Wednesday, November 28, 2007

The Pursuit of God: The Blessedness of Possessing Nothing

In Chapter 2 of The Pursuit of God, Tozer paints the most vivid portrayal I have ever seen of the "putting to death of the old self".
"We must, in our hearts, live through Abraham's harsh and bitter experiences if we would know the blessedness which follows them. The ancient curse will not go out painlessly; the tough old miser within us will not lie down and die in obedience to our command. He must be torn out of our heart like a plant from the soil; he must be extracted in agony and blood like a tooth from the jaw. He must be expelled from our soul by violence, as Christ expelled the money changers from the temple. And we shall need to steel ourselves against his piteous begging, and to recognize it as springing out of self-pity, one of the most reprehensible sins of the human heart." (Pg. 29)
If "the tough old miser within us" would simply "lie down and die in obedience to our command." than I believe a concept such as "paying it forward" would work. You don't need the Bible to tell you this is not the case, history repeatedly shouts the message loud and clear.

This "extraction of the tooth" is exactly the type of action, which must occur for anything truly good to come out of any man, that I am referring to in my previous post ("There must be a complete detachment from everything that one is. This old self must be put to death, and in it's place, a transformed self must arise.")

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Chapter 1: Following Hard After God
Chapter 2: The Blessedness of Possessing Nothing
Chapter 3: Removing the Veil
Chapter 4: Apprehending God
Chapter 5: The Universal Presence
Chapter 8: Restoring the Creator-Creation Relation

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