Book Review of A. W. Tozer’s The Crucified Life

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This author is one of my favorites because of his clear application of scripture to how we should live.

Tozer admits that not everything we see happening among Christians glorifies God. “The question is not what you think of Christianity but what you think of Christ and what you are going to do about Him.” p 27

Our hope of living a life pleasing to God is not found in human might. “If we rest upon our own strength, we fail. However, there is strength in Jesus Christ that makes the Christian journey successful.” p 35

In our world today, independence and self-reliance are highly esteemed. However, “…God wants to teach us through trials and temptations that self-trust is dangerous and unreliable.” p 107

He warns that “we should never get too comfortable in this life.” Because, “If your journey is not cluttered with difficulties and hardships and burdens, you just might be on the wrong path.” pp 179- 180

May I remember that “it is trouble that enables God to get the glory.” p 206

This is a book that points us to Jesus Christ. Its practical application to living for our Creator makes it one to keep handy.

Standing True to God’s Word, the Bible

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Often I think about my individual rights ahead of standing for God and His Word. It has been said that my behavior teaches other people how to treat me, but more importantly it could also teach people how to treat God. What a sobering thought.

My aim is to be an example of right living:

Praying about everything, including at mealtime, but also about life circumstances as they occur.
Philippians 4:6, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

Sharing God’s Word with my family and friends, reading the Bible and/or devotion daily, no matter who is present.
Deuteronomy 11:18-19, “Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds; tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.”

To be more like Daniel, faithful to pleasing God, rather than myself. Less about my rights, more about what IS right.
Daniel 1:8, “But Daniel resolved not to defile himself with the royal food and wine, and he asked the chief official for permission not to defile himself this way.”

Pointing to God rather than my own solutions. Acknowledging that the choices of others are theirs to make. Trusting that God’s arm is not too short, that He is able to make all things right in His time.
John 3:30, “He must become greater; I must become less.”

To purpose in my heart as Joshua did in Joshua 24:15b, “But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.”