Two Opposite Dangers in the Church

In the Church of God two opposite dangers are to be recognized and avoided; they are a cold heart and a hot head. It may be said without qualification that there can never be too much fire, if it is the true fire of God; and it can be said as certainly that there cannot be too much cool judgment in religious matters if that judgment is sanctified by the Spirit. The history of revivals in the Church reveals how harmful the hot head can be.

Among the gifts of the Spirit scarcely any one is of greater practical usefulness than the gift of discernment. This gift should be highly valued and frankly sought as being almost indispensable in these critical times. This gift will enable us to distinguish the chaff from the wheat and to divide the manifestations of the flesh from the operations of the Spirit. Human sweat can add nothing to the work of the Spirit, especially when it is nerve sweat.

The hottest fire of God is cool when it touches the redeemed intellect. It makes the heart glow but leaves the judgment completely calm. These are days of great religious turmoil. Let love burn on with increasing fervor but bring every act to the test of quiet wisdom. Keep the fire in the furnace where it belongs. An overheated chimney will create more excitement than a well controlled furnace, but it is likely to burn the house down. Let the rule be: a hot furnace but a cool chimney.

(A. W. Tozer: The Root of the Righteous)

Among the gifts of the Spirit scarcely
any one is of greater practical usefulness
than the gift of discernment.
This gift should be highly valued and
frankly sought as being almost indispensable
in these critical times.

*Emphasis Mine-Pictures Not Mine.

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