What Does It Mean To Accept Christ

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Oh so important to understand. In our modern evangelical endeavors, we often forget to present the Truth to non-believers. Here these words carefully so you can truly receive the Life Christ is offering you.

Originally posted on Sara's Musings:

WhatsInItForMeEasy believism has become the bane of today’s modern Christianity (see GotQuestions?org at this link for a definition on what is meant by the term easy believism”). Another catch phrase used in evangelical circles is that a person needs to Accept Christ.” But what exactly does it mean to accept Christ? Is it just something we do or a prayer we say at some point in time and then continue on our merry way through life doing whatever it is we want to do? More times than not, it seems that way in our culture today. We put on a good show by looking good and saying all the right words and maybe showing up for church on Sunday, but underneath it all there’s often not much depth if any at all, and our foundation crumbles when the bottom falls out of our…

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Miracles Follow the Plow

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Sara seems to enjoy Tozer as much as I do, so I have to share this with you . . .

Originally posted on Sara's Musings:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIn the introduction to The Best of A.W. Tozer,” originally published in 1978 and republished as The Best of A.W. Tozer, Book 1,” in 2007, Dr. Warren Wiersbe, who compiled the book, writes the following about A.W. Tozer (1897-1963):

“I guess my philosophy is this: Everything is wrong until God sets it right.”

That statement from Dr. A.W. Tozer perfectly summarized what he believed and what he tried do during his years of ministry. The entire focus of his preaching and writing was on God. He had no time for religious hucksters who were inventing new ways to promote their wares and inflate their statistics. Like Thoreau, whom he read and admired, Tozer marched to a different drummer; and for this reason, he was usually out of step with many of the people in the religious parade.

But it was this evangelical eccentricity…

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The Inadequacy of “Instant Christianity”

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A.W. Tozer helped to shape who I am and a disciple of Jesus from the very begging. So when I see a post of one of his teachings, I have to share it.

Originally posted on Sara's Musings:

absolutely-free-get-instant-access-nowWe live in an instant society. If we have to wait for even ten minutes for anything we find it a major chore. We want what we want and we want it now. And this attitude has infected our view of Christianity, too. A.W. Tozer (1897-1963) wrote an essay on this very topic decades ago. We would be very wise to heed his words. Here is that essay:

THE INADEQUACY OF “INSTANT CHRISTIANITY”

by A.W. TOZER

It is hardly a matter of wonder that the country that gave the world instant tea and instant coffee should be the one to give it instant Christianity. If these two beverages were not actually invented in the United States it was certainly here that they received the advertising force that has made them known to most of the civilized world. And it cannot be denied that it was American Fundamentalism that brought instant Christianity…

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Do Your Words Build Up Your Child? Or Tear Him Down?

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Several weeks ago, I was traveling through an airport and over heard harsh words being screamed at a small child. Stressed out parents, frustrated with poor behavior, were yelling at and calling their child names. My heart went out to the small child, maybe 3 or 4 years old. When I looked in her eyes I saw, hurt, fear and anger. My immediate thought was, “This child won’t want a relationship with you in a few years.” Read the rest of this entry »

The Power of Permanent Surrender

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The Power of Permanent Surrender

There are two types of spiritual surrender. One is based on human faithfulness—this we call “daily surrender”. The other is based on God’s faithfulness—this we call “permanent surrender.”

In the church, we talk a lot about daily surrender. We’ve yet to hear anyone preach on the power of permanent surrender. Sadly, many Christians don’t know or believe such an option is available. But it is, and it can change your whole life. If you are hungering for more of God and at the same time plagued with worries that you might somehow stray away, you need to discover permanent surrender.

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Changing One’s Mind

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For some reason, the word “Repent” has lost its meaning within The Church. We much prefer to view our God as a kindly Grandfather type who simply winks at out sin, and says, “I understand. Everything is okay.” Give this read and see if your opinion has changed any.

Originally posted on Sara's Musings:

True RepentanceIn the maze of Christian lingo exists a word that is not used very often today, yet it is foundational to the Christian faith. That word is repent.” John the Baptist, forerunner to Jesus Christ, first used the word “repent” with his listeners in preparing the way for Jesus Christ by stating (see Matthew 3:2-3):

“Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” For this is he [John the Baptist] who was spoken of by the prophet Isaiah when he said,

“The voice of one crying in the wilderness:
‘Prepare the way of the Lord;
    make his paths straight.’”

The story of John the Baptist and Jesus Christ is found in Matthew 3-4. Matthew 3:4-17 describes the following scene:

Now John wore a garment of camel’s hair and a leather belt around his waist, and his food was locusts and…

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STOP LIVING LIKE A PAUPER by David Wilkerson | August 16, 2011

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STOP LIVING LIKE A PAUPER

by David Wilkerson | August 16, 2011

 

Are you tired of living like a pauper when everything you need has been provided? Perhaps your focus is wrong. Do you tend to dwell on your weaknesses, temptations and past failures? When you look inside your own heart does what you see discourage you? Have you allowed guilt to seep in?

Beloved, you are to be looking unto Jesus, the Author and Finisher of your faith! When Satan comes and points at some weakness in your heart, you have every right to answer, “My God already knows it all and he still loves me! He has given me everything I need to attain victory and keep it.”

“For if our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and knows all things” (1 John 3:20). He knows all about you—and he still loves you enough to say, “Come on in and get all you need. The storehouse is open!”

The doors to his storehouse are wide open, and his riches are full to overflowing. God is urging you: “Come boldly to the throne of grace, that [you] may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need” (Hebrews 4:16).

How many years have you been on the outside? You have a Father who has been laying up a great treasure of provision for you and yet you have left it unclaimed.

The parable of the Prodigal Son shows us that by going in and enjoying his father’s treasure, the Prodigal had it both ways. He could live his earthly life with the abundant forgiveness, joy, peace and rest that were his and when death brought him into his eternal inheritance, he would fully enjoy what he had already known on earth.

Indeed, the greater sin was committed by the older brother—the one who stayed home, walked obediently and never failed his father. Yes, it is a sin to waste our Father’s substance on sensual living and a runaway spirit, but it is an even greater sin to rebuff God’s great love—to leave unclaimed the bountiful resources he gave to us at such a great price.

The Prodigal was not chastised, rebuked and reminded of his sin, because God would not allow sin to be the focus of restoration! There had been true repentance and godly sorrow and it was time to move on to the banquet table—to the feast. The father said to the older son, “He was lost, but now he is in the house again. He is forgiven and it is time to rejoice and be happy!”