Aiden Wilson Tozer quotes

  • The Word of God well understood and religiously obeyed is the shortest route to spiritual perfection. And we must not select a few favorite passages to the exclusion of others. Nothing less than a whole Bible can make a whole Christian.
    -- Aiden Wilson Tozer

    #Bible #Christian #Spiritual

  • Anything God has ever done, he can do now. Anything God has ever done anywhere, he can do here. Anything God has ever done for anyone, he can do for you.
    -- Aiden Wilson Tozer

    #Done

  • I want to be a more serious-minded Christian, more detached from this world, more ready for heaven than I have ever been in my whole life. I want an ear that is sharp to know the voice of the enemy, whether it comes from religion, politics, or philosophy ... I would rather stand and have everybody my enemy than to go along with the crowd to destruction. Do you feel that way?
    -- Aiden Wilson Tozer

    #Christian #Philosophy #Voice

  • The way to deeper knowledge of God is through the lonely valleys of soul poverty and abnegation of all things. The blessed ones who possess the Kingdom are they who have repudiated every external thing and have rooted from their hearts all sense of possessing. These are the 'poor in spirit.'
    -- Aiden Wilson Tozer

    #Lonely #Blessed #Heart

  • In Him (God), history and prophecy are one and the same.
    -- Aiden Wilson Tozer

    #Christian #Christian Inspirational #Prophecy

  • If Bible Christianity is to survive the present world upheaval, we shall need to have a fresh revelation of the greatness and the beauty of Jesus.... He alone can raise our cold hearts to rapture and restore again the art of true worship.
    -- Aiden Wilson Tozer

    #Jesus #Art #Prayer

  • When I understand that everything happening to me is to make me more Christlike, it resolves a great deal of anxiety.
    -- Aiden Wilson Tozer

    #Christian #Jesus #Anxiety

  • The basic trouble with the church today is her unworthy concept of God... Our religion is weak because our God is weak... Christianity at any given time is strong or weak depending on her concept of God.
    -- Aiden Wilson Tozer

    #Strong #Church #Today

  • I like Easter. But let's remember that Christ's resurrection is not truer at Easter than at any other time of the year.
    -- Aiden Wilson Tozer

    #Easter #Years #Remember

  • Jesus Christ knows the worst about you. Nonetheless, He is the one who loves you the most.
    -- Aiden Wilson Tozer

    #Jesus #Love You #Christ

  • Show me the condition of your Bible and I will accurately gauge the condition of your soul.
    -- Aiden Wilson Tozer

    #Soul #Gauges #Show Me

  • The degree of blessing enjoyed by any man will correspond exactly with the completeness of God's victory over him.
    -- Aiden Wilson Tozer

    #Blessing #Men #Victory

  • Much of our difficulty as seeking Christians stems from our unwillingness to take God as He is and adjust our lives accordingly. We insist upon trying to modify Him and bring Him nearer to our own image.
    -- Aiden Wilson Tozer

    #Life #Christian #Trying

  • Each day presents a new opportunity to experience God's presence.
    -- Aiden Wilson Tozer

    #Opportunity #Each Day #New Opportunity

  • God often hides His blessing in trouble or trial, which makes it all the sweeter when it comes our way.
    -- Aiden Wilson Tozer

    #Blessing #Trials #Way

  • Father, may my song today be a sweet sound in Your ears-even if in Yours alone. Amen.
    -- Aiden Wilson Tozer

    #Song #Sweet #Father

  • When we yield ourselves completely to God, He gives Himself completely to us.
    -- Aiden Wilson Tozer

    #Yield #Giving

  • God loves you not because you are worthy, but because He is God and you are a fixture in His mind.
    -- Aiden Wilson Tozer

    #God #Christian #Love You

  • The purpose of God isn't to save us from Hell. The purpose of God is to make us like Christ.
    -- Aiden Wilson Tozer

    #Purpose #Hell #Christ

  • Nothing should so occupy the mind of the Christian than discovering God each day.
    -- Aiden Wilson Tozer

    #Christian #Mind #Each Day

  • We can express our worship to God in many ways. But if we love the Lord and are led by His Holy Spirit, our worship will always bring a delighted sense of admiring awe and a sincere humility on our part.
    -- Aiden Wilson Tozer

    #Humility #Way #Spirit

  • May God deliver us from the easygoing, smooth, comfortable Christianity that never lets the truth get hold of us.
    -- Aiden Wilson Tozer

    #May #Christianity #Smooth

  • The problem of why God created the universe still troubles thinking men; but if we cannot know why, we can at least know that He did not bring His worlds into being to meet some unfulfilled need in Himself, as a man might build a house to shelter him against the winter cold or plant a field of corn to provide him with necessary food. The word 'necessary' is wholly foreign to God.
    -- Aiden Wilson Tozer

    #Winter #Men #Thinking

  • Acquaint thyself with God.
    -- Aiden Wilson Tozer

    #Thyself

  • The meek man is not a human mouse afflicted with a sense of his own inferiority. He has accepted God's estimate of his own life: In himself, nothing; In God, everything. He knows well that the world will never see him as God sees him and he has stopped caring.
    -- Aiden Wilson Tozer

    #Humility #Caring #Men

  • It is doubtful we can be Christian in anything unless we are Christian in everything.
    -- Aiden Wilson Tozer

    #Christian #Doubtful

  • There is no limit to what God can do through us if we are a yielded and purified people.
    -- Aiden Wilson Tozer

    #God #Christian #Religious

  • We must never edit God.
    -- Aiden Wilson Tozer

    #Bible #Christian

  • We have been snared in the coils of a spurious logic which insists that if we have found Him we need no more seek Him.
    -- Aiden Wilson Tozer

    #Needs #Logic #Found

  • You can be straight as a gun barrel theologically, and as empty as one spiritually.
    -- Aiden Wilson Tozer

    #Gun #Empty #Barrels

  • I do not know why God does some things, but I am convinced that nothing is accidental in his universe.
    -- Aiden Wilson Tozer

    #Doe #Universe

  • If God takes away from us the old, wrinkled, beat-up dollar bill we have clutched so desperately, it is only because He wants to exchange it for the whole Federal mint, the entire treasury! He is saying to us, 'I have in store for you all the resources of heaven. Help yourself.'
    -- Aiden Wilson Tozer

    #Heaven #Dollar Bills #Dollars

  • An honest man with an open Bible and a pad and pencil is sure to find out what is wrong with him very quickly.
    -- Aiden Wilson Tozer

    #Men #Pads #Honest

  • Wise leaders should have known that the human heart cannot exist in a vacuum. If Christians are forbidden to enjoy the wine of the Spirit they will turn to the wine of the flesh....Christ died for our hearts and the Holy Spirit wants to come and satisfy them.
    -- Aiden Wilson Tozer

    #Christian #Wise #Heart

  • Why do some persons 'find' God in a way that others do not? Why does God manifest His Presence to some and let multitudes of others struggle along in the half-light of imperfect Christian experience? Of course the will of God is the same for all. He has no favorites within His household. All He has ever done for any of His children He will do for all of His children. The difference lies not with God but with us.
    -- Aiden Wilson Tozer

    #Christian #Children #Lying

  • Promoting self under the guise of promoting Christ is currently so common as to excite little notice.
    -- Aiden Wilson Tozer

    #Self #Littles #Common

  • The essence of idolatry is the entertainment of thoughts about God that are unworthy of Him.
    -- Aiden Wilson Tozer

    #Essence #Entertainment #Idolatry

  • If we cooperate with Him in loving obedience, God will manifest Himself to us, and that manifestation will be the difference between a nominal Christian life and a life radiant with the light of His face.
    -- Aiden Wilson Tozer

    #Christian #Light #Differences

  • It's not my business to try and make God think like me... but to try, in prayer and penitence, to think like God.
    -- Aiden Wilson Tozer

    #Christian #Prayer #Thinking

  • Whatever a man wants badly and persistently enough will determine the man's character.
    -- Aiden Wilson Tozer

    #Character #Men #Want

  • To have found God and still to pursue Him is the soul's paradox of love, scorned indeed by the too-easily-satisfied religionist, but justified in happy experience by the children of the burning heart.
    -- Aiden Wilson Tozer

    #Children #Heart #Soul

  • In the Book of Acts faith was for each believer a beginning, not an end; it was a journey, not a bed in which to lie while waiting for the day of our Lord's triumph. Believing was not a once-done act; it was more than an act, it was an attitude of heart and mind which inspired and enabled the believer to take up his cross and follow the Lamb whithersoever He went.
    -- Aiden Wilson Tozer

    #Attitude #Lying #Believe

  • The average Christian is so cold and so contented with His wretched condition that there is no vacuum of desire into which the blessed Spirit can rush in satisfying fullness.
    -- Aiden Wilson Tozer

    #Christian #Blessed #Average

  • The man that believes will obey; failure to obey is convincing proof that there is no true faith present. To attempt the impossible God must give faith or there will be none, and He gives faith to the obedient heart only.
    -- Aiden Wilson Tozer

    #Believe #Heart #Men

  • The idea that God will pardon a rebel who has not given up his rebellion is contrary both to the Scriptures and to common sense.
    -- Aiden Wilson Tozer

    #Ideas #Common Sense #Scripture

  • We modern Christians are long on talk and short on conduct.
    -- Aiden Wilson Tozer

    #Christian #Long #Modern

  • Modern civilization is so complex as to make the devotional life all but impossible. It wears us out by multiplying distractions and beats us down by destroying our solitude, where otherwise we might drink and renew our strength before going out to face the world again.
    -- Aiden Wilson Tozer

    #Civilization #Solitude #Going Out

  • I am a Bible Christian and if an archangel with a wingspread as broad as a constellation shining like the sun were to come and offer me some new truth, I'd ask him for a reference. If he could not show me where it is found in the Bible, I would bow him out and say, I'm awfully sorry, you don't bring any references with you
    -- Aiden Wilson Tozer

    #Christian #Sorry #Shining

  • What does this word holiness really mean? Is it a negative kind of piety from which so many people have shied away? No, of course not! Holiness in the Bible means moral wholeness-- a positive quality which actually includes kindness, mercy, purity, moral blamelessness and godliness. It is always to be thought of in a positive, white intensity of degree.
    -- Aiden Wilson Tozer

    #Kindness #Mean #White

  • The notion that the careless sinner is the smart fellow and the serious-minded Christian, though well-intentioned, is a stupid dolt altogether out of touch with life will not stand up under scrutiny. Sin is basically an act of moral folly, and the greater the folly the greater the fool.
    -- Aiden Wilson Tozer

    #Christian #Smart #Stupid

  • Complacency is the deadly enemy of spiritual progress. The contented soul is the stagnant soul.
    -- Aiden Wilson Tozer

    #Spiritual #Soul #Enemy

  • I say that a Christian congregation can survive and often appear to prosper in the community by the exercise of human talent and without any touch from the Holy Spirit! All that religious activity and the dear people will not know anything better until the great and terrible day when our self-employed talents are burned with fire and only that which was wrought by the Holy Ghost will stand forever!
    -- Aiden Wilson Tozer

    #Christian #Religious #Exercise

  • Many of us Christians have become extremely skillful in arranging our lives so as to admit the truth of Christianity without being embarrassed by its implications. We arrange things so that we can get on well enough without divine aid, while at the same time ostensibly seeking it. We boast in the Lord but watch carefully that we never get caught depending on Him.
    -- Aiden Wilson Tozer

    #Christian #Watches #Lord

  • Without doubt the emphasis in Christian teaching today should be on worship. There is little danger that we shall become merely worshipers and neglect the practical implications of the gospel. No one can long worship God in spirit and in truth before the obligation to holy service becomes too strong to resist. Fellowship with God leads straight to obedience and good works. That is the divine order and it can never be reversed.
    -- Aiden Wilson Tozer

    #Christian #Strong #Teaching

  • Nobody ever got anything from God on the grounds that he deserved it. Haven fallen, man deserves only punishment and death. So if God answers prayer it's because God is good. From His goodness, His lovingkindness, His good-natured benevolence, God does it! That's the source of everything.
    -- Aiden Wilson Tozer

    #Prayer #Men #Doe

  • Complacency is a deadly foe of all spiritual growth. Acute desire must be present or there will be no manifestation of Christ to His people. He waits to be wanted. Too bad that with many of us He waits so long, so very long, in vain.
    -- Aiden Wilson Tozer

    #Spiritual #Long #People

  • 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.
    -- Aiden Wilson Tozer

    #Demand #Mysterious #Wonderful

  • For the Christian, humility is absolutely indispensable. Without it there can be no self-knowledge, no repentance, no faith and no salvation.
    -- Aiden Wilson Tozer

    #Christian #Humility #Self

  • If the Holy Spirit was withdrawn from the church today, 95 percent of what we do would go on and no one would know the difference. If the Holy Spirit had been withdrawn from the New Testament church, 95 percent of what they did would stop, and everybody would know the difference.
    -- Aiden Wilson Tozer

    #Christian #Differences #Church

  • Most of the world's great souls have been lonely. Loneliness seems to be one price the saint must pay for his saintliness... Always remember: you cannot carry a cross in company. Though a man were surrounded by a vast crowd, his cross is his alone and his carrying of it marks him as a man apart. Society has turned against him; otherwise he would have no cross. No one is a friend to the man with a cross.
    -- Aiden Wilson Tozer

    #Christian #Lonely #Loneliness

  • While we are looking at God we do not see ourselves-blessed riddance.
    -- Aiden Wilson Tozer

    #Christian #Prayer #Blessed

  • Leadership requires vision, and whence will vision come except from hours spent in the presence of God in humble and fervent prayer?
    -- Aiden Wilson Tozer

    #Christian #Prayer #Humble

  • Christian liberty is freedom from sin, not freedom to sin.
    -- Aiden Wilson Tozer

    #Christian #Liberty #Sin

  • Most Christians are satisfied living as common Christians, without an insatiable hunger for the deeper things of God.
    -- Aiden Wilson Tozer

    #Christian #Common #Hunger

  • To be right with God has often meant to be in trouble with men.
    -- Aiden Wilson Tozer

    #God #Men #Trouble

  • God expects of us only what He Himself has supplied.
    -- Aiden Wilson Tozer

  • Christianity takes for granted the absence of any self-help and offers a power which is nothing less than the power of God.
    -- Aiden Wilson Tozer

    #Power #Self #Helping

  • The neglected heart will soon be a heart overrun with worldly thoughts; the neglected life will soon become a moral chaos.
    -- Aiden Wilson Tozer

    #Heart #Morality #Chaos

  • People have faith in 'faith' and largely forget that our confidence is not in the power of faith but in the Person and work of the Savior, Jesus Christ.
    -- Aiden Wilson Tozer

    #Jesus #People #Have Faith

  • In the Bible, the race of life is never considered from the viewpoint of speed... We are to run it with patience.
    -- Aiden Wilson Tozer

    #Running #Race #Viewpoints

  • Breezy, self-confident Christians tell us how wonderful it is to accept Christ and then have a good time all the rest of your life; the Lord won't demand anything of you. Yes, He will, my friend! The Lord will demand everything of you. And when you give it all up to Him, He may bless it and hand it back, but on the other hand He may not....
    -- Aiden Wilson Tozer

    #Christian #Self #Hands

  • The man who has made God his dwelling place will always have a safe habitation.
    -- Aiden Wilson Tozer

    #Men #Dwelling #Safe

  • Grace is the good pleasure of God that inclines him to bestow benefits upon the undeserving. It is a self-existent principle inherent in the divine nature and appears to us as a self-caused propensity to pity the wretched, spare the guilty, welcome the outcast, and bring into favor those who were before under just disapprobation. Its use to us sinful men is to save us and make us sit together in heavenly places to demonstrate to the ages the exceeding riches of God's kindness to us in Christ Jesus.
    -- Aiden Wilson Tozer

    #Jesus #Kindness #Men

  • Nothing that God has ever said about Himself will be modified; nothing the inspired prophets and apostles have said about Him will be rescinded. His immutability guarantees this.
    -- Aiden Wilson Tozer

    #Christian #Guarantees #Inspired

  • God answers our prayers not because we are good, but because He is good.
    -- Aiden Wilson Tozer

    #Christian #Prayer #Answers

  • The constantly recurring question must be: What shall we unite with and from what shall we separate? The question of coexistence does not enter here, but the question of union and fellowship does. The wheat grows in the same field as the tares, but shall the two cross-pollinate? The sheep graze near the goats, but shall they seek to interbreed? The unjust and the just enjoy the same rain and sunshine, but shall they forget their deep moral differences and intermarry? ... The Spirit-illuminated church will have none of this
    -- Aiden Wilson Tozer

    #Rain #Sunshine #Two

  • Let a man set his heart only on doing the will of God and he is instantly free. If we understand our first and sole duty to consist of loving God supremely and loving everyone, even our enemies, for God's dear sake, then we can enjoy spiritual tranquility under every circumstance.
    -- Aiden Wilson Tozer

    #Spiritual #Heart #Men

  • Let any man turn to God in earnest, let him begin to exercise himself unto godliness, let him seek to develop his powers of spiritual receptivity by trust and obedience and humility, and the results will exceed anything he may have hoped in his leaner and weaker days.
    -- Aiden Wilson Tozer

    #Spiritual #Humility #Exercise

  • All things else being equal, our prayers are only as powerful as our lives. In the long pull we only pray as well as we live.
    -- Aiden Wilson Tozer

    #Prayer #Powerful #Long

  • There are two classes of Christians: the proud who imagine they are humble and the humble who are afraid they are proud. There should be another class: the self-forgetful who leave the whole thing in the hands of Christ and refuse to waste any time trying to make themselves good. They will reach the goal far ahead of the rest.
    -- Aiden Wilson Tozer

    #Christian #Humble #Humility

  • Problems patiently endured will work for our spiritual perfecting.
    -- Aiden Wilson Tozer

    #Christian #Spiritual #Christian Inspirational

  • God's plan will continue on God's schedule.
    -- Aiden Wilson Tozer

    #Christian #Schedules

  • We must meet the uncertainties of this world with the certainty of the world to come.
    -- Aiden Wilson Tozer

    #Christian #World #Certainty

  • Men are free to decide their own moral choices, but they are also under the necessity to account to God for those choices.
    -- Aiden Wilson Tozer

    #Christian #Men #Choices

  • He (God) may sometimes chasten us, it is true, but even this He does with a smile, the proud, tender smile of a Father who is bursting with pleasure over an imperfect but promising son who is coming every day to look more and more like the One whose child he is.
    -- Aiden Wilson Tozer

    #Christian #Children #Father

  • Come near to the holy men and women of the past and you will soon feel the heat of their desire after God. They mourned for Him, they prayed and wrestled and sought for Him day and night, in season and out, and when they found Him, the finding was all the sweeter for the long seeking.
    -- Aiden Wilson Tozer

    #Christian #Past #Night

  • Pray; and as you pray, surrender; and as you surrender, believe.
    -- Aiden Wilson Tozer

    #Christian #Believe #Praying

  • To be entirely safe from the devil's snares the man of God must be completely obedient to the Word of the Lord. The driver on the highway is safe, not when he reads the signs but when he obeys them.
    -- Aiden Wilson Tozer

    #Christian #Men #Devil

  • Satan hates God for His own sake, and everything that is dear to God he hates for the very reason that God loves it.
    -- Aiden Wilson Tozer

    #Christian #Hate #Sake

  • The gravest question any of us face is whether we do or do not love the Lord.
    -- Aiden Wilson Tozer

    #Christian #Christian Inspirational #Faces

  • When men no longer fear God, they transgress His laws without hesitation. The fear of consequences is no deterrent when the fear of God is gone.
    -- Aiden Wilson Tozer

    #Christian #Men #Law

  • We are sent to bless the world, but we are never told to compromise with it.
    -- Aiden Wilson Tozer

    #Blessing #World #Compromise

  • Worship, I say, rises or falls with our concept of God .... and if there is one terrible disease in the Church of Christ, it is that we do not see God as great as He is.
    -- Aiden Wilson Tozer

    #Fall #Church #Disease

  • Save me from the error of judging a church by its size, popularity or the amount of its yearly offerings.
    -- Aiden Wilson Tozer

    #Errors #Offering #Judging

  • Too often we are Christians by assumption, manipulation or instruction, rather than Christians by regeneration.
    -- Aiden Wilson Tozer

    #Christian #Manipulation #Assumption

  • The Cross is not responsible for God's love; rather it was His love that conceived the Cross.
    -- Aiden Wilson Tozer

    #His Love #Responsible #Crosses

  • A world of confusion and disappointment results from trying to believe without obeying.
    -- Aiden Wilson Tozer

    #Disappointment #Believe #Confusion

  • There are rare Christians whose very presence incites others to be better Christians. I want to be that rare Christian.
    -- Aiden Wilson Tozer

    #Christian #Want

  • Our identification with Christ should be that whatever He is we also want to become.
    -- Aiden Wilson Tozer

    #Want #Christ #Identification

  • There is a strain of loneliness infecting many Christians, which only the presence of God can cure.
    -- Aiden Wilson Tozer

    #Christian #Loneliness #Cures