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Tozer Devotional

Sun, February 14, 2016

The Laws of Concentration and Fascination

Then there is the law of concentration. The secret of every successful person is concentration. Take a musician, for example. Most musicians are mediocre because they do not have time to concentrate. They might have greater ability than they are ever able to bring out because other things take their time. But an excellent musician must study and practice five and six hours a day. They must give themselves to it completely and concentrate. . . . Musicians, athletes and scientists may do other things, but they have just one thing to which they are totally committed. Third, there is the law of fascination. This is a little harder to understand, but it is just as real. To be fascinated, according to the dictionary, is to be held spellbound by some irresistable charm. If something does not fascinate us, we can take it or leave it. It is like the various art exhibitions. I can take them or leave them. Some people think a lot of the exhibitions, and I will go if somebody invites me; but I am not fascinated by them. I am not drawn to them by a charm that I cannot break. But in the kingdom of God there is the law of fascination, the law of irresistable charm. Christians who do not know the law will never be anything but half-Christians all their lives. They will always be in the rut. The law of fascination as seen in the world is often a personal tragedy. Being fascinated by something evil, base or unworthy can be a terrible tragedy. . . . Our Lord turns it around and says, "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened . . . Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls" (Matthew 11:28-29). In effect He says, "Come to me and be fascinated by me. Concentrate upon me, surrender to me and yield so completely to me that you can give all to me."

Verse

Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:13-14

Thought

Paul concentrated, pressing on. He was fascinated by the heavenward goal in Christ Jesus. For many of us knowing Christ is a goal but not the primary one in life.

Prayer

Lord, knowing You is the primary goal of my life. Forgive me for becoming absorbed in secondary matters.

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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 Rut, Rot or Revival Chapter Seven - Three Spiritual Laws

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