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  • Writer's pictureW. Austin Gardner

No need to beg God to be filled

That is not true, my friend! The devil manufactured that. He hatched it out, the same devil that once said to our ancient mother, “Yea, hath God said,” and thus maligned God Almighty. That same devil has maligned the Holy Ghost.

There is nothing eerie, nothing queer, nothing contrary to the normal operations of the human heart about the Holy Ghost. He is only the essence of Jesus imparted to believers. You read the four Gospels and see for yourself how wonderfully calm, pure, sane, simple, sweet, natural, and lovable Jesus was.

Even philosophers who don’t believe in His deity have to admit the lovableness of His character.

You must be sure of all this to the point of conviction. That is, you must be convinced to a point where you won’t try to persuade God.

You don’t have to persuade God at all. There is no persuasion necessary.

Dr. Simpson used to say, “Being filled with the Spirit is as easy as breathing; you can simply breathe out and breathe in.”

Aiden Wilson Tozer, The Best of A.W. Tozer Book One (Camp Hill, PA: WingSpread, 2007), 208–209.

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