Devotions » Tozer Devotional
Sat, April 19, 2014
The first look of the church is toward Christ, who is her Head, her Lord and her All.
After that she must be self-regarding and world-regarding, with a proper balance between the two.
By self-regarding I do not mean self-centered. I mean that the church must examine herself constantly to see if she be in the faith; she must engage in severe self-criticism with a cheerful readiness to make amends; she must live in a state of perpetual penitence, seeking God with her whole heart; she must constantly check her life and conduct against the Holy Scriptures and bring her life into line with the will of God.
By world-regarding I mean that the church must know why she is here on earth; that she must acknowledge her indebtedness to all mankind (Romans 1:1415); that she must take seriously the words of her Lord, "Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation" (Mark 16:15), and "You will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth" (Acts 1:8).
Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in youunless, of course, you fail the test? Second Conrithians 13:5
Are we walking by the Spirit? Are we seeking God with our whole heart? Are we fulfilling Christ's Great Commission? Periodic self-examination is appropriate. Better to test ourselves than fail God's test!
Father, I recognize that the church can only walk by the Spirit and share the Good News with all people as we church members do. Help me to periodically examine myself.
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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.
His books have been published around the world and in many languages. This devotional was compiled from the The Warfare of the Spirit, Chapter 30 - Needed: A Reformation within the Church
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