Tag: Experience

Better Farther On

A.W. Tozerby A.W. Tozer

Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures. Luke 24:45

Truth that is not experienced is no better than error and may be fully as dangerous. Remember that the scribes who sat in Moses’ seat were not the victims of error; they were the victims of failure to experience the truth they taught! We should see that one of the greatest foes of the Christian is religious complacency. The man who believes that he has “arrived” will not go any further; and the present neat habit of quoting a text to prove we have arrived may be a dangerous one if, in truth, we have no actual inward experience of the text. The great saints of the past have all had yearning hearts. Their longing after God all but consumed them; it propelled them onward and upward to heights toward which less ardent Christians look with languid eye and entertain no hope of reaching. May we offer this word of exhortation: pray on, fight on, sing on! Press on into the deep things of God. Keep your feet on the ground, but let your heart soar as high as it will!

by A.W. Tozer

Let the Day Dawn

A.W. Tozerby A.W. Tozer

The path of the just . . . shineth more and more unto the perfect day. Proverbs 4:18

The Bible tells us that when a person becomes a Christian, it is as though the sun has come up and the day has dawned. Then his experience along the path should be like the glowing light which shineth more and more unto the perfect day.

This brings us to a question: if all Christians are alike in standing and state, why did Jesus point out three distinctions in the Christian life—“some thirty, some sixty, and some a hundred fold”? If we are all alike and have all “arrived” at the same place and state, why did the Apostle Paul tell the Philippian Christians “I have suffered the loss of all things, that I may know Him and if by any means, I might attain unto that superior resurrection”? I am of the opinion that we cannot experience that which we have not believed. I still think we must instruct and urge men and women, toiling along in average and common Christian ways to move forward and claim spiritual victory they have not yet known.

by A.W. Tozer