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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Indecision And Indefiniteness

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

Whom 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!

Those whom 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 through indefiniteness. 

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 Psalm. 

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~

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