Oswald Chambers on the Dangers of a Critical Spirit

In his Studies on the Sermon on the Mount, Oswald Chambers talked about the importance of having an “uncritical temper.” It will help us to enjoy life more. A critical spirit, on the other hand, will lead us into error. It will cause us to assume an authority that we don't really have. It's like … Continue reading Oswald Chambers on the Dangers of a Critical Spirit

A Three-Fold Perspective on the Word of God

The Bible can be described as God's work in history, recorded by men, for your sake. That description can then be divided into three ways of approaching the Bible, which should be held together: God's work in history Recorded by men For your sake I came up with this description by comparing three Gospels as … Continue reading A Three-Fold Perspective on the Word of God

Expect Beautiful Answers to Prayer

When seeking direction from God, when trying to discern his voice, look for beauty. Don't go by your own personal definition of beauty, however. Learn, instead, to recognize the beauty of God's ways. As you do so, there are lessons to draw from creation itself. A Scientist Looks at the Epistle to the Hebrews In … Continue reading Expect Beautiful Answers to Prayer

Learning to See All of Life as Worship

“One of the greatest hindrances to internal peace which the Christian encounters is the common habit of dividing our lives into two areas, the sacred and the secular.” This is how A. W. Tozer began the last chapter of The Pursuit of God. That chapter, "The Sacrament of Living," was an attack on what he … Continue reading Learning to See All of Life as Worship

Victorious Spiritual Experience Summed Up in Three Words

“Be thou exalted.” These are the three words that A. W. Tozer used to describe what he called “the language of victorious spiritual experience.” He did this in chapter eight of The Pursuit of God, “Restoring the Creator-creature Relation.” According to Tozer, “be thou exalted” is our proper response as creatures. It's “the only thinkable … Continue reading Victorious Spiritual Experience Summed Up in Three Words

Seeking a Practical Definition of Faith

What is faith? How would you define it? If someone asked you these questions, what would you say? What if someone asked you for the Biblical definition of faith? Is there a particular verse that you would turn to? What Does the Bible Say That Faith Is? A. W. Tozer took a wise approach to … Continue reading Seeking a Practical Definition of Faith

Has Everybody Heard the Speaking Voice?

What do you think of when I say “the Word of God”? Do you think of the Bible? That's good, but what if I'm not referring to the Bible? What's the next thing you think of? Is it Jesus? That's also good. But what if the word I'm referring to is “Let there be light”—that … Continue reading Has Everybody Heard the Speaking Voice?

Three Tips for Cultivating Spiritual Receptivity

The fifth chapter of A. W. Tozer's The Pursuit of God is titled “The Universal Presence.” In it, Tozer talks about cultivating a sense of that presence. Here are three tips taken from that chapter. 1. Don't Think in Terms of Space and Place God is everywhere already. To draw near to God is never a … Continue reading Three Tips for Cultivating Spiritual Receptivity

We Walk by Faith Not by Sight, Not by Imagination

Here's an interesting way to construct a chapter of a book: build up to a key paragraph for the first third of the chapter, then spend the rest of the chapter clarifying what you meant by two of the key words in that key paragraph. The fourth chapter of The Pursuit of God is built … Continue reading We Walk by Faith Not by Sight, Not by Imagination