AW to save the day

My man AW Tozer delivered another stellar devotional today:

The primary work of the Holy Spirit is to restore the lost soul to intimate fellowship with God through the washing of regeneration. To accomplish this He first reveals Christ to the penitent heart (1 Cor. 12:3). He then goes on to illumine the newborn soul with brighter rays from the face of Christ (John 14:26; 16:13-15) and leads the willing heart into depths and heights of divine knowledge and communion. Remember, we know Christ only as the Spirit enables us and we have only as much of Him as the Holy Spirit imparts. God wants worshipers before workers; indeed the only acceptable workers are those who have learned the lost art of worship. It is inconceivable that a sovereign and holy God should be so hard up for workers that He would press into service anyone who had been empowered regardless of his moral qualifications. The very stones would praise Him if the need arose and a thousand legions of angels would leap to do His will. Gifts and power for service the Spirit surely desires to impart; but holiness and spiritual worship come first.

This is kind of the lesson our church body has been learning this past  year. We’ve longed to be His workers and there certainly are things we’re doing. But the Holy Spirit had some work to do within us to draw us deeper into Christ first. We’re learning the lost art of worship and we’re coming into intimate fellowship with our Creator and Lover.

There’s such a peace that comes when in communion with God in all His manifestations: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Right now, I could just tip back in my chair, breathe in deeply and fall asleep in His arms. All is well because the most magnificent being in the universe has His eyes set upon me.

By Joel Maust

Joel Maust is a marketer, blogger and photographer living in the beautiful Flathead Valley of northwest Montana.

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