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Saturday, April 5, 2014

Disease of the Heart

"Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him" (1 John 2:15)

The deep disease of the human heart is a will broken loose from its center, like a planet which has left its central sun and started to revolve around some strange body from outer space which may have moved in close enough to draw it away. When satan said, "I will," he broke loose from his normal center, and the disease with which he has infected the human race is the disease of disobedience and revolt. Any inadequate scheme of redemption must take into account this revolt and must undertake to restore again the human will to its proper place in the will of Go.

The spirit of the world is incompatible with the spirit of the gospel. It is the spirit of pride and not humility - of self-indulgence rather than self-denial. Riches, honors and pleasure form the great object of pursuit with the men of the world. This spirit the Christian has mortified.

Not I but Christ be honored, loved, exalted;
Not I but Christ be seen, be known, be heard;
Not I but Christ in every look and action;
Not I but Christ in every thought and word.

~A. W. Tozer~

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