Tozer Devotional

Fri, July 07, 2017

The Danger of Eloquence

There are few things in religious circles held in greater esteem than eloquence. Yet there are few things of less actual value or that bring with them greater temptation or more harm.

One qualification everyone expects a preacher to have is the ability to discourse fluently on almost any religious or moral subject. Yet such ability is at best a doubtful asset and unless brought to Christ for cleansing may easily turn out to be the greatest enemy the preacher faces here below. The man who finds that he is able to preach on a moment's notice should accept his ability as an obstacle over which he must try to get victory before he is at his best for God and His kingdom.

Verse

When I came to you, brethren, I did not come with eloquence or superior wisdom as I proclaimed to you the testimony about God. For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. First Corinthians 2:1-2

Thought

Eloquence and knowledge are major weapons in Satan's arsenal to render ineffective God's servants. Self-reliance and pride follow like fast growing weeds. God uses the weak, the humble who fully rely on Him.

Prayer

Father, remind me to pray for my pastor that he may powerfully proclaim Christ and Him crucified, trusting wholly in You to minister through him.

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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 We Travel an Appointed Way Chapter 32 - Eloquence Can Bring a Snare

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