“Are you sure you want to be possessed by a spirit other than your own? Even though that spirit be the pure Spirit of God? Even though He be the very gentle essence of the gentle Jesus? Even though He be wisdom personified, wisdom Himself? Even though He be as loving as the heart of God?” — A.W. TOZER. This little audio book is hard to swallow. In it, A.W. Tozer teaches plainly who the Spirit is and why we should desire Him, but why few of us do. He instructs us in how to be filled with the Spirit, but first poses this question: Do you really want to be filled?
- Much really confusing. Some really helpful. Definitely not exposition of the Bible.
The first chapter is a real helpful explanation of the nature of the Holy Spirit, if you are someone who hasn't learned much of anything about the Holy Spirit. After that, there are a few good nuggets here and there, but it's mostly downhill.
In chapter three he starts talking about "being possessed by" the Holy Spirit and "receiving" the Holy Spirit (not being filled); which seems to confuse becoming a Christian with being filled by the Spirit. And he is really clear at the end of chapter three that he is talking to "born again" believers who have "received the Lord in salvation by faith" and have received the Holy Spirit "in some measure when we are converted", and there he says, "I am talking about something different now, and advance over that" and goes on again to talk about the Holy Spirit "possessing" us, and he immediately goes on to explain that is "filling".
In chapter 3 at 13:28-13:50 , I can't even believe a man of this caliber argues this way. There are tons of things in the Bible that are not for us to have or emulate. For example, should we emulate David's adultery because it's in the Bible?
Many of the things he discusses as being prerequisites for getting the Holy Spirit "possession"/"filling" are things that are the work of the Holy Spirit in us. So we shouldn't need to do these without/prior to the Holy Spirit.
- Started off good, then got very confusing. This is not exposition of the Bible.
Chapter one would be very helpful to someone who doesn't understand anything about the Holy Spirit. I'm afraid it goes downhill from there. In the first two chapters he seems to be clearly talking to Christians. But then in chapter three, when talking about preparation to receive the Spirit, he talks (asks questions) that would only be appropriate to ask non-Christians; if these are being asked of Christians, then he implies that receiving the Spirit (not just being filled, but receiving) is something you have to do AFTER becoming a Christian. Additionally, the requirements he gives for being filled with the Spirit, many of them are things that the Spirit would do in a person, not things we should try to do apart from the Spirit's work. He makes some references to the Bible, but he is by no means expositing Scripture.
- Good solid teaching
I’ve always loved Tozer because he is so down to earth, and this short publication is no exception. It’s just him speaking to his congregation teaching regular people practical ways to have more of the holy spirit in our lives. Well worth listening to, and I’m going to try and listen to it again at least once a year.
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- Do you really want to be filled with holy spirit!
This is no modern quick fix book were you “get keys” to open heaven and then let it flow.
I just listened to it one and turned to chapter three and four at one and listen it again and who knows how many time will I do it.
Didn’t knew much about writer but this is one of best books on Holy spirit. Don’t look after any others. Read/listen to this one that will both humbled you and challenge you
Then you will know, by yourself what to do …
I must listen to it over and over again
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