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    SEEKING the WRONG REVIVAL

    by A.W. Tozer


    We appear to conceive of revival as a kind of benign miracle, a

    feverish renaissance of religious activity which will come upon us,

    leaving us morally just as we are now, except that we will be a lot

    happier and there will be a great many more of us. Itīs a good

    talking point and it has an aura of superior godliness about it; but

    the trouble is that it is just not true.


    Our mistake is that we want God to send revival on our terms.

    We want to get the power of God into our hands, to call it to us

    that it may work for us in promoting and furthering our kind of

    Christianity. We want still to be in charge, guiding the chariot

    through the religious sky in the direction we want it to go,

    shouting "Glory to God," it is true, but modestly accepting a

    share of the glory for ourselves in a nice inoffensive sort of way.

    We are calling on God to send fire on our altars, completely

    ignoring the fact that they are our altars and not Godīs. And like

    the prophets of Baal we are working ourselves into a frenzy as

    if we could by violence command the arm of the Almighty.


    Of this we may be certain: We cannot continue to ignore Godīs

    will as expressed in the Scriptures and expect to secure the aid

    of Godīs Spirit... Today we have the strange phenomenon of a

    company of Christians solemnly protesting to heaven and earth

    the purity of their Bible creed, and at the same time following

    the unregenerate world in their methods and managing only with

    difficulty to keep their moral standards from sinking out of sight.

    Coldness, worldliness, pride, boasting, lying, misrepresenting,

    love of money, exhibitionism - all these things are practiced by

    professedly orthodox Christians, not in secret but in plain sight

    and often as a necessary part of the whole religious show.


    It will take more than talk and prayer to bring revival. There must

    be a return to the Lord in practice before our prayers will be heard

    in heaven. We dare not continue to trouble Godīs way if we want

    Him to bless ours. Joshua sent his army up to conquer Ai, only

    to see them hurled back with bloody losses. He threw himself to

    the ground on his face before the Ark and complained to the Lord.


    The LORD said to Joshua, "Stand up! What are you doing down

    on your face? Israel has sinned; they have violated my covenant.

    That is why the Israelites cannot stand against their enemies

    because they have been made liable to destruction. I will not be

    with you anymore unless you destroy whatever among you is

    devoted to destruction." (Joshua 7:10-12)


    If we are foolish enough to do it, we may spend our future vainly

    begging God to send revival, while we blindly overlook His requirements...

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    Originally posted by Lou Newton View Post
    SEEKING the WRONG REVIVAL

    by A.W. Tozer


    We appear to conceive of revival as a kind of benign miracle, a

    feverish renaissance of religious activity which will come upon us,

    leaving us morally just as we are now, except that we will be a lot

    happier and there will be a great many more of us. Itīs a good

    talking point and it has an aura of superior godliness about it; but

    the trouble is that it is just not true.


    Our mistake is that we want God to send revival on our terms.

    We want to get the power of God into our hands, to call it to us

    that it may work for us in promoting and furthering our kind of

    Christianity. We want still to be in charge, guiding the chariot

    through the religious sky in the direction we want it to go,

    shouting "Glory to God," it is true, but modestly accepting a

    share of the glory for ourselves in a nice inoffensive sort of way.

    We are calling on God to send fire on our altars, completely

    ignoring the fact that they are our altars and not Godīs. And like

    the prophets of Baal we are working ourselves into a frenzy as

    if we could by violence command the arm of the Almighty.


    Of this we may be certain: We cannot continue to ignore Godīs

    will as expressed in the Scriptures and expect to secure the aid

    of Godīs Spirit... Today we have the strange phenomenon of a

    company of Christians solemnly protesting to heaven and earth

    the purity of their Bible creed, and at the same time following

    the unregenerate world in their methods and managing only with

    difficulty to keep their moral standards from sinking out of sight.

    Coldness, worldliness, pride, boasting, lying, misrepresenting,

    love of money, exhibitionism - all these things are practiced by

    professedly orthodox Christians, not in secret but in plain sight

    and often as a necessary part of the whole religious show.


    It will take more than talk and prayer to bring revival. There must

    be a return to the Lord in practice before our prayers will be heard

    in heaven. We dare not continue to trouble Godīs way if we want

    Him to bless ours. Joshua sent his army up to conquer Ai, only

    to see them hurled back with bloody losses. He threw himself to

    the ground on his face before the Ark and complained to the Lord.


    The LORD said to Joshua, "Stand up! What are you doing down

    on your face? Israel has sinned; they have violated my covenant.

    That is why the Israelites cannot stand against their enemies

    because they have been made liable to destruction. I will not be

    with you anymore unless you destroy whatever among you is

    devoted to destruction." (Joshua 7:10-12)


    If we are foolish enough to do it, we may spend our future vainly

    begging God to send revival, while we blindly overlook His requirements...
    I have read several books by A.W. Tozer that have been very good books.

    What do you think about what Tozer says in the quote above ?

    Are we sometimes guilty of the kind of attitude that Tozer writes about ?

    One can not go wrong if they turn to The Lord Jesus and ask Him about this. Ask The Lord Jesus to show you your sin. He is full of mercy and grace and will always forgive us if we confess our sin to Him.

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