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    FIVE SECRETS of SPIRITUAL STRENGTH

    by A.W. Tozer


    (1) DEAL THOROUGHLY WITH SIN...


    Tozer: This is not to preach sinless perfection. This is to say that

    every known sin is to be named, identified and repudiated, and that

    we must trust God for deliverance from it, so that there is no more

    sin anywhere in our lives. It is absolutely necessary that we deal

    thus, because God is a holy God and sin is on the throne of the world.



    (2) NEVER OWN ANYTHING.


    Tozer: I do not mean by this that you cannot have things. I mean

    that you ought to get delivered from this sense of possessing

    them. This sense of possessing is what hinders us. All babies

    are born with their fists clenched, and it seems to me it means:

    "This is mine!" One of the first things is "mine" in an angry voice.

    That sense of "This is mine" is a very injurious thing to the spirit.

    If you can get rid of it so that you have no feeling of possessing

    anything, there will come a great sense of freedom and liberty into your life.



    (3) NEVER DEFEND YOURSELF.


    Tozer: Weīre all born with a desire to defend ourselves. And if

    you insist upon defending yourself, God will let you do it. But if

    you turn the defense of yourself over to God He will defend you.



    (4) NEVER SPEAK BADLY OF OTHERS.


    Tozer: "Love covers a multitude of sins" (1 Peter 4:8). The tale

    bearer has no place in Godīs favor. If you know something that

    would hinder or hurt the reputation of one of Godīs children, bury

    it forever. Find a little garden out back-a little spot somewhere-

    and when somebody comes around with an evil story, take it

    out and bury it, and say, "Here lies in peace the story about my

    brother." God will take care of it. "With what judgment ye judge,

    ye shall be judged" (Matthew 7:2).



    (5) NEVER ACCEPT ANY GLORY.


    Tozer: God is jealous of His glory and He will not give His glory

    to another. He will not even share His glory with another. It is

    quite natural, I should say, for people to hope that maybe their

    Christian service will give them a chance to display their talents.

    True, they want to serve the Lord. But they also want other people

    to now they are serving the Lord. They want to have a reputation

    among the saints. That is very dangerous ground-seeking a

    reputation among the saints. Itīs bad enough to seek a reputation

    in the world, but itīs worse to seek a reputation among the people

    of God. Our Lord gave up His reputation, and so must we.



    May God give us the grace and strength to trust Him in each of

    these areas. Amen.

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    (1) DEAL THOROUGHLY WITH SIN...


    Tozer: This is not to preach sinless perfection. This is to say that

    every known sin is to be named, identified and repudiated, and that

    we must trust God for deliverance from it, so that there is no more

    sin anywhere in our lives. It is absolutely necessary that we deal

    thus, because God is a holy God and sin is on the throne of the world.




    We will always have sin in our lives as long as we are in this flesh. Our flesh is selfish and wants to hang onto our lives.

    1 Cor 15 56 The sting of death is sin​​​​​​​

    The fact the we know we will die causes us to hang onto our lives. That is sin.

    In Matthew 16 Jesus said, 25 For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it.

    So as long as we are in this flesh we will be sinners.

    But if we confess our sin, Jesus will forgive us as we will be standing before Him with nothing left against us, nothing that He would even scold us for.

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      (2) NEVER OWN ANYTHING.


      Tozer: I do not mean by this that you cannot have things. I mean

      that you ought to get delivered from this sense of possessing

      them. This sense of possessing is what hinders us. All babies

      are born with their fists clenched, and it seems to me it means:

      "This is mine!" One of the first things is "mine" in an angry voice.

      That sense of "This is mine" is a very injurious thing to the spirit.

      If you can get rid of it so that you have no feeling of possessing

      anything, there will come a great sense of freedom and liberty into your life.


      I am reminded of a story about a missionary that I read years ago. The missionary planted some pineapple plants in his garden and then waited 5 years before the plants had any pineapples. But the night before the day he was going to harvest them, someone stole all of his pineapples. He got very angry and tried to find out which native took them. The next year the same thing happened and someone stole all of his pineapples. He was very angry.

      So he prayed and asked God to protect his pineapples. The Lord spoke to him instead and said, "Did you not give everything you have to me". The missionary was shamed and said, "yes Lord those pineapples were yours not mine".

      So he put up a sign that said, "These are God's pineapples". The man that had stolen the pineapples before saw the sign and was afraid to steal them. So the missionary ate the pineapples that God gave him that year. He also found out whole had stolen than before and shared some with him and his family.

      It is much easier to give everything you own to God. Then you do not have to worry about those things.

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