Tozer Devotional

Sun, October 22, 2017

Temple Cleansers

The critical need in this hour of the church’s history is not what it is so often said to be: soul-winning, foreign missions, miracles. These are effects, not causes. The most pressing need just now is that we who call ourselves Christians should frankly acknowledge to each other and to God that we are astray; that we should confess that we are worldly, that our moral standards are low and we are spiritually cold. We need to cease our multitude of unscriptural activities, stop running when and where we have not been sent, and cease trying to sanctify carnal projects by professing that we are promoting them “in the name of the Lord” and “for the glory of God.” We need to return to the message, methods and objectives of the New Testament. We need boldly and indignantly to cleanse the temple of all that sell cattle in the holy place, and overthrow the tables of the money-changers. And this must be done in our own lives first and then in the churches of which we are a part.

Verse

Then he entered the temple area and began driving out those who were selling. 'As it is written,' he said to them, 'My house will be a house of prayer; but you have made it a den of robbers.' Luke 19:45-46

Thought

A prophet must first clean up his own life and, by means of the Spirit, grow in Christlikeness before his message can claim the authority of Christ.

Prayer

O Lord, our churches need to be cleansed, our methods and programs rooted in Your Word, our message Spirit-inspired. Renew us, Lord!

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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 29 - The Gift of Prophetic Insight Imperative Today--Part II

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