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A Transforming Vision of God


If A. W. Tozer was right, stating that the Church was in Babylonian captivity in the middle of the 20th Century, then where is it now? I was a young boy at that time and I can testify today of a spiritual state that none of us in those days would have believed possible. The Church is in a free-fall, tumbling rapidly towards total apostasy. Tozer spoke of a low concept of God, but I, and others, are now speaking about idolatry, worshiping gods conceived in the minds of individuals. Although they may quote texts from the Bible, they have joined those texts with psychological ideology, mixed in dreams and visions, and have conjured gods and christs, who they can manipulate, foreign to the general tenor of Scripture.

Now, anyone can tear down and destroy… and destruction of that which is built upon deceit and humanism is necessary… but it takes an anointed man like Tozer to re-build. He offers hope and demonstrates biblically how the walls can be restored! And we may do likewise, for while the general trend of the visible church (Do not eliminate Evangelicals, Pentecostals and Charismatics from that number!) today is downward, God is calling forth an honest and sincere people, who are hungry for truth and reality. The rapture may take place before too long and these are preparing for the Wedding Supper of the Lamb. Let’s follow Tozer’s six steps to a knowledge of the Holy God (because they are biblical steps) and experience in our times another, and perhaps final, move of the Spirit of God. 
A. W. Tozer

Allow me to explain briefly that the paragraphs copied below are excerpts from the final chapter of The Knowledge of the Holy:

“When viewed from the perspective of eternity, the most critical need of this hour may well be that the Church should be brought back from her long Babylonian captivity and the name of God be glorified in her again as of old… What can we plain Christians do to bring back the departed glory? Is there some secret we may learn? Is there a formula for personal revival we can apply to the present situation, to our own situation? The answer to these questions is yes.

Yet the answer may easily disappoint some persons, for it is anything but profound… The secret is an open one which the wayfaring man may read. It is simply the old and ever-new counsel: acquaint thyself with God. To regain her lost power the Church must see heaven opened and have a transforming vision of God.

Seeking the King of the Kingdom, chapter two



“(Abraham) went in to Hagar, and she conceived; and when she saw that she had conceived, her mistress was despised in her sight. And Sarai said to Abram, ‘May the wrong done me be upon you. I gave my maid into your arms, but when she saw that she had conceived, I was despised in her sight. May the LORD judge between you and me.’ But Abram said to Sarai, ‘Behold, your maid is in your power; do to her what is good in your sight.’ So Sarai treated her harshly, and she fled from her presence. Now the angel of the LORD found her by a spring of water in the wilderness, by the spring on the way to Shur. He said, ‘Hagar, Sarai’s maid, where have you come from and where are you going?’ And she said, ‘I am fleeing from the presence of my mistress Sarai.’ Then the angel of the LORD said to her, ‘Return to your mistress, and submit yourself to her authority.’ Moreover, the angel of the LORD said to her, ‘I will greatly multiply your descendants so that they will be too many to count.’ The angel of the LORD said to her further, ‘Behold, you are with child, and you will bear a son; and you shall call his name Ishmael (God sees), because the LORD has given heed to your affliction. He will be a wild donkey of a man, his hand will be against everyone, and everyone’s hand will be against him; and he will live to the east of all his brothers.’ Then she called the name of the LORD who spoke to her, ‘You are a God who sees’; for she said, ‘Have I even remained alive here after seeing Him?’” Genesis 16:4-13

Taken from this book

One of the most important themes in the Holy Scriptures concerns the characteristics that exist in the heart of a human being. The Scripture gives us a clear vision of what is inside and it is surprising to discover that basically man has not changed at all. Customs and culture are different from biblical times, but if we are honest, we will recognize that his faults and features are still the same today.

Four thousand years ago, a rich and important nomad, named Abram (converted later to Abraham) from Mesopotamia, wandered in the territory of Canaan. The man had many cattle and many slaves. His wife, Sarai (later called Sarah), was barren and therefore was not able to give a descendant to her husband. In the culture of the time and place where they lived, it presented a grave problem. Sarah desperately sought a solution and found it in one of the slaves, an Egyptian named Hagar. She offered her to Abraham, as a substitute for her own barren womb, to give him the desired son. In this way, although difficult to understand in modern society, it gave this poor girl an honor and dignity that she had never dreamed of possessing in the culture of her day.

February 26 – March 4 Daily Meditations in the Psalms


February 26

Psalms 17:1-5

1.  Hear the right, O LORD, attend unto my cry, give ear unto my prayer, that goeth not out of feigned lips.
2.  Let my sentence come forth from thy presence; let thine eyes behold the things that are equal.
3.  Thou hast proved mine heart; thou hast visited me in the night; thou hast tried me, and shalt find nothing; I am purposed that my mouth shall not transgress.
4.  Concerning the works of men, by the word of thy lips I have kept me from the paths of the destroyer.
5.  Hold up my goings in thy paths, that my footsteps slip not.

     David’s prayer is righteous, because he prayed in the will of God. Having nowhere else to go but to God, David cried, “Hear… attend…give ear.” He speaks from his heart and is honest with God.
     He is open to receive whatever sentence the Lord will decree. His spirit is blameless and unafraid. “He that doeth truth cometh to the light that his deeds might be manifest that they are wrought in God.” God has visited him in the night with trials, which uncovered David’s heart. He is confident in the work that God has done and that it has removed the dross. Down deep things are right, but the more superficial things are prone to be influenced by the environment. Therefore, he purposes to keep his mouth from evil and is determined to bring it into subjection.
     He speaks first of his heart, then of his mouth, and finally of his feet. Coming from the spiritual realm, he now deals with men. The Word of God always runs crosscurrent to the ways or works of men. Through the attention and obedience given to God’s word, he has been kept from the destructive paths of men. Obedience to divine order, requires divine assistance. He cannot make it alone. The way of God is a precarious path, unless He upholds us. “Save me, Lord, or I perish”, cried Peter and the Lord rescued him.

An Invitation to Mercy's Banqueting Table


Paul had a clear revelation of the incomparable value of the benefits that Christ purchased for those that believed in Him. It made Paul a fiery enemy of every obstacle and deceit that would rob the Christian of anything that God has for him. “I betrothed you to one husband,” he said, “so that to Christ I might present you as a pure virgin” (1 Co.11:2) Therefore, he sharply rebuked the Galatians: “You foolish Galatians, who has bewitched you… Are you so foolish?”

In the last century, there was a man, who also chided with the church, because of its unspiritual tactics and its reliance upon the efforts and abilities of mere men. This man’s name was A. W. Tozer and he, like Paul, was a man, who knew the riches in Christ Jesus and the supreme uniqueness and sovereign majesty of Almighty God.

However, when it came time to speak about God’s incomparable love and mercy, Tozer spoke, with a tenderness that few others possessed and an anointed eloquence, as he laid these attributes before his listeners or readers:

Seeking the King of the Kingdom, chapter one




The chapter is taken from this book
Of all the attributes that deal with God and the gospel, which is the most difficult for us to face? It seems to me that there can be no doubt that truth is the most troublesome for us. Taking into account all that the good news has to offer, we find much that is highly attractive and desirable. For that reason, the crowds always wanted to get close to Jesus and His apostles. There are multitudes today, who want to be counted among Christians, if they find it convenient; at least they want to bear the name Christian. It is a rare person who does not want to love and be loved. Who would not choose peace, instead of fear, and joy over sadness? People seek faith in place of distrustfulness and hope to avoid depression. Generally, they will support justice and even demand it - but truth is an element that bothers us and makes us feel uncomfortable. However, without the girdle of truth as the central piece of the whole Christian armor, it all comes untied and falls to the ground. Over the centuries, the defenders of truth have battled against a deceived majority. The reformers preferred to accept death, rather than to renounce or recant the truth that had been revealed to them. For them, it was of incomparable and incalculable value.

February 19 – 25 Daily Meditations in the Psalms


February 19

Psalms 14:4-7

4.  Have all the workers of iniquity no knowledge? who eat up my people as they eat bread, and call not upon the LORD.
5.  There were they in great fear: for God is in the generation of the righteous.
6.  Ye have shamed the counsel of the poor, because the LORD is his refuge.
7.  Oh that the salvation of Israel were come out of Zion! when the LORD bringeth back the captivity of his people, Jacob shall rejoice, and Israel shall be glad.

     The children of men are at enmity with the children of God and there is no ground for relationship. They mock and refuse the counsel, which the poor – that is, those who are poor in worldly wisdom – receive from the Lord. They cannot understand or tolerate the ones who belong to Him. They chew him up, as though he exists for them to feed upon.           
     They know no lordship, but their own cravings and ambitions. Their ignorance of God is voluntary and persecution stems from their hatred of Him. The righteous upset their godless peace, as the only reminder that they have a Creator. They see and fear the reality of God in their lives.
     Here is a plea for the revival of the righteous. The Psalmist prays for God Himself to deliver an Israel, which is bound, and set him free from the persecuting enemies. Oh Jesus, Emmanuel, come by the Holy Spirit in fresh manifestation to your people. Set them free from the bondages of the world around them and cause them to live in the lofty heights of Mt. Zion.

The Fear of God versus Modern-Day Flippancy


I am enjoying a daily devotional given to us by our son, Dave. It is called, “How Great Thou Art”, compiled by Steve Halliday and William Travis (Multnomah Publishers). Whereas I have often had to move back a generation or two and look outside of America to find someone with a proper concept of God, this book includes excellent writers, modern and historic, from different parts of the world.

I have often deplored the exaggerated familiarity that translates “Daddy” for the endearing Aramaic term, “Abba”. Have you heard people address God as Daddy in their prayers? Please allow me to quote a devotional taken from the modern author and teacher W. Bingham Hunter (Phoenix Seminary) and then go on to another by John Daniel Jones of Wales (1865-1942).

“Go into the rocks, hide in the ground from dread of the LORD and the splendor of his majesty.” Isaiah 2:10

Christian appreciation for God’s astounding gift of love, forgiveness, and reconciliation in Christ has been allowed to consume the awesome reality of His terrible holiness… We have turned statements about freedom to speak openly during prayer (what the New Testament calls ‘boldness’) into license for flippancy… We have forgotten that Jesus, who taught us to call God Abba (Dear Father), also called Him Holy Father, Righteous Father and Lord of heaven and earth.

A Word about True Love for February 14


It is February 14. Instead of turning like idolaters to the false love of a heathen god (Cupid) today, let's see what the wisdom of God has to say to us about true love... "Faithful are the wounds of a friend, but deceitful are the kisses of an enemy." (Pr.17:6) or "He who rebukes a man will afterward find more favor than he who flatters with the tongue." (Pr.28:23).

For those who misinterpret "tough love", let me quote to you from a man, whose love for the church and the individual Christian was often misinterpreted. But, when he turned to comfort and encourage, his lips and his pen dripped with tenderness and understanding for the struggles and pain of the human heart.  A. W. Tozer: “To us who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope that is set before us in the gospel, how unutterably sweet is the knowledge that our Heavenly Father knows us completely. No talebearer can inform on us, no enemy can make an accusation stick; no forgotten skeleton can come tumbling out of some hidden closet to abash us and expose our past; no unsuspected weakness in our characters can come to light to turn God away from us, since He knew us utterly before we knew Him and called us to Himself in the full knowledge of everything that was against us. ‘For the mountains may be removed, and the hills may shake, but My lovingkindness will not be removed from you, and My covenant of peace will not be shaken,’ says the Lord who has compassion on you’

Seeking the King of the Kingdom, introduction


A week ago, I posted the introduction to the series of books entitled, Seek the Kingdom of God. What we have below is the introduction to the first book in the series, Seeking the King of the Kingdom. We find the King in the Old Testament, very clearly in the New Testament, and we also find Him today, risen from the dead and alive to claim His kingdom in the hearts and lives of His people. He has lost nothing. He is as true to His name and character, as He ever was before. “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever.” Hebrews 13:8


Of course, the theme, which concerns the personality of the King, is immense. I imagine that after 10,000 years in heaven still we will be involved with it. A single verse of scripture about the person of Jesus should be enough for our present study. This particular verse, Hebrews 13:8, has inspired songwriters, preachers and the personal thoughts of many individuals. It has offered faith and comfort. I hope that what I present here could be a beginning towards the discovery of many more mysteries concerning Him, hidden in the pages of the Old and New Testament, for the person who desires to continue the study on his own.
You are reading the introduction to this book

A good number of months ago, I took a trip by airplane from Spain to Romania. I had my laptop open to a Bible program on the seat next to me, preparing to give a message at a wedding, which would be celebrated the next day. My thoughts went back many years, to when we were missionaries in a very primitive area of Mexico. I rode horseback from one village to another and, because I had many places to tend, I prepared messages as I rode with an open Bible on the wide, Mexican-style, saddle horn. Yes, things change; the world reels wildly and moral values have turned upside-down. We have no idea what the future might bring, but one thing that should not change is the message about the person of Jesus, because He is the only One who has remained permanently stable over the ages. Only He can give us a firm base, upon which we can always stand.

Presenting Paul Washer


 This is a long message and you will probably have to break it into segments.  Please, if you have never listened to Paul Washer, start to do so. He is a former missionary, who had to leave Peru due to health issues. He is the founder and director of Heartcry Missionary Society. Read a more complete biography at Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Paul Washer is a man with a burdened heart. Those kind of people often say things that cut deeply and make us uncomfortable, but I think you will see, as he begins this message, that his heart is also tender, not wishing to condemn or whip God's true people.

February 12 - 18 Daily Meditations in the Psalms


February 12

Psalms 12:2-3

2.  They speak vanity every one with his neighbour: with flattering lips and with a double heart do they speak.
3.  The LORD shall cut off all flattering lips, and the tongue that speaketh proud things:

     How much of what is called fellowship today is actually what the Psalmist called vanity? What do you hear when church people gather in fellowship halls around a cup of coffee? The double-minded man’s hobby is Christianity, but most of his thoughts, time and energy are involved in worldly pursuits. Is it any wonder he seldom speaks of God, even when in company with his fellow Christians? Out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks. Double-mindedness and flattery are brothers. The one, whose mind is stayed on Christ, speaks the truth to his neighbor. He, who looks for earthly advantage, flatters to gain his end.
     Flattery is the art of speaking well of our fellow man for selfish motives. I recall a young flatterer who used to visit us, but was looking for a place of ministry. The flattery ceased once it was clear that no opening would be given. Then, he turned to slander. The flatterer will build your ego, while he uses you to satisfy his. It is flesh reciprocating flesh and there is much of it today, but God hates the exaltation of flesh. Flattery is like a condemned tree. Let every Christian separate himself from its shade, lest it fall on him.

Seek the Kingdom of God: Introduction to the series


We just finished posting the last chapter of the book, “Seeking the Truth of the Kingdom”. That was actually the second in a series of three books entitled, “Seek the Kingdom of God”. The first in the series is, “Seeking the King of the Kingdom” and the third is, “Seeking the Spirit of the Kingdom”. Here is the introduction to all three. Read it to see if the subject interests you. Perhaps you would like this series in book form for your own study or perhaps you have someone in mind, who could benefit from it. Please feel free to contact us by dropping a note in the comment space.


Three basic studies for the Christian life:

         Seeking the King of the Kingdom

          Seeking the Truth of the Kingdom

          Seeking the Spirit of the Kingdom

Introduction to the three studies

In just one afternoon, Jesus revealed three immense truths concerning Christianity to a Samaritan woman. First of all, He caused her to understand that the way to give glory to God the Father is by worshiping in spirit and in truth. Worship requires these two necessary ingredients: “True worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for such people the Father seeks to be His worshipers. God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth(Jn. 4:23-24). Then she received the revelation above all revelations; it is the revelation that transforms lives and brings them into a whole new sphere of living. She was shown that the One, who personally met with her that day, was the promised Messiah, the eternal Christ. She confessed her conviction that He was the one, who could teach her and everyone else all that there is to know about the Kingdom of God: “The woman said to him, ‘I know that Messiah is coming, (He who is called Christ); when that One comes, He will declare all things to us.’ Jesus said to her, ‘I who speak to you am He” (vs.25-26).  Anyone, who is searching for the significance of his existence, must experience what that woman experienced.

February 5 - 11 Daily Meditations in the Psalms


February 5

Psalms 10:1-2

1.  Why standest thou afar off, O LORD? why hidest thou thyself in times of trouble?
2.  The wicked in his pride doth persecute the poor: let them be taken in the devices that they have imagined.

     David asks questions in his prayer. Though his feeling is deep, he is not demanding, but is open to better understanding. He realizes that God is all wise, therefore he questions: Why do you stand afar off? Why do You hide Yourself in times of trouble?
     One of the reasons is for the creation of this Psalm. The dealings of God press down and imprint, not only upon David’s heart, but also on paper, to become an eternal word of the Holy Spirit for the benefit of all God’s people. Deep trouble and turmoil produce long-lasting impressions, which in turn help the afflicted one later to minister to God’s people.
     David presents His case. He knows that pride is one of the seven cardinal sins and that the Lord abhors it. He contrasts the pride of the wicked with the lowliness of those who trust in the Lord, in order to stir God to move on behalf of His people. Above all, it is pride that causes the sinner to justify his sin and ultimately condemns him.