Tozer Devotional

Sat, August 05, 2017

Personal Responsibility for Revival

That "glorious band, the chosen few, on whom the Spirit came" at Pentecost, were not wraiths nor were they composed of an extract of pure humanity dwelling on another plane. They were people. The names of some of them are listed by the Holy Spirit. Though it did not suit God's purpose to furnish us with a complete roster of every one present, those mentioned were certainly human enough. When the Spirit came on that memorable day He could only fall upon persons who were present, who could be identified, who were known to each other and to the community. There was no invisible body for Him to enter. He entered the bodies and souls of the men and women who were in that prayer meeting.

No church is any better or worse than the individual Christians who compose it. To look beyond the known members to some mysterious group which is imagined to be there, secretly prepared for a revival, is to err seriously in a province where error can be costly.

Verse

Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? . . . First Corinthians 6:19

Thought

A church is spiritually revived only as the people who compose it are spiritually revived. Each of us is a temple of the Holy Spirit (1 Cor 6:19) and together as church we are the Spirit's temple (1 Cor. 3:16). Is He controlling us individually and as church?

Prayer

Forgive me, Lord, for blaming others in the church for unChristlike living. I am church. I must know the Spirit's filling if the the church is to know it.

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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 Size of the Soul Chapter 3 - What About Revival?--Part II: Personal Revival

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