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Thursday, February 6, 2014

From Within or Above

"If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God, if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth" (1 Peter 4:11)

The church at this moment needs men, the right kind of men - bold men. The talk is that we need revival, that we need a baptism of the Spirit - and God knows we must have both; but God will not revive mice. He will not fill rabbits with the Holy Spirit.

We languish for men who feel themselves expendable in the warfare of the soul, who cannot be frightened by threats of death because they have already died to the allurements of this world. Such men will be free from the compulsions that control weaker men. They will not be forced to do things by the squeeze of circumstances; their only compulsion will come from within - or from above.

God does ask us and expect us to be holy men and women of God, because we are the children of God, who is holy. The provision of God by His pure and gentle and loving Spirit is still the positive answer for those who hunger and thirst for a life and spirit well-pleasing to God.

~A. W. Tozer~

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