The Saint Must Walk Alone – A. W. Tozer / Classic Christian Audio Books
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a reading from man the dwelling place of God by aw Tozer the Saints must walk alone most of the world’s great souls have been lonely loneliness seems to be one price the Saint must pay for his saintliness in the morning of the world or should we say in that strange darkness that came soon after the dawn of man’s creation that pious soul Enoch walked with God and was not for God took him and while it is not stated in so many words a fair inference is that Enoch walked the path quite apart from his contemporaries another lonely man was Noah who of all the antediluvian found grace in the sight of God and every shred of evidence points to the alumnus of his life even while surrounded by his people again Abraham had Sarah and lots as well as many servants and herdsmen but who can read his story and the a past Allah comment upon it without sensing instantly that he was a man quote whose soul was alike a star and dwelt apart unquote as far as we know not one word did God ever speak to him in the company of men facedown he communed with God and the innate dignity of the man forbade that he assumed this posture in the presence of others how sweet and solemn was the scene that night of the sacrifice when he saw the lamps of the fire moving between the pieces of offering there alone with a horror of great darkness upon him he heard the voice of God and knew that he was a man marked for divine favor Moses also was a man apart while he had attached to the court of Pharaoh he took long walks alone and during one of these walks while far removed from the crowds he saw an Egyptian and a Hebrew fighting and came to the rescue of his countrymen after the results and break with Egypt he dwelt in almost complete seclusion in the desert there while he watched his sheep alone the wonder of the burning bush appeared to him and later on the peak of Sinai he crouched alone to gaze with fascinated awe at the presence partly hidden partly disclosed within the cloud and fire the prophets of pre-christian times different widely from each other but one mark they bore in common was their enforced to loneliness they loved their people and glory that the religion of the father’s but their loyalty to the God of Abraham Isaac and Jacob and their zeal for the welfare of the natives with Israel drove them away from the crowd and into long periods of heaviness quote I am become a stranger unto my brethren and an alien unto my mothers children unquote cried one and unwittingly spoke for all the rest most revealing of all is the sight of that one of whom Moses and all the prophets did write treading his lonely way to the cross his deep loneliness unrelieved by the presence of the multitudes his midnight and an olives brow the star is dimmed and lately shown his midnight in the garden now the suffering Savior prays alone tis midnight and from all removed the Savior wrestles loan with fears even the disciple whom he loved it’s not his master’s grief and tears william beats happen he died alone in the darkness hidden from the sight of mortal man and no one saw him when he arose triumphant and walked out of the tomb though many saw him afterward and bore witness to what they saw there are some things too sacred for any eye but gods to look upon the curiosity the clamor the well meant but blundering effort to help can only hinder the waiting soul and make unlikely if not impossible the communication of the secret message of God to the worshipping heart sometimes we react by a kind of religious reflex and repeat dutifully the proper words and phrases even though they fail to express our real feelings and lack the authenticity of personal experience right now with such a time a certain conventional loyalty may lead some who here this unfamiliar truth expressed for the first time to say brightly quote oh I am never lonely Christ said I will never leave you nor forsake you and lo I am with You alway how can I be lonely when Jesus is with me unquote now I do not want to reflect on the sincerity of any Christian soul but this stock testimony is too neat to be real it is obviously what the speaker thinks should be true rather than what he has proved to be true by the test of experience this cheerful denial of loneliness proves only that the speaker has never walked with God without the support and encouragement afforded him by society the sense of companionship which he mistakenly attributes to the presence of Christ may and probably does arise from the presence of friendly people always remember you cannot carry a cross in company the one man was surrounded by a vast crowd his cross is his alone and his carrying of it marks him as a man apart society has turned against him otherwise he would have no cross no one is a friend to the man with a cross quote they all forsook him and fled unquote the pain of loneliness arises from the constitution of our nature God made us for each other the desire for human companionship is completely natural and right the loneliness of the Christian results from his walk with God in an ungodly world a walk that must often take him away from the fellowship of good Christians as well as from that of the unregenerate world his god-given instincts cry out for companionship with others of his kind others who can understand his longings his aspirations his absorption of the love of Christ and because within his circle of friends there are so few who share his inner experiences he is forced to walk alone the unsatisfied longings of the for human understanding caused them to cry out in their complaint and even our Lord Himself suffered in the same way the man who has passed on into the divine presence in actual inner experience will not find many who understand him a certain amount of social fellowship will of course be his as he mingles with religious persons in the regular activities of the church but true spiritual fellowship will be hard to find but he should not expect things to be otherwise after all he is a stranger in a pilgrim and the journey he takes is not on his feet but in his heart he walked with God in the garden of his own soul and who but God can walk there with him he is of another spirit than the multitudes that tread the courts of the Lord’s house he has seen that of which they have only heard and he walks among them somewhat as acaryas walk after his return from the altar when the people whispered quote he has seen a vision unquote the truly spiritual man is indeed something of an oddity he lives not for himself but to promote the interest of another he seeks to persuade people to give all to his Lord and asks no portion or share for himself he delights not to be honored but to see his safety glorified in the eyes of men his joy is to see his Lord promoted and himself neglected he finds few who care to talk about that which is the supreme object of his interest so he is often silent and preoccupied in the midst of noisy religious shoptalk for this he earns the reputation of being dull and over serious so he is avoided and the gulf between him and society widens he searches for friends upon whose garment she can detect the smell of myrrh and aloes and cassia out of the ivory palaces and finding few or none he like mary of old keeps these things in his heart it is it’s very loneliness I throws him back upon God quote when my father and my mother forsake me then the Lord will take me up unquote inability to find human companionship drives him to seek in God what he can find out where else he learns in inner solitude when he could not have learned in the crowd that Christ is all in all that he is made unto wisdom righteousness sanctification and redemption that in him we have and possess life’s Summum bonum two things remain to be said one that the lonely man of whom we speak is not a holy man nor is he the holier than thou austere Saint so bitterly satirized in popular literature he is likely to feel that he is the least of all men and he’s sure to blame himself for his very loneliness he wants to share his feelings with others and to open his heart to some like-minded soul who will understand him but the spiritual climate around him does not encourage it so he remains silent and tells his grief to God alone the second thing is that the one we st. is not the withdrawing man who hardens himself against human suffering and spends his days contemplating the heavens just the opposite is true his loneliness makes him sympathetic to the approach of the brokenhearted and the fallen and the sin bruised because he is detached from the world he is all the more able to help it meister eckhart taught his followers that if they should find themselves in prayer as it were caught up to the third heaven and happened to remember that a poor widow needed food they should break off the prayer instantly and go care for the widow quote God will not suffer you to lose anything by it unquote he told them quote you can take up again in prayer where you left off and the Lord will make it up to you unquote this is typical of the great mystics of masters of the interior life from Paul to the present day the weakness of so many modern Christians is that they feel too much at home in the world in their efforts to achieve restful adjustment to unregenerate society they have lost their pilgrim character and become an essential part of the very moral order against which they are said to protest the world recognizes them and accepts them for what they are and this is the saddest thing that can be said about them they are not lonely but neither are they Saints

This extraordinary man has moved me to tears. He articulated exactly what I feel. If more ministers would learn from Tozer rather than Rick Warren our country would be a different place. Thank you God for this saintly man.

If you feel like this, it must be that you are being separated from 1)the world, 2) lukewarm Christians, 3) the church which has become worldly. I've been thinking maybe i have become too critical. But after hearing this, i don't believe so. Christians are so accepting of the evil in the world, they have become "tolerant"of evil eg. homosexuality is ok. It truly is UNBELIEVABLE! how satan creeps into the minds of Christians. Satan uses his demons to first attack the mind.
i believe God is separating the wheat from the chaff and so it is why "we"feel lonely. One cannot be in unity with the spirit of the world. And some are so-called Christians that we feel this separation and some are family because they do NOT like the LIGHT when they are around us.

This encapsulates how I've felt the last 3 years of my life since Christ saved me. We are strangers in a foreign land, brothers and sisters.

It is definitely a very lonely walk. I needed this encouragement. I was feeling pretty lonely yesterday. God is good all the time, even when we don't understand or can't see His hand at work. Praise the name of Jesus.

This is so encouraging, Thank you so much for sharing, it is a sharing truth! I am alone in him.
I am thankful, cuz when I am with the world or others, I find it pulls me from Him. My nature sometimes gets in the way. I do though am glad he takes me away from others n that fellowship, cuz when I'm with him, I less likely look at the world, especially Christian's in their pews n do nothing thru the wk. bugs me, I am not perfect, n my struggles make others question my faith, as I question pew sitters. luckly for us, He knows our hearts, and we can not avoid him.
He is my only friend, and only sends me friends vi H.Spirit. sooo Thankful!

I disagree completely, its of the flesh to feel lonely, we are one with the wonderful Christ. If the Word says 'good tidings and joy then being alone is a tiny price to pay, even persecution. This is making out christianity to be melancholy, not true, in Adam YES lonely, in Christ JOY

This has so ministered to me. I understand and relate to what Tozer is saying. Even as a young Christian 39 years ago, I felt this. I have fought it for years, because I did not understand what God wanted of me. I thought I was too critical of other professing Christians, now I am encouraged by this and accept the work God is doing in me

I used to think that "I must be doing something wrong" I seem to be on my own. A trick of the enemy. I know now that I am not on my own in this walk. Like so much of God's economy is a paradox so is life, I am alone together with all others at once. We must die to live, poor to be rich, etc. etc.

43 yrs saved n serving the Lord n caring for His sheep. I grew up lonely and poor. Here l am at 70 and still don't relish the lonely walk. I must say that the "lonely decades" have borne much fruit n me. Jesus is worth every sacrifice of a lonely heart …. there's a sweetness n comfort n peace that can be tapped into, only n His Presence. He is worth every sacrifice of loneliness n the only one that "satisfies our souls"

I was down in bed from around the spring of 2017 and through the summer in severe pain. I knew God was here with me, and my guardian angel, so I never despaired and didn’t feel lonely. God is always with us, and I acknowledge this….but I also feel Him near. If someone told me different then I wouldn’t understand because I’ve experienced it differently.

As Tozer points out, how can Jesus have been 'a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief' if He was One with the Father, therefore how can we be lonely when He is always with us? Well, because God WILLS it. There is no comfort (I Cor. 1:3-4) without sorrow, and Jesus' sufferings were fraudulent posturings if He were not truly grieved. God doesn't save phony sinners and He doesn't heal phony sickness. He is REAL and His comforts are REAL. We are called to TRUE affliction where He withdraws His hand no matter how hard we seek Him; it is only for a time that He stands aloof. Our spirits need to learn that, in faith, we truly belief that, 'though, He slay me, yet shall I trust in Him.'

The reader of this selection is particularly sublime; wish I knew who it was. His delivery is remarkably comforting.

Im not christian, ive been for years trying to seek peace in Christ for years without sucess , and all alone, sometimes getting verily rare moments of random help. But most of my help come from classic and of course scripture, i stop seeking for help in modern day Christians, not saying that all are equal but lot of help i seek they give bad cousilng anf my state get only worse, if was not with God help i would be sealed to damnation because of bad counseling. I believe in this modern day very few people can deal with soul with wisdom, and i will not take my chance for me doing that is like playing russian rollete, im feel more secure alone.

Tough in only a lonely seeker this video give me encouragement

Lord help me die so you can live in me. This life means nothing compared to the life to come. I want to die now while I have time to praise your name. There isn't a minute in the day where I could live without you. Come inside me Lord and find sanctuary. Prepare all of us Father who want to take it further with you. We want to go higher with you and believe for the unbelievable. All day every day… it's our pleasure to serve you Lord Jesus… it's our turn now and we want your will only. Give us a double anointing like you gave Elisha. We ask for strength, long suffering for others and the words we need at the right time. We pray and love you so much. We've got to go about our fathers business and since it's almost over, we're going to need you to keep us tight. We (the Saints) are going to fulfill your last days prophecy and make the way straight for you. We can do this with your help only Lord.

I'll be straight forward I love being lonely I can talk to God more often. When God wants to do something in your life he'll put you in a lonely place so that you can talk to him and not be distracted. I went through a tough time and my dad told me don't you feel lonely he came to visit in NY he lived in Florida. I told him I used to but that lonely feeling is gone now, that lonely feeling is the enemy pushing you to make a bad decision. That lonely feeling is just a carnal thought only God can satisfy the soul getting married, going on a trip or what other reason is going to satisfy. There are people that have millions of dollars and fame and friends and yet they still feel lonely they're in a crowd and still lonely. Best thing to do is get another believer and hang out but don't get distracted. The blessing of loneliness is you can think a lot and get some awesome ideas solve a problem a chance to let your mind be creative.

I added this video to one of my playlists, but never got around to watching it until today… I've felt like this 4 years now since giving my life to Jesus. At the start of my conversion it was a very lonely walk where I learned to trust him and only him, not family not friends, not church members just him… I believe in this loneliness God purpose was to plant the belief that I couldn't live without Jesus and indeed the times I've fallen away i've acknowledge that it is impossible for me to ignore him as much as I wanted. I'm one those people who is either 100% in or 100% out so when my stray walks away from jesus happened it was really intense and my life would be on the brink of destruction even during those times whilst I was surrounded by people I still felt lonely on top of being empty without Jesus, his mercy which indeed is better than life have allowed me to regain my life and my walk in christ. As soon as I would go back to Jesus he would put me in a place of this world alone, place me on the operation table and take out all the nasty vile things I accumulated whilst away from him. These 4 years I've been at university away from my family and church in a different city, I don't attend any church because in England they are very lukewarm and tbh the times I've been to visit churches around where I study I got very demotivated seeing how they practiced their faith. I came from a dark world of "drugs, sex and rock and roll" so when a "christian" group holds a meeting at a bar drinking beer, I just said to myself "this church is not the one". Occasionally I visit my main spanish speaking church when i go back home to visit my family in the holidays. It feels refreshing to be around my brothers and sisters. So reading the comments brought smile and tears to my face.. I can relate with a lot of you and I am happy that there are many out there who the Lord stir's their spirit.
I still feel I've only just touched the door handle of my marvelous salvation.
Yes we are just passengers here, sometimes it is easy to forget when the flesh, the world and satan try to suffocate you with its system and customs, " who will I be? Will I be successful? WIll I have a family of my own? Can I be happy? why I am here? what's the point in all this? Bills, jobs, co workers, friends , relationships, political and economic climate… all these questions and situations become meaningless in that alone time with God and his voice says "you are mine, I paid the price" and eternity sinks in your spirit…That feeling of eternity is God himself how wonderful.

Carry on my brothers and sisters reading this, it makes me happy that God's word is absolutely true when it says other brethren suffer the same afflictions around the world, and remember always there is a cloud of witnesses watching over too, encouraging you to finish the good race, the good fight.

Think of Jesus’ solitude in the midst of his family who did not believe…can you imagine the comments made by his siblings…(Joseph endured the vindictiveness of his brothers…and *even* of his father Jacob, who favored him…to the nth degree)…the Psalms tell us how the drunks made up songs about our Lord…even His disciples did not “get it.” Thus His sole visits to the garden where He talked with His Father and ours…and, as we become more like Him…we too must carry the same load….always alone in the crowd…but at the end…we will be joined in His glory and the entire life experience will be as nothing, and worth every single moment of our short time on this earth.
Maranatha…things are moving quickly now! Soon….never alone again, for all etermity!

The Saint is never alone. Call nothing God forsaken…. Lo I am with you even to the end….. The single footsteps in the sand of time is when he carried you

I had to listen to this twice. It nearly brought tears to my eyes…. because that's me. Thank you Lord! Now I understand.

This was truly a magnificent word! It makes so much sense of my present walk with God that I can truly understand why certain things happen and others don't. Thank you God.

ExaCtly how ive felt this ,its such a blessing my heart i long to just sit at jesus feet and feel so separate from the world this truly isnt our home godbless

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I now understand. I was wondering why I cant find another to speak of God constantly and of spiritual things constantly. Because of this my prayer life changed, I had to speak to the Lord and listen to His voice , I had no other. So now I pray the 'unusual'. Every minute of the day my thoughts are consumed with God. I'm alone in this world and that is the circumstance of Gods will for me so to honour Him I am happy with my lot. Now I pray to Him nightly that He consumes my dreams also . I crave to dream spiritual dreams, private, loving, tender dreams of The Lord. The world sees me as out of my mind, just another 'born again'. So be it. Amen.

Reality sets in my heart of how God made me. Now I know why I'm a loner and it's hard to find true fellowship. Even though I am one of God's sheep and desire to be with other sheep it's not the plan of the Lord, and I accept the path the Almighty on high has chosen for me to follow. 

Russell Wakefield

I have always been someone who liked to be alone and felt distant around people like something was missing. Since finding the Lord I feel that my desire to be alone is a negative and I feel conflicted that I should want to be around people because of the commandment to ‘Love Thy Neighbour’ and when I don’t want to around people I feel like I am letting the Lord down? As though he will punish me to make me alone when I die because I loved it so much alive. But I don’t want to be alone, I just want to be around likeminded souls.

So much truth in this .
You can be in a house full of people and still feel lonely .
Aloneness is v different from lonely .
We can all as Gods children have feelings of loneliness but generally its usual when God withdraws and we feel the separation.
Even though he never leaves us or forsakes us i do think he can do it in such a way that are feelings are bypassed so that we learn to live by trust and not by our feeling his presence.
I also believe its part of the sanctifying work of his spirit that our attachments to the things of the world isnt the same anymore .
In a sense we no longer are alive to those things and only live by the life of his spirit dwelling in us .

YES I'VE BEEN SUCH A FOOL I AT ONE TIME WALKED WITH JESUS N FELL BACK INTO THE WORLD N I'VE BEEN STRUGGLING TO GET BACK WHERE I WAS BUT I ALSO WAS TRYING TO CONVERT A WOMAN WHOM I CARED ABOUT N IT'S NOT WORKING SO I HAVE COME TO UNDERSTAND THAT MY WALK MUST BE A LONELY ONE WITH JESUS THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THIS UPLOAD N GOD BLESS ALL

Too all you lonely hearts in the wilderness, one day my friends we will dine together and experience the unimaginable in the kingdom of our Lord. Thank you for all you do for Our Lord and keeping this dark world lit up. Although i havent met you, i love You. Your brother in Christ -Rob

This is exactly what I needed! It couldn't have been said better, I always knew I wouldn't find any kind of happiness here, but that's is a far second to me. I want my Father to be well pleased, and I'm not doing a good enough job. Pray 4 me, I love you fam! I wish there was a way us like minded could find each other.

Man I'm almost to tears how true his statements. I don't know who you are that shares these audios but thanks you again. I notice people today hate this preaching! Again thank you!

My wife and daughter moved out on the same day. My other daughters had lives as young adults, limited contact. The alone time with Jesus was all I had. I knew it was planned. I went through so many things relying completely on Jesus. The people that did make it through were used for trials by the enemy. The enemy communicated through friends and family. The very best times looking back were my low points, broken heart and spiritual battles with thise closest to me. It's because there is only one way to experience the greatness of GOD is when you are at your lowest. When my heart was broken emotionally and physically I had the most amazing realization of who Jesus is. It was worth every moment. I would not have any other life.
If you truly die to self and give everything to GOD then there will never be a situation that exceeds the commitment. I fear nothing because I have nothing I am not prepared to lose.

This is so beautiful and exactly what I am going through right now along with other brothers and sisters in Christ across the world. A couple of weeks ago I found a pin my mom got me when I was a child that had my name on it and what it means "consecrated one" or "consecrated or separated unto God." I had forgotten about the pin until I stumbled across it in my room. What a reminder that we are in the world but not of the world. How can we win them to Christ and why would they want what we have if we were not different? We are aliens in this world. 💖💜🌹⚘

I would rather read and meditate upon one page of the Holy Spirit-inspired writings of A.W. Tozer than have a library full of the SELF-seeking, SELF-helping, SELF-serving, and ultimately SELF-destructive popular, New York Times best-selling books that masquerade as the gospel but are written by worldly wealth and worldly praise seekers who pretend to be angels of light.

The writings of Tozer, Oswald Chambers, Andrew Murray, E.M.. Bounds, et al convict me of my shortcomings as a believer. At the same time they inspire me to draw nearer to God and Jesus Christ for all the more love, mercy and grace to grow in Christ and overcome. Otherwise l would be buried by despair.

This is comforting. I needed this.
Thank you for your channel. I listen the sermons oftentimes at night in bed with the lights out.

….and yet the world tells us that whatever that's bothering our hearts, we pour it out and talk about it, because it is "healthy" . But there are just things that are better "kept in her heart", as Mary did – -things too profound that only you and the Lord can talk about it
Thanking The Lord having found this channel 💖

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