by Johnathan Arnold
In high school, A. W. Tozer was my best friend. It was no matter that he died in 1963. When I read Tozer, I discovered a friend who understood me and the change that God had wrought in my heart. I recall reading a passage from one of his books where he describes the loneliness that he experienced as a Christian: no one wanted to talk about the things of the Lord and all that he wanted to do was talk about the things of the Lord. Thus, Tozer was a loner. And, so was I. Whether at school or at home, Tozer and a King James Bible were my constant companions.
For Tozer, the "deeper" life was synonymous with the Christian life. He had no time for "half-converted cowboys who refer to God as 'The Man Upstairs.'" He writes, "Unsaintly saints are the tragedy of Christianity." Elsewhere, "modern Christians are long on talk and short on conduct." In Tozer's writings, we find a wealth of pointed, practical, and spiritual advice rooted in the spirit of New Testament Christianity. Here are ten quotes on "the deeper life," collected from several of his published works.
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