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The church that lacks power first lacks obedience.
Speaking of apathy toward obedience, A. W. Tozer says, "Until this is corrected, we can hope for very little power in our churches…"
Obedience is what no revival, no reformation, and no Spirit-filled person has ever been without.
It separates true faith from dead faith.
It bears fruit and is followed by power.
It is costly, but we cannot afford to withhold it.
Paths to Power points Christians and churches to the age-old way of obedience, the only road to revival. Delivering a charge to weak churches, A. W. Tozer calls us to rise up, gather the wood, and ascend the mountain. Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness. But His belief cost him something. Does ours?
"I will read anything from Tozer...anything. This one did not disappoint as he does a great job of highlighting how beautiful that Jesus would die for us sinners. Our lives begin to change the moment we embrace this event that took place on the Cross. We cannot question the love of God without looking at the Cross. We have to allow ourselves the space to chew on what Jesus did for us and what He went through for us to set us free from the curse of sin. Tozer goes right to the heart of this and brings to life the beauty of the love of Jesus. A great book!"
Reviewed by JT Thomason on NetGalley, Feb 8, 2016
"Failure to distinguish the part of God from the part of man in salvation has prevented the countless seekers from finding peace, and left whole sections of the Church of Christ powerless...
This short text paves the way for the Church to walk in the power of the Spirit. What hinders and what flames that power is crucial to faith. It is easy to confuse our part and responsibility of salvation and what is God's. Why repentance is a powerful tool that it leads us to assurance and to action. It prevents confusion and doubt. Without repentance, we do not see our need for salvation and the gift of the gospel. We lose the power of the gospel when we do not deal with sin. We lose power of the gospel when we see ourselves as victims. We lose the power of the gospel when we feel sorry for our lot in life. The power of the Gospel comes when we become responsible for our sin and trust Christ work on the cross.
Some of the quotes that are encouraging and offer confidence in our salvation.
If atonement was made for all men, why are not all saved? The answer is that before redemption becomes effective toward the individual man there is an act which that man must do. That act is not one of merit, but of condition. And it is an act of eternal importance.
The Bible recognizes no faith that does not lead to obedience, nor does it recognize any obedience that does not spring from faith. The two are opposite sides of the same coin. Were we to split a coin edgewise we would destroy both sides and render the whole thing valueless. So faith and obedience are forever joined and each one is with value when separated from the other. The trouble with many of us today is that we are trying to believe without intending to obey.
Tozer is always to the point and does not sugar coat a god that is easily manipulated but a God that is concerned about our the well being of our soul so that we may know Him.
A Special Thank You to Moody Publishing and Netgalley for the ARC and the opportunity to post an honest review."
Reviewed by Jeanie Schwagerman on NetGalley, Feb 3, 2016
"Paths to Power" was originally published in 1964-the year after Tozer's death.
This book was published on 8/1/2002.