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Tozer on Spending Private Time With God

Private prayer should be practiced by every Christian. Long periods of Bible meditation will purify our gaze and direct it; church attendance will enlarge our outlook and increase our love for others. Service and work and activity – all are good and should be engaged in by every Christian. But at the bottom of all these things, giving meaning to them, will be the inward habit of beholding God. A new set of eyes (so to speak) will develop within us enabling us to be looking at God while our outward eyes are seeing the scenes of this passing world.

Someone may fear that we are magnifying private religion out of all proportion, that the “us” of the New Testament is being displaced by a selfish “I.” Has it ever occurred to you that one hundred pianos all tuned to the same fork are automatically tuned to each other? They are of one accord being tuned, not to each other, but to another standard to which one must individually bow. So one hundred worshipers meeting together, each one looking away to Christ, are in heart nearer to each other than they could possibly be were they to become “unity” conscious and turn their eyes away from God to strive for closer fellowship. Social religion is perfected when private religion is purified. The body becomes stronger as its members become healthier. The whole church of God gains when the members that compose it begin to seek a better and higher life.

~ A.W. Tozer
The Pursuit of God, pgs. 89-90

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The Big Move

I don’t think a person realizes how much stuff they have until they’re forced to pack it into boxes and stack them in a truck.

After a few days of work, the job is finally complete. I’m typing this from the dining room at my parent’s house in Searcy – the new residence for me, Airiel, and the kids for the next two weeks until we move on to Texas.

We had to vacate the other house a bit earlier than we wanted because school is about to start here and a couple of Harding students are lined up to move in tomorrow. That’s ok though, it’ll be nice to spend a good chunk of time with mom and dad before we move out of state for what will probably prove to be a long time – possibly a lifetime.

It’s still hard to believe that we’re actually moving to San Francisco in a few months, but at the same time it isn’t. After all, Airiel and I did pray about it together almost daily for three years.

I strongly believe in God, and, most of the time, my life revolves around my relationship with Him.

I don’t believe God sits idly by filing his nails on a cloud in some far away celestial plane uncaring about the happenings in this world, either. I believe He’s active in our daily lives. I believe He’s to be found all around us, and I believe if you pay attention you can catch glimpses of Him in the monotony of everyday living – but only if you’re going through life with your eyes truly opened.

In addition to that, I believe God listens to those who speak to Him – particularly those who are striving to do His will. Examples of this are found throughout Scripture.

I believe the only reason Airiel and I are moving to California is because God has listened as we’ve spoken to Him. He’s heard what we’d like to do on the west coast – especially San Francisco, and He’s said yes to it. He’s given the breath of life to our dreams, and I believe that’s because they’re honestly and humbly committed to Him.

Want to make plans for your life? Make sure they’re Proverbs 16:3’d.

“Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.” Proverbs 16:3

What are your life goals? Is the world a better place because you’re in it? Are people closer to Love because they have a relationship with you?

Those are questions that I’ve struggled with, and if your plans truly are Proverbs 16:3’d, you’ll be able to answer them in a positive way.

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