One of Satan's tactics against God's full purpose is to press or ensnare God's people into indecision and indefiniteness.
And strangely enough, this is a
peculiar peril of those who could not very easily be brought to turn
right round on God in repudiation of Him.
Those who really do mean
to go on with God, those who in their hearts want God's best
Satan would find very difficult subjects to get to forswear
everything and say, I have done with it all!
I have washed my hands
of God and everything connected with Him, I am finished!
Satan would find very difficult subjects to get to take this line,
he does with them what he did through Balaam.
He could not bring the
direct result. So he got round the back door and secured the same
effect by paralyzing them.
What I mean is this, that if Satan cannot get God's people to
positively and definitely repudiate Him, go back on everything, he
will make those people the very objects of his continuous activity
to get them into a state of indecision or indefiniteness, a sort of
in between the two positions.
It is the peculiar peril of a certain
type of believer, and the enemy works hard with them, and strangely
enough, it is the very dealings of God with us which Satan takes
hold of to use to his end, to this end.
God is dealing with us. God is removing our own natural strength,
forcefulness and determination, that which in us naturally would
cause us to be very positive in a natural way.
God is undercutting
that and leaving us without that natural strength and Satan takes
hold of that very work of God to bring us into a state of paralysis
Now it is such a situation that we have got
to look at because it is very true.
We began by seeing the terrible
peril of indecision, how indecision is just as capable of robbing us
of God's full purpose as an entire repudiation.
That is what comes
out in the Word.
If God spews any people out of His mouth, you may
take it for granted that they have missed God's end.
If, for this
indecision and indefiniteness, God has to say, "I cannot go on with
you in My purposes!"
Well then, the end is just as certainly secured
by the enemy in defeating God's purpose in us of fulness as though
we would have nothing whatever to do with it.
We are staying to think of the extra values to Satan of having
children of God always in indefiniteness.
There are special values
to him in that, but here is this tremendous peril of indecision, of
an undecided position, something in between the two.
There is this
fact, that Satan works hard to get us there, to destroy everything by
getting us in this neither-one-thing-nor-the-other position, always
with one big question, that question hanging over us all the time
never finally settled, never decided once and for all, in a state of
a question mark, a note of interrogation.
That is a condition of
things which Satan is always trying to create and, when he has once
created it, it is no easy thing to get out of it. He will hold us
there as long as possible.
But then we must look at this matter. Do you notice that Hebrews
4:12 is connected with Israel in the wilderness?
When you ask what
is the meaning of this, you can go back and you get the answer in a
If you look at Psalm 78, you have got the explanation of Hebrews 4:12.
Psalm 78:8 reads like this:-
And might not be as their fathers, a stubborn and rebellious
generation, a generation that set not their heart aright, and
whose spirit was not steadfast with God."
A generation whose spirit was not steadfast with God. This is
referred to as Israel in the wilderness.
Now in Hebrews 4 we have -
"Let us fear, let us take heed, let us give diligence, that none of
us fall into the same disobedience, fail to enter into the rest, His
rest." That is Israel in the wilderness.
Then this immediately
follows - "For (what a significant 'for' that is) the word of God is
living, and active, and sharper than any two-edged sword, and
piercing even to the dividing of soul and spirit".
"Whose spirit was steadfast with God".
"Dividing of soul and spirit".
~T. Austin Sparks~