you to seek out God.
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