When religion has said its last word, there is little that we need other than God Himself. The evil habit of seeking God-and effectively prevents us from finding God in full revelation. In the “and” lies our great woe. If we omit the “and” we shall soon find God, and in Him we shall find that for which we have all our lives been secretly longing…
~ in The Pursuit of God
One hundred religious persons knit into a unity by careful organization do not constitute a church any more than eleven dead men make a football team. The first requisite is life, always.
The Bible assumes as a self-evident fact that men can know God with at least the same degree of immediacy as they know any other person or thing.
The Bible is not an end in itself, but a means to bring men to an intimate and satisfying knowledge of God, that they may enter into Him, that they may delight in His Presence, may taste and know the inner sweetness of the very God Himself in the core and center of their hearts.
The power of the gospel changes him… and makes them into a new creation. … for the work of Christ sweeps away both his good and his evil and turns him into another man. …it also includes an actual change in the life of the individual. … a transformation as deep as the roots of his human life. If it does not go that deep, it does not go deep enough.
What we believe about God is the most important thing about us.
“On the surface it might appear more spiritual to seek God’s leading than just go ahead and do the obvious thing. But it isn’t. If God gives you a watch, are you honoring Him more by asking Him what time it is or by simply consulting the watch? If God gives a sailor a compass, does the sailor please God more by kneeling in a frenzy of prayer to persuade God to show him which way to go, or should he just steer ahead according to the compass?
Except for those things that are specifically commanded or forbidden in the Scriptures, it is God’s will that we be free to exercise our own intelligent choice…in almost everything that touches our everyday life on earth. God is pleased when we are pleased. He wills that we be as free as birds to soar and sing our Maker’s praise without anxiety. God’s choice for us may not be only one but rather any one of a score of possible choices. The man or woman who is wholly and joyously surrendered to Christ can’t make a wrong choice – any choice will be the right one.”
– A.W. Tozer, from “Four Ways to find God’s Will” in HIS Magazine, May 1969