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Pursuit of God - Gaze of the Soul

Pursuit of God - Gaze of the Soul

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You will learn from A.W. Tozer how to hear God from the inward gaze of the soul. God does speak in many ways to us but the most often used mode of speaking is through His Word. This will inspire your walk and life with God.
You will learn from A.W. Tozer how to hear God from the inward gaze of the soul. God does speak in many ways to us but the most often used mode of speaking is through His Word. This will inspire your walk and life with God.

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The Gaze of the Soul
Hebrews 12:2I love the title of this chapter: The Gaze of the Soul, it just draws you in and capturesyour heart to say “I want my soul to gaze upon Jesus.When you think of your soul gazing upon God – wow! I looked up the word “gaze” inthe Webster’s Dictionary. It said:
to fix the eyes in a steady intent look often witheagerness or studious attention”.
Ladies we are to fix our eyes in a steady intent look with eagerness and studiousattention upon God.Let’s begin our study by looking at the scripture that Tozer uses for this chapter ofThe Pursuit of God”:Hebrews 12:2
Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the  joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” 
Looking unto Jesus –looking” is in the Present Active Participle – it means we are tocontinually look unto Jesus. This is not a one-time act; it is to be a continual action.You notice how many of our lessons we have studied have “Present ActiveParticiples”. Ladies, our Christian walk is to be a continuous action. Salvation is notthe end; it is the beginning to our pursuit of God. We should be continually growing inour relationship with God.Let’s turn back a page and look atHebrews 11:1
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” 
So, according to Hebrews 11:1, what is Faith?
(This is question #2 in your homework) 
Hebrews 11:1 tells us that "faith is the substance of things hoped for the evidence ofthings not seen."The word translated "substance" means literally "to stand under, to support
Warren Wiersbe said: 
Faith is to a Christian what a foundation is to a house: it givesconfidence and assurance that he will stand. So you might say, "Faith is theconfidence of things hoped for." When a believer has faith, it is God's way of givinghim confidence and assurance that what is promised will be experienced.”
—Bible Exposition Commentary - New Testament 
Tozer said “Faith is a redirecting of our sight, a getting out of the focus of our ownvision and getting God into focus.” (Pg. 85 The Pursuit of God)Again, we are talking about those self-hyphenated sins that take the place of God.They have twisted our vision inward, looking at ourselves rather than placing ourfocus on God.When you find yourself wandering off in your mind, what are you thinking about?Maybe what you were going to be doing later that day, or maybe even what you havedone lately. A lot of times our minds gravitate towards the worries, fears andconcerns of our everyday life.Matthew 6:21
For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” 
Our minds and hearts always return to where our treasure is.What is on our minds? Do you find yourself thinking about God and his vastness? Doyou find yourself praising God for who he is in the middle of the day? Do you findyourself thinking about what you have read in the Bible and all the things you havelearned?What are you focusing on? What is your soul gazing upon?This is what Tozer talkedabout—a faith so rich and strong that our minds simply wander to thoughts of Godwhenever they wander.The more we practice focusing on God, looking to God, the more it will becomesecond nature to us.We looked at Hebrews 11:6 a couple of weeks ago. We saw how it is impossible toplease God without faith and that he rewards those who diligently seek Him.Hebrews 11:6
But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” 
Question number one of our homework askedIn light of this verse and what Tozersays, what do we have if we possess faith?According to Tozer Faith will get me anything, take me anywhere in thekingdom of God, but without faith there can be no approach to God, noforgiveness, no deliverance, no salvation, no communion, no spiritual life at all.There is an important dimension to faith that we must not miss. Tozer tells us thatfaith is defined functionally, not philosophically in Hebrews 11:1. What did he mean bythat?(This leads us to our question number three in our homework).
It is a statement of what faith is in operation, not what it is in essence.Faith is proven in action.The best way to grow in faith is to walk with the faithful. The remainder of this chapteris devoted to a summary of the lives and labors of great men and women of faithfound in the Old Testament.Notice that we are told each individual did something "by faith." When there is faith,there is an action. So we can safely conclude that if there isn't a demonstration offaith in our lives, we cannot say we have faith.
Joshua 3:7-8 “And the Lord said to Joshua, "This day I will begin to exalt you in the sight of all Israel, that they may know that, as I was with Moses, so I will be with you.8You shall command the priests who bear the ark of the covenant, saying, 'When you have come to the edge of the water of the Jordan, you shall stand in the Jordan." 
The priests had the responsibility of bearing the Ark of the Covenant and goingbefore the people as they marched. It was the priests who had to step into the JordanRiver, which was at flood stage at this time, before God would open the waters.Have you ever seen a river at flood stage? Not only did the priest have to step inbefore God would part the waters, they had the responsibility of bearing the Ark ofthe Covenant – remember this symbolized God’s presence with them. It took a lot offaith to step into those flood waters.The priests would also have to stand in the middle of the riverbed until all the peoplehad passed over. When the priests arrived on the other side, the waters would returnto their original condition.It took faith and courage for these priests to do their job, but they trusted God andrelied on the faithfulness of His Word
This is faith in action.But there was also a great change about to take place. The text says that after theircrossing, Israel ate some of the produce of the land. "The manna stopped the dayafter they ate this food from the land; there was no longer any manna for theIsraelites, but that year they ate of the produce of Canaan"Joshua 5:12
Then the manna ceased on the day after they had eaten the produce of the land; and the children of Israel no longer had manna, but they ate the food of the land of Canaan that year.” 

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