The Pursuit of God {Top Ten Quotes}

I just finished reading a really great book called The Pursuit of God by AW Tozer. There are very few Christian authors {Charles Spurgeon and Jonathan Edwards are two} that capture the beauty, awe and majesty of the Lord in a way like Tozer does. I love visionary authors whose passion for Christ seep from every word and iota on the page. It is impossible to read books like these and not be changed. I absolutely loved the way this book ministered to my soul! It took me two months to finish 119 pages. Every page contained such deep, theological truth that really made me pause and pray. I had to pray about if I truly believed those things, not just doctrinally but in the deepest levels of my heart. It was such a great read. I highly suggest you reading it. It will help give you a new perspective on Christ, the omnipresence of God and experiencing God. 

Here’s my top ten favorite quotes from The Pursuit of God:

  1. “The moment the Spirit has quickened us to life in regeneration our whole being senses its kinship to God and leaps up in joyous recognition. That is the heavenly birth without which we cannot see the Kingdom of God. It is, however, not an end but an inception, for now begins the glorious pursuit, the heart’s happy exploration of the infinite riches of the Godhead.”
  2. “If we refuse one step, we bring our progress to an end.”
  3. “Whoever defends himself will have himself for his defense, and he will have no other. But let him come defenseless before the Lord and he will have for his defender no less than God Himself.”
  4. “The whole work of God in redemption is to undo the tragic effects of that foul revolt, and to bring us back again into right and eternal relationship with Himself. This requires that our sins be disposed of satisfactorily, that a full reconciliation be effected and the way opened for us to return again into conscious communion with God and to live again in the Presence as before. Then by His prevenient working within us He moves us to return. The first comes to our notice when our restless hearts feel a yearning for the Presence of God and we say within ourselves, ‘I will arise and go to my Father.’ That is the first step…”
  5. “Ignoble contentment takes the place of burning zeal.” p.35
  6. “But the highest love of God is not intellectual, it is spiritual. God is spirit and only the spirit of a man can know Him really. In the deep spirit of a man the fire must glow or his love is not the true love of God. The great of the kingdom have been those who loved God more than others did. We all know who they have been and gladly pay tribute to the depth and sincerity of their devotion. We have but to pause for a moment and their names come trooping past us, smelling of myrrh and aloes and cassia out of ivory palaces.”
  7. “God is so vastly wonderful, so utterly and completely delightful that He can, without anything other than Himself, meet and overflow the deepest demands of our total nature, mysterious and deep as that nature is.” p.39
  8. “Let us beware of tinkering with our inner life, hoping ourselves to rend the veil. God must do everything for us. Our part is to yield and trust. We must confess, forsake, repudiate the self-life, and then reckon it crucified… We must insist upon the work being gone. We dare not rest content with a neat doctrine of self-crucifixtion.. The cross is rough and it is deadly, but it is effective. It does not keep it’s victim hanging there forever. There comes a moment when its work is finished and the suffering victim dies. After that is resurrection glory and power, and the pain is forgotten for joy that the veil is taken away and we have entered in actual spiritual experience the presence of the living God.” p.44
  9. “What does the divine immanence mean in direct Christian experience? It means simply that God is here. Wherever we are, God is here. There is no place, there can be no place, where He is not. Ten million intelligences standing at as many points in space and and separated by incomprehensible distances can each one say with equal truth, God is here. No point is nearer to God than any other point.” p.56
  10. “…faith is the gaze of a soul upon a saving God.” p.81
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