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How to Be Filled with the Holy Spirit

Narrated by: Tom Hatting
Length: 1 hr and 3 mins
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"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 audiobook 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?

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Do you want to be filled with the Holy Spirit?

If you want the Spirit of God to control your life this is the book for you. But for it to be a joy to your soul your must have decided to follow Jesus and give up the world.

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The Holy Spirit is loving

The Holy Spirit is a person who loves and desires to be loved in return.

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A Call to Deep Relational Faith

This was my first time reading A W Tozer. I am so glad I "randomly" purchased this book

What I love about this book is it meets you with truth, where you are. A W Tozer has this really refreshing way of firmly conveying conviction while managing to display a real sense of humility.

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Reasoning Together on a Second Spirit Baptism

A.W. Tozer was a leader of the Holiness movement of the 20th Century which promoted the belief of a second baptism of the Holy Spirit following a new birth. The Pentecost experience of Acts 2, which the Apostle Peter interpreted as fulfilling the promise of the prophet Joel that God would pour out His Spirit upon all flesh (traditionally held to be the Birthday of the Church) was now taught to be the Promise of the Father to born-again disciples. Two questions follow from this view: What evidence can be found in the New Testament that disciples who forsook him and fled in fear when Jesus was arrested, when his blest disciple, who not only denied him, but boldly rebuked him for believing that the confessed Messiah would be rejected and crucified, had been given power of the Spirit to become sons of God, born of God. And what were the motivating factors which led to this radical departure from the traditional doctrine?
To the first question, we could refer to Jesus' reply to Peter who insisted on a total bath (not just foot washing): He that is washed needeth not save to wash his feet, but is clean every whit, and ye are clean. (John 13:10 KJV). Or we could refer to the Lord's conversation with the Samaritan woman and his promise of the water that slakes all thirst, her conversion and that many more believed ...that this is indeed the Christ, the Savior of the world. But John, ever the evangelist, will make it clear that in writing thus of Jesus promise of rivers of living waters for believers, Jesus spoke of the Spirit which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Spirit was not yet given; because Jesus was not yet glorified . It appears that the new birth awaits the exaltation and ascent of the Lord to God's right hand.
Now what motivates those like Tozer who stress the importance of the second baptism for a powerful filling of the Spirit?Tozer gives a clear answer: the almost total lack of any sign of the new life and power for holy living among so many Christians who claim to be born again; they are not growing in grace nor manifesting the fruits of the Spirit such as love, joy, peace, long-suffering etc. Two things follow: They are not born again at all despite professions of faith, or their new birth is without power for any vital pursuit of sanctification and fruitfulness, which will come to them when they sincerely seek the "Filling of the Holy Spirit", which Tozer's book will help them to experience.
The author fails to explore what may be the basic problem evangelicals seem unwilling to face. Is it possible that the gospel being preached today doesn't have life-transforming power because it isn't the Gospel preached by Peter and Paul with power to save? (C.S. Lewis has protested that he was told that to become a Christian, he had to believe that God was angry with us and wanted to punish us for going over to the enemy, but that Jesus volunteered to take the punishment, so God let us off.) Lewis was offended that God should punish somebody else. Evangelists have assured us that to become a Christian, one must believe two facts : that Jesus is the Son of God and He died for our sins. It seems to be assumed that propositional knowledge is the same thing as believing in your heart that God raised Jesus from the dead.
Finally, we should take note of how Tozer ends his appeal to us: Do you really desire with all your heart to be filled with the Spirit; are you willing to surrender your whole will to God's will, your personality in subjection to another Personality.This is the price to be paid! (Apparently a price not expected of those who wish a new birth) If we can assume that our church fathers, Peter, Paul, Augustine and Luther had heard from Jeremiah of the impossibility of Ethiopians changing their skin, or leopards their spots, we might imagine them responding to the author's challenge with an honest and humiliating ...NO!... until It Happened!.

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practical and biblical

how to live a life filled with the Holy Spirit without seeking ecstatic, mystical experiences

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Excellent challenging book!

I love how Toz prepares his readers by warning us that we might be ready to receive what God offers us. He is very honest and real in his writings and this book was full of difficult truths we need to settle with deep inside of us if were going to receive Gods offers.

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Narration made it hard to stay awake,

It would have been more interesting if Tom Hatting had read with more enthusiasm, still. I'll read it again. Lots of great nuggets.

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Good book overall

Not one of my favorite books. Very basic. I still enjoyed it but probably won't listen to it again anytime soon like I have his others.

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  • CK
  • 02-24-19

quick read

easy listening quick read, good book to refocus will listen again for sure. recommended for anyone no matter where your walk with Christ is at

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Diluted and dumbed down 👎

Tower was a BRILLIANT man of God. His books are so powerful that they give you some of the deepest insights into scripture and theology. But this book was rewritten and made very simple. I think if your a beginner in the faith or just want a basic brush up, this is a good book. But if you have been deep in the faith for a long season and enjoy more meat of Gods word? Look elsewhere.

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  • 08-11-18

Simple but effective book

Great book!!
Straight to the point tips. No modern day waffle.
Must read for people of the faith.