Tozer Devotional

Wed, May 25, 2016

Present Tense Believing

The book of Acts lays strong emphasis upon steadfastness in the faith, as do the Pauline epistles and the Book of Hebrews. Obviously the apostles conceived the Christian life to be a long tough journey, requiring a lot of faith and determination but ending in glory at last. Neither Christ nor His apostles taught the once-for-all finality of the act of believing so popular among us today. The whole build-up of the usual evangelistic meeting these days is toward the initial act of believing. Once a confession has been extracted from the seeker, a sense of victory seizes on everybody. It is as if a fish had been landed and safely stowed into the basket. The saving act has been performed, and there remains nothing more to be done. Not so taught the apostles or the faithful leaders of the church of God through the centuries. Faith in Christ is not an act to be done and gotten over with as one might get inoculated against yellow fever or cholera. The repentant sinner's first act of believing in Christ for forgiveness and eternal life is the beginning of a continuous act of believing which lasts throughout life and for all eternity. "Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed." These words accord perfectly with the exhortations of Barnabas to the Christians at Pisidia and Antioch: "That with purpose of heart they would cleave unto the Lord . . . confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God."

Verse

But now he has reconciled you by Christ's physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation—if you continue in your faith, established and firm, not moved from the hope held out in the gospel. Colossians 1:22-23a

Thought

Believing is present tense. It is good to have believed yesterday. Of greater significance is believing today whether going through sunshine or darkness, mountain tops or valleys. Believing today prepares us to keep believing tomorrow.

Prayer

Lord, I cling to You today. I may be stumbling and blundering but in faith I hold on to You. I choose to believe. Help me when my faith is weak. For Jesus' sake.

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“What I believe about God is the most important thing about me.”

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 Next Chapter after the Last Chapter Twenty-Nine - Faith Is a Continuous Act

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