Tozer Devotional

Tue, February 27, 2018

The Awful Seriousness of Sin

Go to God's Word and you will find that sin is the most pressing, the most compelling, the most imperative problem in human life and society. The most pressing problem is not sickness. It is not war. It is not poverty. Sin is the basic problem because sin has to do with a person’s soul. Sin does not relate merely to a person's short years on this earth. It involves that person's eternal future and the world to come.

No one has ever overstated the seriousness of the sin question. It is a question that continues age after age. It comes to every human being: "What am I going to do about sin?" That question takes precedence over all other questions that we are called upon to answer. Whether we are world famous or an unnamed member of the human race, we must make confession concerning our relationship with sin.

If each of us is willing to be honest, we will answer, "I have been involved in sin. I have played along with it. I have taken it to my bosom and it has stung me. The virus of sin has entered my life stream. It has conditioned my mind; it has affected my judgment. I confess I have been a deliberate collaborator with sin."

But sin is more than a disease. It is a deformity of the spirit, an abnormality in that part of human nature which is most like God's. And sin is a capital crime as well. It is treason against the great God Almighty who made the heavens and the earth. Sin is a crime against the moral order of the universe. Each time a man or woman strikes against God's moral nature and kingdom, he or she acts against the moral government of the entire universe.


In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus. Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires. Romans 6:11–12


There is a tendency on our part to downplay the seriousness of sin. After all, it seems to go along with being human. But sin infects all that we are so that, if not dealt with, it condemns us to spiritual death now and forever.


O Lord, cleanse me from sin and grant to me heightened sensitivity to it. May I recognize it for what it is and deal with it accordingly.

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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 7 - Jesus, the Eternal Word


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