Sin Has Made us Timid and Self-Conscious

The whole outlook of mankind might be changed if we could all believe that we dwell under a friendly sky and that the God of heaven, though exalted in power and majesty is eager to be friends with us.

But sin has made us timid and self-conscious, as well it might.  Years of rebellion against God have bred in us, a fear that cannot be overcome in a day.  The captured rebel does not enter willingly the presence of the king he has so long fought to unsuccessfully to overthrow.  But if he is truly penitent he may come, trusting only in the loving-kindness of his Lord and the past will not be held against him.

– A.W.Tozer; Knowledge of the Holy; Kindle Version; Page 67

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God Never Changes

God never changes moods or cools off in His affections or loses enthusiasm.  His attitude toward sin is now the same as it was when He drove out the sinful man from the eastward garden, and His attitude toward the sinner remains the same as when He stretched forth His hands and cried, “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28)

– A.W.Tozer; Knowledge of the Holy; Kindle Version; Page 43

Sin in its Concentrated Essence

That is sin in its concentrated essence; yet because it is natural it appears to be good.  It is only when in the gospel the soul is brought before the face of the Most Holy One without the protective shield of ignorance that the frightful incongruity is brought home to the conscience.  In the language of evangelism the man who is thus confronted by the fiery presence of Almighty God is said to be under conviction.

– A.W.Tozer; Knowledge of the Holy; Kindle Version; Page 25

One of the Marks of God’s Image in Man is the Ability to Exercise Moral Choice

In this utter dependence of all things upon the creative will of God lies the possibility for both holiness and sin.  One of the marks of God’s image in man in his ability to exercise moral choice.  The teaching of Christianity is that man chose to be independent of God and confirmed his choice by deliberately disobeying a divine command.  This act violated the relationship that normally existed between God and His creature; it rejected God as the ground of existence and threw man back upon himself.  Thereafter he became not a planet revolving around the central Sun, but a sun in his own right, around which everything else must revolve.

– A.W.Tozer; Knowledge of the Holy; Kindle Version; Page 24

Relentlessly Against Everything that Hinders the Way of Salvation

Christ won the battle of Calvary against sin and won the cosmic war against Satan.  He wins over carnal logismoi (idolatrous constructions that provide alternative accounts and answers to the fundamental questions of life.  They are spiritual metanarratives that shape people’s lives, deviating them from the truth of Christ) and calls all men to repent and believe in Him.  Christ’s victory is the reason we can engage in this spiritual battle with the right spiritual weapons, loving our neighbors but being relentlessly against everything that hinders the way of salvation.

– de Chirico, Lenoard; TableTalk; “Strongholds and Supremecy”; January, 2019; p. 37

AWANA Champions and Soccer Moms Included

At the height of his morality, King David plummeted to the valley of wickedness, and it began with one bad decision.  Sin, pain loneliness and twisted sexual sins are crouching at our door waiting to pounce on us.  Yet we – through the power and grace of God – must master them.  We would all be streetwalkers were it not for the grace of God.  Awana champions and soccer moms included.

– Sprinkle, Preston; Charis: God’s Scandalous Grace for Us; David C. Cook Publishing; Colorado Springs, CO; Kindle version; copyright 2014; page  96-97