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DO NOT FIGHT AGAINST GOD'S WAY

"Woe unto him that striveth with his Maker! Let the potsherd strive with the potsherds of the earth. Shall the clay say to him that fashioneth it, What makest thou? or thy work, He hath no hands?" ISA 45:9.

When we wrestle with Satan, we wrestle for God. When we settle into complacency, we are in a passive resistance to God. We must be very careful against wrestling against God or the things He sends in His providence. When God sends a trial in providence, we start fighting the trial. Instead of seeing the Lord's hand in the trial and profiting from it, we are wrestling against God. You have to be careful of this.

The Lord is telling us we may not strive with the Lord's providence, which He has sent upon us. We are the clay in his hands. What He wants to make of us or do with us, we are not to resist. We may not strive with our maker. We may not strive with His providence. He says to let the potsherd strive with potsherd of the earth. Does the clay resist the hand of the potsherd? No. We are as the clay in the Father's hand! When we resist that which He brings upon us in providence, we start striving with the Lord. We may not do this. We may not wrestle against the Lord.

Beware of striving against the Spirit of God. In GEN 6:3 it says, "And the LORD said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that He also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years." The Lord is grieved with man striving against the Spirit of God, striving against His will and Word. We may not wrestle against the Lord. At times we become Satan's strongest accessory. We start murmuring against the Lord. We murmur against what the Lord has sent upon us.

The Lord is so gracious to those whose heart is tender in His fear. We find this in ISA 30:21, "And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left." When we are walking in ways that are not pleasing to the Lord, the Lord speaks by His Spirit. We hear a word behind us saying, "Don't do that." It's an inclination in the heart, and the conscious. It's the Spirit of God. He admonished and reproves us. It is something that comes through by instinct. Sometimes it is by the Spirit passing a passage of Scripture through our heart to reprove or instruct us. That's the Word of God. We must watch that we don't strive against that. When the Lord comes and graciously directs us, we must be careful that we don't wrestle against it.

The Lord reveals His will to us as He did to Joshua. Listen to what He said to Joshua in JOS 1:7. "Only be thou strong and very courageous, that thou mayest observe to do according to all the law, which Moses my servant commanded thee: turn not from it to the right hand or to the left, that thou mayest prosper whithersoever thou goest." The point is that he shall prosper by obedience. That remains the same today in the New Testament. If we are walking in subjection, if our heart is reconciled unto the Lord, we shall prosper. The Lord said, "Only be thou strong and very courageous, that thou mayest observe to do according to all the law...that thou mayest prosper whithersoever thou goest." We may not obey Satan by disobeying the revealed will of God and expect to prosper.

When we resist that which God clearly gives us to understand, we are striving with the Spirit. In ACT 7:51 it says, "Ye stiff-necked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, ye do always resist the Holy Ghost: as your fathers did, so do ye." The word "circumcised" means taking away the rebellion of the flesh. We can see this very clearly in COL 2:10. It says, "Ye are circumcised in Christ by the removing of the flesh," it is by the removing of that rebellion. The circumcision of the heart is the work of regeneration. ACT 7:51 says, "Ye stiff-necked and uncircumcised in heart and ears." Isn't that beautiful? This admonition against rebellion extends to our refusal to hear as well as to do. We are cautioned not to resist when the Lord speaks to us--we must hear! Amen.

Have Thine own way, Lord! Have Thine own way!
Thou art the Potter; I am the clay.
Mould me and make me after Thy will,
While I am waiting, yielded and still.
Have Thine own way, Lord! Have Thine own way!
Search me and try me, Master, today!
Whiter than snow, Lord, wash me just now,
As in Thy presence humbly I bow.
Have Thine own way, Lord! Have Thine own way!
Wounded and weary, help me, I pray!
Power--all power--surely is Thine!
Touch me and heal me, Saviour divine!
Have Thine own way, Lord! Have Thine own way!
Hold over my being absolute sway!
Fill with Thy Spirit till all shall see
Christ only, always, living in me! 


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