GUIDANCE IS BY THE SPIRIT
By A. W. Tozer
Bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of
Christ . - 2 Corinthians 10:5
We can always trust the moving and the leading of the
Holy Spirit in our lives and experiences, but we cannot
always trust our human leanings and our fleshly and
carnal desires. That calls for another word of balance. We
know that the emotional life is a proper and noble part of
our total personality. But by its very nature, it is of
secondary importance, for religion lies in the will, and so
God never intended that such a being as mankind
should become the mere plaything of his or her feelings.
The only good that God recognizes is the willed good.
The only valid holiness is a willed holiness. That is why I
am always a little suspicious of the overly bubbly
Christian who talks too much about himself or
herself - and not enough about Jesus.
That is also why I am more than a little concerned
about the professing Christian whose experience does
not seem to have resulted-in a true inner longing to be
more like Jesus every day in thought, word and deed!
Yours in Christ,
Paul N. F.