"Wilt thou not revive us again: that thy people may rejoice in thee?" (Psalm 85:6)
We need a revival! We need a revival of consecration to death, a revival of happy abandonment to the will of God that will laugh at sacrifice and count it a privilege to bear the cross through the heat and burden of the day.
We are too much influenced by the world and too little controlled by the Spirit. We of the deeper life persuasion are not immune to the temptations of ease and we are in grave danger of becoming a generation of pleasure lovers.
May God raise up a people who will consult their pleasures less and the greet need more. I know of one successful layman who refuses again and again to take perfectly legitimate pleasure trips because he cannot bring himself to leave his class of adolescent Sunday school boys. May God multiply such men and women among us till the reproach of Egypt is rolled away and man's confidence in us restored.
A sanctified life is a life conformed to the Scriptures in every particular. It communes with out hearts; it next reaches our ears, and then it is accomplished in our feet.
~A. W. Tozer~
Expect ... Receive
"And blessed is she that believed: for there shall be a performance of those things which were told her from the Lord" (Luke 1:45)
Expectation has always been present in the Church in the times of her greatest power. When she believed, she expected, and her Lord never disappointed her.
Every great movement of God in history, every unusual advance in the Church, every revival, has been preceded by a sense of keen anticipation. Expectation accompanied the operations of the Spirit always. His bestowals hardly surprised His people because they were gazing expectantly toward the risen Lord and looking confidently for His word to be fulfilled. His blessings accorded with their expectations.
We need today a fresh spirit of anticipation that springs out of the promises of God. We must declare war on the mood of nonexpectation and come together with childlike faith. Only then can we know again the beauty and wonder of the Lord's presence among us.
We are to do all things to the glory of God (1 Corinthians 10:31). This includes our pleasures. The only question is, what is God's will for us in each matter? We are never to abandon our God-given common sense in the victorious life.
~A. W. Tozer~