God As a Man

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While many are busy trying to set forth satisfactory definitions of the word “faith,” we do well to simply consider that believing is directing the heart’s attention to Jesus! It is lifting the mind to “behold the Lamb of God,” and never ceasing that beholding for the rest of our lives. At first this may be difficult, but it becomes easier as we look steadily at His wondrous Person, quietly and without strain.
Distractions may hinder, but once the heart is committed to Him the attention will return again and rest upon Him like a wandering bird coming back to its window. I would emphasize this one great volitional act which establishes the heart intention to gaze forever upon Jesus. God takes this intention for our choice and makes what allowances He must for the thousand distractions which beset us in this evil world. So, faith is a redirecting of our sight, getting God in our focus, and when we lift our inward eyes upon God, we are sure to meet friendly eyes gazing back at us!  ~A.W. Tozer
 
God may thunder His commands from Mount Sinai and men may fear, yet remain at heart exactly as they were before. But let a man once see his God down in the arena as a Man–suffering, tempted, sweating, and agonized, finally dying a criminal’s death–and he is a hard man indeed who is untouched.
~J.B. Phillips, Your God Is Too Small

So, my dear Christian friends,
take a good hard look at Jesus.
He’s the centerpiece of everything we believe.
~Hebrews 3:1

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4 responses »

  1. Oh that we would gaze upon Him and be so captured by His beauty, that everything else would dim in comparison, that our eyes would never wander from Him…

    Loved this Michelle! Love Tozer:)

    Hope you had a really blessed Christmas and New Year:)

  2. Hey, Rain! I haven’t read much of Tozer, but what I have, I’ve loved.

    I hope your New Year is blessed.
    Thanks for the ecard … it was beautiful.
    🙂

  3. Such an unthinkable thought yet it makes so much sense to us who know Him. Explaining this truth to someone who doesn’t is an entirely different story.

    Thankful that He became man for us; that He experienced pain and sorrow and suffering so He could relate to us. What greater love is this; One who would lay down His life for a friend. Praise the Lord.

    Love ya Sis!

    XO

  4. Amen, Gch! It is mind-boggling and yet so comforting. His plan, before the foundation of the earth, to be our Savior, so that we who were far off could draw near…amazing And then, to keep us, not because of who we are, but because of Him.

    That understanding draws me closer to Him even when I feel so unworthy of Him.
    He made a way.

    Love you, Sweet Girl, and I hope all is well. XO

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