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Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Saintliness

By A.W Tozer.  ~( excepts from the book: 'The Dwelling Place of God').

The man who has passed on into the divine Presence in actual
inner experience will not find many who understand him. A certain
amount of social fellowship will of course be his as he mingles
with religious persons in the regular activities of the church, but
true spiritual fellowship will be hard to find. But he should not
expect things to be otherwise. After all he is a stranger and a
pilgrim, and the journey he takes is not on his feet but in his heart.
He walks with God in the garden of his own soul - and who but
God can walk there with him? He is of another spirit from the
multitudes that tread the courts of the Lord's house. He has seen
that of which they have only heard, and he walks among them
somewhat as Zacharias walked after his return from the altar when
the people whispered, "He has seen a vision."

 

The truly spiritual man is indeed something of an oddity. He lives
not for himself but to promote the interests of Another. He seeks
to persuade people to give all to his Lord and asks no portion or
share for himself. He delights not to be honored but to see his
Savior glorified in the eyes of men. His joy is to see his Lord
promoted and himself neglected. He finds few who care to talk
about that which is the supreme object of his interest, so he is
often silent and preoccupied in the midst of noisy religious
shoptalk. For this he earns the reputation of being dull and
over serious, so he is avoided and the gulf between him and
society widens. He searches for friends upon whose garments he
can detect the smell of myrrh and aloes and cassia out of the ivory
palaces, and finding few or none, he, like Mary of old, keeps these
things in his heart.
 

The weakness of so many modern Christians is that they feel too
much at home in the world. In their effort to achieve restful
"adjustment" to unregenerate society they have lost their pilgrim
character and become an essential part of the very moral order
against which they are sent to protest. The world recognizes them
and accepts them for what they are. And this is the saddest thing
that can be said about them. They are not lonely, but neither are
they saints.
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15 Readers Commented:

  1. the little i know about GOD. after many years i see something new each and everyday, a saint He made me because of His Son who came and paid for my sin's.i thank Yahweh i get to know HIm more more.love to all.

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  2. Amen! This world is not our home. If we find ourselves comfortable here we will never long for eternity there With our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Eye has not seen ear has not heard neither has it entered into the heart of man what God has prepared for them that Love Him.. May we long for our eternal home. Great post.. God bless you! Tamela..

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  3. Thank you for posting this. I often think about this...how there are many so called Christians that have one foot in the world, and the other foot in the church. My life is God...He's everything ~ and sometimes I get labeled "too serious" or "too religious"...Amen?

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  4. Amen!

    Today's churches are not uncomfortable to the lost because they fit in very well. The lost are not convicted anymore when in church. They fit in so well because the Christians aren't ANY different from them.

    Berean Wife

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  5. Sigh! It's sad when not many modern pastors themselves preach this, but what we have are pastors trying to 'reach out' to the world by worldly means.

    Thank God for men like Tozer, Spurgeon and current teachers like Sproul, Washer, Piper and MacArthur who still teach Biblical separation from the world.

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  6. "The weakness of so many modern Christians is that they feel too much at home in the world." I commend Tozer for allowing God to use him to reach out to his people.God is still in the business of doing good,he wants to use us to fufil his goodness in others who are yet to know him, but most of us are too carried away with worldliness.This days, no one wants to be a missionary,we do not see the heavenly rewards, we see the earthly sufferings, lacks and wants associated with the mission work.May God help us all to able to lay down our lives for him regardless of all else.

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  7. I simply say this, thank God for his grace and mercy. As hard as I try to reject the worlds way in life, I find myself going along with the worldly ways at times. I am a sinner who was saved by grace. I thank God for His mercies being renewed each and every morning. He is simply God and knows the desires of our hearts. Grace and peace my friend.

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  8. Dear Alan pardoe am happy our Lord Jesus Christ has made you a saint and that you will remain till his glorious coming

    Godbless

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  9. God bless you Tamela for reading it

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  10. Oh yes Lori Our God is good all the time thank you so much

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  11. You are so right Berean Wife Christians are so comfortable with worldly Standards

    Godbless

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  12. Brother Isaiah, it is a pity that there are not many preachers like that these days

    Godbless

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  14. Oh Bola everyone want to go to the city and enjoy themselves look at what is happening in India right now. . . AWFUL

    Godbless

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  15. Sis valerie I understabd what you are saying perfectly

    Godbless

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