Tozer Devotional

Thu, February 15, 2018

The Holy Spirit and the Believer

In the New Testament, when the Holy Spirit came, His presence fulfilled that whole list of fragrances found in the holy anointing oil. When New Testament believers were anointed, that anointing was evident. Read it in the book of Acts. "All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit" (Acts 2:4). “And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly”(4:31). "Stephen, full of the Holy Spirit, looked up to heaven" (7:55). "While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit came on all who heard the message" (10:44). The list goes on.

The Holy Spirit has not changed. His power and authority have not changed. He is still the third Person of the eternal Godhead. He is among us to teach us all we need to know about Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God.

I am suggesting—indeed, I am stating—that no one among us, man or woman, can be genuinely anointed with the Holy Spirit and hope to keep it a secret. His or her anointing will be evident.

Verse

But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and all of you know the truth. First John 2:20

Thought

A variety of terms in the book of Acts are used to refer to the coming of the Holy Spirit in past, present and future tenses: baptize (1:5); comes on and came on (1:8; 10:44; 11:15–17); filled (2:4; 4:8, 31; 9:17; 13:9); will pour out and poured out (2:17o;18; 2:38); will receive and received (8:15–17; 10:47). What matters most is not the terminology but the reality of the Spirit's coming into the believer's heart and life.

Prayer

Holy Spirit of God, I would open to You all of me.

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A. W. Tozer, a modern day prophet, was a key figure in The Christian and Missionary Alliance. His legacy reaches through time and has impacted countless millions. A prolific author and pastor, Tozer was known for his emphasis on the deeper life movement. His message, informed as it was by A.B. Simpson the founder of The Alliance, brought the missionary call to a massive audience. A series of his sermons are available as audio files.

bookHis books have been published around the world and in many languages. This devotional was compiled from the Jesus, Our Man in Glory Chapter 6 - Jesus, Standard of Righteousness

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