Friday, January 20, 2012

seeking to know God

i have been reading a chapter a day from Knowledge of the Holy by A.W. Tozer.  each chapter is like 3 pages, but it's so dense. my mind can only handle 3 pages per day.  i finished it yesterday and i am tempted to type the whole last chapter for you, but i'll refrain... that has to be illegal in some way.

here are a couple key thoughts i took away from yesterday:

"any forward step in the Church must begin with the individual. What can we plain Christians do to bring back the departed glory? Is there some secret we may learn?  IS there a formula for personal revival...? The answer is yes.  Yet the answer may easily disappoint some persons, for it is anything but profound... The secret is an open one which the wayfaring man may read.  It is simply the old and ever-new counsel: Acquaint thyself with God" (114).

"To know God is at once the easiest and the most difficult thing in the world.  It is easy because the knowledge is not won by hard mental toil, but it is something freely given... But this knowledge is difficult because there are conditions to be met and the obstinate nature of fallen man does not take kindly to them... we must forsake our sins... 'blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God...'  There must be an utter committal of the whole life to Christ in faith... we must practice the art of long and loving meditation upon the majesty of God... and as the knowledge of god becomes more wonderful, greater service to our fellow men will become for us imperative" (115).

"There is a glorified Man on the right hand of the Majesty in heaven faithfully representing us there.  We are left for a season among men; let us faithfully represent Him here" (117).

if you've read it, what are your thoughts?  if not, you should probably buy it today

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