Monday, March 20, 2017

Tozer: the conquest of self

Monday, March 20, 2017
    Feast of Cuthbert, Bishop of Lindisfarne, Missionary, 687
The LORD knows the thoughts of man;
    he knows that they are futile.
Blessed is the man you discipline, O LORD,
    the man you teach from your law;
you grant him relief from days of trouble,
    till a pit is dug for the wicked.
    —Psalm 94:11-13 (NIV)
    We might well pray for God to invade and conquer us, for until He does, we remain in peril from a thousand foes. We bear within us the seeds of our own disintegration... The strength of our flesh is an ever present danger to our souls. Deliverance can come to us only by the defeat of our old life. Safety and peace come only after we have been forced to our knees... So He conquers us and by that benign conquest saves us for Himself.
    ... A. W. Tozer (1897-1963), The Divine Conquest, Harrisburg, Penn.: Christian Publications, Inc., 1950, Revell, 1950, p. 57 (see the book)
    See also Ps. 94:11-13; Job 7:17-19; Ps. 8:3-4; 49:10-13; Rom. 1:21-22; 3:3-4
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, lead me to surrender to You.
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