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A. W. Tozer – The Church: The Dry Rot of Nonexpectation

“…but we will give ourselves continually to prayer and to the ministry of the word.”…Then the word of God spread, and the number of the disciples multiplied greatly in Jerusalem, and a great many of the priests were obedient to the faith.—Acts 6:4,7

The church is afflicted by dry rot. This is best explained when the psychology of nonexpectation takes over and spiritual rigidity sets in, which is an inability to visualize anything better, a lack of desire for improvement.

There are many who respond by arguing, “I know lots of evangelical churches that would like to grow, and they do their best to get the crowds in. They want to grow and have contests to make their Sunday school larger.” That is true, but they are trying to get people to come and share their rut. They want people to help them celebrate the rote and finally join in the rot. Because the Holy Spirit is not given a chance to work in our services, nobody is repenting, nobody is seeking God, nobody is spending a day in quiet waiting on God with open Bible seeking to mend his or her ways. Nobody is doing it— we just want more people. But more people for what? More people to come and repeat our dead services without feeling, without meaning, without wonder, without surprise? More people to join us in the bondage to the rote? For the most part, spiritual rigidity that cannot bend is too weak to know just how weak it is. Rut, Rot or Revival: The Condition of the Church, 8,9.

“Lord, not more people, but more of You. Let me wait upon You, keep me faithful, send Your Holy Spirit. If You then send growth as well, I’ll thank You and see it as an added blessing. Amen.”

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Evangelism: Sovereign Obligation

I am a debtor both to Greeks and to barbarians, both to wise and to unwise. So, as much as is in me, I am ready to preach the gospel to you who are in Rome also. —Romans 1:14,15

That is why I say that the resurrection of Jesus Christ is something more than making us the happiest people in the Easter parade. Are we to listen to a cantata, join in singing “Up from the Grave He Arose,” smell the lilies and go home and forget it? No, certainly not!

The resurrection of Jesus Christ lays hold on us with all the authority of sovereign obligation. It says that the Christian church is to go and make disciples—to go and make disciples of all nations. The moral obligation of the resurrection of Christ is the missionary obligation—the responsibility and privilege of personally carrying the message, of interceding for those who go, of being involved financially in the cause of world evangelization.

“Stimulate me today, Lord, with that sense of sovereign obligation. Then lead me to the right person with whom I could share Your grace. Amen.”
–A. W. Tozer, Tragedy in the Church: The Missing Gifts, 90.

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“Evangelism: Not Willing to Take Contempt” from A.W. Tozer

But none of these things move me; nor do I count my life dear to myself, so that I may finish my race with joy, and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God. —Acts 20:24

We are 20th century Christians. Some of us are Christians only because it is convenient and pleasant and because it is not costing us anything. But here is the truth, whether we like it or not: the average evangelical Christian who claims to be born again and have eternal life is not doing as much to propagate his or her faith as the busy adherents of the cults handing out their papers on the street corners and visiting from house to house.

We are not willing to take the spit and the contempt and the abuses those cultists take as they knock on doors and try to persuade everyone to follow them in their mistaken beliefs. The cultists can teach us much about zeal and effort and sacrifice, but most of us do not want to get that serious about our faith—or our Savior. Jesus Is Victor!

“Lord, let me pray with Paul, that I might not ‘count my life dear to myself.’ I pour myself out today as Your servant, no matter the cost. Amen.”

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Gems from “Whatever Happened to Worship?” by A. W. Tozer

Oh, brother or sister, God calls us to worship, but in many instances we are in entertainment, just running a poor second to theaters.

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Gems from “The Knowledge of the Holy” by A.W. Tozer CONTINUED

The God who gave all to us will continue to give all through us as we come to know Him better.

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Gems from “The Knowledge of the Holy” by A.W. Tozer CONTINUED

It is by His grace that God imputes merit where none previously existed and declares no debt to be where one had been before.

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Gems from “The Knowledge of the Holy” by A.W. Tozer CONTINUED

It is a good thing to give thanks unto Thee and to sing praises unto Thy name, O Most High, to show forth Thy loving-kindness in the morning and Thy faithfulness every night.  As Thy Son, while on earth, was loyal to Thee, His Heavenly Father, so now in heaven He is faithful to us, His earthly brethren; and in this knowledge we press on with every confident hope for all the years and centuries yet to come.  Amen.

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