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Number of Pages: 64
Vendor: Moody Publishers
Publication Date: 2016
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The Counselor: Straight Talk About the Holy SpiritA.W. TozerMoody Publishers / 2015 / Trade Paperback$8.99 Retail:3.5 Stars Out Of 5 2 Reviews
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Alive in the Spirit: Experiencing the Presence and Power of GodA.W. TozerBethany House / 2016 / Trade Paperback$7.49 Retail:4 Stars Out Of 5 3 Reviews
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The only way to live with true spiritual power
"Are you sure you want to be possessed by a spirit other than your own? Even though that spirit be the pure Spirit of God? Even though He be the very gentle essence of the gentle Jesus? Even though He be wisdom personified, wisdom Himself? Even though He be as loving as the heart of God?" A. W. Tozer
In a little book that's hard to swallow, A. W. Tozer teaches plainly who the Spirit is, why we should desire Him, but why few of us do. He instructs us in how to be filled with the Spirit, but first poses this question: Do you really want to be filled?
Faith WarriorNew HampshireAge: 45-54Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5How to Be Filled with the Holy Spirit by A. W. TozerNovember 3, 2016Faith WarriorNew HampshireAge: 45-54Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through Moody Publishers book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with theFederal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 : Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
How to Be Filled with the Holy Spirit explores who and what is the Holy Spirit. It also covers what occurs within the Fathers promise to us regarding being filled with the Holy Spirit. In addition, it tells of how to be filled with the Holy Spirit and how to walk in it in our daily lives. This is a pocket-sized book covering the basic outline of the introduction to the Holy Spirit and how it came about as well as how to have it in our life daily.
As A. W. Tozer usually does, he comes straight to the point with no sugar coating. He tells about the Holy Spirit just as it is while using scripture to support his own words in the process of bringing out the knowledge concerning the Holy Spirit. I recommend How to Be Filled with the Holy Spirit.
TDarrisUnited StatesAge: 25-34Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5A Stirring Call for Christians to Go Back to BasicsAugust 8, 2016TDarrisUnited StatesAge: 25-34Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I received A.W. Tozers How to Be Filled with the Holy Spirit from Moody Publishers.
This book holds another poignant message which challenges the Christian to attend another meditative self-review of his, or her, innermost values, and desires, so that he, or she, may realize the degree of importance to which he, or she, holds the personal relationship to, and with, God. In the first chapter, entitled, Who is the Holy Spirit?, Tozer begins by first distinguishing the difference between the natural world and the spirit world.
Then, in chapter two (The Promise of the Father), Tozer provides a brief, but constructive, introduction to the Holy Spirit as he describes His origin, role, and purpose, as a member of the Holy Trinity (or, Godhead) and as God in the Christians life. Tozer is clear in his description of the Holy Spirit even as he establishes the fact that the Christian must depend totally upon the Holy Spirit in order to effectively live for Jesus Christ.
Next, in the third chapter, entitled, How to Be Filled with the Holy Spirit, Tozer explains how the Christian can be filled with the Holy Spirit--- but after he asks seven vital questions:
1.) Is the Spirit-filled life for you (pg. 40)?
2.) Can you believe this part (i.e., to be Spirit-filled) is part of Gods plan (pg. 41)?
3.) Can you believe the Spirit is loveable (pg. 42)?
4.) Can you believe this is scriptural (pg. 43)?
5.) Do you want to be filled (pg. 44)?
6.) Do you want Him to be Lord of your life (pg. 46)?
7.) Are you sure you need Him (pg. 48)?
It is after the position of these questions, and some insightful commentary, that Tozer explains how to receive the Holy Spirit by referencing the Holy Bible:
1.) Present you Body to Him (Romans 12:1 - 2).
2.) Ask to be filled (Luke 11:9 - 13 and Psalms 2:8).
3.) Obey the Holy Spirit (Acts 5:32).
4.) Have faith in God (Galatians 3:2).
Finally, Tozer explains how to cultivate the Spirits companionship as he cites the scripture, Can two walk together, except they be agreed? (Amos 3:3). Perhaps Tozers statement (on page 56) not only summarizes Chapter 4 (i.e., How to Cultivate the Spirits Companionship), but it also harmonizes the message of this entire book:
I dont want to say this, but I think that some of you may not be ready for the message because you are more influenced by the world than you are by the New Testament. I am perfectly certain that I could rake up fifteen boxcar loads of fundamentalist Christians this hour in the city of Chicago who are more influenced in their whole outlook by Hollywood than they are by the Lord Jesus Christ. I am positive that much that passes for the [G]ospel in our day is very little more than a very mild case of orthodox religion grafted onto a heart that is sold out to the world in its pleasures and tastes and ambitions (1952).
In this final chapter, Tozer also presents six important things which Christians must do in order to be filled with the Holy Spirit after he poses one important question (on page 54)--- Are you ready for this?
After this question, Tozer enumerates some of the blessings and benefits of allowing the Holy Spirit to take on His rightful role in the Christians life. Then, Tozer lists the six important things which the Christian must either remember, or do, if he, or she, is ready to be filled with the Holy Spirit:
1.) The Holy Spirit is a living Person [therefore, the Christian must relate to the Holy Spirit as the Person He is] (pg. 57).
2.) Be engrossed with Jesus Christ (pg. 58).
3.) Walk in righteousness (pg. 59).
4.) Make your thoughts a clean sanctuary (pg. 60).
5.) Seek to know him in the Word (pg. 61).
6.) Cultivate the art of recognizing the presence of the Spirit (pg. 63).
So, to summarize this book, Tozer is explaining that while a Christian can have sincerely accepted and received the free gift of salvation offered to all by the Self-sacrifice of Jesus Christ, it is also possible for that same Christian to not be filled by the Holy Spirit, and as a result, miss out on a very intimate, life-changing and wholesome experience with the One whom Jesus promised would be our Comforter , and the One who would teach us all that we would need to know after Jesus ascended to the Father in Heaven (John 16:7).
This is another one of Tozers works which I have added to my personal library, and I highly recommend that Christians who wish to know how they can live out their purpose read this book. Tozers message can help the seeking Christian to understand that the Christian already has a purpose (Isaiah 43:7)---- the Christian just needs to know Gods plan for his, or her, life so that living out that purpose can be done (Jeremiah 29:11 - 13). But, this is done by cultivating an intimate relationship with the Holy Spirit.
Tozers fearless assessment and rebuke of the modern Churchs seemingly mass abstention from the influence and leadership of the Holy Spirit, and its widely evident conformity to many of the worlds ways and attitudes, further encourages me to take greater critical self-assessment in order to truly understand my personal need for more of the Holy Spirits influence and leadership in my life, and I hope this book encourages other Christians to do the same.
FairfarmhandMiddle TennesseeAge: 35-44Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5An easy read but the content is not simpleMarch 1, 2016FairfarmhandMiddle TennesseeAge: 35-44Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I know what I am supposed to do.
I've read through my Bible numerous times. I know the commands. Love your neighbor. Be kind. Work hard. And on and on.
And yet, sometimes when I do these things, I don't really do them from the heart. I'm kind, but inside, I'm angry. I'm working hard, but with a sorry attitude. I feel hypocritical because I know that deep inside, my heart is not like Christ's.
Of course, there are going to be days when we just do what we need to without "feeling the love." But when it's an everyday thing, when it's a constant push to do right, something is wrong in my Christian life.
I recently read a book that addresses this struggle in my life. It's called How to Be Filled With the Holy Spirit by A.W. Tozer.
In this book, Tozer talks about the missing piece in the lives of so many Christians. Of course, we receive salvation as a gift when we accept Christ. But being filled with the Spirit is a process that too many Christians are ignorant about. Often, we feel that being filled with the Spirit is a mystical, eerie experience that only "deluxe" models of Christians get. The rest of us, the average Christians, don't need it, or can't do it.
And yet, being filled with the Holy Spirit actually empowers Christians to do the kinds of things that we're called to do. And we will actually "feel" the love. The path out of hypocrisy for a Christian is to be filled with the Spirit.
Tozer breaks down this process in a simple manner. This isn't a deep theological discussion; in fact, this small booklet is just a transcript of a series of sermons that Tozer preached to his congregation, so it's very readable and understandable.
First, Tozer tells exactly who the Spirit is and why we need Him. Then, Tozer breaks down what Christians should do in order to be filled with the Spirit. Tozer's advice isn't a five step, easy peasy, rah-rah, list of instructions that will make you a better person in three days. The things he shares are straight from Scripture, and they are things that you will have to do with a sincere heart. He says we must :
Desire Him--Until we ache for the presence of the Spirit in our lives, we will not be filled. If you feel like you are doing "pretty good" on your own, you are not ready to be filled. Desiring God means that you humbly seeking Him because you know you can't do it alone.
Present Your Body--In Romans 12:1-2 we are told to present our bodies as a living sacrifice. We must be willing to do A.N.Y.T.H.I.N.G. that God calls us to do. Yeah, this includes loving not only our enemies, but also that relative that drives you crazy. That kid in your Sunday School who always has a smart-alecky comeback. That neighbor whose dog runs wild in the neighborhood and poops in your flowers. (I've found that the concept of loving my enemies is easier to take than loving the people who get on my nerves.)
Ask--Asking the Lord with a sincere heart to fill your soul with His Presence is one prayer that He will always answer.
Obey--We know what we need to do. Now we need to do it. The Spirit won't inhabit a heart that is hard and defiant toward Him.
Have Faith--Believe that God follows through on his promises. He will answer your prayer to be filled with the Spirit.
I really did like this book. It's an easy read but the content is not simple. Tozer really cleared up some misunderstandings that I had about the Holy Spirit's work in this world. I did receive this book for free in exchange for my honest review, but I do believe that I will be buying additional copies for gifts.
In closing, I want to share one of the quotes that I found quite insightful from Tozer's book.
"Is this for ministers? Is it for housewives? Yes--housewives and clerks and milkmen and students. If you will thus see it and thus believe it and thus surrender to it, there won't be a secular store in the pavement. There won't be a common, profane deed that you will ever do. The most menial task can become a priestly ministration when the Holy Ghost takes over and Christ becomes your all in all."