Tozer Devotional Collective Writings from the Books of A.W. Tozer 1440 <![CDATA[Good News and Judgment]]> Wed, 20 Feb 2019 07:00:00 -0700 <![CDATA[A New Creation]]> Tue, 19 Feb 2019 07:00:00 -0700 <![CDATA[Unblessed Ego]]> Mon, 18 Feb 2019 07:00:00 -0700 <![CDATA[Religious Game]]> Sun, 17 Feb 2019 07:00:00 -0700 <![CDATA[A New Creation]]>
"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation" (2 Corinthians 5:17).

"You have a reputation of being alive, but you are dead" (Revelation 3:1).

To one who is a student merely, these verses might be interesting, but to a serious man intent upon gaining eternal, life they might well prove more than a little disturbing. For they evidently teach that the message of the gospel may be received in either of two ways: in word only, without power, or in word with power. Yet it is the same message whether it comes in word or in power. And these verses teach also that when the message is received in power it effects a change so radical as to be called a new creation. But the message may be received without power, and apparently some have so received it, for they have a name to live, and are dead. All this is present in these texts. By observing the ways of men at play I have been able to understand better the ways of men at prayer. Most men, indeed, play at religion as they play at games, religion itself being of all games the one most universally played. The various sports have their rules and their balls and their players; the game excites interest, gives pleasure and consumes time, and when it is over the competing teams laugh and leave the field. It is common to see a player leave one team and join another and a few days later play against his old mates with as great zest as he formerly displayed when playing for them. The whole thing is arbitrary. It consists in solving artificial problems and attacking difficulties that have been deliberately created for the sake of the game. It has no moral roots and is not supposed to have. No one is the better for his self-imposed toil. It is all but a pleasant activity that changes nothing and settles nothing at last.]]>
Sat, 16 Feb 2019 07:00:00 -0700
<![CDATA[The Friends of God]]> Fri, 15 Feb 2019 07:00:00 -0700 <![CDATA[He Gives All of Himself]]>
Eternity with all its years,
Stands present in thy view;
To Thee there's nothing old appears,
Great God, there's nothing new.

In saving men God is but doing again (or rather continuing to do) the same creative work as at the beginning of the world. To Him each ransomed soul is a world wherein He performs again His pleasant work as of old. We who experience God in this day may rejoice that we have in Him all that Abraham or David or Paul could have; indeed the very angels before the throne can have no more than we, for they can have no more than God and can want nothing apart from Him. And all that He is and all that He has done is for us and for all who share the common salvation. With full consciousness of our own demerit we may yet take our place in the love of God, and the poorest and weakest of us may without offense claim for ourselves all the riches of the Godhead in mercy given. I have every right to claim all for myself, knowing that an infinite God can give all of Himself to each of His children. He does not distribute Himself that each may have a part, but to each one He gives all of Himself as fully as if there were no others.]]>
Thu, 14 Feb 2019 07:00:00 -0700
<![CDATA[The Fountainhead]]> Wed, 13 Feb 2019 07:00:00 -0700 <![CDATA[The Real Presence]]> Tue, 12 Feb 2019 07:00:00 -0700 <![CDATA[The Touch of God]]> Mon, 11 Feb 2019 07:00:00 -0700 <![CDATA[Someone There]]> Sun, 10 Feb 2019 07:00:00 -0700 <![CDATA[A Full Flowing River]]> Sat, 09 Feb 2019 07:00:00 -0700 <![CDATA[His Uncreated Being]]> Fri, 08 Feb 2019 07:00:00 -0700 <![CDATA[Alpha and Omega]]> Thu, 07 Feb 2019 07:00:00 -0700 <![CDATA[The Great Antecedent]]>
Thou hast no youth, great God,
An Unbeginning End Thou art;
Thy glory in itself abode,
And still abides in its own tranquil heart:
No age can heap its outward years on Thee:
Dear God! Thou art Thyself Thine own eternity.

Do not skip this as merely another poem. The difference between a great Christian life and any other kind lies in the quality of our religious concepts, and the ideas expressed in these six lines can be like rungs on Jacob's ladder, leading upward to a sounder and more satisfying idea of God. We cannot think rightly of God until we begin to think of Him as always being there, and there first. Joshua had this to learn. He had been so long the servant of God's servant Moses, and had with such assurance received God's word at his mouth, that Moses and the God of Moses had become blended in his thinking, so blended that he could hardly separate the two thoughts; by association they always appeared together in his mind. Now Moses is dead, and lest the young Joshua be struck down with despair, God spoke to assure him, "As I was with Moses, so I will be with thee." Moses was dead, but the God of Moses still lived. Nothing had changed and nothing had been lost. Nothing of God dies when a man of God dies. "As I was—so I will be." Only God could say this. Only the Eternal One could stand in the timeless I AM and say, "I was" and "I will be."]]>
Wed, 06 Feb 2019 07:00:00 -0700