Tozer Devotional

Fri, March 09, 2018

Moving of the Spirit

God's Word, which is God's truth, and God's Spirit unite to arouse our highest emotions. Because He is God and worthy of our praise, we will find the ability to praise Him and to glorify Him. Some religious and evangelistic techniques are directed almost entirely to the emotions of those who are listening to the appeal. They are psychology, not Spirit-directed conviction. They are unrelated to the sweet, tender ways of the God of all mercy and all grace.

I have to disagree with religious appeal that supposes if someone in the audience can be moved to shed a tear, a saint has been made. Or that if a husky listener can be touched emotionally to the point that he must blow his nose as though it was Gabriel's trumpet, all will be well with his soul.

I warn you that there is no connection whatsoever between the human manipulation of our emotions, on the one hand, and, on the other, the confirmation of God's revealed truth in our beings through the ministry of His Holy Spirit. When in our Christian experience our emotions are raised, it must be the result of what God's truth is doing for us. If that is not so, it is not properly religious stirring at all.


While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit came on all who heard the message. Acts 10:44


We have all been in services when those in charge resorted to emotional manipulation. How different the certain moving of God's Spirit which may be expressed by external emotion or none at all. Yet in heart we are strangely moved and know that God has spoken.


Lord, rebuke me when I try to move people. It is You who must move them.

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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 8 - Jesus, Keeper of God's Promises


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