intimacy

Tozer on Spiritual Nourishment

Today's Worship Quote is another from the pen of A. W. Tozer. He was the pastor of Chicago's Southside Alliance Church from 1928 to 1959. He never went to be a Bible school, seminary or university, but his many writings consistently and powerfully direct the reader's attention to the amazing God who desires our love, devotion and worship.

The Pursuit of God
By A.W. Tozer

SPIRITUAL NOURISHMENT
Sound Bible exposition is an imperative must in the Church of the Living God. Without it no church can be a New Testament church in any strict meaning of that term. But exposition may be carried on in such a way as to leave the hearers devoid of any true spiritual nourishment whatever. For it is not mere words that nourish the soul, but God Himself, and unless and until the hearers find God in personal experience they are not the better for having heard the truth. The Bible is not an end in itself, but a means to bring men to an intimate and satisfying knowledge of God, that they may enter into Him, that they may delight in His presence, may taste and know the inner sweetness of the very God Himself in the core and center of their hearts.

- A. W. Tozer, The Pursuit of God, (Harrisburg, PA: Christian Publications, 1948).


CHIP’S THOUGHTS

Lord, thank you for the Scriptures. Thank you that through them we can come to know you, inter into you, and delight in you. Amen!

Have a great week!


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Carroll on the Response to Love

Worship is responding to God. Today's WORSHIP QUOTE is another that pictures our worship as a natural and appropriate response to the Lord's initiative of perfect love. The author is Joseph Carroll.

How To Worship Jesus Christ
By Joseph S. Carroll

RESPONSE OF LOVE TO LOVE
"The Lord Jesus loves us with all His heart. He desires that we love Him with all our heart; and until we do, we will never know the sweetness of His love for us. We will have some faint concept but that is all. With how many people do we share the secrets of our heart and with whom do we share them? We will be intimate with the person we know loves us, the person we know is committed to us, the person who has given himself or herself to us, and with none besides. It is so with our Lord. There must be response of love to love."

- Joseph S. Carroll, How to Worship Jesus Christ, Moody Press, 1984, p. 30.


CHIP'S THOUGHTS

This is why solid biblical preaching is so important to the worship life of the church. We worship best when we are fully aware of God's holiness, our sin, and the amazing grace that is available to us through faith in Jesus Christ.


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Swindoll on Being Still

Intimacy With The Almighty
By Charles R. Swindoll

BE STILL AND KNOW

"Be still and know that I am God" (Psalm 46:10, New International Version)

Before hurrying past that profound command, let's turn it over in our minds
several times.

"Cease striving and know that I am God! Stand silent! Know that I am God!"
(The Living Bible)

"Let be and be still, and know-recognize and understand-that I am God." (The
Amplified Bible)

"Give in," he cries, "admit that I am God." (Moffat)

"Stop fighting," he says, "and know that I am God." (Today's English Version)

I am especially intrigued by the creative paraphrase employed by Eugene
Peterson:

"Step out of the traffic! Take a long, loving look at me, your High God,
above politics, above everything." (The Message)

However we may prefer to read it, this is an emphatic imperative
addressed to God's own people. People of every race, color, culture, and era
. . . people of any level of maturity and age. . . . people who are employed
or unemployed, single or married, with or without children, all people whose
God is the Lord.

We are commanded to stop (literally) . . . rest, relax, let go, and make
time for Him. The scene is one of stillness and quietness, listening and
waiting before Him. Such foreign experiences in these busy times!
Nevertheless, knowing God deeply and intimately requires such discipline.
Silence is indispensable if we hope to add depth to our spiritual life.

[In the same chapter, Swindoll joins these thoughts to a list of four
decisions and four disciplines for becoming more intimately acquainted with
Christ.]

THE DECISION - (THE DISCIPLINE)
to reorder one's private world - (simplicity)
to be still - (silence)
to cultivate serenity - (solitude)
to trust the Lord completely - (surrender)

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--Chuck Swindoll, INTIMACY WITH THE ALMIGHTY: ENCOUNTERING CHRIST IN THE
SECRET PLACES OF YOUR LIFE, Word Publishing, 1996.


CHIP'S THOUGHTS

Won't you join in me making a resolve and a plan to "Be still!"


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