Tozer Devotional

Mon, October 16, 2017

Spiritual Appraisers

A prophet is one who knows his times and what God is trying to say to the people of his times.

What God says to His Church at any given period depends altogether upon her moral and spiritual condition and upon the spiritual need of the hour. Religious leaders who continue mechanically to expound the Scriptures without regard to the current religious situation are no better than the scribes and lawyers of Jesus’ day who faithfully parroted the Law without the remotest notion of what was going on around them spiritually. They fed the same diet to all and seemed wholly unaware that there was such a thing as meat in due season. The prophets never made that mistake nor wasted their efforts in that manner. They invariably spoke to the condition of the people of their times.

Today we need prophetic preachers; not preachers of prophecy merely, but preachers with a gift of prophecy. The word of wisdom is missing. We need the gift of discernment again in our pulpits. It is not ability to predict that we need, but the anointed eye, the power of spiritual penetration and interpretation, the ability to appraise the religious scene as viewed from God’s position, and to tell us what is actually going on.

Verse

Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. To one there is given through the Spirit the message of wisdom, . . . to another prophecy . . . All these are the work of the one and the same Spirit, and he gives them to each one, just as he determines. First Corinthians 12:7-8, 10-11

Thought

Prophecy is the evaluation of the present situation by looking into the past, peering into the future, or both. It is God who gives accurate evaluation.

Prayer

Father, will You by Your Spirit, give to certain ones in Your Church the gift of prophecy.

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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 28 - The Gift of Prophetic Insight Imperative Today--Part I

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