Psalm 42

“As the deer pants for streams of water,
so my soul pants for You, O God.
My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.”

Psalm 42:2-3 Tree of Life Version

The following excerpt is from The Crucified Life by A W Tozer

“A man once wrote in an evangelical magazine, “I have accepted the doctrines of such and such a denomination.” He had allowed somebody else to make up his mind for him. That is why millions of people are contented Catholics (or Methodists or Presbyterians), because somebody does their thinking for them. Somebody assures them, says a word of love and consolation, and has done all the thinking for them. Someone higher up has taken up all the responsibility. All they have to do is obey without question.

I do not mean to be unkind. I only say this is why certain religious denominations can hold their people and ever say, “It is you and God.” You have to find God “as the hart panteth after the water brooks” (Psalm42:1 King James Version). You have to seek God alone. I will help you with Scripture and do my best to help you, but when He meets you, it will be by yourself. You cannot take the authority of somebody else. Nobody can come and say, “All right, it’s done. I hereby now as of today, at this hour, declare you are all right.”

A young Christian earnestly seeking God once said to me, “I think you’ve got it.” Thank God, I knew better, because that could have been the end of me. Our desire is for everyone to cry out to God and look in His direction with nothing but the naked intent of seeking God Himself. I want God and I want nothing more.”

“I love those who love me,
    and those who seek me diligently find me.”

Proverbs 8:17

5 thoughts on “Make Up Your Own Mind

    1. Hi Tom, I’m sorry for the delay in replying to you as we had unexpected visitors yesterday.
      As you can probably guess, I like the teachings of A W Tozer. He’s straight to the point and always points to Jesus.

      I’m about half-way through the book on why the Reformation matters. It’s extremely readable for all kinds of bible students and while it is not dry and text-like, the points are very well made, and I enjoy the touches of humour too. I’m glad I took up your recommendation. 🙂

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      1. Hi Lesley, no worries about time delays. Yesterday was a busy day for me as well and I wasn’t able to get to blog comments right away. I hope you had a good visit.
        I’m very pleased that you’re enjoying Reeves’ book on the Reformation! Thank you for letting me know. I’m not one who enjoys ponderous theological treatises filled with undecipherable acadamese, so I remember being grateful for Dr. Reeves’ very accessible writing style.

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  1. Lesley this is an important post sister; there are too many people relying on others to do their thinking for them, and heading to hell because of error. It worries me how many people I meet who say they can’t believe in God based on third party information, with little thought of their eternal destination.
    God bless you today sister 🙏

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    1. So true, Alan. The only authority we need is God’s Word in the bible and the truth there that the Holy Spirit reveals to us.
      God bless you too!


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