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This is another installment in a series that has been adapted from my 11-part MP3 teaching series on A. W. Tozer’s spiritual classic, The Pursuit of God.
If the longing after God is primary and strong, you will want to do something about it. Tozer suggests two things. “First of all, he should put away all defense and make no attempt to excuse himself either in his own eyes or before the Lord.” You are to begin by being totally honest with God. Trying to talk God …
Hope in the Bible is concerned with the promises of God; hope in the world is concerned with the promises of the world. Don't hope for what God does not promise. Don't let it consume your life or motivate you. Don't make your joy dependent on it. We don't jettison the temporal; we just don't put our hope in it.
God, I ask for a clearer vision of the blessings of obedience and the pain of disobedience so that I will fear You, hope in You and depend on You. Most of all, I want to grow in trust so that I will take the risks of obedience that run contrary to the world system with its temporal values. May I develop a clearer upward perspective so that I realize in my thinking and practice that only the transcendent can give ultimate meaning to life on earth. Without You I am wretched and hopeless, but when …
“As the deer pants for the water brooks, so my soul pants for You, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God; when shall I come and appear before God?” (Ps. 42:1-2). The Old Testament poets had far less knowledge about the person and promises of God than we enjoy through the fullness of New Testament revelation. As C. S. Lewis put it, “They did not know that He offered them eternal joy; still less that He would die to win it for them.” …