[anzac] FORSAKING ALL! - by Tozer

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From: "REVIVAL List" <prophetic@...>
Date: Thu, 05 Mar 2015 21:50:21 +1300
by A.W. Tozer

Our Lord referred to this tyranny of things when He said to His 
disciples, "If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, 
and take up his cross, and follow me. For whosoever will save his 
life shall lose it: and whosoever shall lose his life for my sake shall 
find it."

Breaking this truth into fragments for our better understanding, it 
would seem that there is within each of us an enemy which we 
tolerate at our peril. Jesus called it "life" and "self," or as we would 
say, the selflife. Its chief characteristic is its possessiveness: the 
words "gain" and "profit" suggest this. To allow this enemy to live 
is in the end to lose everything. To repudiate it and give up all for 
Christ's sake is to lose nothing at last, but to preserve everything 
unto life eternal. And possibly also a hint is given here as to the 
only effective way to destroy this foe: it is by the Cross. "Let him 
take up his cross and follow me."

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." They have reached an 
inward state paralleling the outward circumstances of the common 
beggar in the streets of Jerusalem; that is what the word "poor" 
as Christ used it actually means. These blessed poor are no 
longer slaves to the tyranny of things. They have broken the yoke 
of the oppressor; and this they have done not by fighting but by 
surrendering. Though free from all sense of possessing, they yet 
possess all things. "Theirs is the kingdom of heaven."

Let me exhort you to take this seriously. It is not to be understood 
as mere Bible teaching to be stored away in the mind along with 
an inert mass of other doctrines. It is a marker on the road to 
greener pastures, a path chiseled against the steep sides of the 
mount of God. We dare not try to by-pass it if we would follow 
on in this holy pursuit. We must ascend a step at a time.

-From 'The Pursuit of God' by A.W. Tozer.