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I recently read through the book: Keys to the Deeper Life by AW Tozer. It is brief (92 pages) and is actually a collection of articles that appeared in a magazine in the mid-twentieth century. I’ll simply share some quotes and excerpts from the book:

To speak of the “deeper life” is not to speak of anything deeper than simple New Testament religion…The “deeper life” is deeper only because the average Christian life is tragically shallow. (page 32)

The word perfection never meant a spiritual terminal point nor a state of purity that made watchfulness and prayer unnecessary. Exactly the opposite was true. It has been the unanimous testimony of the greatest Christian souls that the nearer they drew to God the more acute became their consciousness of sin and their sense of personal unworthiness…The very thought that they were good or great would have been rejected by them as a temptation of the  devil. They were so engrossed with gazing upon the face of God that they spent scarce a moment looking at themselves. They were suspended in that sweet paradox of spiritual awareness where they knew that they were clean through the blood of the Lamb and yet felt that they deserved only death and hell as their just reward. (page 34-35)

Every spiritual problem is at bottom theological. Its solution will depend upon the teaching of the Holy Scriptures plus a correct understanding of that teaching. That correct understanding constitutes a spiritual philosophy, that is, a viewpoint, a high vantage ground from which the whole landscape may be seen at once, each detail appearing in its proper relation to everything else. Once such a vantage ground is gained, we are in a position to evaluate any teaching or interpretation that is offered us in the name of truth. (page 40-41)

Religious work can be done by natural men without the gifts of the Spirit, and it can be done well and skillfully. But work designed for eternity can only be done by the eternal Spirit. No work has eternity in it unless it is done by the Spirit through gifts. (page 44)

God is wonderfully patient and understanding and will wait for the slow heart to catch up with the truth…In due time God will lead him through the Jordan. Let him not break free and run ahead. Too may have done so, only to bring disaster upon their Christian lives. (page 51)

To pray effectively we must want what God wants….Selfishness is never so exquisitely selfish as when it is on its knees….Too often we pray for right things but desire the answer for wrong reasons. (pages 61,63,65)

[A pastor was deeply grieved over the lack of spirituality in his church.] His prayer was “O Lord, let me not become vexed with the ways of my people.” Always it is more important that we retain a right spirit towards others than that we bring them to our way of thinking, even if our way is right. (page 72)

As long as God is considered to be very much like the rest of us, except a little higher and a little greater, there won’t be any great amount of holy fear among church people. In my opinion, the greatest single need of the moment is that light-hearted superficial religionists be struck down with a vision of God high and lifted up, with his train filling the temple. (page 87-88)

Never forget, God is on the side of the thirsty saint. (page 92)

*Hope I haven’t over-quoted and violated copyright? Evidently, I found challenging nuggets in the book!*

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