Thursday, December 29, 2016
Paths to Power
BOOK REVIEW: "Until this is corrected, we can hope for very little power in our churches..." To what is Tozer referring? A lack of obedience. Obedience is what no revival, no reformation, and no Spirit-filled person has ever been without.
It separates true faith from dead faith.
It bears fruit and is followed by power.
It is costly, but we cannot afford to withhold it.
In PATHS TO POWER, A. W. Tozer delivers a charge to weak chruches: Rise up, gather the wood, and ascend the mountian. Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness. But his belief cost him something. Does ours?
MY REVIEW: This is a very short, very compact book by Tozer, but it is packed with truth. He firmly believes that the church today needs power from God. He describes this power as:
1. Spiritual energy of sufficient voltage to produce great saints once again.
2. A spiritual unction that will give a heavenly unction to our worship, that will make our meeting places sweet with the divine Presence.
3. That heavenly quality which marks the church as a divine thing.
4. That divine afflatus which moves the heart and persuades the hearer to repent and believe in Christ.
He says also that "the church must have power; she must become formidable, a moral force to be reckoned with, if she would regain her lost position of spiritual ascendancy and make her message the revolutionizing conquering thing it once was."
I really liked this book--it may be one of my favorites by Tozer. He also brings out the issue of letting God do His part,while doing your own part. For instance, God is the only one who can redeem us from sin, but we have to repent on our own--we can't expect God to do everything while we sit by and watch. Tozer writes: "Universal atonement makes salvation universally available, but it does not make it universally effective toward the individual." Just because atonement and salvation are available to every man doesn't make him automatically saved--he has to repent and accept.
I received this book from MOODY PUBLISHERS in exchange for my honest review.