Tozer Devotional

Tue, July 03, 2018

Appropriate Stimulation

The tendency toward excessive stimulation is seen everywhere. Entertainment that once satisfied people now excites nothing more enjoyable than boredom. The theatrical pages of the daily papers tingle with such words as "tantalizing," "suspenseful," "breathless," "terrifying," "explosive." Recently one particularly spine-chilling number at the local bijou advertised itself as "the world's greatest horrorama" and promised that the jaded citizens who came to see it would find it "a billion-shock monsterpiece."

This kind of thing in varying degree is found also in our automobiles, furniture, books, art, music, clothes, and gives evidence of mass emotional dope addiction in an advanced stage.

My words are addressed to regenerated souls who are humble enough to be willing to learn and hungry enough to want to. I have not the dimmest hope that any politician, economist or advertiser will heed my warning even if what I write should by accident fall into his hands. The inhabitants of Vanity Fair are not likely to listen to the words of a Christian. They are under the control of "the carnal mind [which] is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be" (Romans 8:7, KJV).

But the Christian needs stimulation. This the Bible teaches with great plainness and candor as in such passages as these: "For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands" (2 Timothy 1:6). "Encourage one another daily" (Hebrews 3:13). Every call to repentance, every exhortation to advance in the spiritual life, is meant to arouse the sluggish heart to seek God and His righteousness. Christ Himself was "moved with compassion" when He saw the hungry multitudes. Paul's Macedonian vision was given to stimulate missionary action. The so-called hortatory passages in the New Testament are there to inspire moral obedience.

Verse

For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands. Second Timothy 1:6

Thought

Gifts of the Spirit, which all of us as believers have received from God, require stimulation. We are to recognize them, exercise them and stir them up or rekindle them. Systematic and careful attention to the exhortations of the Word provide stimulation for us.

Prayer

Thank You, Lord, for the people, circumstances and Your Word itself which stimulate me to grow in You. Oh, may I be more responsive.

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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 The Warfare of the Spirit Chapter 21 - The Dangers of Overstimulation

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