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Thursday, November 28, 2013

Overflowing Worship

"Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?" (1 Corinthians 3:16)

There is another kind of divine working that may occur without our being aware of it, or at least, without our recognizing it for what it is. This is that wondrous operation of God known in theology as "prevenient grace." It may be simple "conviction," or a strange longing which nothing can satisfy, or a powerful aspiration after eternal values, or a feeling of disgust for sin and a desire to be delivered from its repulsive coils. These strange workings within are the stirrings of the Holy Spirit but are rarely identified as such by the soul that is undergoing the experience.

But there are two acts of God within the life of the seeking man that are never done without his knowledge. One is the miracle of the new birth and the other is the anointing of the Holy Spirit.

The workings of God in the  hearts of redeemed men always overflow into observable conduct. Certain moral changes will take place immediately in the life of the new convert. A moral revolution without will accompany the spiritual revolution that has occurred within.

Try your heart by your practice, and you practice by your heart.

~A. W. Tozer~

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