Monday, October 31, 2016

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Today, 4:17 AMYou
*October 31*

/How long will you go limping between two different opinions? If the
Lord is God, follow Him; but if Baal, then follow him. (1 Kings 18:21
ESV)/

That word was never addressed to the unsaved. It was never intended
for them. It is only rarely that the unsaved are in the position of
two opinions.

 More often than not they are of no opinion. This is what
the prophet really said to the people: "How long limp ye from one side
to another?" He viewed them as lame, and lamed by uncertainty, lamed
by indecision, paralyzed by an unsettled issue. Oh, how an unsettled
issue does paralyze the life. Have a controversy with the Lord, an
unsettled issue with the Lord, and your whole life is lamed, is
paralyzed; you are limping first one way and then the other; there is
no sense of stability about your way.

So the prophet called for the issue to be settled. How long limp ye
from one side to the other? Settle this issue one way or the other. If
Jehovah be God, let Him have His place, His full rights; settle it
once and for all. If Baal is god, well then let us be settled. But
until that is done you are crippled, you are paralyzed, and the whole
secret of your being in that weak, indefinite, unstable, uncertain
place is that God is not having His full rights; there is a
dividedness in your life, a dividedness in your own soul, because
other interests and considerations are in view.

The dividedness may be
in your home life, where you have power, authority and influence, and
you are not standing one hundred percent for the Lord's interests
there. It may be working in other directions, but wherever it is
present the result is that deep down in your being you are not
satisfied, you are not at rest.

 You may be busy, you may be occupied,
you may be rushing hither and thither in the Lord's name, but you know
that deep down there is a lack, an uncertainty, an unsettled state;
your spiritual life is limited and paralyzed. It will always be so
until the issue is settled and God has His place in fullness in every
part and relationship of your life. It is a question of zeal for the
Lord, jealousy for the Lord.

By T. Austin-Sparks from: The Zeal of the Lord - Chapter 2
<http://www.austin-sparks.net/english/books/001803.html>

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