Tozer Devotional

Wed, July 04, 2018

Healthy Stimulation

But the Christian needs stimulation. . . .

Overstimulation, however, is always bad. Certain highly emotional religious groups appear entirely incapable of carrying on unless they are aroused to a high pitch of nervous excitement which, incidentally, they mistake for the movings of the Holy Spirit. Serious as this is I still believe it is more sincere and less injurious than that new playboy type of Fundamentalism which can only exist by high voltage external stimuli. One such group recently advertised a missionary rally as a "missionary spectacular." These misguided friends simply do not see the glaring inconsistency between this and legitimate New Testament methods.

No Christian should need any other stimulation than that afforded by the Word of God, the indwelling Holy Spirit and prayer. These along with the overwhelming needs of the lost world should provide all normal stimulation. Anything beyond this is unnecessary and can be dangerous.

Verse

Let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus. Hebrews 12:1–2

Thought

There is that which stimulates us to run the race with perseverance and eyes fixed firmly on Christ. There is also that which stimulates but only emotionally and fleshly. Healthy stimulation results in growing Christlikeness.

Prayer

Thank You, Lord, for Your Word, Your Spirit living within and the priceless privilege of direct access to You in prayer.

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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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